Very nice review! I especially like the ISO comparison and the videos
I have my 1020 since it was released here in Switzerland last october and I really like it, I can't see any other phone on the market that would fit me better right now.
Inspired by your review, I would like to share some of my own critics about the 1020.
(I don't want to sound too negative about this phone, as I said, it is currently the best phone out there for me... but there are some things that bother me (and since you already covered most the positive sides, I'd like to share some downsides))
I know this is about the camera and not the device in genral, but performance is an issue in my opinion.
The Snapdragon S4 is simply not up to date... While everything built-in (Nokia Camera aside) works very fast and responsive even on the low end devices, 3rd party apps could sure use a performance boost.
With a relativly high price, I would expect more from the 1020 than beeing "yet another 920 clone".
Don't get me wrong, the phone doesn't feel slow or outdated... just not as good as it could be (or should be, given the price and date of its global release).
Overall I would call the performance very consistend, rather than fast and fluid.
As for the camera, even Steven Elop mentioned yesterday, that the 1020 could have been better, if Nokia and Microsoft would have worked closer together (can't wait to see the proof in form of a 1020 successor
Of course it is complaining on a very high level, but the 1020 does feel like a compromise coming from the Nokia 808.
This comes down a lot to my personal behaviour, but the camera's speed is a real issue for me.
I like taking spontaneous shots of people, with the 808 thats no problem. Keep the shutter button pressed and you have a series of photos (of which you can pick the perfect moment you were looking for), with 4 seconds shot-to-shot time thats not possible and you can easily miss a great moment.
That also applies to photos of animals (even more so, because you can't tell them to hold still and smile at the camera).
The option to save custom settings (creative mode on the 808) is another thing I really miss.
Let's say you are on a hiking trip, on the 808 you can use the custom settings for different scenarios.
I can fiddle with the settings to be perfect for landscapes and then save it as C1, switch to C2/C3 for close ups or people without messing up my landscape-settings.
That way I can adjust for a scene with minor changes, instead of going through everything again (focus, WB, etc.).
Although, the 1020 does deserve credit for the more intelligent automatic mode and the easy to use interface, making it less of a pain to adjust correctly.
As far as pure quality goes, it can't really decide which one is better... it really depends on the situation.
I kinda prefer the 808 more "pure" approach, but the 1020 definitly evens the odds with its software capabilities like reframing.
I do have one additional question for you.
It feels like the results shot with "smart sequence", "refocus" or "cinemagraph" on the 1020, are actually inferior to what I got from my previous Lumia 920.
I know you had a 920 too before, did you notice anything like that?