Although Nokia Lumia 1520 isn’t exactly what you call new, we just couldn’t resist the temptation to review the phone that made us look at Windows Phone smartphones in a completely new light. It offers everything that you’d expect from a flagship phone, be it a full-HD display, a real powerhouse of a processor, decent RAM, and of course, a great camera. And if you take your viewing experience very seriously, the 6-inch screen is definitely going to leave you wide-eyed. So, does all this make Nokia’s phablet offering a phone that you’d want to invest in? Let’s find out in this Nokia Lumia 1520 review.
For a phablet, Lumia 1520 is surprisingly reasonably sized. Although the 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm dimensions warrants the use of two hands, it is still somewhat possible to at least extract the basic functionality out of the phone using one hand alone. Nokia continues to persist with the standard Lumia design, which isn’t really a bad thing in all fairness. There are, however, a few changes here and there. The edges have been made rounder, and the back and sides have been kept smooth with little to no texture at all.
Although the phone has Windows 8 by default, it’s upgradable to 8.1. In fact, it’s on the list of devices that will be getting the Windows 10 update, so that’s definitely something to cheer about. If you have had a decent experience with Windows Phone smartphones already, you’ll feel right at home on Lumia 1520. The interface is stylish, though somewhat complicated for first-time users. The live tiles can now be resized, giving you even more control of the space on your screen. The multitasking ability is present as well, though it’s something that should have arrived on the platform a long time ago. Oh well, better late than never.
It is only natural to expect an amazing visual experience when going for a phone with a really big screen. Fortunately, Nokia doesn’t disappoint in this area. The 6-inch IPS LCD screen with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and pixel density of 368 ppi promises a pleasurable viewing experience. To help the screen survive accidental drops, Nokia has gone with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
Packing a considerable amount of muscle with a Qualcomm’s 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM, Lumia 1520 doesn’t plan on being outgunned by its competitors. It is more than capable of supporting your multi-tasking needs, along with running resource-heavy games. The performance is consistently smooth, though we did not really push it to its limits.
Nokia may have set a high standard in phone cameras with its 41 MP camera on Lumia 1020, but it opted to take a step back on its phablet in order to make room for other features. What you get is a 20 MP rear camera, which is still well above the industry standard, along with a 1.2 MP front camera for your selfies and video calling needs. The rear camera offers crisp results in high resolution, courtesy of Nokia’s PureView technology. Features like optical image stabilization (OIS) and dual capture, etc. are there to bring your images your life. You can also record high quality videos in full HD at 1080p. Although there is an option to notch the quality of videos even higher, it requires a compromise on frame rate.
In an era of non-removable batteries, Lumia 1520 gives us no surprises with a non-removable Li-Ion 3400mAh battery. It’s pretty juicy to say the least, which is expected since it’s got a job of keeping a phablet-sized phone running. A standby time of 768 hours and talk time of up to 25 hours over 3G is also delivered. This pretty much makes it good enough to keep running for a day without requiring a recharge.
Lumia 1520 is available in 16GB and 32GB. If this isn’t enough for you and you are not interested in using an online storage service, then worry not. The memory is extendable, with the phone supporting microSD card of up to 64GB. If you want to carry even more data with you everywhere you go, then cloud is the only solution left.
All the standard connectivity features are there, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, etc. Furthermore, the device comes with LTE support.
Nokia Lumia 1520 is one impressive phone that truly adds to the reputation of the Lumia brand. Unfortunately, the big size of the phone may not be everyone’s cup of tea, which is why it’s basically recommended to you only if you’re a fan of phablets.