After all the leaks and speculation, the Nokia Lumia 1520
is finally official, looking splendid in its colorful, polycarbonate outfit. Is anybody thinking of getting one? Because we surely wouldn't mind getting our hands on the company's phablet – after all, it sure has a lot to offer, including a gorgeous touchscreen, a super-fast processor, and a promising PureView camera.
But the Nokia Lumia 1520 isn't exactly standing in a league of its own. In fact, there's a number of alternatives one should consider before picking Nokia's phablet. Why would anyone prefer another phablet to Nokia's Lumia 1520? Well, the handset, priced at around $750 off-contract, is quite expensive no matter how you look at it. Also, let's not forget the fact that like other Lumia smartphones, the 1520 runs Windows Phone 8, which isn't as popular of a platform as Android, or at least not at this point in time. Then there's the kind of buyers who need something not quite as large and heavy. Or perhaps something with a fancier design, built of materials more premium than plastic.
So, for those who are into phablets, but don't feel like the Nokia Lumia 1520 is right for them, we've prepared a list of alternatives worthy of attention. Check it out below and let us know if any of these phablets might end up in your pocket instead of a Nokia Lumia 1520!
Nokia Lumia 1520 – rivals and alternatives
Nokia Lumia 1520 – rivals and alternatives
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Without a doubt, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the most fierce rival that the Nokia Lumia 1520 will have to compete with once it is released. It is not only widely popular, but also very capable on the hardware front and rich in terms of software features. Besides, the Note 3 is being offered by all the major US carriers, while the Nokia Lumia 1520 will be an AT&T exclusive.
Price: ~$700 retail/$300 with contractSamsung Galaxy Note 3 Review
2. LG G2
For those who need a smartphone with a large display, but don't want to sacrifice portability and compactness, there's the LG G2. Its 5.2-inch display is somewhat smaller, but still big enough for one to fully enjoy their games, videos, and favorite web sites. Besides, the LG G2 will fit in your pocket much easier than the Nokia Lumia 1520.
Price: ~$575 retail/$200 with contractLG G2 Review
3. Sony Xperia Z Ultra
With its 6.4-inch, 1080p touchscreen, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is probably as large as a phone gets without being referred to as a tablet. Although due to its sheer size, some will instantly assume that it is one. Glass and metal are used in its construction, making the Z Ultra one of the most good-looking phablets out there. Plus, the thing is resistant to water, while the Nokia Lumia 1520 isn't likely to survive an accidental dunk in the pool.
Price: ~$625 retailSony Xperia Z Ultra Review
4. HTC One max
Just days ago, HTC entered the phablet scene with an offering of its own. The HTC One max, as it is called, is a premium handset that has adopted all the outstanding features found on the HTC One, such as the front-facing stereo speakers, the built-in IR blaster, and the high-quality metal body. There are extras, of course, including the fingerprint sensor used to lock the device or to launch pre-defined apps.
Price: to be announced, presumably highHTC One max hands-on
5. Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
Brand-name phablets can be quite expensive, usually retailing for nearly $650 to $700, unless you sign a contract with your carrier of choice. The Galaxy Mega 6.3, however, comes at a much more reasonable price. Hardware-wise, it sits in the mid-range category, with its 6.3-inch 720p display being its stand-out feature.
Price: ~$450 retail/$150 with contractSamsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
6. Huawei Ascend Mate
Another reasonably priced, large-screened smartphone is the Huawei Ascend Mate, packing a generous, 6.1-inch display. Further specs include a quad-core processor, 8MP camera, and a massive 4050mAh battery.
Price: ~$430 retailHuawei Ascend Mate Review
7. Nokia Lumia 1320
Think of the Nokia Lumia 1320 as a cheaper alternative to the Lumia 1520. How cheap, you ask? Well, it should be priced well below the $400 mark, which makes it one of the most affordable brand-name smartphones of this caliber. Specs-wise, its 720p touchscreen measures 6 inches in diagonal, a Snapdragon 400 SoC provides the processing power, and a 5MP camera resides on the back of the device.
Price: ~$339 before tax
Coming in early 2014
8. Acer Liquid S2
Introduced back in August, the Acer Liquid S2 is a high-end Android smartphone packing a spacious, 6-inch display with 1080p resolution, so it provides as much real estate as the Nokia Lumia 1520 does. And the rest of its hardware specs are just as impressive. There's a Snapdragon 800 chip beating under the hood, a 13MP camera around the back, and a 3,300mAh battery for at least a day's worth of heavy usage. Expect seeing the Acer Liquid S2 on the European market in the coming weeks.
Price: from ~$590 retailAcer Liquid S2 hands-on