Nokia Lumia 1520 hands-on
0. phoneArena 22 Oct 2013, 08:32 posted on
We have been listening to the buzz about a Nokia Lumia “phablet” for quite some time now. We were also tracking the buzz related to Windows Phone support for HD displays which would also lead to a third column of standard sized (what is now “medium” sized) tiles in the Windows Phone environment. The story is one of software and hardware. More (or arguably smaller) tiles would fuel the need for full HD display support. The software would benefit from more robust hardware...
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1. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
The only reason I probably won't buy this is the size. Since I always carry my phone in my pocket, this is just simply too big.
Great phone otherwise! No complains!
7. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
well yeah, they are made for phablet users.
13. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
Agreed on the size, 6" is not pocketable. The 929 coming to Verizon is supposed to me a 5" with the same specs. That's what I have my eye on.
14. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Agreed. People are gaga over the specs of the 1520, but I would never buy one. It's a full inch taller than the S4/G2/Droid, and those are big phones already. I can't believe there are that many people who want a "phone" that can't fit comfortably in a pocket or hand.
15. DaHarder (Posts: 160; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
FACT: Your hands/pockets are NOT the standard by which all others are measured.
With that typed... Since I already have a Note 3 (absolutely fantastic device) I'll be replacing my Nokia 928 (excellent device I bought to try out WP8) with a Nokia 929 as soon as it's released.
18. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I have average hands and average pockets. And in my opinion the push for bigger and bigger phones is getting out of hand. Where does it end? What was wrong with being able to hold your phone in one hand, fit it in a jeans pocket, and comfortably hold it up to your head?
I just wonder how many people (outside the phablet-happy ROK) are actually buying phablets, or if all these companies are rushing to crowd a small niche.
26. DaHarder (Posts: 160; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
The greater questions are:
Why... Do You Even Care If You Have No Desire To By A Larger Smart-device ?
Why... Are You (rather narcissistically) Against People Having Choices?
FACT: Your particular needs/desires are NOT a reflection of the entire populace.
27. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
My main beef is why Nokia would pump out two phablets and nothing "normal" sized. I have nothing against Nokia or anyone else marketing a top-notch phablet. But it's been almost a year since the Lumia 920 arrived, and since then we've only seen incremental improvements from them in the 4.5-5" space. (Yes, I'm calling the 1020 incremental.) Where are the new PHONES?
30. Gemmol (Posts: 535; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I see you samsung since the phone got annouce you and some other guy been on here adding yall negative two piece....it was only yall 2, cause everyone else was in love with the device.....I think you was waiting for a post something bad which you got with someone saying screen size....I am guessing you a verizon user like the other person.....but yeah I do not blame you if anything your doing damage control you do not want no one see the beautiful light of 1520 but you have nothing to worry people still love note 3
31. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Hollon yo, I gotta run dat thru Google translator.
I'm no fan of Samsung. I *want* Nokia/MS to succeed and challenge the Apple-Samsung duopoly... which is why I want to see something new from Nokia in the 5" space, since that's the size my peers are buying. Bigger isn't always better... although in the case of the 1520, it is very good.
32. Gemmol (Posts: 535; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
trolls always say that to be consider on good side but I like the compliments you gave for the 1520 on the bottom.....I have respect for you
37. oldhamletman (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
it fits in my pockets no problem... but it is about the max size you would want to put in a pocket
38. lord_vanski (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2014)
Exactly right.....That is the only reason why I went for Galaxy S3....Sure it's got bells & whistles, but dang.......the phone is way too BIG to fit in your pocket.
2. ddeath (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
I should say it looks pretty good! The tiles seems to look better on it.
3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2605; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
The live tiles are looking better and better day by day on this lovely all round device...
4. Derekjeter (Posts: 226; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Here's something the can learn from Apple and Samsung........ Give us the release date. Why is so hard to have that ready on the day you announce it. That's one thing that Apple has on every other company.
5. Diego! (Posts: 504; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
It's gorgeous!!! I want one ASAP! Do you know when is it going to be released internationally?
6. Beijendorf (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Good heavens, look at me whining on every post about the Lumia 1520.
Anyway, what happened to the perfectly slick SIM tray on the earlier Lumias? Was it impossible to manufacture due to the curvature or something? Because it looks like someone went nuts with play-doh and said to the designers "Do that, but in mass-quantities!".
The devil is in the details.
8. freebee269 (Posts: 521; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
you know. you could just not buy it instead of whine about it. all your whining isnt going to change anyones mind or persuade anyone. it's pointless.
12. Beijendorf (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
I take it you are in fact about 14 years old, have yet to find the shift-key on a keyboard and know very little about the consumer markets?
Being vocal in your complaints is the only way consumer feedback can be resonated. Spreading thoughts and ideas through forums like this is the very basics of giving the complaint some momentum and force.
I take it you're one of those people who don't think advertisements work on you either? Hint: They do. Just like how me pointing out a flaw can make others realise the same flaw too. That's basically what the reviews of devices do later on too, but en-masse.
17. freebee269 (Posts: 521; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
i'm 38. i said you were whining because you yourself said you were whining. whining on phonearena articles for the sake of consumer feedback is not getting you anywhere. if you really wanted to give consumer feedback you'd be taking your concerns up with nokia. but that's not really what you want. that's evident with you doing it in comments that are falling on deaf ears. as i already said, it's pointless.
the sim tray design is not a flaw, it's your opinion. big difference. i dont see any problem with the sim tray design.
21. Beijendorf (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
I see. Your age does make more sense now, since you don't seem to grasp how the internet works in the slightest.
Voicing complains through social media and open websites is regarded as the most efficient way to make a company alter something.
They care very little if one person sends in a complaint to one of their paper-shredders. They do however care if a complaint is spread via social media or commonly voiced on smartphone forums since this affects their image and sales.
And having poorly matched edges is not something you can claim to be an intended high-quality design. It's poor workmanship or a cost-saving measure. Ever wonder why Rolex didn't make their watches look like a kid played with play-doh? Or why HTC One took a lot of flak when it was shipped with small gaps in the "unibody" design?
People expect quality at this price. Those trays are a disruption to the otherwise beautiful unibody design, making it look cheap.
23. freebee269 (Posts: 521; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
i've been involved with tech all my life. my age has no indication on anything. you trying to make that seem so is childish within itself.
"Voicing complains through social media and open websites is regarded as the most efficient way to make a company alter something."
that can be true. but your voice is very small when noone else is complaining about the sim tray and you're doing it on a blog that nokia doesnt give attention to. like i said, it's falling on deaf ears.
"And having poorly matched edges is not something you can claim to be an intended high-quality design. It's poor workmanship or a cost-saving measure."
opinion not fact. if you dont like it, take it up with nokia. they're not changing anything by you saying it here where they dont see it.
"People expect quality at this price"
you're right. and to me this is quality. this is nokia, they are known for quality devices. i havent had a chance to play with it yet, but based on the hands-on articles on here and on windows phone central, the article authors agree it's quality also.
9. Ikechukwu (Posts: 138; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
The whole phonearena site is just colorful thanks to these Lumias :)
10. twens (Posts: 610; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
What is there to complain about this phone? Absolutely nothing. I own a note 3 but I don't see any cons with this phone. I think this phone would be the most smoothest and fastest phone on the planet simple because it runs WP...
11. chandancherry (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)
Beautiful design, Best camera with unique features, Crispy display, More Live tiles....
A cool Stand too.
16. Shenoy (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
Now that an amazing device with so much of style...i just cant wait for a Nokia Lumia 41 MP aluminium phablet now....just hoping to hear more about it soon...that gonna the king of all phablets
19. twens (Posts: 610; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Now picture if other OEM's were serious about windows phone. We would get better and more options in the windows arena. Samsung,LG and htc are focusing too much on Android. To me windows phone is not a bad OS at all.
20. iced_heroine (Posts: 28; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)
is it me, or is the soft key colored yellow? ^^,
24. freebee269 (Posts: 521; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
didnt notice that, but the home button does look yellow in the first picture next to the word design. in the third picture it looks white again. but in the 5th picture it looks like it could be yellow again. that would be a very nice touch if the home button was the color of the device. but i doubt it.
25. Commentator (Posts: 2394; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It looks like the buttons sport that yellow color on all color-variants, not just the yellow one, as shown in Engadget's hands-on of the black model.
29. scorpeyun (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 May 2012)
I think it's a beautiful phone. I have the 920 that I enjoy using. My issue is with Sprint and why they are not offering their customers the Nokia line of phones, which also happen to be the best selling windows phones, as well. Instead they go with the Samsung and HTC versions which are inferior. Then they wonder why windows phones don't do well in there lineup, which is lacking too compared to the other two carriers.
33. Wildmanfan (Posts: 232; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)
So what happened to the Nokia 929 they were talking about for weeks?
34. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
They need to make a Lumia 925 with thie improved internals and resolution for T-Mobile ASAP, plus of course a version of the 1520.
35. lanlaymt (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 May 2013)
I will get one for sure. 6" is a little long for me though. But I can put it in my back pockets pants. Not like samsung or apple, nokia is a lot tougher.......
36. orielwindow (Posts: 92; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)
Wish it was coming to Verizon. Note 3 for me!