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Nokia Lumia 1320 Review

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Nokia Lumia 1320 Review

Nokia Lumia 1320 Review
Nokia Lumia 1320 Review
Nokia Lumia 1320 Review
Nokia Lumia 1320 Review
Introduction


For better or worse, the phablet category is no longer the exclusive domain of Android, as Nokia has made a noteworthy entry into the space. The 6-inch Lumia 1320 is the second and less-impressive of the company's two new phablets, as it's strictly a mid-range device. The 1320 actually serves to pretty much close what is perhaps that last gap in the Finnish company's product line, as it now has devices across all parts of both the size and price spectrum. So how does this $330-odd phablet monstrosity fare outside the lab? Let's find out.

In the box:

  • wall charger
  • microUSB to USB cable
  • earphones

Design

The 1320 is a typical Lumia device – it feels sturdy and polished, and every bit a Nokia. A giant Nokia.

One could say that the 1320 is a Lumia device through and through, and it would be hard to make a passable argument. We're treated to the usual polycarbonate shell with a matte finish, and though it's profoundly plastic, it passed our initial assessment of quality – the phone looks sturdily made. And it is... for the most part. Unfortunately, the removable rear shell doesn't hug the back of the device very tightly, and there's a hollow spot in the middle which sinks in under some force. The power, volume and the two-step shutter buttons are all rather flush with the surface of the right profile of the device, though they actually feel reliable and provide good feedback. Our only grief was with the shutter key, which is so responsive that we kept accidentally clicking it without intending to whilst using the phone as we normally would.

On a slightly different note, the Lumia 1320 is a device of contrasts. So although the device's physical form is gargantuan (6.46 x 3.38 x 0.39 inches), elements like the speaker, camera, and speaker grill, are all downright tiny. This gives the 1320 an overly modest look that feels out of touch with its proportions. Lastly, this is likely one of the very heaviest 6-inch phablets out there, at 7.76 oz (220 g). It's heavier than just about every other phablet out there, including even the 6.44-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Nokia Lumia 1320
6.46 x 3.38 x 0.39 inches
164.2 x 85.9 x 9.8 mm
7.76 oz (220 g)

Nokia Lumia 1320

HTC One max
6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches
164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm
7.65 oz (217 g)

HTC One max

Nokia Lumia 1520
6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches
162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm
7.37 oz (209 g)

Nokia Lumia 1520

Sony Xperia Z Ultra
7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 inches
179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
7.48 oz (212 g)

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

The giant, 6-inch display is the defining highlight of the Lumia 1320. But it could use some more pixels.

The Nokia Lumia 1320 sports a 6-inch ClearBlack, IPS-LCD panel, good for a resolution of 720x1280, or the relatively low 245 pixels per inch. This may sound a tad underwhelming, considering the current climate, but the display is still adequately detailed. Moreover, colors are accurately produced, if slightly lacking in saturation in comparison with the best panels out there. Oh yeah, and don't worry about outdoor visibility, either – the screen is plenty bright and should do the job even under direct sunlight.

Guarding the display against superficial scratches is the latest Gorilla Glass 3 from Corning, so while dropping the heavy phablet is still something we'd suggest you avoid, the glass should stay fairly neat as the time goes by.

Lastly, while the Lumia 1320's display is touted as super sensitive, this only works if you go through the settings and set touch sensitivity to 'high'. Once that's done, the 1320 actually managed to register our touches accurately, meaning that you can use it even with gloves on.



Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 1320 521
(Excellent)
28
(Poor)
1:1129
(Good)
7114
(Good)
1.97
2.64
(Good)
5.89
(Average)
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 425
(Good)
23
(Poor)
1:901
(Average)
6334
(Excellent)
2.07
4.43
(Average)
5.57
(Average)
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posted on 23 Jan 2014, 04:35 5

3. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Dear Chris, with a starting sentence like this: "For better or worse, the phablet category is no longer the exclusive domain of Android, as Nokia has made a noteworthy entry into the space.", if I were your boss, I'd fire you this instant, buddy.:) No offence. PA, you still use the same guys, the same pro-Handroid style, nothing has changed. Sorry.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 05:18 3

4. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I don't get it. Why can't he have a subjective approach if he has a platform preference? The device scored better than I would have thought given the way he described it. Its not terrible at all, to be honest, and he talked greatly of the device's strong points. And it it comes off much more as a general disdain for phablets rather than a phablet on a new OS.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 06:48

13. Chris.P (Posts: 257; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


It's not meant to trash WP8 if that's what you meant. I'm simply voicing out the increasingly prevalent worry that huge devices like the Lumia 1320 are becoming more and more common. Sure, times change, and it's not like there's no choice. But when it comes to flagship models, you'll need to try reaaaally hard to find a top shelf phone under 4.7-inches. So people with more compact preferences are slowly elbowed out.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 09:08

22. tech2 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Did you just delete my comment AGAIN ?!

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 09:44

23. sgodsell (Posts: 1051; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


First of all in order to be a phablet. You have to have phone and tablet capabilities. Windows Phone currently has no tablet capabilities. You can't even run WP apps on any tablet. Its just a really big WP device.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 05:34 2

6. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I don't understand people calling the large screen devices as large.

People know this before buying these phones and they are still buying because they are OK with big phones.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 08:31 1

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


^^^This.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 05:37 3

7. aco96 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Low internal storage is serious problem with this device.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 06:10 3

10. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Correct. I'm facing this serious issue on my 520. I haven't even installed many apps like my Android daily-driver, just like 12 additional apps and 4-5 games and now its full.

Unlike Android you can't even move apps to Ext storage. External is only good for storing media. MS should do something about this, or WP is a waste.

I was a huge fan before, thought that MS would soon correct these problems but the 2 updates MS and Nokia released (Amber and Black) are virtually useless when it comes to usability. Guys at MS are sleeping, much.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 08:41 2

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Not trying to be rude or state the obvious, but this is a mid-range phone. Most people in the market for a phone like this won't have an issue with the storage size because they generally don't use their phones very heavily. If the amount of storage in this phone is a problem for you, then the 1520 is more than likely the option for you. You gotta pay to play. Sometimes, that's just how it works.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 17:01 2

24. hurrycanger (Posts: 978; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


If it were 16gb and he complained, I would have agreed with you.
But this device is over $300 and it has only 8gb.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 18:33

25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


There are many high-end phones that were released within the last year that only had 16GB of memory. This one is only mid-range, so I don't think you can necessarily expect 16GB. It would be nice, but like I said, sometimes, you have to pay to play.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 16:50

28. DracheMitch (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)


The Nexus 4 was over $300 with only 8GB of storage, and Google doesn't have a fleshed-out cloud solution like Microsoft does. For people who don't want to stream, they can add an SD card up to 64GB for much cheaper than having it in the phone natively would cost.
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The REAL issue here is that it is only a 1GB RAM device. That's where the problem is. All recently released devices are running 2GB or more (1020,1520,929), and to me, this seriously limits its ability to be future-proofed, even for Windows Phone. There's just too much similarity to a 925 to just charge more for a larger screen of the same resolution and an extra 200MHz. And it also uses the 305 GPU of the budget devices (5xx,6xx,7xx).

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 06:35

11. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


So... GOOD Hardware and AVERAGE software... Nothing new here.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 07:13

15. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


More pixels definitely! 1080p on a 6" display is mad!

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 07:54

17. papss (unregistered)


So... Average phone and excellent software.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 08:06 2

18. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


hardly excellent...

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 08:46

21. papss (unregistered)


No its excellent. Just because you don't think so doesn't make my statement false. If you like my space that's fine too

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 02:32

26. PorkyBurger (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 May 2013)


If it would be smaller + 8MP camera, I would actually buy it.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 16:51

29. DracheMitch (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)


That is called a Lumia 925, which actually has a better GPU

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 00:03

27. mmmanuuu (Posts: 208; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Well in my case, I am buying it because it is big. They used 5mp camera to reduce the price. Which means you are getting a big phone in a cheap price. I don't care much with the camera. I got a DSLR.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 14:30

30. lauralouise90 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


This phone looks AMAZING - I love how big it is and the features... shame it's not an Android or iPhone as it'd sell so many more if it was!

Laura

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Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia Lumia 1320

OS: Windows Phone 8
view full specs
Display6.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size6.46 x 3.38 x 0.39 inches
(164.2 x 85.9 x 9.8 mm)
7.76 oz  (220 g)
Battery3400 mAh, 25 hours talk time

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