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Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

0. phoneArena 18 Nov 2013, 08:00 posted on

Enter the Nokia Lumia 1520, the biggest and most specs heavy Windows Phone to arrive ever! This one isn't messing around at all, since it's sporting the latest hardware gear, and Windows Phone 8 experience, to give the competition something to worry about. Interestingly, we haven't necessarily seen a phablet type Windows Phone, so it's refreshing to see that we finally have one here...

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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:04 14

1. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Very Nice... though I do wish that it offered something outside of merely being a bigger version of a Windows Phone.

Samsung's efforts to differentiate the Galaxy Note with the addition of the S-PEN functions do this better than any manufacturer at this point... All while keeping the overall size to a minimum.

Really looking forward to Verizon's Lumia 929 as it places all of the really good things about this phone in a more manageable package.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:20 13

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'd take a Lumia 929 over the 1520 any day. The 1520 doesn't utilize the 6" screen. It's just WP8 blown up.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:36 2

16. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


If I had to choose a Windows Phone, definitely 929.But it's not coming to Finland, if I'm right.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:41 3

18. papss (unregistered)


No but at less cost you can get more screen so I would chose this beast.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:03

23. cezarepc (Posts: 716; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I have the 925 and I'll only replace it with a 1020 :)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:13 1

31. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Holding onto my 920 until (if) the 929 comes to AT&T un-neutered.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:27 8

41. Dastrix (unregistered)


What kind of abysmally retarded comment is that? To blow things up... Isn't that why you buy a 60" TV?

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:33

59. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


uhhh yea because it doesn't offer UI enhancements that no other windows phone has like more tiles across....

The same could be said about the note 3...imo that is

posted on 01 Jun 2014, 18:05

77. oldhamletman (Posts: 72; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


this article is full of errors as usual about windows phone... centralized messaging doesn't only happen on live tiles, you get numerous other browsers besides IE if you want them, you can choose default camera apps, and various other errors that always seem to be biased against windows phone because the reviewer doesn't know the OS... phone arena strikes again

posted on 29 Jun 2014, 16:26

79. oldhamletman (Posts: 72; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


i got a 1520 and the additional size gets internet, mail, office document display up to sufficient size that I don't need a tablet or laptop on multi day business travel anymore.... it's a huge plus... and the phone still easily slips into the front pocket of any sort of pants or jeans... also the huge battery life is fantastic.

disappointed to see that reviewers still aren't aware of basic Windows phone features... for example there are alternative browsers, you don't have to use IE, although I still use IE because it's speed has gotten so high.

great product, wish the reviewers would show some basic knowledge about it by actually appearing to have used the OS, I had both Iphone and Android over the years and am really glad I switched to WP

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:07

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


In daylight the camera is a bit disappointing in my opinion. Great phone though!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:50 8

28. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Bad weather conditions (late Fall). The sunny shots at the end still produce excellent quality, nothing overblown and stuff. Low light is stunning for a phone. Really nice amount of details and color reproduction. Very very impressive camera.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:12 10

3. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


9/10 ..Good BUT ..it deserve 9.5 :D

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:19 5

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because it has Nokia on it?

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:24 5

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


9.5 hardware, software 7. Winboys, please don't attack me. I love Nokia but I'm disapointed very badly by WP and M$.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:39 5

17. taikucing (unregistered)


Same here. I only love Nokia, not M$.
Ok, M$, you should stay with your desktop OS with its 1 million viruses & trojans. You're not good at mobile, server, embedded & supercomputer OS.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:47 5

20. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Nokia FTW, Microsoft not.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:23 6

26. papss (unregistered)


So no viruses on android? That's what happens with an open platform.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:16 6

33. Dastrix (unregistered)


Ok Google, you should stay with your open source OS with its 1 million viruses & trojans. You're not good at desktop, server, embedded & supercomputer OS.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 01:10

74. PolishHitta (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


haha okay.. So you're telling me that Android OS has no viruses? I see people downloading antivirus apps onto their GS4 because they would get caught with a potential threat by downloading an app from "secure" Google Play. It's more of Android you should be worried about with viruses than WP8

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:40

60. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I would take M$ over Scroogle any day of the week.

You know how many Win8 devices I have to reset each week? Next to none and exchanging devices for defects same ratio.

I however, daily reset Droid devices, and from multiple makers.

Sure they sell more so there will be more problems, but the % should be in their favor because of saturation, this is not the case.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:15

32. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


OW! OW MS HADAS IN D HOUZ!!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:14 7

4. Lucas_kim (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


the best phablet ever!!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:20

8. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


In the WP8 world ;) Kidding aside, this is a great device.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:29 1

13. Lucas_kim (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


if it runs android.. it will also beats note 3.. i guarantee .. it will smoother than note 3 that with 3gb of ram

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:12 2

24. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Smoothness is not measured by RAM. Just think for a while what exactly is smoothness and why do you want to relate it with RAM.
More RAM helps you to keep more amount of background processes in memory. Multitasking is more related to RAM.
Smoothness is more like a measure of standard deviation of screen refresh rate and animation fps.

Just saying...

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:59 4

29. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


The Note 3 is smooth and it offers something no other large phone maker figured out: the phablet experience. It's not too large or heavy, just pocketable and onehandable, and it's packed with useful large-screen features and goodies. The One Max, the 1520, the Ultra, the Mate or Sammy's own Mega, these are all oversized less comfortable phones that do nothing special with the size.

Don't get me wrong, the 1520 is a special device on it's own right, gorgeous screen, impressive camera, promising battery life and great price point on contract, so good I might even try it out, but it's not special as a phablet, at least not to the point of dethroning the Note 3.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 01:54

53. snowgator (Posts: 3600; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


That is fair. The Note series is still a tad more comfy to use, and the "S" pen gives it something no other phablet offers.

This, however, might be able to make a run for the #2 position of Phablets. I do wish they had aimed a hair smaller, maybe a 5.3"-5.7" which would have made this devices a tad less wide. But overall, Nokia has made a great device here.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:41

61. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Many reviewers would count the idea of note 3's one handedness not very high. There are a few reviews that specifically mention how much easier the 1520 is to use with one hand vs a note 3 or sony.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 01:22

75. PolishHitta (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


You're right. I'm not an Android fan by any means but Nokia did sacrifice the size purely for its 920 style. I love the look but bezel could have been a bit smaller. This is exactly why I'm buying the 929 when it comes out for Verizon. 5" screen is plenty enough when you consider Nokia's bulky yet extremely durable styling. Samsung Note is a beautiful device in design but I have to admit, it's getting really boring. The style has been kept since gs3 and it moves from their Note devices to their Tab lineup. And the lightness is pretty neat but comes at a cost. From the flimsy back cover to the thin screen, its very fragile. Samsung should invest their huge profits into aluminum devices. Make them feel high quality for Gods sake.

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