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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, 08:17 5

5. papss (unregistered)


I want this phone in red..great review John. As a wp8 fan I'm glad you did the review. Seemed fair with little to no jabs

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:18 2

6. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


This has to have thinner profit margin than the nexus 5.
Incredible price for those specs.. but I guess Microsoft can afford to go on dump the price like that in order to earn some spotlights for their products.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:19 3

37. Dastrix (unregistered)


That's what dumping is for, right? Unfortunately, some OEMs can't afford to do that; they're too focused on making crappy, plastic, laggy devices just because people don't realize the OEMs are sh*tting on them.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:20 3

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


Very nice but what kills this device to me is WP. Such a shame it's not Android. Because of operating system and easier handling, I prefer Note 3. But no phone is the best.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:31 8

14. papss (unregistered)


To each his own.. i prefer wp8 to android.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:23 6

38. Dastrix (unregistered)


+1 Well said papss. Me too, I prefer WP8 to Android!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:28 3

12. Tuxedo (Posts: 350; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Wow... HW wise this is a great deal. My only concern is WP8.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:17 6

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


What's the concern? It's a great OS.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:23 5

39. Dastrix (unregistered)


Is it because you never tried it?

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:49 4

21. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Gorgeous phone and maybe my first WP device.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:57 2

22. Kishin (Posts: 705; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Nice will retrieve one soon

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:21 2

25. poping (unregistered)


the design is awesome... i like thin bezels and big screens...the side bezels still need trimming though...overall very good design... i may get this side by side with note 3 or sgs5...

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:45 6

27. jellmoo (Posts: 1700; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I like Windows Phone, I really do, and I like the fact that they are now hitting high end specs in their devices. But this device baffles me. It's large for the sake of being large. It doesn't add any additional functionality, and doesn't provide any new options for the user other than a big screen.

This is one thing that Samsung got right with the Note line. The devices are big, but that size has a purpose. The added functionality of the S-Pen gives it great productivity power. Devices like the 1520 and One Max simply don't offer that.

Take this handset and shrink it down an inch, and you have a great Windows Phone handset that is both pocketable and possible to use with one hand. I just can't see the point of a device this big without some extras to justify the size.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:18 2

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


I suspect WinPhone8.1 will optimize the need for 1080. I think they should've aimed for that now but it's still a nice device.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:04

30. sjoshi251 (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


does it support all videos like .mkv or .avi videos....

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:17

35. sjoshi251 (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


does it support all videos like .mkv, ac3 , .avi videos....

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:25 2

40. Dastrix (unregistered)


Yes! :)

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 23:10

49. sjoshi251 (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Thanks Dastrix

posted on 24 Nov 2013, 15:52

68. Popop971 (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Sorry, but it's false. I have a Samsung ATIV S, and it doesnt support all videos. Maybe there is some changes in WP 8.1 that i'm not aware of. If i am wrong, feel free to provide some youtube videos or links.

@sjoshi251
Before buying the device, i think you should make some tests if a friend has a windows phone.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 11:13

42. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


John v. not sure what is the criteria of reviewing phone. A phone through which one cannot hear properly, his voice cannot be heard nicely on the other side. which is not so comfortable to hold. And you are giving it a 9 rating.
pixels, processors these can be reviewed by anyone. Ever tried to notice how fast MS Word or IE opens on you laptop.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 11:44 1

43. Azman (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Finally!! a "big Lumia" from Nokia.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 11:51 5

44. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


Best Phablet in the World!!!

9.6 rating

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 00:49 3

51. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I would accept it if Note3 didn't exist...

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:55

45. yasir-921 (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


PhoneArena, what do you mean by better-than-average photos of the 1520?
Another thing, considering that among the Androids, the LG G2 is among the best shooter, how can both be compared in camera department only?

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 15:48 1

46. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Aw a bit disappointing with the call quality. I expected better from Nokia.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 21:24

47. orielwindow (Posts: 107; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)


I know the scaled down version for Verizon may be good but I'm really disappointed this size isn't coming to Verizon :(

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 22:10 1

48. momonm1 (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 May 2011)


Definitely my next OS after being with Nokia from 1999 - 2009 and iOS from 2010 - Present!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 23:52

50. DONUT (Posts: 427; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


great device but e only thing holding it back is the OS. it needs more apps, apps that many people are using, like Insta (which is coming), Tumblr, BBM, WeChat, Line and etc. imo tts e only thing holding this beast back

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:49

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


like this?http://news.softpedia.com/news/BBM-Coming-Soon-on-Windows-Phone-8-Report-393493.shtml

Instagram has been available as a full app for a long time, called 6tag vine? 6sec...

WeChat?http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/wechat/23e1505b-9383-4ed4-9195-da23a3442820

tumblr? http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/tumblr/ffa2fb4f-61b2-4075-ac7b-488846998b72

Line?http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/line/a18daaa9-9a1c-4064-91dd-794644cd88e7

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 03:39

64. DONUT (Posts: 427; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


wow i didnt know WP8 had all that! i asked my friend who has a WP8 device and she told me it didnt have these apps. thanks for telling!

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