Nokia Lumia 1320 Review
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
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.
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.