Nokia Lumia 1320 Review
Interface and functionality
The latest version of Windows Phone 8 still leaves something to be desired.
This budget phablet makes use of the latest Windows Phone 8 update, sometimes referred to as GDR3. Thanks to the larger form-factor, you get to play with an extra column of tiles. You can fit as many as six of the smallest WP8 tiles on a single row, which leaves you with quite some space to arrange your homescreen to your heart's content.
But despite the changes that the last update brought, the interface still is largely unchanged, in terms of both functionality and looks. This means that we're yet to be graced with a dedicated notification center and just a whole list of 'little' things that indicate the platform's relative immaturity. On the plus side, we're getting a kick out of glance screen, and we even had some (choppy) fun with Nokia Beamer – the app that allows you to mirror your screen over the web. Apps, such as HERE Maps and HERE Drive with offline navigation are also on board and to our taste, though we sadly didn't get the Nokia Pro Cam app out of the box – we had to manually download it.
Processor and Memory
The dual-core Snapdragon 400 will handle most of the mischief you may get up to with relative ease. But don't expect to go overboard and get away with it.
Under the massive hood of the Lumia 1320, we're treated to a 1.7GHz, dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor by Qualcomm. Complimented with 1GB of RAM, the 1320's UI runs pretty smoothly for the most part, but we still wish some apps had less of a wait time attached when starting up. Unfortunately, this type of configuration is showing its age, and even medium-heavy games like Minion Rush run with random spikes in frame rate, though they're far from unplayable. So, to put this plainly – if you're a heavy gamer, the Lumia 1320 may not be the best choice out there, but it's adequate and should prove capable enough in great many scenarios.
AnTuTu Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 1320 15243
HTC One max 26320
Nokia Lumia 1520 25799
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 29732
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 1320 16
HTC One max 39
Nokia Lumia 1520 46
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 52
Sunspider Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 1320 700
Nokia Lumia 1520 551.2
Internet and connectivity
The Lumia 1320's built in Internet Explorer proved capable, if a tad slow.
As any WP8-based device out there, the Nokia Lumia 1320 is pretty much stuck with the default Internet Explorer for all its surfing needs. Sure, diversity of choice has always been something we feel very strongly about, and yet the built-in browser provides an okay-ish experience. A piece of code ensures that pages aren't rendered in their entirety, which supposedly eases the strain on the processor. Unfortunately, even then load times feel a tad too much.
On the bright side, swiping and zooming are both extremely responsive and pleasant to use, though little things like the lack of accelerable scroll felt surprisingly nasty to go without.
At the connectivity front, the Lumia 1320 is packing quite some stuff. We're talking Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, A-GPS with Glonass support and FM radio, for an overall thorough package.
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- Display 6.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
- Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3400 mAh(21h 3G talk time)