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.

The 1320 is also a little short on internal storage, as it has to make do with just 8GB. Fortunately, a microSD card slot is available underneath the removable back shell, right bellow the slot for the SIM card.

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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32 Comments

3. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

4. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

13. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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.

22. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Did you just delete my comment AGAIN ?!

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7382; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

6. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 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.

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

^^^This.

7. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Low internal storage is serious problem with this device.

10. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

24. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

28. DracheMitch

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 21, 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. . 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).

11. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

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

15. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

17. papss unregistered

So... Average phone and excellent software.

18. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

hardly excellent...

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

26. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

29. DracheMitch

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 21, 2014

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

27. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

30. lauralouise90

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 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

31. AnupamBhowal

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I am useing this phone for a week now.At a glance I think its better to go for android.There is no file manager in it.I have to search from 2000 or more doccuments everytime.Only way to connect internet by the sim or wifi.No dongle or usb.You can not installed a single apps without microsoft account.Camera quality is not very well as it is costs.Mkv files are not playing.Only mp4 or wmv up to 720 pix. 5.1 soundtracks are not playing properly.Apps are still not available even for ordinary uses.The phone is little heavy in hand. The good things are ..dislay (big n crystal clear).Touch is wonderful.No lag at all .Battery easily lasts for 50 hours with medium uses.I am not a gamer so I can not say about gaming results.

32. AnupamBhowal

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I am using Nokia 5800 for almost 4 years now.No body believe I hardly switched off it in last 4 years ( very few times).Never get any problem ....with wonderful sound quality than any other phone known to me.Wi fi is so good.No lagging ever .Only problem is small screen.But Lumia 1320 upsets me by the price and what I am getting.My friends are always busy with their android and me....it was a very bad investmet for me.

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Lumia 1320
  • 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)

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