Nokia Lumia 1320 Review

Call Quality

Under perfect conditions, the Lumia 1320 managed our call quality tests very well. The speaker can be very loud, but clear, and the other side will hear you actual, natural voice without straining to make out what it is you're saying. Unfortunately, the tiny ear-piece is quite problematic, as more often than not, it doesn't perfectly align with your ear hole. Simply put, this means that you'll often muffle the speaker with your ear, and will not be enjoying its full potential.


As goes with phablets, the Lumia 1320 is equipped with a pretty big, 3400mAh cell. The battery proved to be quite the endurance champ in our time with the handset, easily lasting us through a day of heavy usage. The relatively frugal chipset, and the low amount of pixels it has to push definitely help, of course, but we are definitely impressed with the phablet's independence from its charger.


As much as one may try to twist facts, there's no denying – the Nokia Lumia 1320 is a mid-range offering. On a positive note, the 6-inch phablet is sturdily-crafted and has a polished look. It presents well, as the internals are capable enough to provide an adequate user experience without nasty hang times or stutters. Lastly, both battery and call quality, while not top notch for certain, still leave little to desire. On the other hand, this is quite a burdensome device in terms of its weight, even in its category, and the camera sure could use a little push. Again, and as we pointed out already, design elements feel understated and modest, and not in a good way.

So how does the 1320 compare to its competition? Pretty well, actually, thanks to its aggressive price tag of about $340. Availability is still scarce, unfortunately, and at this point we're unaware of plans to get the phablet stateside – just Europe and Asia. Put next to other phablets in its price class, like the Alcatel OneTouch Hero, the 1320 manages to hold its own, though it's a shade less impressive overall. But, if you're a WP8 convert and have taken a shine to Nokia products, there's basically nothing else out there for you if you're on a budget.


  • Great battery life
  • Call quality is top notch
  • Video capture is decent
  • The dual-core chip handles the 1320 just fine-tuning


  • It's seriously heavy
  • This is a very large device, even in its class
  • Both the earpiece and speaker grill are easily muffled
  • The camera offers middling performance

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9 Reviews



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: 7363; 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


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 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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