Nokia Lumia 1320 Review
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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- 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)