Nokia Lumia 1520 Preview
Interface and Functionality
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone phablet and it is a great example of how the platform makes use of the extra screen space. You can now fit more, much more Live Tiles and text is larger everywhere. While smaller Windows Phones fit 4 small icons, here you can get 6 small tiles in a single row on the interface.
The Lumia 1520 runs on the latest Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (aka GDR3) and it also has the Nokia Black update thauetooth 4.0 LE support. We are glad to see the most up-to-date version of Windows Phone here. Update 3 adds a lot of small improvements like custom notification tones, rotation lock and a new Driving mode. To the untrained eye, though, it’s hard to see any difference between this latest version and earlier Windows Phone 8 versions. Live Tiles still come in three sizes (we really wish there was an even large tile size that would fit an entire horizontal block on the Lumia 1520), the app drawer is still a vertically scrollable list of names, and there’s still no notification center.
Customization options on the Windows Phone 8 Lumia 1520 are limited to changing Tile Sizes and colors. You can also have at-a-glance clock on the lock screen and double tap to wake up the phone, but all these draw additional battery.
We like the selection of first-party apps on Windows Phone. Having mobile Office right out of the box is a huge plus. Since this is a Nokia phone, you also get some very neat applications that other Windows Phone handsets do not have. Nokia Drive with free offline turn-by-turn navigation and Nokia Music with its great free music streaming option are on board.
Basic functionality is also well covered with a phone app that integrates your social news circles (Facebook and Twitter) and contacts, and for texting you have an extremely large version of the stock keyboard that is a joy to type on.
Processor and Memory
The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone device to ship with a quad-core processor. Under its hood is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system chip, the same piece of silicon you can find on the current crop of Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It’s a 28nm architecture allowing the quad-core processor to hum at up to 2.2GHz speed, and it comes with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM.
Our initial experience is positive as everything seems to move quicker. Animations however still take up way too long often times and compared with Android and iOS nearly everything takes a bit longer on Windows Phone, even on this fastest representative of the platform. We’d still reserve our ultimate judgment for the final review, though.
Internal storage comes at the fairly generous 32GB and it’s also expandable via microSD cards of up to 64 gigs, so it should be enough to satisfy even the most storage-hungry users.
Internet and Connectivity
Accessing the web on a Windows Phone device happens exclusively via Internet Explorer and the Lumia 1520 is no exception. We don’t like the lack of choice, but luckily mobile IE is a good browser on its own and with 4G LTE on board surfing the web is a pleasure.
The first Nokia phablet ticks all connectivity boxes: dual-channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE support (courtesy of the Nokia Black update), NFC and GPS with Glonass.
You should keep in mind that the Lumia 1520 is an AT&T exclusive in the US and it won’t support 4G LTE bands on other carriers.
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- Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 20 MP / 1.2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
- Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3400 mAh(25.1h 3G talk time)