Nokia Lumia 1520 Review


Call Quality

Phone calls are still handled with some ease, but as a whole, its quality is nothing more than average. First, there’s the matter with its earpiece, which produces voices that are natural in tone, but its volume output is a bit weak – requiring us to push the earpiece firmly close to our ear to properly make out voices. Secondly, voices sound hollow through the speakerphone. And finally, our callers mention that our voice sounds a tiny bit crackly on their end of the line.


Generally speaking, big phones get big batteries, so the Lumia 1520 gladly obliges this norm by giving us one too. To be exact, its slim body is stuffed with a beefy 3400 mAh battery, which is one heck of a large capacity. Impressively, it’s able to provide us with a battery life that’s long lasting! In our experience, it’s able to deliver a solid one day of heavy usage consisting of surfing the web, sending text messages, checking email, and making an occasional phone call. As for those who aren’t as demanding, you can sleep knowing it can pull out as much as two whole days under light usage.


Holy smokes people! When it was officially announced to arrive on AT&T a couple weeks ago, we were already impressed to hear that it would be priced at $200 with a 2-year contract – a price point that seems to undercut other phablets in the space. However, things didn’t end there, as Nokia went on an aggressive stance by dropping its price down lower to $99.99 on-contract. And with that folks, we have to gladly say that it’s so darn attractive.

Indeed, AT&T’s version of the Nokia Lumia 1520 gets its internal storage capacity cut in half to 16GB, while also losing built-in wireless charging, but when we factor in its impressive hardware specs, amazing still image quality from its camera, and gigantic size screen, it’s hard to not fall in love with this beastly smartphone. It might not offer the water resistant properties of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, nor does it have the rich organizational features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but the Lumia 1520 creates a niche spot of its own, thanks in part to the aforementioned qualities we’ve mentioned already.

On the other side of the spectrum, for those who are contemplating on picking this up without a contract, its $584.99 price point still seems pretty good in comparison to other phablets – though, there’s no arguing that its on-contract cost absolutely gives it more bang for the buck. At the end of the day, there’s plenty to like about the 1520, as it’s no doubt the best Windows Phone out right now. For a long time there, Windows Phones in general just seemed underpowered in comparison to those premier Android smartphones. Thankfully though, that’s no longer the case going forward, seeing that the Nokia Lumia 1520 gives Windows Phone something to shine about. Ultimately, the Lumia 1520 is one rock hard device that gives the competition something to worry about.

Software version of the review unit:
OS Version: 8.0.10517.150
Firmware Revision Number: 1028.3534.1343.0001
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  • Hard-to-beat $100 on-contract cost
  • Excellent still image quality
  • Impressive specs for a Windows Phone
  • Long battery life


  • Wide handset
  • Underwhelming video recording
  • Hollow sounding speaker

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