Nokia Lumia 1520 Review


So Nokia had finally revealed their gigantic smartphone also known as the “phablet” into the stream of already famous phablets from other smartphone giants. It has now made it’s way on the market and it surely is coming out strong. With amazing looks and new bundle of Nokia “Black” features that complimented this release makes this phone an instant keeper. Man this release is big for Nokia, ahem actually Microsoft I would say( no pun intended).


So the best thing about this device even though of the amazingly jaw dropping specs, is the built and yeah as the caption says-“Design”. The Nokia Lumia 1520 with that crazy 6 inch display is super light and super sleek. If you are not one of those wearing skinny jeans this would fit comfortably in your pocket and hence removing the doubt clouds of portability from the scene. It is more of a blend of the best design from Nokia Lumia 720 and the actual base of a Nokia Lumia 925. It is instantly one of the favourite Lumias. The polycarbonate shines just like it did on the other Lumia phones by Nokia.


Nokia Lumia 1520
Are you buying a phablet without a stunningly beautiful display? You have to be kidding me. Display should be a priority on the checklist for your phablet hunt. Don’t worry, this one packs a beautiful Full HD 1080p 6.0 inch display. Go watch movies for hours and play games, it just stays beautiful throughout. No visible pixilation at all. The design of Windows Phone 8 just makes this display shine brighter. Viewing angles are really great, even in direct sunlight this display has no problems at all.


Nokia Lumia 1520 Camera App
Well most people buy a Nokia Lumia because of the camera. I have actually surveyed and 77% do say it is purely because of the camera. Carl Zeiss, you gotta love it. If that name is not enough, let’s talk the rubbish megapixel theory most of you believe in- 20MP primary sensor. Yeah you heard it right, now go buy this. This camera is so much more than that number. Windows Phone 8’s updates add a whole new dimension to this perfect kind of a camera. This camera can produce results very close to that of Nokia Lumia 1020. The photos look really good in saturation, they are really balanced and even the low light shots are a keeper. Nokia is just setting up the bar here, true story.

The Nokia Camera apps(there are plenty) just make this a better experience. They give you DSLR kind of customization to be done with the lens and the results are spot on. This will be “THE” selling point for the phone along with the amazing display.


Nokia Lumia 1520 Apps
Nokia in their event in Oct revealed they will be bringing Vine and Instagram home. That is a job well done, brilliant. Finally the WP8 users can stop whining. Windows Phone 8 remains windows phone 8 but yeah not really. The addition of the amazing new apps like the Nokia PhotoBeamers, Storyteller and new camera app will blow your mind. To know more about it, visit here . The WP8 otherwise stays the same but it is more of a frontline OS than it ever way. Success achieved, mission accomplished by Nokia and Microsoft. But yes, it lacks that phablet awesomeness that Galaxy Note III provides you with the fancy features which totally make full use of the display.


There is only one word to describe it- Lag Free. The beauty of the Windows Phone 8 OS architecture and the stunning Snapdragon 800 processor make that happen. With 2GB of RAM the multitasking is amazing and “lag free”. You get internal 32GB of storage, that is pretty generous but if you want more, it is expandable to 64GB. The 3200mAh battery gives you a really good backup, something Nokia is known for. Bluetooth and NFC, it is all there.

Final Thoughts

I am sold on this phone, I just have nothing more to say. With the Nokia Black Updates and the uniqueness of WP8 and all that goes on this device, I just have to buy it. The camera, do not forget that beast 20MP Carl Ziess lens, yes a 925 camera but much better, almost as awesome as Nokia Lumia 1020. If I were you and searching for a phablet, I would put my money on this.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-937, RM-939
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-938
4G NetworkLTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – RM-937
LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – RM-938
Announced2013, October
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, November
BODYDimensions162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, 120.3 cc (6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 in)
Weight209 g (7.37 oz)
DISPLAYTypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.0 inches (~367 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 2
– ClearBlack display
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
– Dolby Headphone sound enhancement
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal32 GB, 2 GB RAM
EDGEUp to 236.8 kbps
SpeedHSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERAPrimary20 MP, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features1/2.5” sensor size, PureView technology, dual capture, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, video light, stereo sound rec.
SecondaryYes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps
FEATURESOSMicrosoft Windows Phone 8 Black
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
CPUQuad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
RadioFM radio
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
ColorsYellow, white, black, red
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input


Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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