Nokia Lumia 1520: A Phablet Worth your Attention!
Nokia puts another gadget through the Phablet category in Lumia 1520. Sporting a reliable hardware and certain enthralling specs, the entire feature set can be detailed as follows:
The Lumia 1520 sports a 6 inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution backing up the same. The 1080p display panel translates into a pixel density of 367ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection added along. In terms of OS the handset features the Windows Phone 8 which is upgradeable to v8.1. The Lumia 1520 measures 8.7mm in terms of thickness and weighs 209g. Battery is a 3400mAh unit claiming up to 27 hours of talk-time. NFC support and 3G connectivity further add to the list.
Powering the handset is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a Quad-core processor to rely upon. Clock speed for the Krait 400 cores is 2.2GHz and the Adreno 330 GPU takes care of the graphics and multitasking needs. 2GB RAM is allotted to the Lumia 1520 besides 32GB of built-in storage. Micro-SD support is available with an expandable limit of up to 64GB.
In terms of camera hardware, the Lumia 1520 features a 20MP primary unit with specs like Carl Zeiss optics, LED flashlight, OIS and PureView technology added along. This rear shooter is also capable of full HD video recording at 30fps. For the selfie lovers, the Lumia 1520 adds in a 1.2MP front facing module as the secondary camera.
Nokia Lumia 1520 Detailed Review
The impact of Lumia on the budget segment is rising. There were a number of Lumia phones which did quite well in the budget and mid range segment. But there was no real contender when it came to the flagship war. Of course there were few Lumia phones like 900 series or the 41MP 1020, but there were somehow ignored for not having so great spec sheet and performance like the other devices from Android and IOS. This time around we have the Lumia 1520 which has considerably great specs and promises to perform to rival in the competition. Let us find out what the Lumia 1520 has got to stand out in the competition.
Design & Display:
The phone is a whopping 6 inch phablet, so expect it to be not so easier for handling with one hand. It looks very decent and somewhat similar to Lumia 925. The rectangular body, sharp edges and the polycarbonate shell with the refined finishing and decent coloring – all of it give the phone a beautiful look and feel very premium. The phone is somewhat easier to handle than it looks like as it is only 8.7mm thick but weight is nearly 209 gms. The device is equipped with 1080p IPS LCD display with 367 ppi. The is the first Windows Phone to have a 1080p display and with the Nokia’s ClearBack technology, the display looks absolutely stunning and in par with the rivals. Viewing angles are excellent and color reproduction is very good. The only weak point is there could have been more brightness level to manage sunlight legibility better.
The device is loaded with Windows Phone 8 GDR3 and it is also upgradable to Windows Phone 8.1. Most of the user interface is similar to what we have seen in earlier windows phones. The homescreen contains resizable live tiles and app drawer has the traditional list view. Multi tasking interface is again familiar like the snapshots of apps show in a row. We can also close the apps by pressing an exit type of button at the top like we see in Windows pc OS. Windows phone 8.1 promises more new features and the in such a gorgeous phablet display the experience is cool. The UI runs pretty smoother and we don’t see any hiccups.
Camera & Audio:
The phone comes with a 20MP Auto Focus camera with dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics and optical image stabilization. The front cam is of 1.2 MP for video calling which can capture videos of 720p at 30fps.The camera UI is pretty much similar to what we have seen in most of the Windows phones and there are a bunch of modes, options and tweaks that can be done to experiment on the picture. This is actually PureView based camera, and the image quality is great. Focusing is good and the camera manages to take picture quickly. The audio output is loud and distortion is very minimal even at higher volume levels. With a pair of headphones, the experience is awesome.
Connectivity & Additional Features:
The phone comes in single sim version, where you can have only one nano sim card. Network reception is very good and call clarity is excellent. The device also supports Wifi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and A-GPS. Internal memory is of 32GB and the phone also supports external micro SD cards upto 64GB. Most of the apps should be movable to sd card so there won’t be any issue with storage.
Performance & Battery:
The device is equipped with Snapdragon 800 chipset with Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor along with 2GB RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. This looks like a best in terms of spec sheet, but how does it perform in real world? Yes it performs really well without any hiccups. Even with heavy apps for multi tasking, the phone didn’t show any lags. Most of the heavy games even felt like a real feast with the lethal combination of a gorgeous screen and a beasty processor. Battery capacity is of a whopping 3400mAh but it is non removable. Since Windows phone is not power hungry, it’s no surprise even if the Lumia 1520 stays for more than 2 days for one full charge. The phone supports wireless charging, for which you need to buy the wireless charger separately.
Great overall build
Great battery life
6 inch device is too big for most of the users
Non removable battery
Windows phone still needs a lot of features and apps
So far, we don’t see anything that is blocking us from recommending the phone. The phone rivals with Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z1, HTC One M8 and it stands out among them with its own unique abilities. The only difference being the OS where Android is way more ahead in terms of multi tasking, customization and user control. Anyhow, the Lumia 1520 has a lot to offer interms of hardware and camera performance and seriously this is the best Windows phone ever released and you will be very happy once you get used to it.
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