Nokia Lumia 1520 Short Hands On Review

Windows Phone have been growing in number of users over the past months thanks to Nokia’s awesome line up of affordable and high end smartphones. Launched late last year, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first of many for Windows Phone – first phablet, first smartphone with a quad core processor, and first to sport a full HD display. We spotted a demo unit in Glorietta mall and spend some 30 minutes playing with it.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 specs:

  • 2.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 6-inch IPS Full HD LCD display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 367 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 20 megapixel rear facing camera with Pureview Technology, Carl Zeiss lens, Optical Image Stabilization, autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 1.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,400 mAh battery
  • Windows Phone 8

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

Design and Hardware – The Nokia Lumia 1520 is one beautifully made smartphone. It has a unibody design made of polycarbonate. This is probable the best looking Nokia smartphone today.

Display – Gorgeous!!! We’ve been admiring Nokia’s Clearblack display technology from its smaller sized phones like the Lumia 1020, Lumia 925 and 920. Plus, these phones only sport a 720p display. The Lumia 1320 is the very first Windows Phone to sport a full HD 1080p display. And yes, it is really stunning!

Software and Performance – We thought that having a quad core processor will have no impact on its performance since most Lumias run on dual core processors and performance remains to be superb. We were wrong. It does make a difference! Performance is snappier and apps loads faster in the Lumia 1320.  Playing heavy graphic intense and RAM hogging games can run here seamlessly.

Camera – Of course we did check the camera. For us, there is still some learning curve when you use the camera UI for the first time especially if you like tweaking the settings a lot.  But by just looking at the photos taken from the 20 megapixel camera, we would probably say “forget the iPhone, forget the Galaxy S5”. We would love to test this camera against the camera of the Sony Xperia Z2 which has the same 20 megapixel rear shooter.

Battery – We only had 30 minutes of this phone so we cannot say much about its battery life. Based on paper, it has a 3,400 mAh battery. This is more than enough to get you throughout the day. Our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a slightly smaller 3,200 mAh battery. We are heavy users as we do heavy gaming, web surfing, blogging (yes, we do write our blogs on our phone sometimes), watching livestream online and  at the end of the day, we still have 30% juice left.

Verdict – Although we only spent 30 minutes on this phone, we must say that this is probably one of the best smartphone today, even better than our Galaxy Note 3. Yeah, sure Windows Store still trails behind Android and iOS when it comes to apps but essential apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare are already present on Windows Phone plus Instagram, Vine, and Waze are also on the said platform. Getting bored on your iPhone or Android smartphone? Better try Windows Phone.

 

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