While the market is still warming to Windows Phone devices Nokia clearly isn't playing things safe. Its latest offering is the largest Windows Phone 8 device yet, boasting a 6in screen and echoing the Finnish firm's previous releases with its vibrant casing.
While the world might not be ready for a Nokia Lumia phablet device, we think that the Lumia 1520 might be the Finnish phone firm's best Windows Phone device yet.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is, to put it mildly, a beast of a smartphone, and is in the same league as the monstrous HTC One Max and Sony Xperia Z Ultra smartphones.
It's not as annoyingly large as HTC and Sony's phablets, however, as the Nokia Lumia 1520 is 8.7mm thin, which is impressive considering its huge chassis. The phone is surprisingly comfortable to use for long periods. With a weight of 209g the handset is by no means light, but it feels daintier to hold than most other phablet devices on the market.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available in yellow and red, as well as black for those who want to play it safe. We got our hands on the yellow model, which features the same soft-touch, polycarbonate backing as the Lumia 1020.
As well as feeling comfortable, thanks to the polycarbonate backing the handset is unlikely to pick up scuffs and scrapes easily, and grease and fingerprints also don't show up. The red model, which we looked at for our Nokia Lumia 1520 hands-on review, has a glossier texture, similar to that of the Lumia 920.
The 6in display on the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the firm's first HD 1080p display, and the first ever HD 1080p Windows Phone 8 device.
While we've never had many complaints about the HD 720p screens typically found on Nokia's more recent devices, the upgrade to HD 1080p makes a huge difference, and makes Microsoft's Live Tile interface look better than ever.
There's no fuzziness whatsoever around the crisp white text of application icons, and the black background seems even deeper than before. The main difference we noticed is the vibrancy of whites throughout the mobile operating system, which have lost the yellowness we've often noticed on Lumia devices.
While the display is great overall, we did notice that we struggled to reach the same brightness levels as with the smaller Nokia Lumia 1020. This is likely due to the lack of Amoled screen technology, with Nokia opting for an in-plane switching (IPS) LCD display on the Lumia 1520 instead. However, with Nokia's ClearBlack technology the viewing angles remain just as impressive as those on previous Lumia devices.
The display on the Nokia Lumia 1520 is also massive, measuring 6in diagonally. Of course, you either like big screens or you don't, and for those after a device for editing documents, viewing presentations or working on the go, the Lumia 1520's screen holds up well.
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