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Nokia Lumia 1520 review

Nokia Lumia 1520 with Windows Phone 8 main

Nokia's best Windows Phone device yet, boasting an HD display, quad-core processor and excellent battery life. The Windows Phone ecosystem is also improving with almost all major apps now available.


Good design, crisp screen, smooth performance, excellent camera, plenty of storage, good battery life


Windows Phone 8 layout can be overwhelming, app selection still behind iOS and Android

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £TBC

Manufacturer: Nokia

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.

Nokia Lumia 1520 compared to the Nokia Lumia 1020 design

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.

Nokia Lumia 1520 has a 6in 1080p HD display

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.

Next: Performance, operating system

Display: 6in 1080x1920 IPS LCD 367ppi
Processor: Quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Camera: 20MP rear-facing camera with optical image stablisation and dual flash, 1.2MP front-facing camera
Storage: 32GB internal storage
Connectivity: 2G 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 850/900/1900/2100, 4G LTE
Operating system: Windows Phone 8
Dimensions: 163x85x8.7mm
Battery: 3,400mAh
Weight: 209g

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Carly Page

Carly Page joined The INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012. Before becoming a full-time geek, Carly studied Journalism at the University of Lincoln, and dabbled in the music journalism industry. Carly's main coverage areas include mobile devices, mobile software, telecoms, mobile operators, social networks and anything Breaking Bad related.

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