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Nokia Lumia 1320 review

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Nokia Lumia 1320 has a 6in 720p HD screen

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a fairly decent, but uninspiring large-screen Windows Phone that offers users good battery and performance. But these perks are let down by its dull design, heavy weight and lack of a stylus.

Pros:

Smooth performance, good battery life, micro SD card slot

Cons:

Poor camera, no stylus, very heavy

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £280

Nokia is currently the only big player in the Windows Phone ecosystem, with sales of its Lumia devices accounting for over 90 percent of all Windows Phone handsets sold. Nokia has therefore worked hard to release a variety of Windows Phones to suit a multitude of budgets and tastes.

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is the result of the Finnish firm targeting those looking for an affordable large-screen device, with the handset offering an affordable alternative to the Nokia Lumia 1520. It doesn't skimp on specifications, however, with the device boasting a 6in HD screen, support for 4G LTE and the same 3,400mAh battery as its predecessor.

Design
The Nokia Lumia 1320's most noticeable feature is its large size. While it's slim enough at 9.8mm thick, the device measures 164mm tall and 86mm wide, which means it's almost impossible to operate with one hand – not comfortably, at least. It's fairly heavy too, tipping the scales at 220g, leading to wrist ache after using the device for long periods.

Saying that, Nokia has designed the device with a minimal bezel around the screen, so the handset doesn't feel unnecessarily bulky.

Nokia Lumia 1320 designDespite its size the Nokia Lumia 1320 is comfortable to hold. The device is built out of a tough, yet soft-to-the-touch plastic, and its rounded edges mean that it doesn't sit too awkwardly in the hand. One downside is that the plastic easily picks up fingerprints and dirt.

Screen
The Nokia Lumia 1320's standout feature is, of course, its 6in display. Unfortunately, this screen doesn't boast the same 1080x1920 resolution found on the Nokia Lumia 1520, with the 6in screen instead having been downgraded to a 720p resolution, giving it a pixel density of 245ppi.

Nokia Lumia 1320 has a 6in 720p HD screen

This means on paper the Nokia Lumia 1320's screen isn't anything to write home about. But in actual use, the display wasn't too disappointing. Text looked slightly fuzzy and curves were not as smooth as on the Lumia 1520, but we still found the 6in screen bright enough, and thanks to Nokia's ClearBlack display technology, blacks are deep and colours are vibrant. Viewing angles are also surprisingly good, although we did find the screen quite reflective, so it might not be the best device to use while out and about. 

One thing worth pointing out is that the screen on the Nokia Lumia 1320 doesn't have stylus support to compete with the on-screen note-taking features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Next: Performance, operating system

Processor: Dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Display: 6in, 720x1080 resolution, IPS, LCD, 245ppi touchscreen
Storage: 8GB expandable up to an additional 64GB via micro SD card; 1GB RAM
Camera: 5MP rear, VGA front
Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE
Battery: 3,400mAh
Operating system: Windows Phone 8
Dimensions: 164x86x9.8mm
Weight: 220g

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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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