Surprisingly slim and a solid grip, the 1520 feels almost like a mini tablet in your palms. At 6 inches, this one will tend to get a little bulky after a while of usage. Thin bezels give a good look to the smartphone but the edgy corners make it uncomfortable to carry along in pockets. Then again, going with the size, it doesn\’t even easily fit in our pocket. Sleek, compared to its other Lumia phones, the 1520 does give us an interesting first impression.
Design Nokia has indeed worked quite hard to make this one of the best looking Lumia in the series. The tall phone is heavy for one hand use but the plastic does try to make it a bit lighter. All the ports are placed perfectly. We have the volume keys along with the power key and also the camera button placed on the right. The sim card holder and SD card holder are fitted on the left and the audio jack is in the centre on the top along with the USB port at the bottom. Simple and well-designed; it has a stunner look. Although, why exactly Nokia decided to have a Nano SIM slot for such a huge phone remains a mystery for us.Display Nokia finally introduces a Full HD screen in their Lumia series with a 1080p display. The screen looks much more vibrant and crisp and the full HD does full justice to the Windows OS as you can see the difference if you compare it to other Lumia phones. The 6-inch display equipped with a 1920×1080 IPS LCD screen with a pixel density of 367 ppi sees an extra column of Live Tiles on the start to make good use of the screen size. Another added point here by Nokia would be their ClearBlack technology which is essentially a series of polarizing filters built into the panel that reject ambient light, making it easier to see the display when outdoors. Basically you don\’t need to increase your smartphone\’s brightness whenever you step out into the sun. Bright and colourful, it definitely has one of the best displays we\’ve seen in a while.Camera Getting on to the best feature of the smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 1520 sports a rear-facing 20-megapixel ˜PureView\’ camera alongside a 1.2 MP, [email protected] front facing camera. It has a 1/2.5” sensor size, an f/2.4 26mm-effective lens and optical image stabilization. It\’s paired with a dual-LED flash as well. Now in 20MP, there\’s a lot you can achieve. A lot of zooming and resizing at brilliant quality achieved with sharp and most importantly, clear images. Images taken indoors even in low light compared to other smartphones is definitely better. Images taken at night are also strong as OIS does help along with reasonably high ISOs. Images taken in the day are very clear, no arguments. Video recording quality from the Lumia 1520 is quite decent. It lacks 4K recording which the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 does support. The microphones record loud sounds so for outdoor recording, this would be beneficial.Hardware & Software This is the first Windows phone to support a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. It also consists of a 2.26 GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU. Apps work faster, the UI is definitely smoother than the other Lumia Series. The entire user experience is made much easier and a lot of stuff can be done with ease without worrying that it might hang. Running on Windows 8.1, the Nokia Lumia 1520, is effortless simple to use and the live tiles look even better because of the display now. The keyboard feels huge comparing it to the others and seems like it blocks the huge screen. As this one has strong hardware features, Windows 8 works smoothly.Battery The enormous 3400mAh battery is great. A whole day of moderate-to-heavy usage still didn\’t drain out the battery completely (on Wi-Fi), although it did struggle over 3G on the same kind of testing. Still is a better performer than most smartphones in this price range.
The huge form factor for the Lumia 1520 coupled with the Full HD display really puts it in another league of its own. Though it feels rather huge to operate easily with one hand, the design, hardware, camera, software and UI work really well. Unfortunately, the lack of a huge listing of apps still hurts the Windows Phone platform, although on its own the Lumia 1520 sure has enough bells and whistles to stand tall against the most formidable Android powerhouses.
- 6-inch IPS LCD Full HD display
- Snapdragon 800 chipset
- 2.2 Ghz quad-core CPU
- Adreno 330 GPU | 2 GB RAM
- 16GB internal, microSD card slot up to 64GB
- 20MP Carl Zeiss Optics, PureView rear camera
- 1080p Video recording, 30fps
- 1.2MP front cam, 720p video