The Nokia Lumia 1520 6-inch Windows Phone: An Honest Review

Many have often considered Windows phone as second tier as they are often much less powerful than their Android and Apple counterparts. Whether it is terms of features, app variety or popularity, Windows mobile devices have a lot of catching up to do to say the least. One of the biggest criticisms of Windows Phone is that they often come with ‘old generation’ specs. How does the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 fare against these criticisms? Lets take a closer look.

Design

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Due to the astronomical success and popularity of phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Nokia decides to hop on the oversized phone bandwagon with their Nokia Lumia 1520. It comes with a 6-inch 1080p HD screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. This translates to approximately 367ppi in pixel density. Due to this larger screen size, the phone is slightly larger than the Samsung Note 3, measuring 6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches and weighing 7.37 ounces.

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So is the Lumia 1520 comfortable to use? We are happy to report that the device is surprisingly comfortable to use for its size although due to its 3.36-inch width, some people might find it a little difficult to use it single-handedly. This awkwardness is counter weighed by the fact that the larger keys on its keyboard and the larger windows tiles on the interface (due to the larger screen) do make the device easier to use.

Specs and Features

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The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with a quad core, 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB for Storage. Specs like these makes the Lumia 1520 the most powerful Windows smartphone to date. The device also comes with a whopping 20MP camera, which is by far the best smartphone lens found any only flagship smartphones to date. Finally, the spec sheet on this model brings Windows phones on par with its Android and Apple counterparts.

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As you would expect from a device with such a large, full HD screen, the quality of visual playback on the 1520 is very impressive. Viewing angles were great and it sharp and crisp images make watching videos and playing graphic-intensive games on the device an absolute delight. The benefits of having a powerful quad core processor are evident especially when playing resource hungry games where animations and image transitions were crisp and buttery smooth. The screen was also vibrant enough to be used outdoors or under bright lighting conditions without any significant loss in image quality.

Since Nokia have already sealed its reputation for making some of the best camera smartphones in the world (with the Nokia 1020), many won’t be surprised that the camera feature on the Nokia Lumia 1520 is also one of the best in its class. The photo and video quality on the 1520 might not be as good as those on the Nokia 1020, but we must said that it loses out on a just a very small margin (the 1020 after all does have a 41mp image sensor). To be honest, we felt that the image quality of the photos and video taken on the 1520 is so good that only the most discerning photo enthusiast would be able to tell the difference between it and those taken on the legendary 1020.

Overall

The Nokia Lumia 1520 to date is the best Windows Smartphone that money can buy, especially if you don’t mind its larger size. The combination of a gorgeous full HD screen, powerful specs and excellent camera features would prove to be irresistible for many Windows smartphone fans. Its good to see Nokia putting in serious effort to keep Windows smartphone relevant in this extremely competitive market.

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