Nokia Lumia 1520 review: It is larger than you think and your pocket

This time I will not complain about the price of Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone because this phone is not worth using even if you are getting it at a huge discount.

I have several reasons to justify my comments after using Nokia Lumia 1520 for two days. But I will not give up because Nokia has several other small phones as well. Lumia 720 is the best example for us. These phones are more handy and easy to use. Your hands will feel the heat if you using bigger phones like Nokia Lumia 1520.

Quick Specs

  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 1.2 MP Secondary Camera
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • 6-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 20 MP Primary Camera
  • 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core Processor
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB

Size matters

If you are keeping this jumbo phone in your shirt pocket (assume that you are using 38-44 size shirt with a traditional pocket), there are chances that Nokia Lumia 1520 will jump out of the pocket. If you are craving to keep this in your jeans pocket, do not think again. It will not be an easy task for you. To accommodate Nokia Lumia 1520, you need a mini cover.

This has many meanings. Since Nokia Lumia 1520 does not come with an electronic stylus, you will not be able to handle with single hand. Can you use two hands to handle the largest Nokia Lumia phones on Windows 8? Yes, but do not try to do any other work including taking notes with your right hand.

When you are planning to select a huge phone you must try to hold Nokia Lumia 1520 in your hand. Remember, Nokia Lumia 1520 is BIG as suggested by Nokia India’s invitation to attend the launch program in India. Hope the absence of several media did not reflect the enthusiasm towards the much awaited phone at a price of around Rs 46,000.

Some people term Nokia Lumia 1520 as a phablet – a combination of tablet and smartphone to avoid any confusion. I will call it as a BIG mistake from Nokia product development team. There is no market for such BIG phones in India. Indian hands are not big enough to handle this calling instrument. I think Nokia introduced Nokia Lumia 1520 for the purpose of connecting people. Indians will not select this phone because of its camera capabilities. Camera features are stunning.

Nokia Lumia 1520 with 16.26 cm height, and 8.54 cm width is the Finnish manufacturer’s first entry into the phablet market.

When cloning, Nokia failed to understand the demand of Indian customers.

I want competition to take note of this situation. HTC One Max, which is priced less as compared with Nokia Lumia 1520, is likely to face the similar fate in India. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is still working hard to sell in the Indian phone market.

Stunning Look

Nokia Lumia 1520 has stunning look. It’s available in bright yellow, red, white and black. You will like the look.

A 15.24 cm (6-inch) full high-definition screen dominates the front of the thin device. The screen is sharp, vibrant and good looking. To ensure better screen to users, Nokia used ClearBlack polarisation, IPS LCD and super sensitive touch screen technology. The screen has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. The result: text appears crisp on websites and documents, with images richly coloured and detailed. The large screen is great for sharing videos too: viewing angles are really wide. And PureView camera supports for better video.

Since I borrowed this phone from a friend, I could not test the quality of the material used. I hope materials will be in line with the price.

Thin may not be beautiful for many Indians. Nokia Lumia 1520 is relatively thin for a phablet at 8.7mm, 1.59mm thinner than the HTC One Max and only marginally thicker than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (8.3mm).


You will not complain about the Qualcomm’s current flagship 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. You will not feel lag when you shuffle between an app and video or word doc and email browser to take notes. But Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Nexus 5 have similar processors. Price is relatively lower too. You get 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory with this phone.


Yes, Lumia 1520 is the best Windows Phone powered smartphone ever made. It runs on WP 8 OS. Of course, bigger screen will fit more apps and widgets. You don’t have to scroll down to see updates.  Nokia has made some changes to the operating system by adding a feature called Lumia Black software. Double-tapping the screen enables you to wakes the device, Glance notifications appear when you move the device if its screen is off, and there’s Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy support for connecting to accessories and devices such as fitness trackers.

Lumia 1520 can be considered as business smartphone with built-in Microsoft Office, respected business applications like Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and Lync, as well as enterprise-level security.


20 MP PureView is already available with other Lumia phones. It may not be the right decision to take Nokia Lumia 1520 for an outing. Nokia wants me to get rid of my Nikon camera and take some video with the latest phablet. They are confident about the quality of camera and video features. I did not get best result from PureView camera in normal light. The picture quality was not up to the mark. But I found video quality is better than still pictures. Lumia 1520 sports a 1.2 MP back camera that’s not a great deal.

Nokia says you can capture a world of sound like never before with the Nokia Lumia 1520. With Nokia Rich Recording and 4 built-in microphones, you not only get distortion-free, immersive directional stereo recording, but also highly improved sound clarity for the sound you want to capture.

Remember, we cannot compare 20 MP PureView on Lumia 1520 with 41 MP camera on the Lumia 1020.


Your guess is right. Nokia has done a good job with the 3400mAh battery. There will be no issues if you are getting maximum talk time of 25.1 hour on 3G network, 27.4 hour on 2G network and maximum music playback time of 124 hour.

As I mentioned earlier, we will not discuss about the price this time. There are buyers for phones at the Rs 46,000 price range. But phones should be affordable for use. Lumia 1520 does not fit into the user friendly phone category. It has good battery, better look, slim style, good OS, better processor, etc. Nokia may need to get a fix on apps to excite more users.

Baburajan K


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