TechSpot: Nokia Lumia 1520 Review: 6-inch handset is the best Windows Phone yet

Nokia had a busy 2013 gunning for every segment of the smartphone market. The now Microsoft-owned company took the low-end market by storm with the popular Lumia 520, while the Lumia 720 and Lumia 625 occupy the mid-range, and the Lumia 925 keeps the high-end in check. Let’s not forget the Lumia 1020 either, whose monstrous 41-megapixel camera makes it the perfect smartphone for photography lovers.

And yet there was another slice of the market that Nokia hadn’t touched, until now. Throughout the past year we’ve seen companies try and pry the large-screen crown away from Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, but the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and HTC One Max have failed to make a serious impact. Nokia is hoping that their Lumia 1520 will give the Note 3 a run for its money, especially with its impressive spec sheet.

The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone to come with a Snapdragon 800 SoC, the first with a quad-core CPU, the first with a 1080p display, and the first to really compete on a hardware level with top Android devices of the same generation. It also sees Nokia’s vast imaging expertise put to good use once again, with the inclusion of a 20-megapixel PureView shooter sure to please enthusiasts out there.

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The PMA stuff and 16gb is just a stupid AT&T limitation to that phone because they want to force their stupid alliance stuff on everyone. the Lumia 1520 comes everywhere else with 32gb and QI integrated

I'm sure it is. A tad big for a pocket though and for such a big size one would assume some sort of stylus support.

Edited by Thief000, Jan 16 2014, 10:13am :

Best Windows phone, ever. Worst phone, ever.

1 more inch and it's a tablet.Seen the size of it in that guys hands and compared to other phones, this size war is pathetic.

Uplift said,
Best Windows phone, ever. Worst phone, ever.

1 more inch and it's a tablet.Seen the size of it in that guys hands and compared to other phones, this size war is pathetic.

which race has hotter woman? (doesn't it depend on individual preference?)

rippleman said,

which race has hotter woman? (doesn't it depend on individual preference?)

The elven race... Hands down...

Uplift said,
...size....

What's your point?
Have you seen a professional basketball player use an iPhone? It's just as comically hilarious.
My 6' something friend hated smartphones until he got his Galaxy Mega.

Glad this is an option in the Windows ecosystem. they needed a phablet.

how are they useless? nokia has been rolling out update after update for their lumia line.
and there's the gigantic wp 8.1 update rolling out within the next few months.

Nashy said,
It's too big. Simple.

But these phones are useless without Microsoft releasing ****ing updates!

which race has hotter woman? (doesn't it depend on individual preference?)

aviator189 said,
how are they useless? nokia has been rolling out update after update for their lumia line.
and there's the gigantic wp 8.1 update rolling out within the next few months.

Emphasis on "the next few months". April.

If you think 17 months is ok to release the first major update of the OS, and OS that started from the back, and is missing MANY basic features, then fine. I don't think it's ok. I think it's damn right disgusting that Microsoft has taken so long.

The Lumia updates haven't gone un-noticed. They have added some good things to the phones, but it's nothing of substance.

Anyone who is happy with the lack of feature updates from Microsoft has an unhealthy blind love for the platform.

Fanboy Disclaimer: I'm currently looking at my awesome (even if it's missing tonnes of basic features) Lumia. My 6th Windows Phone.

rippleman said,

which race has hotter woman? (doesn't it depend on individual preference?)

If there is a joke to be had. It's gone over my head. Sorry.

Nashy said,

If there is a joke to be had. It's gone over my head. Sorry.

i guess i should have said, "whats the perfect weight for a woman?" Some like bigger, some like smaller, some like average. A phone is the same, all comes down to what the person prefers.

rippleman said,

i guess i should have said, "whats the perfect weight for a woman?" Some like bigger, some like smaller, some like average. A phone is the same, all comes down to what the person prefers.

Oh. Well thanks for pointing that out I guess. Bit of a waste given I was expressing my opinion.

Nashy said,

Oh. Well thanks for pointing that out I guess. Bit of a waste given I was expressing my opinion.

quote: "It's too big. Simple."

didn't know that was an opinion statement, sorry for that... just with most of the neowin crowd they don't ever seem to accept that people have opinions that may not match their own.

rippleman said,

quote: "It's too big. Simple."

didn't know that was an opinion statement, sorry for that... just with most of the neowin crowd they don't ever seem to accept that people have opinions that may not match their own.

Yeah, I feel like a dick having to put IMO on everything. Completely my opinion though, there will be thousands of people who love this device, including quite a number of my friends who have purchased it.

Absolutely love my 1520. Fits my pockets just fine. The battery life is phenomenal compared to my old 920. It will last days on standby (920 was lucky to make it overnight without having to be charged). The size of the screen makes the phone actually useful if you want to use any of the office apps. I do wish I could use my old wireless charging with it but it seems that you need a special "case" for it to work.

IndyLateNite said,
Absolutely love my 1520. Fits my pockets just fine. The battery life is phenomenal compared to my old 920. It will last days on standby (920 was lucky to make it overnight without having to be charged). The size of the screen makes the phone actually useful if you want to use any of the office apps. I do wish I could use my old wireless charging with it but it seems that you need a special "case" for it to work.

my wireless charger works from the 920 works perfectly with my OoB 1520. Its big but its funny i now go back to 920 and lament how small it is. The 1520 is amazing. Now just would like VPN support and i would be one very happy camper. 8.1?

I like the Nokia 1520 and would have been interested in getting it. BUT! I am not giving Microsoft another chance until they prove to me that they can update a Windows Phone 8 to 9. 8.1 is not going to be enough. To many times, we have fallen for the Windows Mobile 6.0 - 6.5 and Windows Phone 7 - 7.8. trick. I will sit back and wait to see if they are able to pull it off this year. Till then..NO DICE!

Looking forward to MWC 2014 next month.
I want a 5 inch phone with those specs.
Is anything on rumors list yet?

I just got an HTC One Max and I was going to get the Nokia 1520 but the lack of apps put me off and I have loads of apps on my Android account. It just didn't feel right. I have hands like shovels and although people said both phones are massive. I found it quite comfortable. But the HTC One Max won me over.

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