Nokia Lumia 1520 review
- Fantastic display
- Ultra fast
- Matte finish
- Lack of optimisation
- Slow camera
Nokia's line of Lumia devices seem to be expanding on a weekly basis. Recently we've had the Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet. With the Nokia Lumia 1520 though, the brand is entering the phablet market - pitching the device as a smart phone and tablet hybrid.
A once minor sector has seen a mass popularity boost, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and HTC One Max leading the charge of high-specced, big-screened devices.
So, does the Nokia Lumia 1520 have what it takes to match up against these literal mobile phone heavyweights? Read on to find out.
Nokia Lumia 1520: Size and build
Right, first things first - this is a big phone. A really big phone in fact. It's definitely, as much as we hate using the word, a phablet. But, really, if you're even contemplating making this phone as your daily driver then you know that already, and you're fine with it.
The device that really kicked off our love/hate relationship with these phone and tablet hybrids was the Samsung Galaxy Note, and the latest iteration of that product, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is the biggest competitor to the Nokia 1520.
In size terms, both these phones are pretty big, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes in at 168g and 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, while Nokia's 1520 measures 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, with a weight of 209g.
With the larger weight and bigger dimensions comes a phone that is sometimes quite awkward to hold, requiring two-hand operation practically all the time. If you're someone who wears a lot of skinny jeans, or even slim-fitting trousers, the Nokia Lumia 1520 will protrude from your pocket.
Those niggles aside, the phone itself is beautiful. The smooth matte back is a joy to hold, with the slight curves fitting the contours of your palms perfectly. Each of the side-mounted buttons feel solid, giving a firm click when pressed and the speaker grilles are cut with utmost precision.
Unlike on the Nokia Lumia 1020, there's no big hump for the camera, just a slight ripple, with the flash placed directly above. A Micro-USB port sits on the bottom, while the power button is placed on the side - a must for a phone of the size.
Nokia has made colourful phones one of its trademark design choices, with the Lumia 1520 coming in yellow, red, white and black. Our review model was yellow, a bright burst of sunshine that really stands out. We were less enamoured with the red model, which ditches the matte coating for a glossy one and looks much cheaper for it.