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Published on March 8th, 2014 | by Haseeb Ahmed


Nokia Lumia 1520 Review (The Giant Unleashed)

Nokia Lumia 1520 was introduced in the global market, in November 2013. It made its way to Pakistan last month at the Nokia Bigger Is Better event in Karachi. I have spent my fair share of time with the device to write a detailed Nokia Lumia 1520 review.  We also did post the Nokia Lumia 1520 unboxing video. Before we get started with Lumia 1520 review, Nokia Lumia 1520 can be purchased from any Nokia Care outlet in Pakistan. It is available for Rs.74,900/- only. I wouldn’t like to keep you waiting so lets get started! (PS: If you’re here for the Lumia 1520 review video, it’s in the end ;-)

Design & Hardware

The first thing that everyone notice’s about Lumia 1520 is its huge size. Ofcourse, it is bigger than most mobile devices but than again its a Phablet. If you haven’t heard the term phablet before, phablet is just a device in between the phone and tablet size. The device does feel pretty solid in hand. Also, unlike previous Lumia devices, Nokia has kept free space around the display minimal. This could be because the device is already large enough to have extra space.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Review - Front Bottom

The 6-inch 1080p Display is great for productivity, reading magazines or watching movies.  Though, it should not be a deal breaker, but you can’t text easily with just one hand. Also unlike other devices, Lumia 1520 has 6 columns of live tiles on the Start screen. This is because Microsoft decided that it would be a waste of larger displays if they also had just 4 columns.  Besides the Full HD 6″ Display and gigantic size, Lumia 1520 is pretty much like any other Lumia device. It has a polycarbonate body and available in red, yellow, black and white color.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Review - Front Top

Nokia Lumia 1520 has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. One side has NanoSIM and MicroSD card tray, while the other has the standard hardware keys (Volume, Power, Camera). All the sensors (proximity, light sensor, etc) and front camera is near the speaker grill. The 3 touch keys (back, start, search) are oddly closed spaced, which takes some time to get used to if coming from another Lumia device.


Nokia has advertised the camera’s on there phones a lot. No doubt, Nokia has put a lot of research and money into making there device Camera’s near perfect but still there are places where they sometimes tend to lack. Overall, Nokia Lumia devices have great camera hardware. But Nokia didn’t only stop at that, they also provide great experience with the latest Nokia Pro Cam app.

Nokia Lumia 1520 - Back Top

Below are a few test shots that were taken for Nokia Lumia 1520 review. One thing that you would notice in particular is that for some reason Nokia Lumia 1520 has great daylight shots but not so good night-time shots. The night-time shots seems to overexpose on auto settings.

(Checkout the complete 20MP test shot gallery, here.)

Sorry! We don’t have a video recording from the Lumia 1520 for you. It is because there is nothing too special in that area of the Lumia 1520 feature-set. Although, Lumia 1520 has introduced 4 mics which means that you can now record clear and directional voice in your videos.


Nokia Lumia 1520 Review - Back

Nokia Lumia 1520 has a loud-speaker grill at back of the device. The sound quality is great and the volume is louder as well, compared to older Lumia devices. Rest is the same ol’ same ol’.


Nokia Lumia 1520 Review - Back Side

Nokia Lumia 1520 has connectivity features like any other high-end Lumia device. The device supports 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity. It also has Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC and GPS. One change from all the other Lumia devices is that, Lumia 1520 has a Nano SIM slot instead of the Micro SIM.

Battery Timing

Since phablets are primarily built for productivity and entertainment features, one expects their battery life to be extra-ordinary as well. I was able to get 3 days straight out of my Lumia 1520 on normal usage. Unfortunately, this was just once after which i have got only between 1.5-2days on normal usage. By normal usage I mean: minimal WiFi usage, EDGE always on, 30mins on average for games and 1-2 calls a day. Still, this is better than most smartphones but not too good for a phablet. Don’t take me wrong, it isn’t bad either.

 Nokia Lumia 1520 - Back Bottom

Lumia 1520 Tech. Specs

  • Dimensions: 6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 in
  • Weight: 209g
  • Quad-band Connectivity (GSM/GPRS/EDGE)
  • 6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), ClearBlack IPS LCD
  • 2.2Ghz Quadcore Krait 400CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM, 32GB Internal Storage, MicroSD (upto 64GB) Support
  • 20MP PureView Camera with Dual-LED Flash, 1.5MP Front-Cam
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Non-removable 3400mAh Li-Ion Battery
  • Windows Phone 8 with Nokia Black Update

Lumia 1520 Review Video

My Opinion

In my opinion, Nokia has come a long way and this is a nice first attempt at phablets. Unfortunately, there is not much of a difference between a Nokia phablet and a Nokia phone, except for the large displays. I would like to see Nokia introduce features such as note-taking, drawing and more — that utilize some kind of a stylus. This is what Windows Phone needs and what would make Nokia’s phablets stand-out from Nokia phones. This would also promote true productivity and attract more people to the Windows phone platform.

You can find out more about Nokia Lumia 1520 at the official product page.

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About the Author

is a technology enthusiast who has been writing IT Blogs for over 3 years now. He comes from a Computer Sciences background & has been developing websites, web applications, PC and smartphone apps from a long time. He mainly writes at Engismo, and is a lead developer as well. You can be reach him at haseebahmed (at) rabbit-white. com

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