The Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone is very similar to the flagships that the company introduced earlier, but it is faster and larger than its predecessors. The Finns are desperately trying to bite off an increasing share of the market, so they are actively releasing devices of different formats and at different prices. Lumia 1520 became the first phablet from Nokia. A powerful 20 megapixel camera, excellent display, attractive design, multi-colored cases and, of course, the Snapdragon 800 are a worthy answer to competitors running Android and, it seems, so far this is the best smartphone on Windows Phone 8.
The latest GDR3 version of Windows Phone 8 received support for Full HD displays and quad-core processors, which allowed Nokia to fully enter the power war.
- Case materials: white, black, red or yellow polycarbonate, glass
- Operating System: Windows Phone 8
- Network: GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, LTE
- Processor: Quad Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.2 GHz
- RAM: 2 GB
- Memory for data storage: 32 GB + microSD
- Screen: capacitive, IPS, 6 inches, 1080x1920 pixels
- Camera: 20 megapixel main with autofocus, flash and optical stabilization, 1.2 megapixel front
- Optional: Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Qi wireless charging
- Battery: 3400 mAh
- Dimensions: 85.4x162.8x8.7 mm
- Weight: 209g
- Price of the device: 25,000 rubles. / 6100 UAH.
Externally, the box does not differ from the box of some Lumia 620, and the equipment of the new flagship differs from the budget only by the presence of the treasured clip for opening the tray for SIM cards and memory cards. The only good news is that the vacuum headset matches the color of the device, yellow headphones are in the box with the yellow smartphone.
- USB cable
- Headset with a set of ear pads
- Instruction set
Corporate Flip Cover, which is sold separately, looks great and also comes in different colors. At the same time, the hysptot likes to combine different colors of the case and the cover, and it looks stylish.
Appearance and usability
At first glance, the Lumia 1520 looks just like an enlarged Lumia 1020
with a reduced camera unit and body thickness. The design is made in the classic style of the Lumia line - rounded corners of the case, a slightly convex screen with a black border, standard placement of control buttons, a polycarbonate case. In size, the case 1520 is much larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and outwardly a little smaller than the HTC One Max.
Using a smartphone with one hand is very difficult, unless of course you are some kind of alien with long fingers. The thickness and weight of the smartphone are quite standard for a 6-inch giant, it fits perfectly in your jeans pocket.
The front panel of the device is covered with a protective glass Gorilla Glass 2 and, like all predecessors, has a black color. It is edged with a thin rubber insert, which, however, has no functional purpose and is just an element of design.
At the top is the company logo, earpiece, front camera and a barely noticeable hole for the proximity sensor and light.
At the bottom are the touch buttons Back, Home, Search, equipped with white backlight. Their placement is very tight and shifted to the center, so there is no problem of accidental clicks, as in some previous Lumia. Holding your smartphone with one hand, reaching with your thumb to the back button will be very difficult. At the junction of the front panel and the housing, a small hole for the microphone is noticeable.
On the upper edge of the device there is only a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and on the lower edge there is a microUSB connector for connecting a data cable or charging no less lonely.
On the left side are the buttons for locking and lowering the camera, as well as a volume rocker. The location of the lock button is very convenient, it lies immediately below the thumb. In some reviews, you can see complaints about random triggering of the camera button, supposedly it is very soft, but for 2 weeks of using the smartphone there were exactly 0 times the camera turned on accidentally.
At the top of the left end of the device there are 2 covers for compartments with a SIM card in Nano-SIM format and a slot for microSD memory cards. To open them you need to use a company or regular paper clip.
The back panel of the device is completely made of polycarbonate. Here is the main 20 MP camera of the device, which protrudes from the housing by 1.5-2 mm, an LED flash, an additional microphone and an external speaker. There is no back cover as such and only a service center can open a smartphone, so the battery is not removable here.
The quality of materials and assembly, as befits a flagship - is on top. The only flaw can be called slightly dangling compartments for the memory card and SIM card.
Nokia Lumia 1520 was the first smartphone on Windows Phone equipped with a Full HD display, and even with a diagonal of 6 inches. The pixel density is 367 ppi, the display is made using IPS technology, protected by Gorilla Glass 2, has an oleophobic and anti-reflective coating, the touch supports up to 10 simultaneous touches and work with gloves. Separately, the options enable dual tap unlocking.
The screen has high contrast and brightness, maximum viewing angles. If the colors on the screen do not seem quite real, in the settings you can easily change the color temperature and color saturation. Automatic brightness control works smoothly and accurately.
The appearance of the Nokia 1520 was due to the release of an updated version of Windows Phone GDR3, because the previous version of the GDR2 system did not support either Full HD displays or quad-core processors. Nokia's software package has also been upgraded to the Lumia Black version, replacing its predecessor Lumia Amber.
In addition to hardware improvements, GRD3 had a number of very important software improvements, such as: the ability to turn off automatic screen rotation, the ability to close applications in the task manager, the number of notification settings was increased, the attachment of office documents to e-mail messages was added, now the initial setup does not require the use of data transfer in the cellular network, a special “in the car” mode has appeared, the possibilities for changing tiles on the desktop have been expanded.
The Lumia Black Service Pack includes the following innovations:
- Folders - application tiles can now be grouped into folders, to use the new function you need to install the application from the WP Store.
- Nokia Screen Beamer - application that allows you to broadcast the device screen through a web page. The functionality of the application is very low, because the video is broadcast with delays and jerks.
- Nokia Story Teller is a photo diary app. Surely a very useful application for travelers, photos are grouped by date or place.
Nokia Pro Cam is a camera application that allows you to manually change almost all settings. It is worth saying that only this application can take 20 megapixel pictures. The standard camera application, which is activated when you hold down the capture button, takes a photo with a maximum resolution of 5 megapixels, just like, for example, Instagram.
It is worth saying that Windows Phone still has problems watching MP4 or AVI movies and videos. There is still no adequate video player in the application store, much less free. Book reader apps just don't see the files in the device’s memory. Dropbox and YouTube do not have an adequate file upload function. The same Instagram is in the BETA stage, which is accompanied by constant crashes and errors in work.
The smartphone is equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz. Apparently Nokia decided to abandon the tactics “the main optimization of the system, and the iron is a secondary factor”. Now the Finns have something to oppose the Korean flagships. Lumia 1520 easily copes with the most demanding games available in the WP Store, and the reserve of power is enough for another year and a half to continue to cope with the latest in the gaming industry.
The presence of 2 GB of RAM seems excessive, if we talk about the features of the Windows Phone system. In synthetic tests, the smartphone shows 2 times better results than its predecessor Lumia 925
Test results in various benchmarks:
- Antutu Benchmark: 25098
- Sunspider: 540.0 ms
- MultiBench 2: 30,504 / 37,141 / 6,142 / 48,245
- WP Bench: 479.23
- Phone Mark: 1857
Sunspider and WP Bench
The Lumia 1520 is equipped with a 3400 mAh battery, which is the de facto standard for smartphones with a 6-inch screen. Since we do not have the technical ability to test devices on Windows Phone, we will use the results obtained by the GSMArena resource.
1520 showed excellent results, in the mode of reading the Internet via Wi-Fi, the smartphone discharges in 12 hours 40 minutes, and in the video viewing mode - in 12 hours 31 minutes. The result is really impressive and with moderate use of the charge of the smartphone will last for 2, or even all 3 days. The battery is not removable, the device supports Qi wireless charging.
One of the main parameters of all flagship smartphones from Nokia is the camera. Lumia 1520 was no exception and received a 20 megapixel sensor with PureView technology and optical stabilization.
The Nokia Pro Cam application allows you to manually control not only focus, but also parameters such as shutter speed and ISO. The quality of the pictures can not be called somehow overwhelming and surprising, the result is quite expected and differs only slightly from competitors.
The main disadvantage of the camera is the large focal length, lovers of macro photography or photographing flowers will obviously remain dissatisfied. The flash works just fine, nearby objects do not light up, and the colors have natural shades.
Examples of photos from the main camera:
Photo on a great sunny day
Photo at minimum focal length
Close-up photo with flash
Front camera photo:
Communication and sensors
Nokia Lumia 1520 supports work in the fourth generation networks with a maximum download speed of 150 Mbps and a return of 50 Mbps. In addition to the GPS module, an Orthodox GLONASS is also installed here to improve positioning. Communication and all the sensors of the device are operating normally and are not satisfactory. Unfortunately, there is no technical possibility to test the operation of the device in 4G networks.
Nokia Lumia 1520 became the first smartphone on Windows Phone with Full HD display and such a powerful hardware platform. In addition to the four-core processor and excellent display, the device boasts a good camera, attractive design and long battery life.
The device will appeal to fans of large screens, and for adherents of Nokia and admirers of Windows Phone 8, the price is unlikely to be a determining factor.
At the moment, the hardware power of the device is excessive, because the number of games adapted for Full HD screens can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and there are simply no applications capable of loading such a processor on Windows Phone 8.Pros:
- Great display
- Case Materials
- Quality camera
- Great battery life
- Windows Phone system flaws
CompetitorsNokia Lumia 1020
- 20,000 rubles. / 6500 UAH.
A camera phone with an incredible 41 megapixel camera will give 100 points ahead of the flagship, but is built on the hardware platform of the previous generation. 1020 will be an excellent choice only if you want a 41 megapixel camera, otherwise everything speaks in favor of the Lumia 1520.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - 30,000 rubles. / 8000 UAH
The descendant of the first phablet Galaxy Note 3 is equipped with exactly the same processor and but has 1 GB more RAM. In terms of body materials, camera and screen quality, it clearly loses to the Nokia 1520, but it works on Android and has more modest dimensions.
HTC One Max - 24,000 rubles. / 6500 UAH.
HTC’s device runs on a past-generation Snapdragon 600 processor, which is not only less productive, but also more greedy in terms of energy consumption. The camera at One Max is significantly inferior to 20 megapixels at Lumia, but the case here is metal and the price is more modest.
The device is provided by Nokia in Ukraine.