has been late to the big-screen party, not because it was too slow to
react to a changing market, but because the Windows Phone platform it
has committed to wasn't able to support such devices until very
recently. Clearly, the company has been well aware of demand for such
phones for long enough to develop a strategy that allows them to target
premium and value-conscious buyers.
Thus, the Lumia 1520, with its
full-HD screen and 20-megapixel PureView camera, is complemented by a
humbler sibling, the new Lumia 1320. Both products will appeal to those
who have been considering any of many oversized Android devices that
have recently flooded the market. Just like Samsung realized that large
phones don't necessarily have to be premium flagships, Nokia knows it
must cater to as many types of buyers as it can.
In our review of
the 1520, we noted that it was quite expensive and that the Windows
Phone ecosystem still has some pretty major shortcomings in terms of
overall polish and the availability of apps. That concern about cost
won't apply quite so much to the 1320, but on the other hand, we won't
have such headlining features as a PureView camera and top-of-the-line
processor to distract us from the OS's gaping holes.
1320 is more for people who just want to own a large phone than for
those who might actually benefit from a high-res screen or powerful
internals. That said, it isn't a weak performer and is still better
configured than similar-sized devices from budget brands, such as the
Xolo Q3000 and Micromax Canvas Turbo. In terms of both price and
specifications, it's on par with Samsung's Galaxy Grand 2. Let's see if
there's a noticeable performance difference between the two.
Look and feel
hard not to compare the Nokia Lumia 1320 to its older sibling. Where
the 1520 was somewhat squared off at the corners and flat at the back,
the 1320 is curvy all around. It's heavier, but feels more comfortable
in the hand. Another difference is that there's no need for a bump to
accommodate the camera, since there isn't anything special about it.
Lumia 1320 is larger in every dimension and also quite a bit heavier
than most other phones of its size on the market today, including the
Lumia 1520 and the Galaxy Grand 2. It won't fit comfortably in the
pocket of your skinny jeans, and you'll feel its weight and bulk as you
walk. Don't expect to be able to use it with one hand either: no matter
which way you hold it, your thumb simply won't be able to reach all
corners of the screen without some extremely uncomfortable wrist
This time, Nokia has gone with a matte finish. Unlike
most covers which pop off from the back, this one creeps around the four
sides and must be peeled off from the lower left front corner. Taking
the cover off is a bit of a chore and we were constantly afraid we'd
bend it too far, but it held up just fine.
While we're reminded of
the craze for coloured shells and panels for Nokia's older phones, it
doesn't look like the company is selling them as accessories for this
model, at least not yet. That's disappointing, because there really
seems to be no other reason why the shell is removable. There really
isn't anything to see beneath it; only the Micro-SIM and microSD card
slots, which are sandwiched together on one side. The battery is not
removable and also not visible.
The only physical buttons are the
volume rocker, power/standby, and camera shortcut key, which are all on
the phone's right edge and are actually part of the shell, by
necessity. The power button is in the middle, which is a bit too low for
your thumb or forefinger to reach, no matter which hand you hold the
The left edge is completely blank, and only things
you'll see on the top and bottom are the headset jack and Micro-USB port
respectively. The back is a blank canvas with only the camera lens,
flash, and speaker cutout arranged in a neat line down the middle. The
front camera is off-centre, while the standard three capacitive
navigation buttons can be found below the screen.
Features and specifications
Lumia 1320 is not a high-end phone, and every line in its spec sheet
reminds us of that fact. It makes do with a mid-range Qualcomm
Snapdragon 400, which has two cores and runs at 1.7GHz. The integrated
Adreno 305 GPU takes care of graphics, and there's 1GB of RAM to help
with multitasking and heavy applications.
The screen is pretty
decent, and uses Nokia's ClearBlack IPS LCD process to improve contrast
levels. 720x1280 is not a low resolution by any means, but it does begin
to look a bit stretched out on such a large screen. You'll notice a bit
of jaggedness around the Windows Phone 8 interface thanks to the
liberal use of extremely thin typography. It's not a deal breaker, but
the Lumia 1320 just doesn't look that great in comparison to the many
phones with full-HD panels that are becoming more common today.
there's only 8GB of built-in storage, but you can add up to 64GB more
using a microSD card. Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE are standard. All
the necessary GSM and 3G bands are supported, although you won't be
able to use LTE in India thanks to a mismatch of standards.
of these specifications are particularly thrilling, but that doesn't
mean the phone is underpowered. In fact, it's actually pretty well
balanced, and specs like these were impossible at this price point not
all that long ago. It's more than enough grunt for the kind of usage
you should expect out of a phone at this price point. You won't be
playing full-HD videos or games, and multitasking between several
The main camera is a simple 5-megapixel affair
capable of 1080p video recording, but a few of the neat tricks that the
1520's PureView module offers are carried over. We'll get to those in
more detail later. The front-facing camera is a completely pedestrian
640x480-pixel VGA unit which we're disappointed with.
is rated at 3400mAh, which is the same as the one in the Lumia 1520.
That phone gave us over 10 hours of battery life, so this one should do a
lot better thanks to the lower power draw of the screen and processor.
Lumia 1320 runs Windows Phone 8, but benefits from a few touches
designed by Nokia, known as the "Lumia Black" update. As described at
length in our Lumia 1520 review, these features include the extremely
useful Glance Screen and a handful of apps.
famous Here Maps and Here Drive apps can be found on the home screen,
along with Nokia Beamer, Microsoft Office, Xbox Games, Evernote,
Flipkart Ebooks and Adidas Micoach. The advanced camera app from
higher-end Lumias is missing, which isn't a surprise (although you can
download it from the Store). However, many of its functions are made up
for in the Nokia Creative Studio app.
This app lets you open and
manipulate photos you've already taken with the vanilla camera app.
You'll first see a list of colour filters including variations of the
usual sepia, monochrome and vintage effects. After that, you can play
with tilt-shift and radial blur effects, create collages, or select a
single colour to "pop" while the rest of the photo turns
black-and-white. There are also options for tweaking the colour balance
and vibrance, plus the usual crop, rotate and red eye removal tools.
It's a fun app, although we don't know why you have to first select a
filter (or specifically select "original") before you can see the
various editing tools.
There's also Camera360, a separate app that
allows you to take photos and give them effects. MoliPlayer lets you
play more audio and video formats than the default music+videos app, but
it still has its limitations. Of course, you also have the Windows
Phone Store, with its slowly but steadily growing selection of apps and
While using the Lumia 1320, we faced exactly the same
scaling problems with the interface as we did when testing the Lumia
1520: Windows Phone 8 was simply not designed with such large screens in
mind, and as a result we were reaching around to opposite ends of the
screen, using both thumbs, far more often than we would have liked. The
keyboard occupies more than half the screen at times, and keys are far
too widely spaced out. Those who type on touchscreens by pointing and
stabbing with an index finger might actually like huge letters that are
easy to target, but for everyone else, this makes life more difficult.
As stated earlier. The Lumia 1320 has none of its more illustrious
sibling's camera pedigree. You won't find any of the PureView tricks
here, such as a massive sensor, insane megapixel count or optical image
stabilisation. For some reason even the default camera app is totally
bare-bones. With that said, the 1320's camera is still fantastic.
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taken in daylight are surprisingly clear, with details that don't tear
even when viewed at native size on a desktop monitor. Colours are rich
and well reproduced. The camera app lets you adjust ISO, exposure
compensation and white balance, but we downloaded Nokia Camera from the
Store and played around with manual focus, shutter speed and brightness
controls too (even though the effects weren't as dramatic as they can be
on phones with better camera hardware).
Video is shot at 720p by
default but can be manually set to 1080p. We found the quality of
captured video to be perfectly acceptable. We had no problem with
closeups or distant objects, and the 1320 adjusted itself to light and
dark areas nicely.
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At night, while results weren't as good, they
were still better than we would have expected. However we noticed that
even with the flash explicitly disabled, the Lumia 1320 would use its
flash to illuminate a scene in order to autofocus, before taking the
actual shot without it. Our photos turned out somewhat noisy, but
surprisingly rich in detail.
Performance and battery life
were quite pleased with the Lumia 1320's performance in our benchmark
tests. Its AnTuTu score was 15,067 as opposed to the Lumia 1520's
22,793. WPbench gave the two siblings 299.38 and 477.88 respectively.
SunSpider took 705.2ms to complete, compared to 535.5ms for the beefier
Lumia. These results aren't too far apart, but there was a much wider
gulf when it came to graphics performance. The 1320 managed only 7.1
frames per second in our GFXbench gaming simulation test, but the 1520
more than tripled that result, with a score of 25fps.
course of our time with this phone, we noticed only very slight lags in
Windows Phone's animated transitions, and when loading apps and skipping
up and down the timeline in our sample HD video clips. Everything else
was smooth and responsive. The screen itself has rather poor viewing angles and colours will start to distort when you hold this phone even a little tilted.
We expected great things from the
battery but even then we were blown away: the Lumia 1320 lasted for well
over 12 hours in our video loop rundown test. This is a
phenomenal result, and it means that this phone will last through well
over a day of regular to heavy usage.
If you're a
fan of Windows Phone and want a large screen, you have a choice between
the Lumia 1320 and the more compelling 1520 which costs twice as much.
If you're primarily a fan of Windows Phone, the 1320 is the best bet in
its price range, but you could also consider the more pocketable Lumia
925, which has a far better camera and costs roughly Rs. 6,000 more.
this phone doesn't compare too favourably to its Android-based
competition, most notably the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, which costs almost
exactly the same amount. The Grand 2 benefits from the strength of the
Google Play app store, and Nokia can't balance that out with its camera
expertise at this price level, like it did with the Lumia 1520.
the Nokia 1320 Lumia is a fairly good option at its price point. Its
only crime is that there isn't anything outstanding about it.
Nokia Lumia 1320 in pictures