Nokia Lumia 1520

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Key Specs
  • Display 6.00-inch (1080x1920)
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Front Camera 1.2MP
  • Rear Camera 20MP
  • RAM 2GB
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery Capacity 3400mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateOctober 2013

Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

By Jamshed Avari (Jan 16, 2014)
Jamshed Avari
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent screen
  • High-quality camera for stills and video
  • Powerful components
  • Bad
  • Interface not optimised for the big screen
  • Uncomfortable grip

The Lumia 1520 has two big things working against it, neither of which is a deal-breaker on its own, but when combined, make it a very interesting product to review. First, it's a Windows Phone. While the platform certainly does have its fans, there's no denying that it isn't as versatile as iOS and Android yet. As a person buying this phone, you will have to put up with a number of limitations and frustrations because of its software. Second, it's huge. So-called "phablets" are big business, but not everybody wants a phone that can't fit in a pocket and be held in one hand. With that said, it's time to examine this phone on its own merits and see whether Nokia has managed to distinguish itself with a winner.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Summary

Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone was launched in October 2013. The phone comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels at a pixel density of 368 pixels per inch (ppi).

Nokia Lumia 1520 is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 runs Windows Phone 8 and is powered by a 3,400mAh non-removable battery.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia Lumia 1520 on the rear packs 20-megapixel camera. It sports a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

Nokia Lumia 1520 based on Windows Phone 8 and packs 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 64GB). The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM card.

Connectivity options on the Nokia Lumia 1520 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.00, NFC, FM radio, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass/ magnetometer.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 measures 162.80 x 85.40 x 8.70mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 209.00 grams. It was launched in White, Yellow, Red, and Black colours.

As of 24th August 2019, Nokia Lumia 1520 price in India starts at Rs. 34,999.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Full Specifications

General
Brand Nokia
Model Lumia 1520
Release date October 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 162.80 x 85.40 x 8.70
Weight (g) 209.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3400
Removable battery No
Colours White, Yellow, Red, Black
Display
Screen size (inches) 6.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 368
Hardware
Processor 2.2GHz quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 64
Camera
Rear camera 20-megapixel
Rear flash Dual LED
Front camera 1.2-megapixel
Software
Operating system Windows Phone 8
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 1
Wi-Fi Direct No
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) No
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No
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  • The best windows phone
    Praful Yadav (May 5, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    First of all guys please stop cribbing about windows phone app collection. It has all the necessary apps and more are being added on a daily basis. Yes WP still has some catching up to do but it is getting there fast. For those who feel Windows Phone Operating System is not matured, If you feel so then you have not used a windows phone in person, you are those people who just watch few YouTube videos or so called reviews. The OS is silky smooth and everything is though out well, everything is simple and elegant. The live tiles are beautiful and yes you tend to get bored of the limited collection of accent colours but this will change soon with the newly announced Windows Phone 8.1 update which provides option to toggle between extra columns of tiles and default tile layout. Also you have an option of setting any image as home screen live tiles background wallpaper which has parallax effect. Windows Phone 8.1 is bringing tons of features which are par with android OS. Now about the device itself: 1. The build quality is stunning; I prefer the matt finish polycarbonate to the glossy finish which was the case with my previous Lumia 920. 2. Phone is very sleek, though on paper its weight may scare you but in person its not that bad. You will get used it to soon as the weight is uniformly distributed. 3. The size of the phone will really scare you at first, I have above average sized hands so its manageable but many people may find it quite difficult to handle this phone due to its massive footprint. 4. I am totally in love with this 6? 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD display. It?s great for media consumption the viewing angle is amazing, sun light readability is the best out there; colours look punchy yet not being overly saturated like AMOLED displays. You do get to play with colour saturation and contrast in display settings as per your taste. 5. The best part of this phone is its massive 3400 mAh battery coupled with the latest low energy consumption Qualcomm snapdragon 800 chipset. You can easily get through a day of heavy usage. (Refer gsmarena.com for the battery rating: It?s the top phone in the list) 6. The hardware is par with the latest high-end android devices. 7. Super sensitive touch, inbuilt wireless charging capable, SD card support up to 64 GB (128 GB with WP 8.1 update) 8. The top feature: The 20 MP Carl Zeiss optics with physical optical image stabilization is one of the best you can find in the market (Yes excluding Nokia's own Lumia 1020 which is in a separate league of its own). This device takes some stunning stills and captures amazing videos. Nokia Camera app is one of the best out there which is simple easy to use with many manual controls which are only found on Professional DSLRs. If you have little knowledge re ISO, Shutter speed, exposure you can take some stunning looking shots. I just can?t stop lov
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  • awsome phone
    Faizan Siddiqui (May 19, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    nokia lumia 1520 : ( review ) phablet : a word not very widespread among Windows Phone users, now better known thanks to the Nokia Lumia 1520 : a 6-inch Full HD display , a camera PureView from just 20 Megapixels and, of course, the unmistakable and beautifully designed Nokia 2 GB of RAM (the other top of the range, except for 1020, he mounted one), a quad-core processor with 2.2 GHz , 32 GB of memory expandable with microSD up to large 64 GB, connectivity 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.0 The large Full HD display with 6-inch has an amazing resolution of 368 ppi , a strong luminosity which easily allows the use of the Sun and the protection of the glass curved Gorilla Glass 2. has an aspect ratio of 16:9 The camera is another highlight: technology PureView , a 20 megapixel sensor stabilized and, of course, the legendary Carl Zeiss lens . The battery is 3400 mAh and allows you to safely get through the day
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  • Encounter with a Goliath ? Nokia Lumia 1520
    Rahul Radhakrishnan (May 2, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    At first glance the Lumia 1520 looks like a magnified Lumia 925 - it has almost same design and build except for it ditches aluminum, with a small camera hump. The 6 inch display fills up your hands and your face. There is nothing much in the front. The Nokia Lumia 1520 has a 6" IPS LCD screen of 1080p resolution, the pixel density works out to 367ppi. The LCD incorporates Nokia's ClearBlack tech - a set of polarizing filters, which minimize glare. Plus, Gorilla Glass 2 on top for protection. The 1080p IPS LCD display is one gorgeous display very similar to HTC One?s Super LCD3 display, it has excellent real tone color reproduction unlike Super Amoled , viewing angles are excellently wide with only a minor shift in contrast when going to extremes , adjustable saturation and temperature levels, and you?ve got an outstanding Smartphone display. The front of the phablet is entirely coated with Gorilla Glass 2, which covers the screen, the capacitive keys and front camera. It is powered by 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of Ram. So it is no slouch. It has the latest processor and latest hardware. Rounding out the superstar spec sheet is the 1520?s storage capacity. In addition to the 32GB of onboard storage, the 1520 also offers a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion up to an additional 64GB ? making it the only flagship Nokia device to do so. Battery life is great with the massive battery of 3,400mAh, light-weight Windows Phone OS and power-efficient display, the Lumia 1520 is well ahead of the other phablets The phablet also comes with built-in wireless charging. Add in 802.11ac, BT 4.0, and NFC support; and LTE capability (only for US I believe) alongside HSPA+, alongside HSPA+, and you?re looking at the highest-end Windows Phone ever to hit the market. Camera The 20MP PureView module is optically-stabilized, with six-element Carl Zeiss optics and a 1/2.5 inch sensor with an aperture rating of f/2.4, complimented with a dual-LED flash. It can capture both 5mp oversampled image and 19mp images in one shot, . Lossless digital zoom of 2x is available,. It can capture 1080 videos and RAW DNG images. Conclusion; It is a huge phone and that itself is a letdown for me. But seeing the sales our local manufacturers are making through phablets, I see lot of people is not like me and they enjoy media consumption with a huge phone. Right now it truly is a match for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in hardware and sometimes better, but in software departments, Note 3 with its top notch multitasking and cool S-pen features, Lumia is no match for it. But if your idea is to have a huge phablet with Big screen with an awesome camera and you love using phone for multimedia consumption and Microsoft office suite for work, this phone is for you, this phone is for you, if you are a poweruser, nothing beats the Note 3.
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  • Awesome Window of Happiness
    Subhash Chand (Jun 1, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    I have been using this phone since late last year, I love it. I make my living with the phone and it has not failed me in anyway. The huge screen makes my iphone friends envious . The phone has plenty of space for my music especially since I added a 64 Micro SD card. The zune software made much needed improvements for adding music to the phone ( X box music). Camera is 20 mp and is excellent, the os makes posting pics on FB one click. Battery life lasts the day easily and I have been a windows mobile user for a few years now I am loving the OS more and more as each update comes in. The address book is by far the best I have seen from any os. Its connection with FB makes it quick to get caught up with a persons life and I don't miss birthdays anymore. Great phone that help keeps my world connected.
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  • Most powerful windows phone in the market !
    dinesh kumar (May 31, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    Intro: The Nokia Lumia 1520 is just like the rest of the premium Lumia smartphones we've seen, but bigger and faster. With the Snapdragon 800 making sure the finest experience. PROS: Lumia 1520 is a giant phablet, it packs the most powerful specs with it . By a 6' inch screen it looks most beautiful display in the market. By its ips technology it looks great ,its better than amoled displays. Nokia is named for best camera in their phones, this giant has that too. this packs 20 mp camera with best low light imaging. and packs with 1.2 mp front camera. It has Full HD display and 2gb of ram and 3400mAh battery, so it is one of the powerful hardware till date. Most of them says windows phone has a proper app store , but I think Microsoft had been worked on it , now we have all the essential apps in the store. CONS: Windows phone UI is the most fresh UI till date . it looks great , but still it is not customized for phablets. and too for multitasking. The phone is little bigger then all, so it is not liked by all types of people. And the main thing is price, it priced for about 47K . by this price we can get the more powerful and a multitasking android phones.
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  • Purchasing
    zahid khan (Jul 28, 2016) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    I want to purchase this phone what it price
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  • Cheated by Nokia for 47500 Rs/-
    Mayank Dhananiwala (May 11, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    I am repenting why I have purchased 1520 instead of these I shld have gone for I5. Total Complain:: I have purchased Nokia Lumia 1520 worth 46000 Rs/- (Round Figure) on 31st Dec?13. During the month of Mar?14 I found there are some issues with screen getting hanged. When I contacted the customer care help line Mr. Pankaj has asked to me build faith in Nokia and they will do best from their side. Conversation B/W Pankaj ? Anitha As, per the company norms for my device there is Home pickup & drop facility. One guy has come from Nokia Care ? IndraNagar, Bangalore branch to pick up my phone at my office address. When I was trying to explain my problem he is unable to understand it. Conversation b/w Myself (Mayank Dhananiwala) --- Roma Next day I myself went to the Nokia care center to get my phone rectified. I waited there for 2 hours and they say that there is no fault with my device. I came back home, these time when I faced the same issue, I made a documentary proof as video and again visited the Nokia Care with the same and they accepted it. Phone has been handed over to for service on 19th Mar?14. (Job sheet Number:: 10441). As, per the communication with Roma, the phone will be kept in observation then it will be sent to Repair factory. On Friday 21st Mar?14 I received a call back stating that it will take 12 working days to get the phone repaired as it will be sent to repair factory. I agreed with them. 28th Mar?14 ? Received a call stating Phone is ready to deliver. I took the delivery of my phone 9th Apr?14 (5.30PM) (Delivery People ? Deepa G, Kamesh) 1) As, soon it was about to deliver there were problems with connectivity issues. a. They took the phone inside and fixed it. 2) After fixing that issues, and took the phone when trying to update my phone it?s shows phone is up to date, but it?s not up to date. a. Latest Firmware revision Number (As, per Nokia Care) :: 1028.3562.1408.10 b. Firmware Revision Number in my phone :: 1028.3562.1402.0001 3) Upon my insistence, it?s been leant from Deepa that phone was not sent to repair factory. Even though after producing the documentary proof of my problem, they doubted on my problem statement. Even after the deliver same problem exists again they are asking for a documentary proof of it. Mahendar is asking for a documentary proof again. (Nokia Care Store Manager). Roma, Anitha, Mahendar, Kamesh, Deepa ? Works for Nokia Care, Indranagar, Bangalore. Pankaj ? Works in Nokia Care helpline number I don't have trust any more in Nokia that issue will be solved even after multiple services. I want the money back or replace my handset with a new one and give me a written that same problem doesn't exists. After providing the documentary proof on 16th Apr?14, I was waiting till date to physically show that the problem presists in the handset. Beacsue of below reasons. 1) Improper management of issue. 2) Miscommunication quoted from your side earlier. 3) Even if under
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