Mobile Review: Nokia Lumia 1520
The biggest Nokia handset yet, the Lumia 1520 is a monster of a handset that delivers an impressive large-screen Windows Phone experience though there are still some kinks to be worked out. If you want the fastest hardware on your new WP8 device, look no further.
GOOD: Bright 6-inch full-HD display has vibrant colors and makes everything pop; three column Start screen lets you easily see everything without scrolling; Nokia camera apps are fun and cool to use; great battery life; solid build quality.
BAD: The virtual keyboard is scaled to the size of the 6-inch display, which makes it too large to use with one hand and takes up too much screen real estate; the size of the handset makes it very uncomfortable in the pocket; glossy plastic chassis means lots of ugly fingerprint smudges.
Nokia likes to keep its handsets to the same gorgeous design, and the Lumia 1520 is no different. Like the other Lumias, the 1520 is flat with curved edges, though the handset lacks the flat bottom and top seen on the 1020 and 920. I do like the design, but the edges dig into my palm when I’m holding the handset. It also doesn’t fit too well in my pocket — I have to take it out every time I sit down so it doesn’t poke me in the thigh.
The large full-HD 6-inch display is bright and vibrant, and the improvements made in the latest version of Windows Phone 8 take advantage of the added screen area — there are now three columns worth of Live tiles on the Start screen, allowing you to fit more and quickly get to the app you want without the need to scroll. The handset’s 3.5mm jack is located at the top, while the nano-SIM and microSD card ports are next to each other on the left side of the device.
Nokia’s Lumia 1520 is an interesting first foray into the tablet world. While I find the size a little too much to handle, the smartphone easily delivers the performance that rivals the current crop of Android flagships.
The handset will launch in Singapore on December 14 for S$999 — just in time for Christmas. If you’re looking for a cool new toy to play with or a tablet that isn’t like any of the tablet in the market due to its Windows Phone 8 operating system, well, this is it.