Lumia 1520 lock screen full

The Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s first foray into the ‘phablet’ market, and coming in with a massive 6inch screen it positions itself closer to the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy Mega, as opposed to the popular 5.7 inch Galaxy Note, which is widely revered as the poster boy for the sheer idea of a phablet.

The 1520’s size also makes it the biggest entry into the Windows Phone operating system, surpassing the previous ‘large screen’ entrant – the 4.7inch Lumia 625.

When we get past the mammoth size of the device and start looking under the hood we see another first for a Lumia device. This is down to the fact the 1520 proudly rocks a quad-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor backed with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of mass memory (expandable via microSD). Typically Windows Phone devices feature a spec sheet that will turn away the processor hungry public, as the OS itself is not as resource demanding as it’s Google counterpart, meaning devices that house what looks like a meagre 512MB of RAM can run smoothly and without lag.

With internals, and a pricepoint, that place the 1520 well into the category of high-end device there is a lot of pressure for the device to deliver a package that will pull punters away from Android based phablets and into the still developing Windows Phone environment.

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Decent review..

Although, I’m slightly disappointed you didn’t cover the battery life, which is the biggest selling point on this device.

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Hi Ancetti, thanks for reading and commenting!

I agree, the battery life on the device was quite incredible, unfortunately I couldn’t fit that in here but I did mention it in our video review, which I’m currently editing together and getting ready to go live on our Youtube channel!

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Nice phone. Maybe the best hardware. Windows 8 softward not ready for prime time. Would love it if it were android

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Hi Ruckus, thanks for your comment. In regards to the software this really is down to personal preference, the reason it received the lowest score here is mainly down to the fact that it didn’t adapt and utilise the big screen to the best of its abilities – this is something that some Android devices are also guilty of. As I say this is personal preference though and I’m guessing you prefer Android as an OS, in my eyes Windows 8 is a good platform, it doesn’t suffer some of the lag issue I’ve experienced in the past with Android,… Read more »

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Hi James, I have always liked Windows. I have used it since Noah was a boy. Recently got a 8.1 device and went back to Windows 7 laptop and Android. .. I never thought I would be saying this but my next laptop will be a Mac. Microsoft has painted me into a corner. . Windows 8.1 just does not flow and the app situation is frustrating. I see reviews where people like 8.1 But my situation is by no means UNIQUE! I still think if they gave us a choice of OS on the 1520 they would go like… Read more »

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If we’re speaking in terms of desktop and laptops I completely agree with you, Windows had a nice spiel with the whole ‘one experience for everything in your life’ but realistically the Metro UI is not built for traditional desktops, I use a Windows 8 laptop begrudgingly from time to time, it’s not a great experience. My main computing experience is on an iMac, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with OSX on a Mac laptop! On the other hand touch devices, tablets and smartphones, work great with the Metro UI, I’m looking to pick up a Windows 8.1 tablet… Read more »