Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

Nokia is not really new into the mobile world, but is yet to take on the smartphone competition, with the majority of the users still loyal to iOS and Android. Still, the Lumia series has been quite successful and proves that Nokia is dead serious about making its big comeback. But with the latest Lumia 1520, is it really ready to plunge into the world of phablets?

Design and Build

More inclined towards the phablet territory, the 1520 is undoubtedly huge, even when compared to an already large Galaxy Note III. While the size is not for everyone, the build is fantastic, with the weight and thickness perfectly balanced to feel light yet sturdy enough. From the grippy matte finish to well-thought-out button placements, the design angd build quality is superb.


The massive 6-inch screen offers 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS panel display, which marks its first time appearance in a Nokia phone. The Lumia ClearBlack screen reduces reflections on the screen and helps produce great definition in photos and videos even when outside.

Performance and Hardware

The first ever Nokia phone powered by a quad-core processor, the Lumia 1520 carries a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 together with 2GB of RAM. It’s incredibly fast and handles everything smoothly and effortlessly, from opening apps, to loading videos, to gaming.


Probably Lumia 1520’s main selling point is its camera. Introduced in the Lumia 1020, the Pro Camera app comes in a 20-MP sensor, optical image stabilization, digital zoom, and enhanced sensor tech. the Cinemagraph mode allows for burst and action shots and lets you animate shots or erase sections. Meanwhile, the Pro Camera app gives you the option to shoot at either 5-MP or 16-MP, letting you zoom in or out after the shooting. It’s not as clear as the Lumia 1020, but it’s nonetheless one decent camera.

Battery Life

With a large device comes enough room for a larger battery and inside the Lumia 1520 is a 3400mAh battery. While a bigger handset and higher-resolution screen does demand more power, the 1520 has better battery, part of which is because of the Snapdragon 800’s power efficiency savings. Impressively, it can easily get past a day even after checking emails, playing games, and leaving connectivity on.


  • Great design
  • Excellent screen
  • Fantastic camera
  • Decent battery life


  • Limited number of apps
  • Size not for everyone
  • Problems with switching connections on and off

The Verdict

To date, if there’s a best Lumia phone, it’s got to be the Nokia Lumia 1520. While the Black OS still has a few shortcomings, it’s definitely a step forward to the right direction. It’s undeniably a powerhouse, constructed beautifully, and comes with great camera and excellent battery life. While it may take some time getting used to if you’re new to the world of Windows Phone, you’ll definitely appreciate the remarkable improvements if you were an old user. If the size is to your liking, then there’s definitely no good reason to stop you from buying this device, as it’s certainly one of the most beautifully crafted phablets to date.