Nokia Lumia 1520 Hands-on review

The Lumia 1520 is a "fancy" handset from Nokia not only for its huge screen six, but also the quad-core Snapdragon processor and 800 PureView 20 megapixel camera.

Check out the full review of the Nokia Lumia 1520 below:


It's inevitable. The first question that comes to mind for many users: "Can You live with a phone this big?". Yes, you can. However, before you buy the Lumia 1520, the user needs to be aware of a few points: the device is obviously not as portable as most smartphones and users with small hands and wear clothes with smaller pockets tend to have greater difficulty to adapt.

On the other hand, Nokia could well make a thinner device than much of the line models. Are 8.7 mm thick and 10.7 mm less than the Lumia 920, which makes the stay more comfortable more tights. However, loses 1520 points to be used with only one hand, since the fingers can not reach the edges of the screen and it becomes more difficult to maintain a firm grip on the device.

On the issue of resistance, it is possible to assign a grade average. The handset is well built with a lightweight and durable polycarbonate plastic, but the huge screen protected "only" with Gorilla Glass 2, and not with the latest version, will definitely worry about a more sudden drop. The material of the piece in 1520 still grip and tends to escape with sweaty and clammy hands. Another annoyance factor is the relief of the camera "fish eye", which makes the component very exposed at the back.


Equipped with an IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution (1080p) and density of 367 ppi, the Lumia 1520 is certainly a feast for the eyes. Even more critical for high resolutions on smartphones should recognize the device from Nokia is able to offer a fantastic quality games and videos from YouTube or Netflix. At this point, the six-inch show its main advantage: make viewing much more comfortable than in smaller devices content.

Nevertheless, the screen of the gadget is far from perfect. Firstly, due to the annoying reflections in sunny environments, which are partially mitigated by autotuning smartphone. Second, thanks to the touch sensitivity of the device tested, which hindered the task of tap and hold on an icon flaws. The only problem was minimized by activating the hypersensitivity of the system, but now and then happened.

Operating system

Windows Phone 8 is able to mobilize a legion of worshipers and critical for many reasons, but it is undeniable that the system has evolved since its debut Lumia 920. Equipped with Black update, Nokia's Lumia 1520 comes with some new stores. The first is the third column of Live Tiles, which allows a greater viewing content through the display of icons updatable without the user needing to rolling the screen.

The phone still brings some good solutions, especially for professional use. With the Lumia 1520, you can comfortably edit documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and save everything on OneDrive to access elsewhere. A good tool is the Nokia Beamer, with which it is possible to project the screen of the device in real time on computers and other devices with Internet access, even from a distance, making it ideal for presentations.

Apps in question, the system have fared better, but still has weaknesses. In the Windows Phone Store you can find the main services in the market, such as Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, but the news are slow to arrive or are launched with limited functions. In games, the catalog is even more restricted than good options, what should hinder the experience offered by the big screen.

There is another point where the Lumia 1520 falls short: exclusive functions. The handset from Nokia has few differentials software over other models in the lineup, bringing the same applications. Moreover, when compared to competitors, this Windows Phone does not brings a "killer" function as the S Pen Galaxy Note 3 and even allows you to run two or more simultaneous apps, wasting the potential of its six inches.

Nevertheless, the device should receive some important innovations as the center of notifications and improvements in apps updates with the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1. The update is expected in the coming weeks.


Apart from the screen, the Lumia 1520 brings giants settings inside. The device is the first Windows Phone to run a quad-core processor 800 coupled with 2GB of RAM Snapdragon processor, which can seem overwhelming to a system considered mild. However, the set makes the phone hardly present troublesome screens "Loading", common in older devices, and should ensure a longer updates and good performance.

Another point that draws attention in the gadget's battery of 3,400 mAh. Even with frequent use and connected to the Internet, the Lumia 1520 can spend about 12 hours without asking recharge. Already with little use, the Nokia phone can easily withstand a whole day away from the outlets.

Last but not least, it is worth noting the 32 GB of storage with expansion support up to 64GB via memory card. Feature that makes the Lumia 1520 to more versatile choice between the tops of Nokia, including the newest, since the Lumia 930 has the same internal 32 GB, but without expansion. There is even support for NFC and 4G.


Equipped with a 20 megapixel sensor and technology PureView, Lumia 1520 can show that it is also a good option when it comes to photography. Firstly, it comes packed with apps and native resources such as Nokia Camera app that gives the user the full control settings like ISO, white balance and focus, while being intuitive. With it, you can make paintings from long exposure to relatively close to a semi-professional experience.

The Lumia 1520 is capable of producing images in two different sizes: a photo from five megapixels to sharing on the Internet, and another with 16 MP, facing issue. However, you can only choose between saving both images (16MP + 5 MP) or just smaller, which puts the user for filling the memory of repeated pictures or not harness the full potential of the camera.

An interesting feature is support for digital negative format (DNG), that saves image quality in its raw, uncompressed for further editing. Already in the question videos, highlight the optical image stabilization and the four microphones around the device, capable of making a capture stereo audio and very clean.


The Lumia 1520 arrives accompanied by a pair of headphones and in-ear ear with good quality control and playback of tracks. For music fans, the device offers two interesting native apps: Nokia MixRadio, a free streaming and playback offline channels, and Xbox Music, which has full integration with the system and other Microsoft products, but requires signature.

It has great speakers, good volume and playback quality, but are lacking in bass. Moreover, the sound output device is located in an area easily concealed with hands, which hurts quite user experience.


If it were possible to summarize fairly the Lumia 1520 to three points of interest to consumers, these would be: use native tools for day to day professional and student, entertainment and high quality camera. Thus, the device promises to cater very well who want a smartphone to use at work or home and also dispense the old compact cameras without compromising photos and videos with great results.

Overall, we can say that the Nokia handset is the best alternative to the Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung for offering characteristics and off-world Android compared to the Ultra Z and L Pro, even with the absence of a "killer feature ". Anyway, the final decision rests with the consumer, but the Lumia 1520 promises to be a great choice for anyone who wants to venture into the world of Windows Phone and large screens.