Nokia Lumia 1520 – A Flagship Phablet With Premium Features

Jaycee De Guzman November 17, 2013 6
Nokia Lumia 1520 – A Flagship Phablet With Premium Features


When the Nokia Lumia 1520 was unveiled in Abu Dhabi at the Nokia World, it got mixed reactions from the crowd. Admittedly, it looks premium and very impressive on its spec sheet. But in terms of performance, can it deliver the best that the consumer needs? For the information of all, this phablet is the first for both the companies of Microsoft and Nokia. It will also be the flagship device for the latest and updated version of the Windows mobile operating system. For the consumers who are interested, Windows store offers it at $549 for the unlocked version. If you want a less expensive handset, you can also check out AT&T’s own mobile network plans.

Nokia Lumia 1520 - A Flagship Phablet With Premium Features

The Advantages

At first glance, we already noticed how slim the Nokia Lumia 1520 is. It measures 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm and weighs only 209 grams. If you compare it to other phablets from other brands, this one is impressively sleek and smart. As a Nokia handset, it also has different color options that consumers can choose when they buy their device. Essentially, the handset is available in red, black, white and yellow. On the other hand, most of the rectangular space of the Lumia 1520 is consumed by its large screen. For most people, this is a good thing. With 6 inches of diagonal screen size, this handset comes with 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution which is useful when streaming online content, playing high-definition games and reviewing photos. Speaking of which, the Lumia 1520 also has a 20 MP camera– which is slightly protruded at the back. It has its own dual LED flash which Nokia used to replace the Xenon flash that it incorporated for the Lumia 1020.


The Disadvantages

Nokia Lumia 1520 - A Flagship Phablet With Premium FeaturesThe Nokia Lumia 1520 will be shipped with the updated Windows Phone operating system. It means that it will contain more applications than the previous handsets of the Lumia family. For instance, it will have a camera application called Refocus which has the ability to shift the focus on the photo after the user took the shot. Unfortunately, Refocus along with the other new applications were not enough to convince the consumers about Nokia’s entire user interface. It had already been said before and we will say it again. The Windows Phone still has confusing icons on the screen and it has no on-screen button which can toggle between its two cameras at the front and back.

If you can live with the few disadvantages of the Nokia Lumia 1520, it can be a reasonable phablet for you. With a great camera and hardware, it can cater services with premium quality and speed.

What do you think is the best feature of the Nokia Lumia 1520?

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  1. Vincent  November 17, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

    What do you mean by there is no on-screen button to toggle between front and back? The button is so clear at the right side.

    And regarding the button is confusing, Windows Phone interface is about simplicity. Yes, all button is shown with icon only. It might be confusing, but what user needs to do is just to tap on “…” to see the text for each button. Once you know the button is for, do you really want to see the text again and clutter your screen?

    I do not think those are disadvantages of Windows Phone. But as all other OS, there are always pro and cons.

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  November 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Vincent, I understand what you’re saying. This quick review is a collection of personal reviews of people we contacted. I understand that every person has his or her own interpretation based on his experience in using a specific gadget. So I’d say that you also have a valid opinion regarding this matter. Cheers! – Jaycee

  2. nameless  November 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply


    Those are NOT DISADVANTAGES… the author is just ignorant. Which equates to false information which may interfere with a consumer’s buying decision. If you cannot get your facts straight, please choose another career.

    If any DISDVANTAGE, it would probably most likely be the phone’s little extra weight and length when compared the top phablet right now, the Note 3. Build quality is night and day difference between the two though… the 1520 wins hands down. Nokia and Windows 8.1 is making a great come back. Good for them!

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  November 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Hi, thank you for taking the time to write your opinion regarding this quick review. Please see my response to Vincent’s post. Cheers – Jaycee

  3. ashwin  November 18, 2013 at 3:14 am - Reply

    can u please confirm the price of unlocked Nokia lumia 1520 and its availability?

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