Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows 8 Smartphone / Tablet

Nokia never stops in making another doorway to how people experience and use smartphones. I still remember the last two years when the company started shifting their cellphones into smartphones, particularly how they look and feel. But Nokia gained more strength when they started catering Windows phones to the masses. Of course, there are many others who’ve tried offering WP8 to the masses, but only Nokia did it that much. All of these efforts are but evident in the company’s new flagship under the phablet category, the Lumia 1520.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is very much predictable especially if you’ve witnessed how the Lumia series started and grew. However, despite some predictability, the 1520 sets a big margin today with its big 6-inch screen now at full HD resolution. Back it up with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and the latest updates (update 3) from Windows, the 1520 is a strong contender albeit the shorter 20MP camera (compared to the whopping 41MP on Lumia 1020). At a regular contract rate of $200 or around $650 in retail, the 1520 is nevertheless something that serves as a very powerful option to smartphone users looking for an extraordinary upgrade.

Like other Lumia models of Nokia, the 1520 still has that polycarbonate material, look and feel. Almost all of the available colors come in a matte finish except the red one which has a glossy look. In 1520’s case, the grip honestly is a bit slippery, more because the change in shape and contour especially on the edges gave this kind of anxiety. The 1520 has now sharper edges and corners, making it a bit harsh to be used with one hand and even when slipping it onto tight jeans pockets. Unless you’re really to go straight and consistent with two-hand operations for this phablet, you’re really not going to enjoy this Lumia.

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However, despite the sharp edges and corners, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is at least thin and modern-looking on its own. It measures only 8.7mm in depth, making it thinner than the flagship of HTC. However, if you compare it to the Note 3 of Samsung, you’d really notice a huge difference in almost all aspects—no joking. But that shouldn’t bother you at all. Thankfully, the slot for the nano SIM card is also available together now with the SD card slot, but you have to be careful when inserting it on the tray or else you’ll lose your SIM.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with a full HD display powered with the reputed ClearBlack technology. The screen still is that fancy Gorilla-glassed display that naturally gets rid of glares and reflections. The screen is enjoyably very bright and more responsive to ambient light, making it very complementary to the phone’s powerful camera features especially when being maximized during outdoors. The bigger screen also gave way to an extra column of tiles found on the main interface of the OS. Lastly, the sensitive buttons found below the screen are now more amply spaced for easier input and controls.

There’ve been a lot of changes occurred on the last few updates from Microsoft for their line of WP8 phones, but the Update 3 coined ‘Black update’ paved more improvements and possibilities to slates and phablets like the 1520 with higher screen resolutions and sizes. But the real fun in using the 1520 as a Windows phone comes in really obvious when you start navigating on the larger screen. Texting is a lot more fun also because of the bigger, more accessible keys. The mentioned extra column of tiles means you can see more without the trouble of scrolling up and down. And last of the notable inclusions in the update is the integration of PureView and the Nokia Smart Camera, summing up to a name called “Nokia Camera.”

And talking about camera, the 1520 may seem like it’s downgrading in hardware and features. There’s not a Xenon flash anymore but a pair of flash to back the camera up. The resolution has now gone down to 20MP. Nevertheless, however, there’s not really a big concern here, more because people are generally not always going to opt for poster-size photos after all. Image quality is still superb and sharp, though the color temperature on many of the images taken look a bit off the natural state (some are warmer, some are cooler). Controls are now also easier and more intuitive, and most of the advanced settings can be toggled in a few taps.

Other specs you’d love to know for the Nokia Lumia 1520 are: IPS display at 369 ppi with extra-sensitive capacitive features, front-facing 1.2MP camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage expandable up to an extra 64GB, a 3400mAh battery life good for more than a day of talk time, NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, 4-port microphone system, and support for wireless charging.

Is the Nokia Lumia 1520 a very good choice? It is, and is in fact the best Windows phone we’ve come across so far. If you’d prefer a stronger camera, you can opt for the 1020 of Lumia. However, if you are looking for a steady yet powerful Windows phone with all the expected features on board plus a stellar display, the 1520 is already at its best.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows 8 Smartphone / Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 34,000.00

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