Nokia Lumia 1520 tried: Bigger is better?




The last few days I had the opportunity to try out the Windows Phone Lumia phablet 1520. The device brings so with some special features and also has a 20 megapixel camera on board Pure View. It is also the first Windows Phone device with Full HD display and Windows Phone with Nokia’s “Black” Update on board.


The hardware

In my opinion Windows Phone devices, nothing less important than the processor and memory. Nevertheless, it is supposed to be people who are of the opinion that define device about it. Therefore, for the sake of completeness: Installed are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (quad-core, 2.2 GHz) and 2 GB of RAM. So the first time comes a quad-core processor in a Windows Phone to use, even the 2 GB of RAM are a novelty. Because Windows Phone 8 but also with a dual-core processor and 512 MB RAM running smoothly, it is – at least for me – completely uninteresting.

I am one already rather get with a high-resolution display. And even that has installed the Lumia 1520. 1920 x 1080 pixels Full HD at 6-inch diagonal screen resulting 368 ppi. In display technology used one relies on a ClearBlack IPS LCD screen. It is a real pleasure to look at the monstrous display.

Such a big display of course does not fit into a small case. The Lumia 1520 is great. Bigger than I personally would like to have a smartphone. Many people stand on the so-called phablets, I like it just a bit more compact. This is not a negative aspect, just a personal preference. The device can even fit in a normal jeans pocket (left front, for the past 17 years my cell phone pocket). Had I at the sight of the device is not suspected, but it fits really pure.

The feel of the device is grow through the glossy surface slightly. Again, this is a very subjective point, I like the matte surface of the Lumia in 1020, for example, much better. Remedied but the flip cover, which offers this roughened surface.

A fantastic work Nokia has done with the buttons. These are all mounted on the right side. They include almost flush with the case, but still have a clear pressure point on. This is to adjust the standby button, the Laut-/Leise-Wippe and the camera button. For most certainly a small detail, I think it’s great. Placed at the top is the connector for the headset, the bottom is decorated by the micro USB port.

On the back you will find the 20 megapixel PureView camera that is equipped with a dual-LED flash. Below is the opening for the speaker. On the left side, also perfectly integrated, are the slots for the nano-SIM and a slot for microSD cards (up to 64GB).

The battery has a capacity of 3,400 mAh. And it shows, both in the use, as well as the loading operation of the device. In the short test phase, it was not me, unfortunately, possible to obtain the battery several times empty, even after diligent use of the device, this just will not connect the socket. A pretty cool thing, because it comes as concern over the day. Oh, you come safely through two days, and this is certainly also strongly depends on the usage. Unfortunately, it also takes time until the battery is fully charged again. Overnight, this is no problem, just quickly charge the battery in between, however, already. Where this is also relative, because you will hardly get into the position of having to time to charge the battery up quickly. That’s the advantage, if you are in a large unit has enough space for the battery.

The remaining technical data you can find on the homepage of Nokia .


The camera

As you know, I have a Lumia in 1020 , which I use daily. I am still happy with the camera, so I had not so great expectations for the Cam of the Lumia 1520. It finally provides so only half of the pixels (and thus still nearly double current flagship smartphones). I’m not a photographer, the automatic mode is my best friend. This convinces in Lumia 1520.

I was a bit irritated after I made the first pictures with the Cam. This view on the device, due to the high resolution screen, gorgeous. Whether outdoor or indoor, with or without flash, the pictures convince me. Even on the PC see the images – considering that it is still this is a smartphone cam – from just super.

With the Nokia Camera Apps Refocus and Nokia Camera (previously Smart Camera and Pro Camera) also ambitious photographer should have their joy. With the new addition is the Nokia Lumia 1520 Storyteller, links an application, the photos of places and events. Due to time constraints I was not able to try this great app. Who knows the software from Nokia, but should know that this works just as well for sure how the other apps from Nokia.

If you were to ask me if I better find the camera of the Lumia Lumia 1020 or 1520, I could give no clear answer. I find both very strong and both exceed the claims, which most users are. Example images in full resolution you can watch downloaded here .


The software

The Lumia 1520 is already running with the Black-update that brings some useful new features to Windows Phone. However, something fell off, which I liked very well on Windows Phone. In the menu you could tap on a letter to select to which you want to jump. This is no longer the case. Who has installed a lot of apps, now have to scroll through a long list. As noted in the comments, the letters appear only after a certain number of installed apps. Can not understand me, because the Lumia 1520 is already packed again. If so, the criticism is way off course. However, the list of apps is already been with me quite long, and there were no letters. In this respect, at least a bit of criticism, as the number of apps that make the letters appear, would be better if lower.

After all, can now include programs directly in the overview. If you hold the back button, you get to see all open programs and can shoot this one. Long overdue, the closing was going back over several times namely always annoying.

As usual, the system runs very smoothly. Whether this is the strong processor and is now owed more of RAM, I doubt it, because even a Lumia 520 runs smoothly. Noticeable, the processor does it on gaming and faster program startup. Definitely makes mood.

Since the 1520 the first Lumia Windows Phone with Full HD display is, of course, a few applications are optimized. Power but nothing, apps and games will still run full-screen, you can see at the beginning short that the contents are stretched, but that’s about it. On the display, everything looks good.

Since the app situation for Windows Phone in recent weeks and months has greatly improved, there is not much to complain about. All the major apps are available to bring this towards the end of 2013, as an argument against Windows Phone would be far-fetched. Sure, so very special niche apps it might not might be, but the number of people who need this should be very low. Only the games selection is a little spotty, but even here you can see great progress.



Here I would like a bit to respond to things that I noticed while using it again. Both positive and negative. The Speaker of the Lumia 1520 are worth a mention. These are very noisy, a small room can be so easy sonicate without getting tumors in the ears. Important here is the fact that the quality of music is correspondingly good. In a stream, this can on high volume sound terrible, the music is in the appropriate quality, also makes the fun.

The size of the device is nothing I could make friends in the long run. One-handed operation is almost impossible, unless you’re one of those people who are equipped with immense hands. Assuming, however, both hands to operate the device, the size is very pleasing to the touch, even in portrait mode.

Nokia also offers Flipcover for the Lumia 1520. These not only protect the device, but still serve the same as a stand. Very cool to watch a movie once in a while, the 6-inch display invites anyway a. It is a pity for the cover only that it is not equal in opening the display enabled. But this is the famous complaining on a high level. After all, it makes little difference at this size, whether one uses the device with or without the cover.



Nokia is the Lumia 1520 managed a strong entry into the world of phablets. The highlights of the device are the display, the camera and especially the great battery life for me. So exactly the points that you as a buyer first looks. The fact that I personally do not like the size because Nokia can not help it. If you look at the smartphone market to, there are enough people who want exactly this size. The device is pleasantly flat and you get used to the two handed operation, the size turns out even as an advantage. Once again, a device from Nokia, I like and also the new version of Windows Phone indicates that Microsoft is neat gas here. The Nokia Lumia 1520 currently costs 799 euros and has been in stores now.
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