Nokia 1520 Camera, Video Best Features of This 6-Inch 'Phablet'

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2013-11-18 Print this article Print

Unlike some other phablets, Nokia does not include a stylus with the Lumia 1520, not even as an option, meaning that you'll be doomed to thumb-typing, although the size of the screen does make that easier than it might be on another phone, such as an iPhone 5S.

Nokia takes advantage of the large size of the Lumia 1520 by filling as much space as possible with the device's 3,400mAh battery. Wireless charging is also available as an option for this phone. Because of the large battery, the phone can run for several days on a single charge under the right conditions. Nokia says it has a standby time of 780 hours, and that seems accurate.

Using the Nokia 1520 is like using any other Windows Phone—writ large. When you hold it up to your ear to talk, it seems clumsy. But these days, it seems as if using smartphones to actually make phone calls is secondary to using them for other computing purposes, such as texting or viewing.

The large size makes it easy to use, and the screen is very clear and easy to read. The Lumia 1520 used for this review came in a white matte finish, and like other Nokia phones with that finish and perhaps with white phones in general, it picked up dirt quickly. You can also get the phone in yellow, black and gloss red.

The unit reviewed for this article works on the AT&T network. However, it contains radios that should work with other carriers, which would make sense since Nokia is releasing this device globally, with its release in France taking place a few hours before its release in the United States. Whether this device will be made available through T-Mobile or other U.S carriers is uncertain.

I found the Nokia Lumia 1520 to be a useful device in situations where its size doesn't get in the way. It excels at tasks that use the keyboard, for example. The Lumia 1520 also excels at shooting and displaying videos, although some means of outputting the video to a larger monitor or an HD television, such as a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) or DisplayPort outlet, would be appreciated if it's to be used effectively as a video-capture device.

The phone takes very good photos for a phone camera, and the Nokia camera software provides excellent control and editing capabilities. Overall, this is a nice device, as long as the size meets your needs. The Nokia Lumia 1520 sells for $99 with a two-year contract.



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