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Nokia Lumia 1320 review

A capable phablet, but is it already obsolete?

Opening large Windows onto the world

I've briefly discussed the dimensions and the basic merits of the Nokia Lumia 1320's display, but this 6-inch expanse of glass really is the phone's single major defining feature.

Touch

The Nokia Lumia 1320's very reason for existence is to provide a large and reasonably sharp display and marry it with the Windows Phone 8 OS – then offer it at a reasonable price.

With that in mind, let's consider a couple of the other features of this display, and some of the related software enhancements Nokia has included with it.

It's a common feature on Nokia phones now, but I'd really like to comment briefly on the Lumia 1320's supersensitive display.

It means that you can use the phone even with gloves on, which is an enormously useful feature for those of us in the northern hemisphere who have been caught in one of the worst winters for some time.

I've said this before, but why more manufacturers don't adopt this feature as standard I'll never know. I suspect it's a cost thing.

Steal a glance

Another display feature that isn't exactly unique to the Nokia Lumia 1320, but continues to be fairly unique in the wider smartphone landscape, is Glance.

Glance

This clever little feature provides basic notification data – a little symbol if you have mail, for example – while the phone is sleeping.

It projects this data faintly onto the otherwise completely black screen when you hover your hand over it, drawing very little extra juice but negating the need to power on the whole screen just to see if you have any fresh messages.

You can also set how much information you want to be shown on the Glance screen.

It's perfect for those 'steal a glance' meetings or dinner date scenarios.

I also continue to appreciate the ability to power the Lumia 1320's screen on with a double tap of the display – especially given the somewhat anonymous and awkwardly placed power button.

Hidden storage

One other, non-screen related, unique feature of the Nokia Lumia 1320 is the positioning of its microSD slot. As I'll discuss in a moment, the handset really needs this storage expansion feature, but it's accessed a little differently from the Nokia Lumia 1520.

Rather than a readily accessible external port, you'll have to remove the Lumia 1320's rear cover to access the microSD slot, as well as the SIM card.

The removal process is one of the most awkward I've encountered in recent times, requiring a discomforting amount of pressure against the seemingly tightly secured bottom left-hand corner.

microSD

Indeed, while the process becomes easier after a few goes, I had to wonder if this was a good thing. Since I started using the device, there appears to have developed an added level of creakiness when pinching the lower right hand corner.

Given the importance of this storage expansion facility, it's a bit of a flaw that it's not very accessible. My advice to any Lumia 1320 owner would be to buy the biggest microSD card you can afford, install it, then leave well alone.

Speaking of installation, you'll need to insert the microSD card when the phone is powered off. There's no hot swapping feature here.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
SAR Value0.46 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time1 Day
Product Model1320
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)220 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, EU RoHS, WEEE, REACH
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density245 ppi
Front Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
SIM Size SupportedMicro
Height164.2 mm
Width85.9 mm
Depth9.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time672 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 1320 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon S4
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberA00016961
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationMAKE AN IMPACT.

With a 6" display and bright, colourful design that really stands out from the crowd, the Nokia Lumia 1320 makes a statement in any situation.

GO BIG.

More screen space means more room for the things you love. Enjoy a wider perspective in your favourite games, videos or apps like HERE LiveSight. It all looks beautiful on the big 6" screen.

ADD MAGIC TO YOUR PHOTOS.

Download Nokia Camera to capture great photos and then use the Smart mode to create a sequence of motion, add motion blur effects and more. Or create some magic with innovative photo editing tools like Creative Studio and Cinemagraph.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 1320 Smartphone
  • Micro USB Charger
  • Charging and Data Cable
  • Stereo Headset
  • Quick Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory1 GB