Nokia Lumia 1320 review

A capable phablet, but is it already obsolete?

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The Nokia Lumia 1320 runs on the latest version of Windows Phone 8. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone with a passing knowledge of the company's history, what with Nokia's long-standing partnership with and imminent acquisition by Microsoft.

Homescreen

As such, there's really nothing new to discuss here on the interface front. Microsoft runs a tight ship with its heavily stylised operating system, with the same single Live Tile-strewn homepage popping tidbits of information to its square app icons.

Windows Phone 8 still looks and feels great, and there's nothing else quite like it on the market – though Microsoft's rivals have clearly 'borrowed' elements of it.

You still get the impression that it's an iteration away from truly matching Android and iOS for pure functionality – the lack of a notification centre being the biggest omission – but it's a genuinely viable alternative.

One fairly unique addition that the Lumia 1320 shares with the Lumia 1520 is an extra column of Live Tiles. As with pretty much everything that's notable about this phone, this feature is facilitated by that 6-inch display.

Though the Lumia 1320's display is 720p rather than 1080p, this expanded home screen still looks great. Thanks to Microsoft's crisp, flat OS design, there's no great fuzziness on display here.

Settings

Having said that, one of the main criticisms I levelled at the Nokia Lumia 1520 applies equally here. Having a huge screen is all well and good, but Windows Phone 8 simply doesn't scale sufficiently to suit.

Other than that extra column of Live Tiles, this is pretty much Windows Phone 8 as presented on the 3.8-inch Nokia Lumia 620.

Menu screens that once benefited from having chunky white fonts on simple black backgrounds when displayed on 4-inch smartphones look wasteful and inefficient here.

Consider, too, the stock Windows Phone keyboard – which is the only one you're ever going to get, given Microsoft's policies on third party alternatives (they're not allowed).

It still takes up a good half of the Nokia Lumia 1320's display, which makes typing a little unwieldy and, strangely, no more error-free.

It also fails to offer any enhancements for this larger form factor, such as dedicated numerical keys or the ability to resize and reposition the keyboard.

Keyboard

Still, as the Windows Phone 8 user experience is both stylish and lightweight, which is no mean feat (just ask HTC).

What's more, thanks to Microsoft's tightly controlled hardware requirements, the mid-range Nokia Lumia 1320 runs the basic OS pretty much as well as quad-core beasts like the Nokia Lumia 1520.

I didn't pick up any signs of lag whilst navigating through the OS on the 1320, apps were quick to boot up, and those swishy transition animations that make the Metro UI such a pleasant experience are perfectly smooth.

If you're talking raw performance, the Nokia Lumia 1320's dual-core Snapdragon 400 is far from top of the pile. The average WP Bench score I recorded for the device was 312.22.

Taking into account the device's CPU, GPU, and memory performance, these test results suggest a performance level that's roughly 40% lower than the Nokia Lumia 1520, which tends to score somewhere around the 500s.

Storage

Still, as stated, that's more than enough processing power to handle the Windows Phone 8 OS. Also bear in mind that the Nokia Lumia 1320's processor is pushing around half the number of screen pixels of the Nokia Lumia 1520, which goes some way to levelling general performance.

One technical area in which the Nokia Lumia 1320 clearly struggles, though, is storage.

8GB isn't much for any modern smartphone OS to run with, but with Windows Phone 8 – which takes up a good 2GB plus of storage by itself – it's positively miniscule.

Sure enough, you'll find yourself bumping up against the Nokia Lumia 1320's storage limits pretty quickly once you start loading up your collection of games, apps, and music. As I've noted already, a sizeable microSD card is a must.

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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