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Nokia Lumia 1320 review

A capable phablet, but is it already obsolete?

Camera

Nokia has become almost synonymous with high-end mobile photography, having created arguably the two finest smartphone cameras ever in the Nokia 808 and the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Of course, sheer practicality has meant that that this chunky PureView technology has been di-luted for Nokia's everyday phones. But it's hard to think of the Nokia Lumia 1520's 20MP camera as 'diluted.' It's capable of capturing some truly excellent shots, and Nokia's custom cam-era software is without equal.

It's a shame, then, that the Nokia Lumia 1320's camera bears such little resemblance to its brother's. This is a standard 5MP unit shorn of the PureView branding.

CameraUI

Indeed, the default camera interface for the 1320 is Microsoft's standard Windows Phone camera app. You can still get the Nokia Camera interface, but only through an optional download from the Windows Phone Store.

You can tweak basic settings like ISO, white balance, and exposure value in the default camera interface, but it doesn't even approach the kind of fine-tuning you get with the 1520 and the Nokia Camera app. There's no HDR mode, either, which I've come to start expecting in mid-range phones.

Of course, without the high-end optics to accompany it, Nokia probably felt that including such advanced settings would unfairly raise expectations or mislead as to the phone's capabilities. The camera isn't the focus here, after all.

Camera settings

Even Nokia's weaker camera efforts tend to be decent, though. Sure enough, images shot with the Lumia 1320 are solid rather than spectacular.

Given enough light, general detail levels were good, if occasionally flat and washed out. I found it possible to get some nice depth of field effects when taking close-up shots. In fact, general framing and focusing of shots on the 1320 is a doddle.

The key strength of the Lumia 1320's camera is speed and ease of use. This being Windows Phone, there's a dedicated camera shutter key that acts as a shortcut to the camera. I was able to get up and snapping from the phone's sleep state in less than three seconds.

Other phones may be able to do that quicker, but factor in the time spent fumbling with the touch-screen to get to the camera app – especially when you're rushing to capture a random moment – and you'll see the advantage of the Windows Phone approach.

As for video, the Nokia Lumia 1320 is capable of shooting at 1080p and 30fps, and the results are strong. The picture is crisp and vibrant, and sound is picked up excellently – though there's no dis-cernible stereo effect.

Meanwhile, even recording whilst walking along doesn't create the absolute shake-fest write-offs I've become used to in low-end and mid-range phones.

Bark detail
The Lumia 1320 picks up the sharp edge and detail of the grain quite well in this close-up.

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Flash off
An indoors shot with low artificial shot prompts predictable graininess.

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Flash on
The same shot with the flash engaged - still grainy, but at least the colours are fairly natural.

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Flora
There's reasonable detail in this shot, but the brighter sections appear unnaturally bleached out.

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Flowers
This close-up shows the 1320's depth of field, though the sky on this overcast day is painfully bleached out.

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Street
This shady street shot shows off the 1320's struggles with dynamic range.

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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