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Nokia Lumia 1320 review

A capable phablet, but is it already obsolete?

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I've been comparing the Nokia Lumia 1320 to its bigger brother the Nokia Lumia 1520 for pretty much the whole review, and it's easy to see why.

The two were announced at the same time, and both provide a 6-inch Windows Phone 8 experience with a distinctive Nokia twist.

Nokia Lumia 1520

Make no mistake, though, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the better phone in every way except for one. Its quad-core CPU makes it faster, its unibody design is better looking and tougher yet slimmer and lighter, it has a massively superior 20MP PureView camera, and its display packs in twice the number of pixels.

The Nokia Lumia 1320 has one thing going for it in this comparison, and that's price. But even this isn't the advantage it once would have been.

Having been on the market for several months now, you can pick up the Lumia 1520 for less than £400. With the Lumia 1320 arriving at around £300 ($340, AU$450), it no longer looks like the great value alternative it was shaping up to be.

The direct rival

Sitting close to the Nokia Lumia 1320 in terms of price, size and specs, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is another hefty mid-ranger.

It has a similar 6.3-inch 720p LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, and the same severely limited internal storage allowance compensated for by the presence of a microSD card slot.

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Of course, the Samsung runs on the Android OS, which instantly gives it the advantage of Google's vast Play Store filled with the kind of apps and games that Windows Phone can only look at enviously.

Conversely, this Android phablet has Samsung's overly fussy and less-than-fluid UI slapped on top, compared to which the Lumia 1320's unmolested Windows Phone 8 feels decidedly top-end.

The aging outsider

Huawei's take on the affordable phablet, the Ascend Mate, is getting a little long in tooth now, and a new model was announced at CES 2014. But that means that the already affordable original can be had for a knock-down price – around £235 (about $392 / AU$435) online.

Huawei Ascend Mate

What you get for that price is a 6.1-inch 720p IPS display, a decent 8MP camera, and astonishingly good battery life.

On the negative side, Huawei's own cut-price processor simply isn't up to the standard of even Qualcomm's mid-range effort (as found in the Lumia 1320), which results in a stuttering Android experience.

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