Nokia Lumia 1520 review

Nokia goes big on specs, but can Windows Phone 8 keep up?

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As with every other Windows Phone device from version 7 onwards, the Nokia Lumia 1520 uses the People app for handling contacts.

Nokia Lumia 1520 review

It remains a thoroughly pleasant method for keeping track of friends, family and acquaintances, with that extra personal touch that Microsoft's mobile OS provides.

First up when you enter the People app is the standard A-to-Z list of contacts, each accompanied by a little thumbnail picture (if you've set one up, or connected to a social network).

Each contact page contains all of their information, and tapping on any addresses listed here will open up Here Maps and show you where they're based.

Adding a fresh contact is a simple matter of hitting the "+" symbol at the bottom of the screen, whilst you can also search for a specific contact from the same area.

Tapping on one of the letter headings, meanwhile, brings up a large list of all the letters, allowing you to jump to the one you want with another tap. Smartly, any letters that aren't used (such as Q or X, in my case) are blacked out.

Nokia Lumia 1520 review

Another neat touch that continues to please is the ability to pin individual contacts to your start screen through a long press. It's a great way to keep your nearest and dearest on speed dial.

Windows Phone 8 is arguably the most social mobile OS of them all, and that's most evident here in the People app.

Sign in to your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account (among others) through the Lumia 1520 and information from these will automatically be filtered through to the People app. Not only will your contacts be added and integrated where necessary, but their latest updates will be visible in their individual contact page.

Scrolling right from the main alphabetical contact page brings up the What's New section, which is a list of the very latest updates from across your social network accounts. Keep in mind that all of this is delivered within the Windows Phone 8 UI - no third party apps are required.

It's even possible to reply or like social posts from here.

Nokia Lumia 1520 review

Scrolling across again from the What's new section brings up Recent, which is a list of your most recently used contacts.

As you tend to call a small handful of your contacts far more than the rest, this is a handy way to cut through all of those old school friends you never talk to without the brutal use of the delete function.

As is the next section along, called Together. Here you can set up groups of contacts, such as Family or Close Friends.

What's more, if you add them to a Room, you can share calendar entries, photos and videos with them, even if they own an iPhone or Android device. Fellow Windows Phone users get to indulge in group chats, too.

Overall, contacts on Windows Phone 8 - and by extension the Nokia Lumia 1520 - remains arguably the best of the big three platforms.


Nokia Lumia 1520 review

The dialler on the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the same chunky, minimalistic Windows Phone 8 example as always. It's easy enough to use, but the continued lack of smart dialling - where the OS narrows down suggestions for the number you're trying dial as you add more digits - is a frustration.

Single-handed dialling on the Nokia Lumia 1520 is a no-no for those with smaller hands. This is because the dialler has just been scaled up, as with much of the rest of the OS, so the chunky numbers still take up two thirds of the gigantic 6-inch display.

There are, at least, shortcut keys for Voicemail and the People app alongside the dialler on the phone screen, which lists your call history complete with instant call-back shortcuts.

Call quality on the Nokia Lumia 1520 was uniformly excellent during our test period, and the loudspeaker was both loud and clear.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
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, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution20 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time1 Day
Product Model1520
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)209 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, EU RoHS, WEEE, REACH
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
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 Density368 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.2 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedNano
Height162.8 mm
Width85.4 mm
Depth8.7 mm
Battery Standby Time768 Hour
Product NameLumia 1520 Smartphone
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part NumberA00015322
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationSee more
A six-inch, 1080p full HD display with excellent outdoor readability and redesigned start screen lets you make the most of the extra space.

Tell better stories
Tell your stories the way they're meant to be told with Nokia Storyteller, image editing tools and a 20 megapixel, PureView camera.

Your creative canvas
With a six-inch, super-sensitive, full HD display and great readability in sunlight, the Nokia Lumia 1520 Tablet Phone is the perfect canvas to tell your story on.

When you can't find the words
Take amazing photos with a 20 MP PureView camera and let Nokia Storyteller organise them into stories using interactive HERE maps.

Pick up where you left off
The Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone is a powerhouse of productivity. Built-in Microsoft Office means you can view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without losing any original formatting. Save documents to SkyDrive and return to them whenever it suits you.

Fun with photos
Tell a different story by reframing and recropping high-resolution photos. Add captions and explore a whole range of creative effects and filters with exclusive photo editing tools.

Windows Phone 8 gets even bigger
The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes to the UK with all the exclusive features of Windows Phone 8, like Live Tiles and People Hub. And they're all optimised for the big screen, making your Windows Phone 8 experience even better.

Fit for business
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a formidable business smartphone with built-in Microsoft Office, respected business applications like Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and Lync, as well as enterprise-level security to give you peace of mind.
Package Contents
  • Lumia 1520 Smartphone
  • MicroUSB Charger
  • Charging and Data Cable
  • Headset
  • Quick Guide
  • SIM Door Key
Limited Warranty2 Year
Standard Memory2 GB