Nokia Lumia 1520 review

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

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Battery life

The Nokia Lumia 1520 has a massive 3,400mAh battery. Of course, with a screen this big and this sharp, it needs it. The similarly sized Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a similarly sized 3,220mAh battery.

Nokia Lumia 1520 review

Don't expect the Nokia Lumia 1520 to last you much more than any other high-end smartphone, though. We could comfortably get through a day of moderate usage, but we couldn't stretch to two without charging up.

And boy does it take a while to charge up. We checked in after an hour of topping it up, and it had only gained about 15% in that time.

Also alarming was the fact that the phone chewed 17% of its battery capacity when left on flight mode overnight.

Still, when it comes to practical usage, it's pretty capable. In our standard battery test, which involved running a 90 minute 720p video with all notifications on and the screen at its brightest, we were left with a little under 84% from a full charge. That's pretty strong.

Overall, Nokia has ensured that its power-munching giant has an ample reservoir of power to draw from, so you probably won't have to alter your usage or charging pattern from whatever smartphone you're switching from.


Nokia Lumia 1520 review

You won't find yourself lacking for connectivity options with the Nokia Lumia 1520. It's got Wi-Fi, of course, as well as 4G network support for those on an appropriate contract.

We found our connections to both mobile network and Wi-Fi hub to be universally reliable and strong.

Elsewhere you have a standard microUSB slot for the dual purpose of charging and hooking up to your computer - which is a simple drag and drop process whether on Windows or OS X.

Bluetooth 4.0 is supported, and you also get NFC. Nokia is one of the few manufacturers to do more than pay lip service to the standard with a whole host of peripherals and accessories (speaker docks, wireless headphones etc.) that hook up to the Lumia 1520 with a simple tap.


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