Nokia Lumia 1520 Phablet Review

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Nokia Lumia 1520 Phablet Review


A Nokia phablet.

Wait. Before I even go any further, to those who may still not be aware of the growing category that is the phablet, let me define it for you.

Or rather, let Wikipedia do it for you.

Wikipedia defines a phablet as ? A?phablet?(/?f?bl?t/, a?portmanteau?of the words?phone?and?tablet, sometimes also called Phonepad, Padphone or Phonelet[1]) is a class of mobile device designed to combine or straddle the functions of a?smartphone?and?tablet. Phablets are characterized by the use of large screens, typically with a?diagonal size?between 5 to 6.9 inches (130 to 180?mm), which complement screen-intensive activity such as?mobile web browsing?and?multimedia?viewing?.

Now that we have this out of the way, let me go back to the ?news that hit the mobile market recently. The Nokia Lumia 1520 or what is now being bandied about as the Nokia Phablet.

The Lumia 1520 Phablet, the first that Nokia has launched, is considered a big risk by many tech industry analysts. It is a pretty hefty mobile at 15.2 cm and is running on a Windows Phone OS (not the hottest OS in the mobile market right now).


Size and Weight.

Initial reaction to the Lumia 1520 shows that consumers find it a lot larger than other ?phablets? like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (which is almost the same size at 15.1 cm), probably because of its heavier weight. The Lumia 1520 enters the ring as a heavyweight at 209 grams (versus the Galaxy Note 3’s 168 grams).

Being compared to the Galaxy Note 3 also highlighted the fact that it does not have the versatility of the Samsung ?phablet?.

Still, many consumers find that the massive screen of the Lumia 1520 provides adequate space for the Windows Phone Live Tiles and makes it more convenient to go through messages and e-mails.



The camera on the Lumia 1520 did not deviate much from the earlier Lumia smartphone models (such as the 920, 925 and the 1020) with the button located on the case. It was quite a surprise though that the Lumia 1520 has an even lower camera resolution than a previous smartphone model, the 1020 (you heard me right, the 1520 has a 20 MP resolution compared to the 41 MP of the 1020).

It should be noted though that the 1020 is the flagship smartphone of Nokia and is geared towards photographers and photo enthusiasts.

The 1520 makes up for this fact with a slew of camera features that include the ?Pro Camera?, giving users the option of playing around with image settings making it a very good replacement for even the high end digital cameras.

A function called the ?Pureview? lets the Lumia 1520 user save 2 versions of the same photograph. One version is a low res image for easy uploading to Facebook and other social networks. The other one is a high resolution image for printing and enlarging.

Another feature the 1520 brings is an image management tool called ?Storyteller? which uses geo-locations to arrange the pictures by way of place or date. This helps the photographer in each of us to identify when and where the photos were taken.


Social Networks and Maps.
Just like previous Nokia smartphones, the Lumia 1520 is very well connected to social network tools, although many consumers have expressed concerns about privacy settings in light of the supposed spying on mobile data by the US government.

One feature that gives the 1520 an advantage is the HERE Maps and HERE Drive which allows the user to download maps for offline use. This will help the user save on cellular data expenses versus using an online GPS mapping system.



Another plus of course is the full Microsoft Office system in the Lumia 1520 making it easy for the user to compose, edit and accept the type of documents and spreadsheets that are still most widely used around the world.
So what is the verdict on this latest Nokia offering?

In terms of hardware quality, almost all those who gave their 2 cents worth declare it a winner. For its Windows Phone OS, however, many have expressed a sense of discontent, especially with the fact that despite being more than four years old, the OS still needs more tweaking and fixing.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 may not be the smart mobile device for everyone, but with its build and functionality, as well as its office functions, it is a pretty productive tool for most people.

Video: Nokia Lumia 1520 Review (Marques Brownlee / YouTube)


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