The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a landmark phone in the history of Windows Phone. For the first time since its launch, Windows Phone 8’s hardware support has caught up with the iPhone 5S and top Android phones like the Nexus 5.
The 1520 is powered by a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC (system-on-a-chip), which consists of a Krait 400 CPU running at 2.2GHz and Adreno 330 graphics processor along with integrated LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth communications modules. Pretty much every flagship smartphone on the market today and even a few tablets use this particular SoC, so the 1520 is in good company. 2GB of RAM should be more than enough for even the most demanding tasks, including recording continuous HD video and capturing 20-megapixel photos.
Battery life is solid, and we had no problems with normal day-to-day usage, which consisted of receiving calls plus a few hours of watching videos, playing games, and browsing the Web over Wi-Fi. We did notice that the enormous 3400mAh battery takes a really long time to charge up to 100 percent. Our formal video loop test returned a result of 10 hours and 20 minutes, which is quite respectable.
If you’re on the hunt for a phablet, then the Lumia 1520 is a terrific option. In $550 dollar, You just have to go into it knowing that Windows Phone’s app selection isn’t the greatest, and that there’s no stylus like you’ll find in Android device. Otherwise you get a big and beautiful display, a top-notch camera, fast and fluid performance, and all-day battery life.