Nokia Lumia 1520 review
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Writen by mobile88 Editor: Joe Devanesan, on Monday, January 27, 2014
The Lumia 1520 has a polycarbonate unibody design prevalent among Lumia phones, and like the others features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen protection which covers the entire front of the device, including the three capacitive keys on the face. The keys in question are also status quo for Nokia smartphones with the leftmost key being the Back button, Windows Home button in the middle, with the Bing Search key on the other side.
Not only is the 1520 one whole centimetre taller than the Galaxy Note 3, it also wider but slightly thinner- putting it somewhere between the 5.7-inch Note 3and Sony’s 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra in terms of size, while still maintaining the rounded edges and contoured sides of the Lumia design language.
While the added girth to both the screen and form overall means the 1520 is rather cumbersome to grip comfortably in one hand, the brilliant quality of the 1080p HD IPS display more than justifies the decision for a full-blown 6” form factor.
Utilising Apical’s Assertive Display technology to its full extent, bringing more vibrant colours and a brighter display quality to the table. Using the aforementioned tech for more than just backlight control for the first time, the screen brightness auto settings are amazingly accurate to suit the surrounding lighting.
One drawback is unlike other Android devices with a similar form factor, the Lumia 1520 does not support stylus usage at all instead relying on a fully-touch experience, a shortcoming that is quite pronounced since the 1520 almost always requires two hands for any prolonged use.
The 1520 has the usual button controls of modern smartphones- 3.5mm audio jack is at the top and the speaker grille in on the button next to the microUSB port. Along the right side are the volume rocker, power button, and dedicated photo shutter key which also serves to launch the camera app when the phablet is locked.