Nokia Lumia 1520, The New King of WP8


Once upon a time, Nokia was the alpha and omega in the mobile phone world. It was a polarized industry for almost 15 years, there was Nokia and other phones. Nobody heard about iPhones(they are a recent invention), Samsung was building refrigerators, LG was in the home appliances industry, Huawei, HTC and Lenovo didn’t even existed on the map.
Now, ten years after Nokia’s peak moment, things changed dramatically. First, Nokia started losing ground in the smartphone niche, after that they dropped Symbian and Belle OS(their in-house mobile operating system) and went full throttle for Windows Phone, in an unholy alliance with Microsoft, which proved to be fatal for the Finnish company (at least for Nokia die-hard fans).
They lost the pole-position as the number 1 manufacturer of mobile phones worldwide, their stock dropped, they were surpassed in the smartphone industry in terms of sales by no-names like Huawei and HTC. And finally, Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile phone business for a ridiculous price, when compared to their stock value just 3-4 years ago.
But lately, there is hope for Nokia. Their Lumia line of smartphones is starting to gain traction, their WP8 running devices are well built, in good Nokia tradition, they are easy to use and rugged and the photos they take, well, they’re from another world, when compared to their competition.
Nokia Lumia 1580 WP8Now, Nokia just announced their Lumia 1520, a first for the company in quite a few ways: their first “phablet” (that’s half smartphone and half tablet, actually a huge smartphone; that horror of a device pioneered by Samsung with their Galaxy Note line), their first quad-core WP8 smartphone and the first Lumia with a full HD display.
The new Lumia 1520 is built just its flagship predecessors, featuring a rock solid unibody design and a polycarbonate casing, in vivid colors. The smartphone is built like a tank, really, and it looks like it’s capable of breaking a car window. You have four colors to choose from: two glossy (white and red) and two in matte finish (black and yellow).
The state of the art PureView technology is onboard, obviously, along with OIS (optical image stabilization), which promises excellent photo/video performance in low light conditions. And that brilliant full HD display will make the user to immerse into the WP8 experience like never before. I know, I’m ranting, but I am a huge fan of Nokia and their Lumia line (I am a DSLR freak too).
The Lumia 1520 comes packed with a bunch of useful apps and services, like Nokia Camera, Cinemagraph and Storyteller, to name just a few.
Starting with the dimensions, the phablet measures 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, and weighs 209g. That’s a big smartphone, for sure, I hope you got your vitamins! You’ll be using both hands in order to play around with this baby, fair warning.
Nokia Lumia 1520 The display is an excellent 6 inches wide ClearBlack IPS unit with full HD 1080p resolution, featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection and an impressive 367 ppi pixel density. That means that no pixels are visible (Retina display like) and the touch screen works even if you have your gloves on.
The chipset is provided by the industry leader, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, boasting a quad core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 graphics unit.
The Lumia 1520 is powered by WP8 GDR3 Operating System with Nokia Black.
Now, if you’re a photography freak like yours truly, you’ll be blown away by this 20 MP camera present in the Lumia 1520, with Carl Zeiss optics, OIS and Pure-View technology. If you thought that Nokia Lumia 1020 makes nice pictures, just wait and see what this baby is capable of, not to mention the far shorter shot times when compared to its predecessors! The smartphone is perfectly capable of shooting flawless videos at 1080p at 30 frames per second.
The internal storage capacity provided in the Lumia 1520 is an ample 32 GB and thanks to the micro SD card slot, you can expand it further, supporting up to 64 GB + 7 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage.
In terms of connectivity, you’re in for a treat. The phone has it all: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5 GHz) a/b/g/n/ac, microUSB 2.0, BT 4.0 LE, you name it, it’s there!
The battery is an impressive 3400 mAh unit and the smartphone comes with built in wireless charging capability (that’s Qi folks).
Nokia Lumia 1520 apps The best thing by far in the Lumia 1520, from my point of view, is the camera, which is capable of taking impressive pictures with high details level and amazing low noise, even if the pics are oversampled. The Optical Image Stabilization works like a dream. The display and build quality are also top notch, the OS is not yet matured but I love the minimalistic design of WP8’s User Interface and the way it feels when you’re playing with the smartphone : everything runs smooth, impeccable. There is absolutely no lag, no hick-ups whatsoever.
Stay tuned for a more comprehensive review when the phone will hit the shelves worldwide.

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-By Alex Sherrod


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