Nokia Lumia 1320, Midrange Wonder

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Nokia Lumia 1320Smartphones featuring huge displays are the all the rage in this day and age and Nokia Lumia 1320 plays by the book with their latest Windows Phone 8 running phablet. What we have here is basically a trimmed down version of the high end Lumia 1520, but make no mistake folks: this baby means business.
With the Lumia 1320, Nokia is trying to win the hearts and minds of WP8 enthusiasts and also attract potential new customers with a budget friendly smartphone.
Betting on an already tested and appraised platform, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 system on chip, the Finnish company followed the motto “if it ain’t broken, you don’t have to fix it”. Hence, there are no big surprises with the Lumia 1320, we’ve seen that kind of hardware before in the Lumia range of smartphones, now let’s take a closer look at this baby, shall we?
Starting with unpacking the phone, I must tell you that there’s nothing out of the ordinary, the box contains the standard set of accessories: a charger featuring a detachable micro-USB cable, a headset and some leaflets.
The obvious thing after unboxing the phone is the huge 6 inches wide display, similar to the one in the Lumia 1520. The smartphone measures a respectable 164.2x 85.9 x 9.8mm and weighs 220 grams, being thicker and heavier than its high-end sibling.
In terms of design, Nokia followed the Lumia line-up, the Lumia 1320 being basically a scaled up version of the 625, featuring a detachable/replaceable back panel that comes in all sorts of joyful colors (yellow, red, white and black).
Nokia Lumia 1320 floraThe battery is a huge 3400 mAh unit, but unfortunately this time is non user replaceable. Lumia 1320 comes with an excellent build quality and a matte finish, providing excellent grip and a premium feeling.
Even if it’s a pretty big and heavy unit, the Lumia 1320 is quite easy to handle, but don’t fool yourself: you’ll need both of your hands to operate it properly.
Below that huge screen, you’ll find the usual capacitive control buttons, Back, Home and Search, while above it lies the secondary VGA camera, used for video calling and selfies, along with the proximity/ambient light sensors.
On the right side of the phone you’ll find the hardware buttons: the volume rocker, the camera shutter key and the power-lock button. The left side is bare, no controls and no ports. On the top of the Lumia 1320 you’ll see the 3.5 mm audio jack and on the bottom the micro USB port. The back panel harbors the 5 megapixels camera lens featuring a LED flash and the loudspeaker grille. Removing the back panel, you can see that the battery is sealed inside the smartphone’s body, so you can’t replace it yourself, and that’s kind of depressing, since the Lumia 1320 doesn’t have a unibody design. Also, here you will discover the micro SIM and the micro SD slots.
The display is a 6 incher IPS LCD unit featuring 720p resolution and a pixel density of 245 ppi, with Nokia’s ClearBlack technology and protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
The display also comes with Nokia’s super sensitive touch technology, being capable of detecting your input even if you’re using gloves. For the picky customers, the display offers the Lumia Color Profile, offering two settings: one for color temperature and one for saturation.
Along with the Color Profile, you’ll enjoy the Nokia Glance feature that will allow you to have the clock and notification icons available on the lockscreen. The Glance screen comes with two color options to choose from: white (default) and the Night mode, available in green, blue or red.
Nokia Lumia 1320 multicolorAfter the GDDR3 (black) update, a new option is available for WP8 users, the screen rotation lock. The display has a mediocre resolution, only 720p but its viewing angles, contrast and colors are awesome.
Battery life is another strong point of the device, offering a 75 hours endurance rating, which is very respectable for a 6 inches wide phablet.
The Lumia 1320’s hardware (1.7 GHz dual core Krait CPU, Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB of RAM) runs on Windows Phone 8 GDR3 and features Nokia’s familiar user interface, at least for those of you who know what WP8 is about. If you don’t, just think Windows 8 and Live Tiles, that’s it! This modern user interface is basically a vertical grid of live tiles, and you can play with them (read re-order) for as long as you like. You can pin any app or feature on the homescreen and also you can resize the tiles. Multitasking is an obvious feature of WP8 and the apps in the background are suspended by default, saving battery life. GDR3 brings a new feature, now you can close the applications using the X button, just line in your regular desktop Windows OS.
Nokia Lumia 1320 screenshot 1The People Hub is arguably the best social/phone book available on the market, and it fully integrates your social networks profiles with your phonebook, your email contacts, all in one place.
Nokia Lumia 1320 screenshot 2Telephony is strong in this Nokia device, as usual, the phone holds to signal in any circumstance and reception is excellent. In terms of messaging, Nokia did a wonderful job again. Lumia 1320 comes with the Messaging Hub, that combines together in threaded messages your SMS, Facebook and Windows Live apps. The text input on that huge screen is excellent, the virtual keyboard if very comfy and features sound feedback. The Photos are SkyDrive integrated and you’ll also enjoy Music and the FM Radio using just one app, the Nokia Music, for both audio and video files. The audio output quality is pretty good, especially if you’re using a decent pair of headphones.
The Nokia Lumia 1320 comes with a decent 5 megapixels camera, featuring a minimalistic user interface and capable of recording HD videos at 1080p.
In terms of connectivity, this budget oriented phablet has it all: quad band GSM/EDGE/GPRS/3g with HSPA and penta band 4G/LTE, along with Wi-Fi (dual band/a/b/g/n) featuring DLNA and Hot-Spot + Stereo Bluetooth 4.0.
Browsing the internet is always a pleasure, thanks to the IE browser that does a wonderful job on that huge display. For app-fiends, the Windows Phone Store offers over 200 000 applications. The gaming department is taken care of by the Games tile, powered by X-Box live.
Nokia Lumia 1320 screenshot 3For navigation purposes, the phone comes with HERE maps, Nokia maps and Drive, offering free life time voice guided navi.
Nokia Lumia 1320 maps naviFor business users, WP8 is the best choice, as usual, offering viewing/editing all sorts of documents integrated into the OS (word, excel, you name it).
Nokia Lumia 1320 officeIn conclusion, I must say that the Nokia Lumia 1320 offers an impressive package and a wonderful WP8 experience at a bargain price.

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