The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a big handset by every standard possible. Thanks to its sloping edges and slim profile, guys with large hands could manage the Lumia 1520 with one hand, but even they won't find it too comfortable.
When compared to the 6.4" Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Lumia 1520 suddenly doesn't look all that big. The Xperia is a good 16.6 mm taller, 6.8 mm wider and 3 g heavier than the Nokia Lumia 1520.
The display on the Xperia Z Ultra is noticeably bigger and the device is also much slimmer at 6.5 mm (vs 8.7 mm).
Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Lumia 1520 is a good 11 mm taller and 6 mm wider. Finally it weighs 41 g more, which is a lot.
The Galaxy Note 3 feels flatter compared to the Lumia and its sloping edges. The plastic on both feels completely different - the Note 3 has a textured back, emulating leather, while the Lumia 1520 is either matte or gloss with no textures or patterns.
The Lumia 1020, Nokia's supreme cameraphone, already felt big in the hands but looks much smaller overall when faced with its bigger brother.
However at 10.4 mm the Lumia 1020 is much thicker, which adds the sense of it being bulkier than the 6-inch Lumia 1520.
The good news is the Lumia 1520 feels built like a tank. It feels extremely solid in the hand and very pleasant to the touch. We have no doubt it will hold up greatly against everyday wear and tear.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes in four colors. Two of them are glossy and feel rather slippery - White and Red. The Black and Yellow color options, on the other hand, have a nice matte finish to them, just like on the Lumia 1020.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 packs a much larger 6" display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a pixel density of 368 ppi. Compared to the Lumia 1020's screen, this one is immensely more impressive - the sheer size and the extra sharpness make a notable difference that even an untrained eye can easily spot. The display also offers excellent viewing angles and vibrant colors up there with the best in business.
On the left side we find the nanoSIM and microSD card slots under pop-out lids. The right side holds the power button, a single piece volume rocker and two-step physical shutter button.
The back has a nice flat surface, which slopes only at the edges. On the bottom lies a micro-drilled louspeaker grille, while on the top there's a dual LED flash and a slightly bulging camera lens.
The camera on the Lumia 1520 sounds quite impressive. Nokia has placed a 20 MP 1/2.5" sensor with 6-element F/2.4 Carl Zeiss optics, which make for a very wide-angle 26mm field of view.