Just got a lumia 1520, coming from note 2 (and nexus, htc one x, samsung galaxy s2/3). With the new 8.1 update, i am actually very happy with this phone. The battery life is just...outside of this world. Built in wireless charging makes things that bit more convenient. Built quality is typical nokia, just...special; it's plastic, but it feels premium. Buttery smooth, no 'lag' per se.
Camera is great; however you may have to tweak the options a bit (sometimes white balance) in order to get the BEST picture. But the camera software handling is great, easy to use. Much quicker than the lumia 1020 (which i played for a few weeks), but still slower than the androids/ios. This is a camera that you use to get the best out of a scene, keep that in mind. AND the ability to increase the shutter speed...AMAZING, you can be extremely creative and make fun pictures (think fireworks, fire crackles,etc)
phone is BIG. and that depends on how you feel about big phones. Personally, i love the extra screen estate, phone feels sturdy and nice in the hands. You will more than likely need two hands a lot of the time; though it is possible to use one hand (albeit slightly awkward...slightly). But that screen is gorgeous. You can tweak it to be warmer, cooler, saturated, slightly washed out, increase the red/green/blue hues. WHatever you want.
Navigation is free, but you do need to predownload it (via wifi preferably). It's not as smooth as google navigation, but it has more features. It's on par with samsung's navigon app in terms of performance, if not slightly better.
Some people hate the fact that it's a 6inch phone then the apps are listed on single lines and you have to scroll alll the way down. But they're missing the point. The point is to add many apps you use the most on the home screen. Make that as beautiful as you want. You can add your own pictures, folders (developer preview...coming out to general public sometime in future), and you won't need to go to the app list at all.
The big problem (depends on who you are), is the app ecosystem. For me, it's grown big enough. There are still some apps/games i'm missing, but nothing too concerning.
I'd only buy this phone if:
1) bored out of your head with android/ios
2) got a good price
Harvey norman initially sold this for a crazy AUD899. They're now selling it for AUD698. The lumia 930 is being sold for AUD590. This just shows how awesome this phone is. Considering the games in the store isn't as extensive, there is no need for the phone to have snapdragon 805/810,etc. Phone will continue to be supported for another 1.5 years at least imo (considering the lumia 930 has same hardware and jsut recently released).
otherwise, the next best phone out there is the 1+1 (if you can get it!). It's Cheap, top of the line hardware, great camera, great battery, modify the hell out of it....and did i say it's cheap??
thavam2014, 21 Aug 2014Thanks for your reply bro but why u consider the battery only u know if we owe a phone we alwa... moreok , how frequent you upgrade ur phone.
Definately not for next 5 months atleast, if i am not wrong.
in that case, you have 1820 coming up. see the specs in some websites. its upgrade of the 1520 with enhanced features.
android and windows are two different sailing ships in different oceans dear friend. they both will never meet each others expectation ever.
close comparison is like : one person cannot have two mom's and dad's...LOL.... if its not medical disaster :-P
hope i answered. we can debate on this, if we can compare two different phone of same nokia lumia make.again price , flagship and features matters.
Punith.33, 21 Aug 2014Well Done..!!!! and well answered dear friend.....!!!.i am impressed..... life is not abou... moreThanks for your reply bro but why u consider the battery only u know if we owe a phone we always want upgrade like Sony z series they have Sony z 1 and 2 and 3 is upcoming and see Samsung S 3 @nd s4 and s5 and note 2 @nd 3 and 4 but what about us and why did Lumia left us alone
.rollindadice, 20 Aug 2014what about front cam? it's 1.3MP , works well with Skype and other apps,water resistant? no ph... moreWell Done..!!!! and well answered dear friend.....!!!.i am impressed.....
life is not about finding faults....its all about living with what we have and this 1520 is the gem as of my opinion.
everything cannot be put to everywhere dear thavam2014. its works on a basic principle call power management, which ,this other friend thavam2014 should understand.
to clarify to MR.thavam2014:
this mobile runs only on battery(huge powerbank).
for your requirement and desire, better wait till you get a mobile, which is solar powered and gives u power endlessly. then all ur ideas will jump in to reality.
all the best for your ideas.!!!. you rock thavam2014, but in some other mobile posts.not here :-)
Hi friends which is the goods app to watch you tube videos. The one from Microsoft just don't open and play youtube videos. It just shows"loading" but fails to load eventually.
thavam2014, 20 Aug 2014What about front camera and no water resistance and no smartwatch and no 128 Gb sd card and f... morewhat about front cam? it's 1.3MP , works well with Skype and other apps,water resistant? no phone is fully water resistant, get a good case ,what about smartwatch? well what about it?.......smartwatch not for everyone.....what about 128gb sd card? it supports it no doubt....you sound like a person just wanna talk bad on this phone,get your facts right
Rathnam, 20 Aug 2014word"s gretest mobile ,battery life is very good ,i had never seen the problem at all,mon... moreWhat about front camera and no water resistance and no smartwatch and no 128 Gb sd card and finally no upgraded versions
word"s gretest mobile ,battery life is very good ,i had never seen the problem at all,money guarantee mobile
Lumia1820 ????? There was no any article about 1820 on gsmarena so far!!!!!!
yes , if u had not backed up. and if u had backed up,then it provides you an option to choose frome already done backup previously.
Anonymous, 19 Aug 2014I remember 1820 was in news quoted by GSM arena, of course we upgrades,but MS had not activat... moreThink MS has tested it's flagship 1520 and we are all like fish caught in net and better go for note 4 or Sony Z3 rather than wait for 1525 or 1820
Manohar 808 PureView, 18 Aug 2014Hai..... Does any one know when Microsoft release an upgrade to 1520?I remember 1820 was in news quoted by GSM arena, of course we upgrades,but MS had not activated it's sluggish approach.
My cell has problems with WiFi connectivity, ad store closed or cannot connect to store. Executive personality is ruined by shabby flip cover.
Shanks, 18 Aug 2014This is truly one amazing phone which completely meets all the needs - smooth,fast & stabl... moreWhat about the drawbacks no smart swatch no dust and water resistance no higher mega pixel front camera and finally no upgraded versions
Aadrian, 19 Aug 2014Nokia Lumia 1520 in bright green looks awesome, I think it's the coolest colour for this phone.I fully agree mine is black and I wish I can trade in for green lumia
Manohar 808 PureView, 18 Aug 2014If there's no upgraded phone for 1520 in this year, Microsoft will definitely lose the ground!You are absolutely correct we always want upgrade like Z series and Samsung but we don't get 1525 with high specs and Microsoft does not care and we don't get smart watch and ip58 water and dust resistance too
Nokia Lumia 1520 in bright green looks awesome, I think it's the coolest colour for this phone.
thavam2014, 18 Aug 2014Come on u can go for note 4 or Z3 or I phone 6 because Nokia I heard not going for upgraded or... moreIf there's no upgraded phone for 1520 in this year, Microsoft will definitely lose the ground!
thavam2014, 18 Aug 2014Come on u can go for note 4 or Z3 or I phone 6 because Nokia I heard not going for upgraded or... moreThis is truly one amazing phone which completely meets all the needs - smooth,fast & stable OS, excellent camera with outstanding camera software, setting up emails is a breeze, MS office is great. Of course this beauty is not for people who buy a phone for playing games. I have used Iphone as also SG Note and don't think I would want to go back to iPhone which is too pricey for the screen and features, android just lags with each update. MixRadio is unmatched with too good collections which offer unlimited downloads for 3 months. If only there are excellent headphones built for windows phones like Bose, then this is unbeatable in my opinion. Battery is also good.
Forgot taking my camera for a family function at an offsite location. The pictures on my Lumia impressed me quite a lot; the various Nokia camera software like the Storyteller and the Cinemagraph are mind blowing. Me and my 8 year kid love it and my kid now also wants a Lumia 1520. Will wait for 930.