Every time I read a Nokia phone review here it always start with prediction of nokia's death and yet the review always end up with a begrudging admittance that it is a good phone. I have samsung note 3 which I hated. So many features but none useful. I also have Nokia n8 and the camera though old could still kick note 3 in terms of quality. I want to change to a new phone and I have always felt if Nokia could give their phones faster processor it would be awesome. I also want a phone with good sound quality and great camera. With this one for once I am considering retiring my n8. Pls stop with starting every article with nokia's death or last phone. They may not be coming up with lots of versions but I can see they are catching up on their own time. This phone sounds great and being Nokia no doubt the hardware will be surname. Software can be upgraded.
I have used Nokia 1520 for at least two weeks and below are my feed backs.
- Build quality is awesome
- Phone is dam fast with Windows 8.
- Awesome camera
- Display is awesome and touch response is buttery smooth.
- Phone doesn't lags at all.
- Lack of apps in the windows store
- Apps which are currently in the store needs updates but still not updated like whatsapp.
- No option to increase the vibration intensity. I have missed many calls while travelling when the phone was in vibration mode.
- No option to move the pictures taken from camera to move them into folder.
- No option to select multiple pics at a time and delete them. Deletion can only be done one by one.
- You cannot customize the WP. Only customization is you can change the color of the tiles.
- No notifications on top when you get any messages or mails.
- No notification light which is very useful when you get any mails or msgs, and this should be given in a highly priced phone like this.
My personal experience - WP is good in some departments but still way behind android. I still dont see them in race with android at the moment but they can change things later.
Not a phone for people who loves many apps. Windows play store still lack badly.
This an awesome all around phone, it's big but got use to it fast. The screen and camera is amazing, the phone is very fluid and smooth no freeze up or lags. The phone has great signal the best i have experience and built quality is excellent, i love this phone cannot wait for the 8.1 update.
When Nokia will wake up and realize that Android had done the milestone !! expensive phone for no decent features, no apps !!! there is no BBM, so how would you encourage me to switch to your phone when you pay for most of the apps !!!!! poor screen sensitivity, it is a very complicated smart phone and not worth a $1
I think Nokia and Microsoft do not understand the current market trends. People not only want to take great pictures but they want to organize them into folders too. Symbian was lacking it and it died. WP lacks it but still alive thanks to great hardware but for how long???
Amazing phablet, but I wait till the Lumia 1320, it's cheaper and I don't need neccesarily the highest spec for it.
Anonymous, 27 Dec 2013Yeah this is the best phone of Nokia but I am confused on Nokia 1020 and 1520 .actually I am c... moreThe 1020 has a higher pixel resolution and is more compact than the 1520. There is approximately a 20-megapixel advantage the 1020 has over the 1520.
Having said that, unless looking at extremely zoomed pictures of each, the human eye has trouble discerning the differences between those two high-resolution cameras, even though the 1020 has twice as high a level of resolution as the 1520.
Bottom line-- if you like a more compact unit, choose the 1020. If you like more real estate in terms of screen size, the 1520 is for you.
There is, in my opinion, no *practical* difference between the cameras.
Windows 8, a platform that features Microsoft Office as a selling point, continues to commit the mortal sin of not being compatible with HID devices, specifically a Bluetooth keyboard.
Why they continue to ignore the HID Bluetooth profile and deny their users the simple joy of having a full screen to view and an actual keyboard on which to type, ESPECIALLY given Microsoft Office, is beyond me.
iron.man.3, 30 Dec 2013You are not the guy you are pretending to be are you??......Why would you say that to someone?
Anonymous, 22 Dec 2013Bought lumia 1520. Happy with it.
Being an android user who bought
S2, S3, N2, N3, S4 an... moreI've to say that I was right in everything except apps :-(
This message is for all android users who want to switch to windows.
1. Setup issues : unless you insert the sim, the software won't let you login into windows live account and cannot install apps. The problem is it won't tell you so, it throws some stupid error numbers.
2. Video player : No good video player. Stock player is slow and no seeking.
The famous moliplayer was slow to start. Then an upgrade made it fast but the startup animation is cluttering now. This breaks the smooth flow of wp. I've a lot of videos and its too slow to show the list and scroll the videos.
The onscreen control is slow and feels like naively developed.
In contrast Mxplayer kills it in android.
3. IMDB : need to travel alot in the ui to get to see anything. Not good compared to android. You can just arrange the tiles in an awesome way and design it a lot better.
4. The battery life is not that great.
At low brightness I spent 1 hour doing things. Then got the screen on time per hour.
Yeah no app to show the screen on time !!! Overall 8hrs low screen on time for 84% battery life spent. I measured it manually.
5. The camera default mode is little overexposed to light. Yes we can adjust it but default should be perfect.
6. Browsers : its really a mediocre experience on wp. Android has got Boat browser, UC browser.
The ucbrowser is mediocre on wp.
7. If battery life goes bad, I can't measure it, I don't have apps like greenify, hibernate(android tuner), freeze(Titanium backup) etc to make it good.
8. No good torrent softwares.
9. Games : too few are there and my favo Subway Surfer is kind of slow (on SD800) and graphics is little choppy (in coins) when compared to android.
10. File explorer :
Once, at least once use the Root Explorer. Its the most powerful and smooth file browser ever.
Even in rumoured wp8.1 We don't have a file browser planned. The rumoured wp8.1 is going to release on Apr 2014.
Good things :
1. Great cam
2. Great screen
3. Awesome sunlight legibility.
4. Good and loud audio quality.
5. Great call quality.
6. Cam button.
7. Great build quality and no cheap feeling.
I just upgraded my note2 software from Android 4.1 to 4.3. Its awesome and smooth. I'm gonna stick with it for sometime.
WP apps are lacking. Trust me. No android user should migrate to wp in at least for another 5 yrs.
Great review. My conclusion as Office 365 Smal Bus Premium user: with a HDMI cabel and keyboard it can and will replace the laptop.
No lockscreen short cuts?????
You can play your music in lockscreen and launch the camera during lockscreen. As well as see your customized notification count as well. And choose an app to show detailed status. Also kids corner shortcut can be had from the lockscreen too.
The article needs revision due to the fact, that sunlight legibility is outstanding thanks to Opical's Assertive Display technology (a 1st implementation in Nokia devices).