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Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1520

  • CPU
    Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400

  • Memory (MB)
    16 GB (RM-940 only)/32 GB, 2 GB RAM

  • Camera (MP)
    20 MP, f/2.4, 26 mm, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, autofocus, dual-LED flash,

  • Battery (mAh)
    Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery (BV-4BW)

  • WiFi
    Yes

  • Price Range
    €350

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

8.8 4.4 1
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Features 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Design 9 / 10
  • Camera 10 / 10
  • Connectivity 8 / 10

This Lumia 1520 was the second last phone released by Nokia in 2013. This is a much better model than the budget phone they released being the Nokia 525 which is also reviewed on this website. It uses the same IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen as the Nokia Lumia 800 but with a much higher pixel density. Think of this as a remake of that Lumia legend.

Network:

The Lumia 1520 covers just about every network available. This ranges from 2G GSM networks on 850, 900, 1800 and the 1900 range. 3G networks from the HSDPA 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 – RM-937, RM-939 right to the HSDPA 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 and RM-938. The is also coverage for 4G networks which is not very common and this being the LTE 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600  and RM-937 range and also the LTE 700, 850, 1700, 1900, 2100, 2600 and RM-938. Considering the network coverage from this Nokia Lumia 1520 you can expect this mobile phone to still be around 7 years from now and still be relevant. It is also clear that with this mobile phone Nokia was trying to future proof the phone when you look at the full specs of the phone. We will cover the sound, connectivity and the other features of this phone below.

Sound:

The Lumia 1520 comes with the standard sound abilities such as playing WAV ringtones which has been around for years. It also comes with vibration ringing and also the ability to use an MP3 as a ringtone. There is also a loudspeaker with an SDcard for up to 64GB external  storage for all your MP3 files. The plus on this phone is the addition of – Dolby Headphone sound enhancement which gives you great Nokia Lumia 1520 Specificationsmusic through he headphones. There is nothing worst than listing to Bach yet sounding like a cat in pain. It also records in stereo which enhances your videos which you record.

The internal memory is huge and more than ample with 32GB of internal storage and 2GB memory. It is clear Nokia wanted to have another phone released in 2013 that would stand the test of time.

Connectivity:

Yes the Lumia 1520 comes with GPRS connectivity and EDGE also coming in at up to 236.8 kbps of bandwidth. There is also HSDPA at 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps upload and  150 Mbps download. This is very fast and should still be good 5 years from now as multimedia gets bigger and better.

There is also Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with the  dual-band and Wi-Fi hotspot. Bluetooth is also covered with v4.0 with A2DP and there is also microUSB connectivity. The connectivity on this phone is second to none and one of the better phones on the market today if not the best.

MultiMedia:

The Lumia 1520 comes with a high end Carl Zeiss camera as standard. This is a 20 MegaPixel camera and which comes not only with autofocus but also with optical image stabilization which you do not find in many phones. There is also a dual-LED flash to ensure that you do not get shows when taking photos.

The 20 MegaPixel Carl Zeiss camera runs at 30fps however unlike most it runs at a very high 1080 pixels to give you clear and crisp video playback. The video sensor is very large so the picture and video quality is again second to none coming in at a whopping 1/2.5”.

There is a smaller 1.2 MegaPixel secondary camera  which is a standard camera by spec as it only does 720pixels and 30fps. The primary camera however makes up for this. The camera comes with geo-tagging as standard and a video light.

Hardware:

The Lumia 1520 uses the Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset and this is powered by the Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor. The GPU is the Adreno 330 which is the GPU for this mobile phone. The phone is rounded off with an accelerometer, gyro, compass and proximity  sensors. The phone uses the well known Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black operating system.

Other:

The Lumia 1520 mobile phone comes with an FM radio and the standard ability to send multimedia messages which includes MMS and as always email from the phone. It also allows for Internet Messengers. There is also support for GPS and A-GPS and also GLONASS. Note that this phone has no Java and only comes in Yellow, White, Black and Red.

The microphone is a noise cancelling microphone. There is an MP3 and WMA multimedia player, 7GB of free Skydrive storage facility, document viewer, Video and photo editor if you like making short home movies. Voice memo and dialing and predictive text input to round off a well balanced mobile phone.

Power:

The power storage on a phone this powerful is very good. Now considering the specs as listed above being a large memory, large screen and above all a quad-core processor one might expect you would need to recharge this mobile phone daily.

The Lumia 1520 has a Lithium Ion battery with 3400mAh storage and this allows the mobile phone when not being used to last at least 1 month before it needs to re-charged. It can play MP3’s for about 124 hours and has about 27 hours of talk time. What comes with this phone. Well the Nokia Lumia 1520 with a high efficiency charger and a Quick guide booklet.

If you want a mobile phone which will last you the next 5 years without the need for an upgrade then the Nokia 1520 is an excellent investment. It comes at a price but it is well worth it. you can find the user manual for the Nokia 1520 here.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 - Specs

Network

  • 2G Network
    GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-937, RM-939, RM-940
    HSDPA: 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-938
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1: (2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) - RM-937
    LTE band 2: (1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 17(700) - RM-938, RM-940
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Nano SIM

Data

  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.
    HTML5

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Size
    6.0 inches (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    ~367 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
    Yes
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Features
    - ClearBlack display

Camera

  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    20 MP, f/2.4, 26 mm, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Video
    720p@30fps
  • Camera Features
    1/2.5" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    Yes
  • Secondary
    1.2 MP, f/2.4, 720p@30fps

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    Yes
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Yes
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • USB
    Yes
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Headphone Jack

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Adreno 330
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    16 GB (RM-940 only)/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    16 GB (RM-940 only)/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    Yes
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, sensor core

Media

  • Audio Playback
    Yes
  • Video Playback
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    FM Radio
  • Ring Tones
    Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
    Yes

Messaging

  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
    Yes
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.
    Yes

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1
  • Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
    No
  • Features
    - Qi wireless charging
    - OneDrive (15 GB cloud storage)
    - MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
    - MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/WMV player
    - Document viewer
    - Video/photo editor

Power

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Battery Life
    Up to 768 h (2G) / Up to 768 h (3G)
  • Batteries Included
    Yes

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery (BV-4BW)
  • Placement
    Rear
  • Standby Standby Time is the total amount of time that you can leave your is fully charged, turned on and ready to send and receive calls or data transmissions before completely discharging the battery.
    Up to 768 h (2G) / Up to 768 h (3G)
  • Talk Time Talk Time is the longest time that a single battery charge will last when you are constantly talking on the phone under perfect conditions, Ambient temperature and highly dependent on the cellular network environment such as the distance to the closest cell network tower.
    Up to 27 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 25 h (3G)
  • Music Play
    Up to 124 h

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