Nokia Lumia 1520

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86
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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 review: the best Windows Phone device yet

The Lumia 1520 offers a Windows Phone experience unlike any we've seen before. With its top-notch hardware, fantastic imaging and constantly improving firmware, this is by far our favorite WP8 device.

Pros
  • Vibrant display
  • Top-of-the-line hardware
  • Great imaging experience
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Can be uncomfortable to hold
  • 6-inch display may be too big for some
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
6 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Battery type
Li-polymer (3400 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (20 megapixels) (f/2.4) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, WiFi location)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
4.0 (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, MPEG-4, WMV) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, IM, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA)

Display

Screen size
6 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Pixel density
367 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Sensors

Sensors
Ambient light, Gyroscope

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
Model
AT&T

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
6 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Battery type
Li-polymer (3400 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (20 megapixels) (f/2.4) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, WiFi location)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
4.0 (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, MPEG-4, WMV) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Games, IM, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA)

Display

Screen size
6 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Pixel density
367 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Sensors

Sensors
Ambient light, Gyroscope

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no