Nokia Rising: Lumia 1520 Review

Not long ago, Nokia seemed been “off its game” with Samsung and Apple dominating the smartphone market. Both hardware and software specifications seemed to be inept. And it was a rather pleasant surprise that all that changed quite quickly. The WP8 was a reasonable success. But with Lumia 1520, Nokia seemed to be aiming big. The Lumia has a 1080 pixel screen, Snapdragon chipset camera and a massive 20 megapixel camera.  Smartphone enthusiasts would be licking their lips reading this.

All set to be well received, the question is: will the Lumia 1520 be a success? According to the latest analyst reports from the mobile phone industry the Windows operating system market share is rising steadily largely thanks to Lumia devices. If previous Lumia devices have been selling well then the 1520 is surely going to maintain that trend if not improve it.

Windows 8 phenomena

Lumia series of Nokia are the first ever Windows 8 based smartphones. The less expensive Lumia 1320 although good, was not as well equipped as Lumia 1520. The 1520 is comparable to any top-notch Android based phones.

Nokia pairing with Microsoft is a huge thing. It may not be visible at the forefront but a techie knows that when Microsoft dip their hands in the water, they mean to catch some fishes. With the support, brand name and functionality of Windows behind it, I am almost certain that Lumia 1520 is going to be big. The market share of Windows is growing. It is bound to grow. Right now it is behind from the market leaders considerably.

Low points of Nokia Lumia phones

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The bulk of sales of Nokia Lumia phones come from its “low end” shelves. For example, I was reading that Nokia Lumia 520 and 1020 are the most sold Lumia phones. And even that’s not like these phones are raining down in the market. Since the evolution of smartphones, Nokia has taken a serious hit. Having said that, there is a growing belief that all that is about to change with Lumia 1520.

 Nokia Lumia 1520 – quick specs

  • Size:  162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, 209g
  • Display: 6″ ClearBlack IPS display of 1080p resolution, Gorilla Glass 2, 367ppi
  • Camera: 20 MP, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, PureView technology
  • Video camera: 1080p @ 30fps video capture with main camera
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800; quad-core Krait 400 at 2.2GHz, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM
  • OS: Windows Phone 8 GDR3 with Nokia Black
  • Storage: 32GB built-in, microSD card slot with support of up to 64GB, 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage
  • Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, microUSB 2.0, BT 4.0 LE
  • Battery: 3,400mAh with built-in wireless charging (Qi compatible)
  • Misc: Nokia Camera app, FM Radio, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor.


The battery issue is at the core of all smartphone problems. I am not sure if Nokia are doing anything to solve the issue. Let’s wait and see.

The screen resolution is absolutely brilliant, as you would expect a 1080p to be. The black screen tech allows good viewing under sunlight. But the camera of Lumia 1520 takes the cake. At 20 megapixel, it has one of the best cameras you would ever see in a smartphone.

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About the Author: Shameem

I am Shameem, Software Engineer, Web Addicted, Living in Chennai, India.


  1. I have been considering buying a Lumia for a while now.Iphone is great but Nokia’s recent efforts towards improving their products has caught my attention.So bookmarking this link for future reference.Thanks for sharing.

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