Best Windows Phones: Holiday 2014by Brett Howse on December 3, 2014 8:00 AM EST
Phablet: Nokia Lumia 1520
Although the Lumia 1520 has been out for over a year now, there still is no real competition to it if you are after a Windows Phone phablet. The 6 inch behemoth still packs a punch too with the Snapdragon 800 SoC inside, which we found transformed the Windows Phone experience when we reviewed the Lumia 930. Also shared with the Lumia 930 is the excellent 20 megapixel 1/2.5” camera coupled with optical image stabilization and a six element lens with Zeiss optics.
The six inch display has a 1080p LCD with Glance support, a ClearBlack polarizer layer, and per pixel Content Adaptive Backlight Control for superior outdoor visibility. With 368 pixels per inch, it does not quite reach the insane 500+ ppi of some devices, but should still provide a crisp clear image. Nokia also includes Super Sensitive Touch, which allows the touchscreen to be operated with gloves on – a great idea at this time of year.
|Nokia Lumia 1520|
|SoC||MSM8974VV 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800|
|RAM/NAND||2 GB LPDDR3, 32 GB NAND + microSD 128 GB|
|Display||6.0” 1920x1080 IPS ClearBlack LCD Corning Gorilla Glass 2|
|Network||GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSPA/LTE up to 150 Mbps|
|Dimensions||162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 (mm)|
|Rear Camera||20MP, 1.1 µm pixels, 1/2.5" CMOS, f/2.4, 26 mm focal length, Dual LED Flash|
|Front Camera||1.2 MP wide angle, f/2.4, 1280x720 video resolution|
|Battery||BV-4BW 3400 mAh, 3.8 V, 12.92 Wh|
|OS||Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan Firmware|
|Connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0, USB2.0, DLNA, FM Radio|
|Location Technologies||Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS, A-GLONASS, BeiDou|
|SIM Size||Nano SIM|
The 1520 has 32 GB of internal NAND, and support for an additional 64 GB through microSD if you find yourself craving additional storage.
The large form factor allows Nokia to pack a 3400 mAh 3.8 V battery into the 1520 as well, so all day computing on your smartphone should be no problem at all.
If you want a phablet, and you want Windows Phone, this is the device to get, and you can find it for less than $500 now.