TechRadar Reacts: Nokia Lumia 1520
22nd Oct 2013 | 09:35
Go big and go phone
The first quad-core, full HD Windows Phone has arrived and it's been supersized into the Nokia Lumia 1520.
Packing a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 6-inch AMOLED display, Nokia means serious business. But what do we think of it all? Here are our early reactions, complete with knee-jerk scores out of five.
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John - Phones and Tablets Writer (UK)
At last, a Windows Phone handset which can - on paper at least - compete at the very top end of the mobile market. But wait, what's this? A 6-inch display. Well the LG G2, Galaxy S4 and HTC One can rest easy, Nokia's gone all phablet on us. I'm really not sure if the phablet direction is the right way for Nokia at the moment. Stick the same specs in a 5-inch device and we can talk, but the supersize Lumia 1520 just doesn't do it for me.
Knee-jerk score: 3.5/5
Paul - Global Editor in Chief
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a real powerhouse of a phone and the specs impress but it's a bit on the large side, isn't it? For me, that's a deal breaker, just as it is with the similarly sized HTC One Max. I still love the bright colors that Nokia is using and I'm increasingly drawn to the equally colorful Windows Phone OS, but I don't have the pockets for this otherwise attractive handset.
Knee-jerk score: 4
Kate - News Editor (UK)
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, SIX INCHES IS TOO BIG FOR A PHONE. But hey, gotta keep up with those Joneses down in Asia. That aside it's nice to see Nokia adding quad-core and full HD to the Windows Phone stable, with Instagram and Vine really rounding out that 2012 vibe. Homescreen's a bit busy though, isn't it?
Knee-jerk score: 3
Hugh - Staff Writer (UK)
I was hopeful that I could be turned to the phablet side of the force but even the HTC One Max hasn't convinced me. It's for this reason that I'm not getting too excited about the Lumia 1520, if I'm honest. Not to knock Nokia here - a quad-core, full HD Windows Phone is impressive enough. It's just the look and size of the thing that's putting me off. Great specs, questionable design choices.
Knee-jerk score: 3
Patrick - Editor in Chief (UK)
At last a Windows Phone flagship that can actually be in the same room as the other flagship phones without having to hide behind a pillar and pretend it's taking a call so nobody asks it about its specs. Quad-core processor, glorious screen and decent camera, this is likely a real contender - even if the bright plastic hues make me think it looks like a toy.
Knee-jerk score: 4.5
Marc - Deputy Editor (UK)
It's great that Nokia has managed to finally release a quad-core, full HD Windows Phone but these are specs can already be found on many a flagship smartphone from its rivals – from the Sony Xperia Z to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
And this is Nokia's problem – it is battling feature-rich devices that are Android and iOS based with a handset that uses an operating system that no one seems to want. This is a shame, though, as the latest Windows Phone update is a decent one and from first glance it looks lovely on the 1520's massive 6-inch screen. Nokia has made a big deal out of the Lumia 1520 but, at its heart its just a Nokia, which means that its impact will be minimal.
Knee-jerk score: 3.5
Total knee-jerk score out of five: 3.5
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