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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a large screen Phone? You found it!, 14 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Nokia Lumia 1520 SIM-Free Smartphone - White (Windows, 32 GB) (Wireless Phone)
As anyone can see from the amount of phones I get through (it's legal and keeps me out of the pub), the new 1520 is a total thumbs up for many reasons. I sold my Note 3 (yes with Galaxy Gear), HTC One x 2 (including the Dual Sim) and finally the iPhone 5, to step up (the experience of owning/using a Lumia 1520 can only be described as stepping up). Here are my reasons;

1. Build quality is top drawer. Lumia design proves you don't need shiny bits of metal finish to look and feel good. How many iPhone 5/S owners can say that after 3 or 4 months of rattling around in their pocket? They chip and scratch like a fifty year old painted tin can. Even the beautiful HTC One's alloy cut edge around the screen marks and chips like mad. No problem with a Lumia 1520 or indeed their 1020 (yep, have one of those too - only because of the camera, that didn't get sold on when the 1520 arrived).

2. Screen. What a screen. It is large of course, but nothing prepares you for the amount of information you can see in one glance, (check out how little you can actually fit on an HTC One of Note 3 screen after comparing with the 6" Lumia. Better still the Lumia is very readable outdoors, the others are not.

3. Audio. Earpiece and speaker volume are LOUD and rattle/distortion free. My 1020 audio is low via the earpiece which is a pity. The 1520 is very very loud.

4. APPS. Bar SONOS who have to be the laziest manufacturer for offering their customers an app to control their expensive home audio, I am not for wanting anything else (The Times maybe). Every time I buy another Windows 8 phone they have added yet more apps and improved the operating system. It all just works. Skydrive for example is so good at auto backing up your photo's, video's, files etc. Easy and free.

5. Battery life - 3 days! Considering you are buying one of the most powerful phones with the biggest screen on the market today, (just look at the spec), and indeed the fastest Windows phone available, you will be very impressed with the battery performance. You will get a day at first but over 4/5 charges it's up to three.

6. Camera. This is extremely good but not as good as the 1020 Lumia. However, unless you are shooting hi-rez images and want to zoom in, you won't notice the difference between the 1020 & the 1520. In low light it's very good and way better than the Note 3. Video is great too but I will concede that the 4k video of the Note is crazy. (read the best).

7. Wow does this thing fly on 4G - 37MB download and 15MB up. That's faster than most UK homes broadband. O2 are offering an amazing deal on 4G at the moment so check that out too. (5GB & 4G upgrade for free to existing customers via their retentions team).

If you want your phone to be light and compact, look away. People may think you are Dom Jolly owning such a large device at first but just think how often you use your phone to make calls these days. Web browsing, Facebook, YouTube, photo's, movie watching is just unbeatable on the 1520.

Finally, if you are thinking of buying one, mine came from Gooddeal4you via Amazon. They were the best price, delivered within 3 working days. They come from Hong Kong but are full EU spec and accept all the latest updates including the important GDRC update to the latest Black release from Nokia.

Would have been quite happy to pay £550 but at £380 you would be off your trolley to buy a Note 3 and suffer poor receive performance, inaccurate Android keypad entry and the odd crash every other day.

May 2014 UPDATE - Installed Windows 8.1 onto 1520 (& 1020). It seems Microsoft are making it very easy to access & install their latest 8.1 release ahead of it's official UK date.

The main improvements are:

A. Huge Calendar function improvement. If there was a weak spot before this was it. The new layout and user interface is excellent and gives even Samsung's offerings a big run for its money. If you use your 1520/1020 for business this is a very real requirement and 8.1 have nailed it with the upgrade.

B. "Swype keyboard". Used on Android for years now on 8.1. Works perfectly and speeds up typing by 3-50%. Great addition.

C. Finally different volume levels for APPS & Media / Ringing and notifications. Plus assign different tones to each app

D. Swipe down notification centre - just like IOS & Android. Okay so the others have had it a while but W8.1 has caught up and just makes WM an even better experience.

Lots more - just Google W8.1. If you want to know how to do it it's easy and takes no longer than 60 seconds to install the relevant upgrade paths. PM me.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2014 22:00:08 GMT
Resh says:
Can you tell me is this the LTE model and has wireless charging?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2014 23:16:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Apr 2014 10:28:34 BDT
Martin Lynch says:
Hi yes it has both, it is the full international version. They have three Chinese set ups, keyboard (just delete as UK is installed anyway) and 1 or 2 Chinese apps which again you just delete. Otherwise they are exactly the same.

Posted on 7 Mar 2014 21:12:37 GMT
Can you install a Kindle reader on the 1520, and have Sonos done the decent thing yet?

Thanks very much for an interesting and informative review.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014 22:38:30 GMT
Martin Lynch says:
Hi Bill, thank you for your comments. Sonos still haven't pulled their finger out I'm afraid but there is another version available. There is indeed an Amazon Kindle app and it works a treat, I use it almost every day. The phone is superb and after two months plus, it's the best phone for me to date. Infact, just ordered another from Good deals for you at £379 for a friend of mine.

Posted on 30 Mar 2014 13:53:58 BDT
Scaramanga says:
What about warranty? Nokia always had their warranties region locked.

Posted on 9 Apr 2014 10:24:07 BDT
Seb W says:

Just a quick one - Does this come with a 3 pin euro plug charger or a 2 pin plug and requires and adaptor?

Nice to see someone mentioning the seller info a bit as that's the only thing really stopping me from ordering.


In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2014 10:27:29 BDT
Martin Lynch says:
Hi Seb, it comes shipped with the correct UK 3-pin charger from Nokia. There is also a small very short form paper quick guide which is removed as I guess it's in Chinese. Otherwise it is identical and original Nokia. When you get it just delete the one and only Chinese app (just press down on the app and it will ask you to delete, then go to keyboards and delete the two Chinese entries. That's it.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2014 10:29:12 BDT
Scaramanga says:
If it's from China there will be no Nokia warranty though - they are region specific with their phone warranties. Always were.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 12:24:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2014 12:25:25 BDT
Seb W says:
Thanks for the info Martin. Regarding the warranty, I believe the seller has said they will honor the warranty period (also my phone will be insured so if things go wrong I can get things sorted that way)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 13:25:59 BDT
Martin Lynch says:
Yes they have stated that to me too. They also seem to be very on the ball with regard to communication, I always get a response within 24 hours. It's a risk of course but saving £200 there always has to be a down side. Pity that the UK are fleeced with inflated prices for phones in the first place of course, noting that all the "official" outlets of UK phones are charging totally OTT prices, passed on to them by Nokia UK.

You may want to wait for the new Lumia 930 - check the spec of that new phone out!
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