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Nokia Lumia 1520
Here we have another large phone with a 6" screen with full 1020p HD, and a rather nice phone it is too. I counted that, at a push, you could place 20 tiles going vertically down the screen, and 12 horizontally, so a total of 240 tiles. Granted they were small tiles and that the exercise is not feasible in the real World, but it shows you what could be at your fingertips with this phone.
The screen has a ratio of 16:9 that is very pleasing to the eye, and the blacks are very deep and the contrast with colours is very sharp. This is Nokia’s Purescreen technology at work.
The camera is a 20MP number with a Carl Zeiss lens, and it takes impressive pictures too. The phone has a dedicated camera key on the case of the phone, so you can instantly be ready to take the shot. The camera also supports the RAW format, so know that you could run out of space on your storage pretty quickly.
Luckily, you have 32GB on board storage and a microSIM card that can take another 64GB and a further 7GB of free cloud storage. You have lots of control with this camera, including ISO, brightness and focus amongst others. The camera is a tad slower that the 41MP 1020 but that is a minor quibble.
The engine driving all of this goodness is a Quadcore 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chip that is more than enough for the phone, even with multiple apps running. There is also 2GB of RAM. The phone requires a nanoSIM, which is a touch smaller than a microSIM, but small enough to make a difference. The camera also sports 4G speed, and a 3.5” headset jack.
The phone has a full working copy of Microsoft’s Office, and this is one phone where you can really do some work in Word, Excel, OneNote etc. without feeling you are trying to work on a matchbox. The Nokia apps are very good, with the photography apps amongst the best that you can get with a phone. It also has Nokia’s MAPS, HERE, DRIVE, Mixradio, Sortyteller and Peoplehub, so the phone comes packed with useful features out-the-box.
Office on the Go makes it easy to look up emails, slides, expenses and the like, but Microsoft’s phone app store still needs some work to have more apps in it. The phablet has Windows Phone 8 on it, but WP 8.1 is on its way.
Phone life is about a day, and the phablet has wireless charging, which looks cool. This is a truly great phone if you can’t afford the 41MP 1020 model. The price for this phablet should be around 500 to 550 GBP.