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Nokia Lumia 1320 review

Budget phablet boasts great battery life, but camera and display are lacking
Wed Feb 19 2014, 13:17

Product Nokia Lumia 1320
Website http://www.nokia.com/gb-en/phones/phone/lumia1320/ 
Specifications 6in 720x1080 resolution IPS LCD 245ppi touchscreen, dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100, 4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 3,400mAh battery, microUSB port, headphone jack, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, 164x86x9.8mm, 220g
Price Around £280 SIM-free, from £21 per month on contract 


FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has a firm grasp on the Windows Phone smartphone market nowadays, with sales of its Lumia devices accounting for over 90 percent of all Windows Phone handsets sold.

With that in mind, it's clear that Nokia is trying to offer something for everybody. The Nokia Lumia 1320 sees the Finnish firm targeting those after an affordable phablet device, with the handset offering an affordable alternative to the Nokia Lumia 1520. It doesn't skimp on specifications however, with the device boasting a 6in HD screen, support for 4G LTE and the same 3,400mAh battery as its predecessor.

Design
Let's not beat around the bush - the Nokia Lumia 1320 is huge. While it's slim enough at 9.8mm thick, the device measures 164mm tall and 86mm wide, which means it's almost impossible to operate the device with one hand - not comfortably, at least. It's fairly heavy too, tipping the scales at 220g, and we found that our wrist started to ache after using the device for long periods.

Saying that, Nokia has designed the device with a minimal bezel around the screen, so the handset doesn't feel unnecessarily bulky.

Nokia Lumia 1320 designThat's not to say that the device isn't comfortable to hold. The Nokia Lumia 1320 is built out of a tough, yet soft to the touch plastic, and its rounded edges mean that it doesn't sit too awkwardly in the hand. One downside is that the plastic easily picks up fingerprints and dirt.

Much like previous Lumia devices, Nokia's Lumia 1320 will certainly turn heads, too. While we got our hands on the subdued black model, the phone will also be available in red, yellow and white models. 

Screen
The Nokia Lumia 1320's standout feature is, of course, its 6in display. Unfortunately, this screen doesn't boast the same 1080x1920 resolution found on the Nokia Lumia 1520, with the 6in screen instead having been downgraded to mere HD 720p resolution, giving it a pixel density of 245ppi.

Nokia Lumia 1320 has a 6in 720p HD screen

While this sounds poor on paper, the Nokia Lumia 1320's screen actually wasn't too disappointing. While text looked slightly fuzzy and curves were not as smooth as on the Lumia 1520, we still found the 6in screen bright enough, and thanks to Nokia's Clearblack display technology, blacks are deep and colours are vibrant. Viewing angles are also surprisingly good, although we did find the screen quite reflective, so it might not be the best device to use while out and about. 

One thing worth pointing out is that the screen on the Nokia Lumia 1320 doesn't have stylus support to compete with the on-screen note-taking and doodling features of the Samsung Galaxy Note phablet.

Next: Performance, operating system.

 

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