Saturday 21 March 2015

The Nokia Lumia 1520 at a Glance

We all know about Nokia’s Lumia model, loaded with the latest windows OS. Recently, Nokia has released their new flagship Lumia, the 1520. The Lumia 1520 comes with the latest patch update: Lumia Cyan. The Lumia Cyan update brings to life some of the great Windows Phone 8.1 features like a more personal Start screen, Action Centre and the Word Flow keyboard. Nokia have also improved some of the previous features of windows phone and re-made it for the 1520:  Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller and Creative Studio. They have all been updated. The Lumia 1520 should have the best experience yet on Windows Phones.
  • A large screen size of 6 inches
  • Full HD display (1920x1080)
  • Display Features - Brightness control, Orientation sensor, Refresh rate at  60 Hz, Sunlight readability enhancements, Easy to clean, High brightness mode, Lumia Colour profile, Wide viewing angle
  • “Super sensitive”  Touch screen technology
Memory, Storage and Processing:
  • Overall phone storage - 32 Gigabytes
  • Optional external storage  - Micro SD reader  (up to 64 Gigabytes)
  • Free 15 Gigabytes of online storage – Onedrive/Skydrive
  • 2 Gigabytes of RAM (Random Access Memory)
  • CPU Name - Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800
  • Number Of Cores – Quad Core
  • Clock Rate – 2200 MHz
Network & Connectivity:
  • SIM card type - Nano SIM 
  • Headphones - 3.5 mm audio connector 
  • Charging port - Micro-USB 
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 
  • NFC: Pairing, Secure NFC for payment, Sharing, Tagging
  • Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices) 
  • Other wireless connectivity - Screen projection
Camera (Main):
  • Main Camera – 20 MP
  • Image stabilisation
  • Camera features: Backside-illuminated image sensor, High resolution zoom 2x, PureView
  • Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm

Camera (Front):
  • Front camera: HD 1.2 MP wide angle 
  • Front camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4 
  • Front camera features: Still image capture, Video call, Video recording
  • Front camera video resolution: 720p (HD, 1280 x 720)
Camera (Recording):
  • Main camera video resolution - 1080p (Full HD, 1920 x 1080) 
  • Camera video frame rate - 30 fps
  • Camera video zoom - 3x
  • Video recording features - Video zoom, Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Stereo Audio Recording, Video light, Lumia Rich Recording with Surround Sound, Lumia Rich Recording with four microphones, Lumia Video Trimmer app
  • Video recording formats: MP4/H.264
The 1520 is definitely a key point in the history of Windows Phone. Windows Phone has finally matched the previous gen, mainstream phones; Iphone 5s and the Nexus 5. Nokia’s Full HD Display and Snapdragon 800 Processor and 2GB of RAM have become the expected starting grounds for flagship phones. The 1520 has become the largest phone Windows Phone ever manufactured, But that doesn’t mean only the most ardent windows fan should consider buying one.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is huge, that much is obvious, but the 1520's design is remarkably similar to the Nokia Lumia 925. In width it is not exceedingly large but undoubtedly tall. But the sheer amounts of components in the “Lanky Design” makes it quite heavy, but this is justified by the quality of the casing and what the phone can do as a result of the components.
The screen on the 1520 is magnificent, due to the IPS-based LCD display; the screen is beautiful to look at because of its sharpness, vibrant colour schemes, responsiveness and brightness. It is also a. A 1920 x 1080, 6 Inch screen amounts to about 370 ppi (Pixels per inch) which makes the text plenty sharp enough. The large screen and Microsoft office also makes this phone ideal for the business man looking at documents, even ones with graphs and charts. The black level and contrast isn't quite as deep and clear as the best AMOLED displays, but the Lumia 1520 is still very good. It's excellent when viewed outdoors, too. This is a big help when lining up shots with the camera, somewhere where the size also helps a great deal.
Overall I think that this phone is a fantastic development from previous Windows Phones. It has brilliant features and specs for the high impact users that want a “beast” of a phone. However I do not think that this this phone is appropriate for people that just want a nice phone, to perform more basic tasks (E-mail, Bluetooth, Video Streaming.) The price of this is also a drawback for moderate impact users, coming in at £390. Unless you are a user that can operate a high-spec phone such as this, it may be a waste of money. But I still believe that if it’s a Windows Phone, you’re looking for, you should definitely put this phone high in your potential phones list!

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