Nokia Lu­mia 1520

Australian T3 - - RATED -

$899, nokia.com

Be­hold, Nokia’s first foray into the ph­ablet mar­ket. This six-inch slab of Win­dows Phone 8 good­ness is go­ing head-to-head with the likes of the Sam­sung Galaxy Note 3, but does it have what it takes?

The Lu­mia 1520 is a fair bit heav­ier and chunkier than its ri­vals, mak­ing it some­what awk­ward to hold, al­though it does look and feel great, with the Lu­mia’s trade­mark acid-bright back given a tac­tile matt feel.

As al­ways Win­dows Phone 8’s tile-based in­ter­face looks great, and runs es­pe­cially slickly thanks to the 2.2GHz quad­core pro­ces­sor whirring in­side, but it doesn’t re­ally take full ad­van­tage of all that screen real es­tate. There are a few nice touches – dou­ble tap­ping the screen to wake the phone from sleep is a favourite.

As is Nokia’s way, the cam­era is spec-heavy, boast­ing a 20-meg sen­sor, yet it’s still slow to shoot. Nokia Re­touch soft­ware gives you the post-snap zoom­ing power of a Lytro, but oddly it’s not built into the main cam­era app.

If you’re a fan of Lu­mia’s smart­phones and want more of the same, but big­ger, this will im­press. There are some caveats, though: too few apps and no 4G. Good, but not fab.

love Six-inch dis­play. Pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor hate WP8 still short on apps. No 4G. Overly heavy. In­ter­face doesn’t take full ad­van­tage of the big screen T3 says It’s big­ger but by no means bet­ter than Nokia’s smaller Lu­mia smart­phones {Spec­i­fi­ca­tions}

os Win­dows Phone 8 Screen 6-inch, 1920x1080 Pro­ces­sor/ram 2.2GHz quad­core/2GB REARCAM 20-meg/1080p FRON T CAM 1.2-meg/720p

Con­nec­tiv­ity N Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC St or­age 32GB, mi­croSD Bat­tery 25hrs 3G talk time

Di­men­sions 162.8x85.4x8.7mm/209g

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