With the Lumia 1520, the first Windows Phone Phablet set to become available this week in the US, there are a lot of lead up reviews appearing on larger tech sites.
While a lot of people might go Ho Hum, here’s another Nokia Windows Phone that no one will buy, it is actually the realisation, crowning glory of what Nokia set out to do with with the Windows Phone Ecosystem. Create a device, phone for every segment of the market. A plan that has played out well, in a timely manner for Microsoft to take over and make of it what they will. There is absolutely no denying that the relationship has been beneficial to both companies, and working together has brought Windows Phone further than any other OEM relationship has.
The 1520 is possibly the last Nokia branded Windows Phone to be produced, which in a way would seem appropriate, as it showcases the state of the OS and the best hardware components available at the moment. Specs wise it has a 6 inch, HD 1080p resolution screen, coming in at 336 dpi. Most reviewers concur that the display is beautiful
What probably needs to be noted more, is what is under the hood, which of course wouldn’t be possible if windows phone update 3 [GDR3] wasn’t at the core of this behemoth.
GDR3 has finally brought support for hardware to WP that Android users take for granted, and have been so happy to scoff at in the past, although much of the criticism has been based solely on specs.
Coming with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974quad core processor running at 2.2 Ghz, and the Adreno 330 GPU, and 2 Gb of ram. 32 Gb of in built storage and expandable via microSD up to 64 Gb. Add a 3400 Mah battery befitting the devices size, plus a 20 mega pixel purview camera, and it’s a very impressive package. Of course the reviews are of the Model being released on AT&T in the US this Friday, and availability for the rest of the world hasn’t yet been announced, although I’m sure we are waiting with baited breath.
Overall the reviews have been good, although one from Gizmodo entitled, “Nokia Lumia 1520 Review: A Burden In My Hand” found the size detrimental
So large as to be useless to anyone who needs a degree of flexibility and mobility in their lives. Sure, once I’m comfortably situated at my desk or in bed or an airport lounge, that screen real estate is a joy. When I’m in line at the drug store, or calling upstairs so my friends can buzz me in, I not only feel and look like an idiot holding it up to my head — I’m decidedly being a moron. The usual gripes about Windows Phone apply
As the Giz reviewer himself said, He’s piling more on. Maybe a phone this size is not for everyone, but if you go through the reviews that have been published in the last 24 hours this sort of reaction is not the norm. It’s a niche device, but it has a lot to offer in the phablet space, and compares well to other devices of the same size on the market now. Decide for yourself, hopefully we get some local release info soon . In fact WPCentral says after the initial release of the AT&T unit, it will be released world wide in a matter of weeks, in time for Santa of course.