Nokia Lumia 1320 Review: Is Bigger Better?

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I received a Nokia Lumia 1320 for review, and I have to say I am pretty impressed with it over all. I have been using the device for a few weeks & it has grown on me. The Lumia 1320 is the budget friendly version of the Nokia Lumia 1520 with some obvious omissions. Its dual core not quad, its a 720p screen not 1080p, it has 1gb of ram not 2gb, has a 5mp camera vs a 20mp of the 1520, has 8gb with micros sd  vs 16 & 32gb built in on the 1520, no NFC etc.

Build

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a very nice, very solidly built device; my trial unit came in  orange with a removable back cover which is nice if you ever feel the need to change the colors up. The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a very solid phone, no creaks even with a  removable back cover. The device has nice curved edges, smooth back finish, and buttons have suitable tactile feedback for easy use. The Lumia 1320 comes with 8gb of internal memory with about 5gb  free before adding anything to it, and this is a bit too small in my opinion. A bonus is that it has expandable memory up to 64gb through a micro sd card slot. I don’t think any phone made today should have any less 16gb built in but I’m glad Nokia added a micro sd slot, hopefully with future updates WP will allow you to store apps to the micro sd card and this will be less of an issue going forward. The Lumia 1320 also comes with a 5mp back camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording, VGA front facing camera, 1gb of ram & a massive 3400 mAh battery. watermark_2014-02-06-21-58-53_jpg

Display

The Lumia 1320 sports a 6″screen with a  720p resolution giving you a ppi of 245. Not the highest by any stretch but more than adequate. I want to review the screen as honestly as possible: I have no issues with the screen personally. It’s big, it’s bright, it’s clear. It is great for browsing, viewing pics, videos and gaming, but just knowing how nice this screen looks on a Lumia 1520 in 1080p makes you want more. Let me say this: for its price point there is really nothing to complain about but a screen this size just cries for 1080p or more.

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Software

There is really not much to say regarding the software of the Lumia 1320, if you like WP you will love the Lumia 1320.

It is fast, smooth, fluid, comes with all your Nokia apps, has 1gb ram to handle all the gaming plus the extra row of tiles really utilizes your home screen to the fullest. There should be no more talk of WP not having enough apps, there are more than enough for the average consumer. Android and iOS still have plenty more but unless there is a specific need of an app WP will be more than sufficient. Let me say it this way, no one should dictate what the consumer wants, let the consumer decide if you like WP then get WP same goes for iOS and Android.

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Call Quality & Signal Strength

The Lumia 1320 does not support the LTE bands here in The U.S. but I was consistently on HSDPA & HSPA+, call quality was crisp and clear and no one had trouble hearing me. I was using the AT&T network here in NYC and never experienced a drop call while using the device.

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Battery Life

What can I say, this thing is a beast, should last you the whole day with no issues. It did for me at least which is a welcome change, the screen shot below tells the story.

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Size

The Lumia 1320 is a big phone, no doubt about it. If you are looking for a 6″ phone I don’t care what manufacturer makes it is going to be big. I get confused when people say I wanted a Lumia 1320 or 1520 and then say it’s too big! Well what did you think a 6″ phone would be like? The Lumia 1320 is definitely a 2 handed device; I love using it when I am home but could never see myself using it as my everyday device, well not at the job I do let me say. I am a Letter Carrier and work outdoors and hands are always occupied, if I worked at a desk job then I might consider using it full time as the size wouldn’t be as much as an issue. It’s a nice thin device that fits in my pants pocket fine with no issues there, just a little to big for my taste overall.

Below are some size comparison shots.

 

Camera

The camera on the 1320 is a 5mp camera, its not jaw dropping at all but it is decent, for quick shots, mms, instagram so you can filter the heck out of it and of course snap chat. It produces ok pics but then again I’m coming from a Nokia Lumia 1020 so it’s really hard to judge it fairly. I took a few shots and I’ll post them below and let you be the judge. I think they are fine for like I said casual pictures , sharing on instagram etc.

Video

The Nokia Lumia 1320 shoots Video in 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), Continuous autofocus, and has a Video light. I am no Video expert but the videos look fine to me.

Take a look at the videos below and again I ask you to be the judge.

Specs:

  • 6-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Snapdragon S4 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU
  • 8 GB of internal storage; micro SD expansion
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 5 MP f/2.4 rear camera
  • 640 x 480 pixels f/2.8 front facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • 3400 mAh battery
  • 164.2 mm x 85.9 mm x 9.8 mm; 220 grams

Conclusion:

I like the Nokia Lumia 1320, I think it’s a great device, you get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a big size phone for a small sized wallet. In other words it’s a very affordable phablet, that doesn’t skimp out on the specs.

The size might be a bit to much for some as it is for myself for everyday use, but I do love it when I’m home or want a larger screen for viewing movies, playing games, browsing the web or going through photos without missing that crucial phone call or text.

In the end you will be the one to decide if the Lumia 1320 is the device for you, I can only share my feelings and experiences with it.

 

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