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September 18, 2014

Another look at the Lumia 1520

When it comes to smartphones, is bigger better? I wanted to find out. So a few months ago, I switched to the Lumia 1520. The Lumia 1520 is one of the biggest smartphones on the market and the biggest Windows Phone device available today.

The Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD display with a 1920×1080 resolution (1080p). My Start screen and all the Live Tiles look incredibly clear and crisp on the Lumia 1520. With folders on my Start screen*, I can pack in a lot of Live Tiles into a single view without needing to scroll down. I get to see a lot more stuff in a single view on my screen. Every now and then I might be out-and-about and need to open an Office document for work and with the nice big screen on the Lumia 1520 I can be more productive in doing so. Even email is better with its bigger screen because you can see a lot more text. And the Lumia 1520’s screen makes typing pretty rad too especially with Word Flow. And it also feels really good in your hand and is just 8.7mm thin and weighs only 206g.


So it’s a pretty big smartphone with a pretty awesome screen and is both thin and light.

And it’s pretty powerful too – it comes with a quad-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of onboard memory. This makes it great for graphics-intensive games. When you combine this with the Lumia 1520’s 1080p screen, you can have some serious fun playing Halo: Spartan Assault or Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne. Seriously.

For all your stuff like your apps, photos, music, and videos – the Lumia 1520 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage with the ability for you to expand its storage up to 64GB with a MicroSD card. I’ve added a 64GB MicroSD card to mine and with Storage Sense, you can configure exactly where you want your stuff stored (onboard storage versus MicroSD card). You also get 15GB of free online storage with OneDrive too. I use this a lot, especially since all my photos and videos are automatically saved to OneDrive.

I’m a camera guy and love photography and I’ve been spoiled by the amazing cameras on Lumia smartphones. The Lumia 1520 is no different. It has a 20 megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics and an f/2.4 aperture. It also has dual LED flash too. And you can shoot in both JPEG and RAW. I shoot both in JPEG and RAW and regularly import the RAW photos into Adobe Lightroom where I do some editing there and then publish to 500px. I find photos shot with my Lumia 1520 look amazing. I am regularly surprised on how well the colors turn out! Here’s a photo I recently took while on a walk around our campus here in Redmond:


The Lumia 1520 also has SensorCore technology** that can be used to store your movements, such as being idle, walking, or running, and make it available to apps like Bing Health & Fitness. This works even while your Lumia 1520 is asleep in your pocket.

When I first switched to the Lumia 1520, I wasn’t sure the size was for me. But after a few months with it, I’m loving it. The Lumia 1520’S gorgeous display and performance really makes a difference. I can be super productive for work, have a ton of fun playing games, or take a bunch of amazing photos – all one this one smartphone.

The Lumia 1520 is available at AT&T today – click here for more details. You can get it in black, white, yellow, red, and green. I got red. But really wished I had the green one…

Big smartphones may not be for everyone and that’s all right. There are a lot of really good Windows Phone devices available today at a variety of different sizes and more becoming available soon!

* I’m currently running the Preview for Developers with the Windows Phone 8.1 Update. Folders will be available as part of Lumia Denim which will include the Windows Phone 8.1 Update later this year.
** Lumia Cyan required.