Remember my beloved Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone? It met its untimely demise after the screen was crushed at Disneyland last April, which is after it was revived after it took a swim in the kids’ bath, and after it had been dropped a bazillion times while juggling kids. I was so distraught about ruining my phone that I simply couldn’t retire it and kept on using it even with the cracked screen and the odd thumping noise it made when it would get shaken. But, then the Nokia Lumia 1520 with Windows Phone 8.1 arrived and I happily ditched the 920 in a pile of paperwork until it could be recycled properly.
Friends, meet my upgrade, the Nokia Lumia 1520. Part phone, part tablet, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is best described as a phablet. With a huge 6” HD 1080p display, this is quite possibly the biggest phone I have ever seen, which I honestly wasn’t sure was for me before now.
Just like you, I remember well those days when smaller was better in terms of cell phones and everyone was ditching their brick phones for teeny flip phones and compact designs. I also remember when phone graphics started surpassing TV quality and bigger became better again.
But, how big is too big? To be honest, the 1520 might be too big for many. It doesn’t fit nicely into my pocket and I can’t use it one handed very successfully, but I’ve learned to adjust over the past few weeks. For those of you that are scared of something so big, you should check out the Nokia Lumia 1020 or 635 instead.
However, for those who really need or want a nice big screen for working or playing, the 1520 is pretty awesome. The larger screen size saves me a ton of time when working on certain sites because I don’t have to scroll over or zoom out with each new page load. It may only be seconds in question, but when you multiply that by 1,000 page loads, it more than adds up.
The one downfall? Finding accessories for a phone this big is a drag since it's bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet. This is what most "large mobile phone cases" look like next to the Nokia Lumia 1520. Sigh.
Windows lovers, unite. If you’ve been reading a while, you already know that I’m a PC gal. I love that my Windows phone goes quite well with my Windows PC and lets me access all of my files easily right from my phone or computer. You may love your iPhone or Android, but I urge you to at least pick up a Windows phone and try it out.
Windows phones are easy to use, are better suited to business functions with their included Windows Office suite, and the tile system allows you to customize your start screen just the way you want and change it however often you like. Plus, you can now get Cortana on your Windows phone and have your own personal virtual assistant. Cortana will learn your needs and interests over time and will set reminders, add appointments to your calendar, or call or text message people, all at your request.
But, back to the phone itself. I’ve already talked about why I love the Nokia Lumia 1520 for work, but it’s also truly awesome for leisure as well. Granted, you can still use the phone to view Excel files and Word docs if that’s your idea of fun, but it’s also got some amazing features that casual users will love.
Their legendary camera. With a 20MP PureView camera with ZEISS optics and optical image stabilization that allows you to edit your pictures quickly and easily with the Nokia Creative Studio app, you can zoom in, make small edits, and still keep the original image intact, which I love. I cannot tell you how many strangers have remarked on how awesome the camera is on the Nokia Lumia 1520 when they have snapped a shot for me or happened to pick it up after going crazy about the larger size.
Social Media friendly. Keep browsing even longer with the 3400 mAh battery, and really put the 6” screen to good use while watching movies and clips, viewing pictures, or just browsing websites. With a talk time of up to 24 hours and a standby time of up to 32 DAYS, you can actually use your phone cordless without always searching for an outlet.
If you are thinking of getting this awesome phone for yourself, you can pick it up at any AT&T store or at AT&T online. You can find the Nokia Lumia 1520 here for $199.99 with 2 year service agreement.