Drew reviews Nokia’s latest big screen ‘phablet’ smartphone.
Earlier this month Nokia launched its latest smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 1320. The 1320 model comes in at just $449, making it one of the most affordable smartphones on the market. It boasts a huge six-inch screen, classifying it as a ‘phablet’, a device designed to combine the functions of a smartphone and tablet.
I can hear you asking, what’s the catch? Why is this phone almost half the price of the similar Lumia 1520 which retails for $899? Simply put, the Lumia 1520 is the faster version of the Nokia Lumia range with a higher MP camera, higher definition display and faster processor.
So why would you want the Nokia Lumia 1320 if there is a better phone available? The Lumia 1320 is a great entry-level smartphone for anyone looking to purchase a smartphone on a budget. The 5MP camera installed in the 1320 isn’t the best on the market, but it’s as good as most you would have purchased two years ago, and produces high quality images. The 1280x720 pixel display certainly isn’t as sharp as the 1920x1080 used by the Lumia 1520, but it still provides a high quality display in which you can barely see the difference when watching a movie. Looking at the processing power of the 1320, with 1GB of RAM and a 1.7GHz Dual-Core processor, you shouldn’t have any issues.
I recently gave this phone a road test and enjoyed using it. The battery life was great compared to my previous iPhone, as I was able to go more than a day without charging the phone. The software took a while to get used to, as the Nokia phones use the Windows Phone platform, but it was fairly logical.
Just a word of warning, my current phone is a Samsung Note 2 which measures 5.55-inchs and I have to admit that it is fairly bulky. If you enjoy using your current smartphone one-handed, wear pants/jeans with short pockets or like to lie in bed reading news or your Facebook feed on your phone, then a ‘phablet’ may not be for you.
The key advantage of any ‘phablet’ is that the text is significantly larger than an average smartphone and if you have fat fingers like me, the keys for on-screen typing are also much bigger.
I won’t be taking the step back from my current smartphone to buy a Nokia Lumia 1320, but I would recommend the phone for anyone who wants to get an entry level smartphone at a reasonable price.
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