Two Weeks With the Lumia 1520

Written by on March 7, 2014 in Windows Phone 8 with 7 Comments


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I owned a Lumia 900, and then I upgraded to the Lumia 920 when Windows Phone 8 launched.  After that a funny thing happened, I left the Windows Phone ecosystem and got myself a Moto X running Android.  Though I loved the Window Phone operating system, there were many things missing that were bugging me on a daily basis. There were both business tools, and personal fun that Windows Phone users did not get to be a part of.

When Nokia launched the 6 inch Lumia 1520 I ran to the Microsoft store to take a look.  The first thing that came to mind was “holy sh*t, this thing is huge”!  I even held it up to my face so my wife could take a picture of how ridiculous this thing was.  Who would want to use such a device?  Two weeks ago I got a chance to get a 1520, and I took it.  So, who would want to use such a device? This guy!  After two weeks I can say that I will not be going back to the Moto X or any other phone in the near future.  The Lumia 1520 is for me, and it might just be for you too.

The first thing you notice when you turn on the phone is the screen.  It is bright, it is clear, and it is perfect.  Windows Phone running on a 1080p device shows the OS in a whole new light.  You can fit more tiles on your screen, and all the colors just pop.  Browsing the internet on a 6 inch device is a pleasure.  The text is a perfect size, and you never find yourself squinting or saving that long article to read later on a bigger device.  Watching a hockey game via the NBC Sports Extra app or a movie on Netflix is very enjoyable.  You quickly forget you are watching on your phone.  Then there is the camera.  I am not a professional photographer, but the 20MP camera is terrific.  I am a user that just snaps a photo on the auto settings, and the 1520 makes me look like a pro.

There are still some issues with the Windows Phone ecosystem, but many of those get fixed each day.  Just this week Facebook launched their messenger app which was one of the reasons I went to the Moto X.  We are just weeks away from the big Windows Phone 8.1 update which will bring many enhancements that are needed.  Since I left a few short months ago many of the big name apps are in the store now.  Netflix, Vine, Beats Audio, and more are now available.

We talk all the time about finding the perfect 8 inch tablet to go along with our phone.  In the last few months there have been a number of new Windows 8 tablets to join the ranks of the iPad mini and Android devices.  Well I have found my small tablet, and it is also my phone. I now have zero interest in a device that sits between my phone and my 10 inch tablet.  If you are hesitant about using a phone this big, don’t be.  Go to the store and play with it.  You will be very happy with what you find.

What I use?

People always ask about apps, and what I use.  Here is what I find myself using on a daily basis.  These are the current apps you will find on my home screen.  Let me know in the comments what you use.

  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Lync 2013
  • Skype
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Calendar (built in)
  • Splashtop (remote desktop)
  • OneDrive
  • OneNote
  • Office
  • MyFitnessPal (add me as a friend, I am FinsUpDNC)
  • Nokia Camera
  • Pouch (Pocket Client)
  • Bing Sports
  • Xbox Music
  • Netflix
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Podcast Lounge
  • Pandora
  • Bing Weather
  • The New York Times
  • Waze
  • Starbux Card
  • Untappd (add me FinsUpDNC)
  • FourSquare
  • OpenTable
  • Bing Finance

*I am not a professional reviewer, and this will not read like a professional review. This is how I use and view the device.

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  1. callihan44 says:

    I had this phone for about a week then exchanged it for something else, my only problem with it was where to store it when on the go. Just too big for my pockets, otherwise it was awesome to have a screen that large for reading etc. 5 inch screen for me is the sweet spot

  2. SurfaceGeek says:

    I sometimes think my 5.2″ phone is huge in my front pocket. I can’t imagine this beast!

  3. I will try to add my list later.

    Isent you a request for untappd. Same username as here.

    Sent from my Lumia 928 using Tapatalk
    I wish this phone was on Verizon. I like it better than the icon.

    I am headed to Microsoft today and have heard they will be giving away as phone to the conference participants.

    Sent from my Lumia 928 using Tapatalk

  4. Now I have to remember to use it. I had a nice local brew in Redmond last night and forgot the app.

  5. FinsUpDNC says:

    I am not a huge beer person, but so many places now have long beer lists and this helps figure out what to order. 

  6. That is my main reason for doing it. I guess having a friend on untappd would be next.

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