The camera isn't great, but this is a superb Windows phablet with excellent battery life
Windows Phone 8, 6.0in 1,280×720 display
If the Nokia Lumia 1520 is a little too far out of your price range, the Nokia Lumia 1320 could be the huge Windows Phone 8 handset for you.
Nokia Lumia 1320 Display and Design
At just over £250 SIM-free, the 1320 is a lot cheaper than the £500-plus 1520, but it still comes with a large 6in screen for watching films and TV shows on the go. Its screen doesn’t have the 1520’s Full HD resolution, but its 1,280×720 display still provides ample room for apps and icons on the home screen and enough pixels for showing web pages clearly.
As with any phone/tablet, or phablet, the 1320’s huge size takes a little getting used to. It’s difficult to use in one hand, but we found the phone’s rounded corners made it more comfortable to hold than the Lumia 1520 with its pointed edges. Nokia hasn’t compromised on the 1320’s build quality either, as it shares the same smart unibody design as the 1520. We did notice a very slight amount of flex in the back panel, but it otherwise feels very solid and well-made for what is essentially a budget big phone.
Like the 1520, the 1320 has an IPS rather than AMOLED display. Colours looked bright and vibrant onscreen, and when we compared the 1320 side by side with the 1520, the difference in image quality was surprisingly small. The 1320 had marginally yellower whites and greys, but otherwise we had a hard time choosing between them. This is an impressive feat considering the phone’s price.
Nokia Lumia 1320 Chipset
The 1320 coped effortlessly with web browsing. Zooming in and panning round pages was smooth and images loaded quickly, even on complex and graphics-heavy sites such as The Guardian. The screen’s resolution meant, unlike on a Full HD screen, reading desktop-based web pages when fully zoomed out was a bit of a strain, so you may still need to zoom in slightly to get stuck into some long-form articles.
Our only minor annoyance was the behaviour of the 1320’s back button. Pressing the button while browsing will take you back through your previous pages, but once you return to the main home screen and re-open your browser, it won’t remember your previous browsing history. Instead, pressing back simply returns you to the app tray. The recent pages tab in the browser’s menu bar is a decent workaround when it comes to remembering lost web pages, and you can always install a third-party web browser such as the UC Browser to compensate. This is also one of the Windows Phone annoyances that will apparently be fixed in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update.
We weren’t able to run our normal 3DMark benchmark as it’s not available for Windows Phone, but we did run the GFXBench T-Rex HD test instead. The 1320 only completed this with a jerky average frame rate of 7.1fps, though, so the 1320 will struggle with demanding 3D games. Despite this, simpler titles such as Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride worked perfectly well.
|Main display size
|CCD effective megapixels
|Memory card support
|Memory card included
|GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 850/900/2100, 4G 3, 7, 20
|Windows Phone 8
|Microsoft Office compatibility
|Word, Excel, One Note, PowerPoint, PDF
|headset, charger, data cable
|Price on contract