On the 22nd of April 2014 one lucky competition entrant named Sandeep from Coventry won a fantastic Nokia Lumia 1520 – we asked her kindly and she gave us a review of what she thought about it…
Sandeep's Nokia 1520 Review
Firstly I'd like to begin by thanking expansys.co.uk for choosing me as the winner of the wonderful Nokia Lumia 1520. As you probably have figured this is most definitely going to be a positive review because I really am in awe of this phone.
With a super glossy finish, my thumbs glide across the screen with ease, making the experience so joyful as I swipe, pinch and tap my way through numerous apps.
Simple tasks like texting have once again become thrilling and it's all down to how intuitive and responsive the design is. I have never seen anything like it.
The phone is more than just a phone, it's almost like a tablet. The success of this phone is that it is not trying to be one or the other, instead it sits harmoniously in between.
From a purely aesthetic view I think this is a wonderful design, with a superb finish. Did I mention the glossy screen? It makes the phone so easy to use, it's incredibly responsive, while still providing crystal clear display. Placing this next to any other phone, the Nokia 1520 shouts of quality and that's not just because of the size.
Sandeep's instagram showing people her prize!
Now when people say size doesn't matter, they lie. Size is everything, which in the case of the Nokia 1520, it's perfect for the functionality that it offers. For those people with small hands, this is definitely going to make you use them both, but the strange thing is, it's much more enjoyable when you do. I find myself becoming fully engrossed and I love it. For me the only draw back in terms of size, is making a phone call. It's a little too large to hold against your ear, no probs though just wire up with the earphones and mic combo (although I still find it weird when I see people having conversations with themselves, with no sign of a phone).
Using the Nokia 1520, has made me wonder how I ever survived without it. My previous phones and all the others I've seen, seem like the are from the dawn of time in comparison. The range of apps I've stumbled across in the first few days are impressive. From apps that duplicate the contents of my screen to another device, to apps that play music for free while I run other apps such as Office. I'm sure you'll all have known of these ages ago, but needless to say this phone is perfect for so many apps and can run so many simultaneously, without slowing down in same the way that other devices do. I hadn't come across a phone that behaves so much like a computer, but performs better than one, until now. The functionality of this phone is so smooth and well planned. User experience deserves five gold stars alone. Although I must confess I did need to use the manual a few times to figure out simple things, like taking screenshots. But aside from that, I am really pleased with it. I wish all my devises were just like this. I'm starting to wonder how much I'll keep using my PC/Laptop/Tablet now that my phone can do almost anything.
The sleek Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia 1520's camera is the most definitely the highlight of the phone, making most digital cameras seem inferior in comparison. The amount of detail captured is insane. It's so easy to use and it caters for photographers at all levels of experience. Changing settings is so easy and there's no worry about doing the wrong thing, as the settings show you where default is. For me this is great as I feel more comfortable with playing around and experimenting with it. The settings are presented in a way that they are almost a teaching tool, but without being obvious about it. I certainly feel like I could learn more about the workings of a professional camera and its settings, by using the Nokia Pro Cam App.
When it really comes to down to parting with your money, you'll want to know the important things - most importantly battery life. I have to say I am astonished by the how long the battery lasts. I tested it over a weekend away, where I sat on a coach for ten hours using the phone for 75% of the time, listening to music, using office and browsing social media sites. Checking in, taking way too many photos (selfies included) and all the while keeping updated with work and emails - somehow it managed it all! I am truly impressed.
I've only used this phone for a few days and I am starting to unearth more and more brilliance and I'm pretty certain this phone still has so much more to offer. I'd really recommend this phone to absolutely everyone - whether you're obsessed over the latest technology or a dinosaur like me. You'll soon discover just how good the Nokia 1520 is, and you'll certainly be the envy of every person in the phone shops (that certainly was an enjoyable experience)!
If you're still unconvinced read up on the specification and you'll drool at what you see. This phone seems to have smashed the boundaries of convention and has decided to be way more awesome and achieve more than any phone I have come across.
If I could share one piece of advice to the non technical folk out there, it would be to take notice of the Nokia 1520 because it has changed the way I work and interact with others, providing a more instant and real time feed of what's happening in my world.
Now all that's left is for me to get back to exploring this masterpiece and perhaps purchasing the accessories to go with it - like the wireless charging plate! I'm not too sure how that works, but it sounds like wizardry... Time to investigate!