Nokia 1520 lands in Australia



blog If you’re like me, you’re probably getting a little tired of all the new smartphone models which Nokia has recently launched in Australia. Just over the past several years, we’ve had the the Lumia 620, the Lumia 820, the Lumia 920, the Lumia 610, the Lumia 900, the Lumia 710, the Lumia 800, the Nokia N9 and the Lumia 925, and more recently, the the Lumia 1020. One wonders why, in a market where Apple and Samsung have achieved industry-leading success, Nokia feels driven to launch a plethora of models with confusing product numbers. Which Lumia should you buy? It’s a little hard to say.

However, if you are looking to buy a new Nokia, you’d probably be interested to know that the company announced this morning that it would have one more stab at a major local launch, with its new model, the Lumia 1520. The selling point of the 1520 is that it features a 6″ full HD 1080p screen, placing it in Galaxy Note range. Other features include support for 4G speeds, Windows Phone 8, a large 3,400mAh battery, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, a PureView 20 megapixel camera, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and microSD card support up to 64GB. By way of quotage, Nokia Australia managing director Steve Lewis tells us:

“There’s a growing demand for mobile devices that have the power, speed, and screen size to handle the demands of busy life and enable people to be more productive. As capturing and sharing images and video become more instinctive ways to communicate and express yourself, we believe the additional screen size and next level imaging technology of devices like the Lumia 1520 will give people a compelling reason to switch.”

We haven’t reviewed the 1520, but we feel pretty comfortable saying that if you want a whopping huge Nokia Lumia model which comes with the lot, in fluorescent colours to boot, then this is going to be your baby. Just don’t try and pretend it won’t stand out when you’re holding it the site of your head on a bus.

Image credit: Nokia


  1. Being a multi-phone user and having to support users I must say I am head over heels in love with Windows Phone 8.

    WP8, coupled with Nokia hardware, is quite simply is the best OS on the market. It has the same capability in terms of media playing as Android, it does what a jailbroken IOS device does without having to hack it.

    The keyboard dictionary intelligence system is outstanding. The phone allows you to tap full words as it tries to predict your next word. It in fact learns your language and most commonly used words and allows you to tap out extremely quickly messages that you’d be floundered to type on an Android/IOS device.

    Not that i’m trying to get into mines bigger competition but in the past 18 months I’ve have Nokia 920s, two HTC XL Ones, 1 blackberry torch, 1 iPhone 4s, iPhone 5c, Nokia 1020 and a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Plus I support countless various other phones.

    I’m using the 1020 and Note 3 at the moment and I have to say that I find myself using the 1020 over the Note which apart from Androids boring UI and needlessly complex menu system, is a great phone. Its screen is superb and its abilities are unique and useful.

    However the 1020 is simply an awesome phone. The 41 megapixal camera, the awesome refocus app (free from Nokia) and the Nokia professional camera software has meant my digital SLR is retired. The ease of use, the speed of the system and the ability to use the device as a USB drive (unlike IOS where you have to pay) are just one of many reason why I’m in love with the 1020.

    I’d bought the 1520/1530 had I not been forced to get the Samsung Note 3.

    Anyway lastly the apps situation has improved massively for WP8. Most of the majors have apps and i find the WP8 versions far better then the IOS and Android ones. Cleaner GUI really makes for a better experience.

    Plus out of all of the reddit apps across the three platforms, Baconit on WP8 is the winner by far.

  2. Ditto on win 8 + nokia … i’ve got the 920 and love it.

    Would get a 1520 – as i’d actually like more screen real estate… but will wait until my contract is closer to the end date.

    I’m just glad you didn’t go the normal crap “apps” line that every other review has. Personally, if you buy a phone based on it’s “apps” , maybe you need to look at your self a bit more.

    great hardware , really good OS – and i love my wireless chargers !

  3. I have a 920, just ordered a 1520 from HNorman, only concern is the size and I intend to find out for myself.
    Love the tiles and hardware. Travel heaps, dropped 920 heaps, and it doesn’t flinch. Durability, never thought that it would matter, but I’ve had the 920 for a year in Dec, that’s a record with the same screen.
    Use phone as back up storage, no drama, mini USB cable, job done.
    Always use Nokia drive in Sydney, 1520 should help nicely.
    Don’t like putting any phone to my ear, use speaker as much as possible, so looking like a tit is less likely.

    • @Matt

      I too was concerned about the size of a phablet but when i got my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 i never looked back. Every now then you get an idiot colleague, friend or family picking it up and pretend to make a call claiming its too big but its features and massive 1080p screen (as does the Nokia) will blow you away.

      The reason why the Nokia 1520 will blow the Samsung away is the GUI and the camera. I’m always really disappointed taking photos on the Samsun with its 8 megapixel screen. You’ll do great work with the Nokia.

      The real shame for Nokia is that had lauched the Lumia range 7 years ago when the first iPhones had come I am utterly convinced that Nokia would be the worlds largest company. It was simply the first to market advantage that Apple has used to dominate sales.

      Nokia’s Lumia range are really marketing devices. They easily make millions more in the Ashanti and other ranges but its clear they’d rather profit in those markets like India then divert manufacturing capability. For example they sell a few million lumia’s every quarter compared to Apples 40 million iPhones.

      Of course NOkia could make say 10 million Lumia’s but that would be sacrifice capacity and market dominance in countries like India, China and other second/third world countries where Apple footprint is a joke.

      um not sure why i diverged there but yeah.

  4. Nokia is still lacking marketing policy. They should leave 610, 900, 810 … series numbers. Should have used some easier series that can be easily tracked and remembered. e.g. Lumia N1, N2 … etc.

    • I think Nokia had this problem long before the Lumia range.

      Remember the 8210, 8850, 8852, 8250 and so on. and then those numbers meant different models in different regions.

      and yet Nokia sold massive quantities of these devices despite the confusing numbering series.

      Anyway what’s that got to do with the 1520?

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