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  1. buffalosolja's Avatar
    Great device but sadly returned mine. My Pandora would crash randomly after reinstalling and resetting device, and had a auto dimmer. All in all I couldn't go without my wireless charging and I missed the 16Gigs (I have like 14 gigs of apps on my 920 my son likes to download a lot of items). I also heard that the 32GB version is going so I will wait, but was a great eye catching device but still loving my 2520!
    12-02-2013 11:18 PM
  2. rav16's Avatar
    Good question. MS seems to be taking their sweet time with updating their OS and it's somewhat disheartening; MS has hit the nail on the head when it comes to a great user experience throughout all different types of WP 8 devices but is totally lagging behind the competition with basic functions. I just want an easy way to toggle GPS, Bluetooth and wifi on and off. Sure i have a "live tile" that brings me to the settings screen i need but why the hell can't they have a "toggle tile" function so I don't need to be in the settings area to do this.

    Windows Phone 8 still needs a ton of work and I'm doubtful that Microsoft's next "major" release (WP 8.1) will do anything to solve the little gripes people have with the software. .
    Boss for now there are many short cut apps in the store which get you the toggles you require or use the most straight on the home screen , it is as easy as android and ios7 . See the screen shot attached of the home screen of my phone . I have the Bluetooth , wifi , network toggles right on my home screen .

    If anything I need and want is just upload of attachments in browser , rest not for a single time I felt the need of any extra special feature . Using windows phone since the OS version was 7 .
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    12-02-2013 11:20 PM
  3. naplesbill's Avatar
    I picked one up yesterday. I also got the 2520 as a bundle price for $199.

    So far I am very happy with this device. I can still type with one thumb but I have to hold it with my other hand.

    I haven't had a chance to really test the camera yet.

    I honestly have no issue with the font and text sizes. That is a bit nitpicky to me anyway. Now all my devices have touch screen and 1080p resolution. Laptop, tablet and phone.

    Battery life is very impressive so far.

    I would definitely recommend this device to anyone.

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    12-03-2013 05:45 PM
  4. yameilegna's Avatar
    my sister in law bought me a nokia lumia 625 in dubai, she sent me this phone to her friend dec 3 together with nokia lumia 520 but when i opened the phone there was so many vertical lines and in the four side of the screen there is square and has blurred color each corner...I'd tried to reset,on and off it so many times and nothings change. But the nokia lumia 520 was ok. And the problem is she didn't tried to used the phone in dubai so it means it's a factory deffect?Still the warranty is under Dubai well I'm here in the Philippines, So how will can I fix it?
    12-05-2013 06:28 AM
  5. hipporama's Avatar
    my sister in law bought me a nokia lumia 625 in dubai, she sent me this phone to her friend dec 3 together with nokia lumia 520 but when i opened the phone there was so many vertical lines and in the four side of the screen there is square and has blurred color each corner...I'd tried to reset,on and off it so many times and nothings change. But the nokia lumia 520 was ok. And the problem is she didn't tried to used the phone in dubai so it means it's a factory deffect?Still the warranty is under Dubai well I'm here in the Philippines, So how will can I fix it?
    Did you get the 1520 or 625 or 520? Most confusing post ever.
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    12-05-2013 08:56 AM
  6. nosmo_king's Avatar
    Well, just got the Nokia 1520 to replace a iphone 5s and a nexus 5 as i liked both ios and android but was getting tired of the bickering between the both :P so thought id give wp a shot. Now, the phone is not as unwieldling as some had said, i actually find it a nice size and i have medium hands. As for apps, well..... Its not too bad, some decent games. Ok im missing real racing 3 and Simpsons but in sure they will come. The Nokia apps work well.
    I find the os easy to manage, needs a little tweaking but nothing that makes me go ugh! Overall........so far so good. If i had to mark it it would be hardware - 90% os - 85% and apps- 75% overall - 83%

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    12-06-2013 01:31 PM
  7. zipro's Avatar
    She had the phone set to the ultra sensitive setting...she even says that.

    Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk

    changing that setting doesn't make a difference. Some 1520s (including mine) seem to have faulty digitizers and need to be replaced.

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    12-08-2013 01:38 AM
  8. blindpuppie's Avatar
    This is a mere mortal old guy who's digitally challenged perspective. Be kind.
    For whatever reasons, I have been through a dozen phones, seven models, by four manufacturers and three operating systems in the last eighteen months. Windows wins. Here's why.
    If I look at the specs, the features and the apps alone Windows falls a bit short. But when I actually use the device in the everyday world the system as whole shines. Its fluid. Its seamless. It integrates well with apps and other Windows devices (my 2520) The cameras are above average. If I had friends I could use the best media hub in the biz. And its all delightfully easy to use. As simple or as engaged as you want it to be.
    My Windows phones (920 & 1520) are simply fun. Out of all the phones and OS I experienced (Android, Apple, Windows) Windows was the one that encouraged me to use it because it was such a joy to use.
    With that said..... The 1520 is wonderful. Size does matter and is a personal preference. The 1520 slides into my cargo pants easily. It's predecessor was a Note 3. I personally find the 1520 to be as easy if not easier to handle thaan the Note with medium size paws. For anyone looking for a do it all device this serves that niche well.
    In the last two years I have talked to literally hundreds of cell phone users. Its been my experience that most people just want something that is simple to use, is of quality build and just flat works well. Out of all the people I spoke with two thought a SD card and one a removable battery were important. Point here is that a lot of folks apparently are like me. Not exactly power users or gamers. But we do read the forums for advice.
    I don't have the answers. I probably don't even know what questions to ask. This is my experience.
    Android, Apple and Windows are all very good. Each has it's attributes and it's short comings. Pick something that has what you like with short comings that you can live with.
    With the 1520 the size is a POSSIBLE shortcoming (or glorious visual delight). If you are looking for one device that is easy to use, can add to the quality of your life while saving great moments of it with the real estate to boldly pleasingly do both, the 1520 may be just perfect.
    12-11-2013 09:34 PM
  9. BU2B2's Avatar
    When I got hold of this phone, I knew what I was expecting: a big device. When I unboxed it, I was still shocked at how big it is. It's a monster. The first thing I noticed after I came to grips on how big the phone is, was how well it is built. It screams premium on look and feel. Nokia do a superb job with the polycarbonate, and the matte finish on the yellow feels so good. The phone feels like a blown up Lumia 925 sans the aliminium frame.

    When I turned on the device the first thing I thought was it looked comical. Windows Phone is for the most part blown up to scale and does look strange. Once I set the phone up and come to my start screen, the phone really shines. The screen looks absolutely stunning: the sharpness is fantastic and the colours are beautiful. The 3rd column of tiles is a superb addition and lets Windows Phone reach the potential of a 'glanceable' OS.

    While the Windows Phone team optimised a few aspects of the OS for such a big screen, it isn't enough. There needs to be more, but I'm sure that will come in the future. The keyboard for example is massive, but it's convenient at the same time because it's easier to type on. Overall though, the OS feels like it was designed with seniors and people with bad eyesight in mind.

    I don't there's much to say about the specs of the phone: they're high end, and as most people had previously thought, Windows Phone doesn't need the extra power of the Snapdragon 800 because it runs as smooth and maybe only a tinge faster than previous Lumias. However, games and apps will benefit, and it's a good start for Microsoft to support more SoCs.

    Unfortunately I haven't really had time to play with the camera, audio and video quality, but I look forward to in the coming days.
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    12-14-2013 06:58 AM
  10. Mark Reed2's Avatar
    Well I am a longtime Samsung fan, been on with their phones for years and just jumped from the Galaxy series to finally try Nokia again.

    I always looked at Nokia for the camera, it was the one to beat and yet the specs for the phones were always a year or more behind, so after seeing this one with upto date specs, great build and screen...and that talked about camera, I thought great, its all I want.

    Build wise its great, bit slippy without a case but thinner than I thought, and yes its big......but it should be (laugh at reviews that say its big....."really ya think so")

    Screen is great, nice to view and all looks great while using it.

    Battery for me is good to great, I can sit and mess about with it and not feel I must charge it or it will not last the next day.

    Layout is different (been with android) in a good way and bad way, its more, well adult, some nice touches but also some "wtf where are my toggles, why do I have to go into the settings for this and that" true you can get some apps to help this but there is much missing that makes life easy that has yet to make its way to a windows phone.

    Apps are lacking in a big way, yes it will grow but they need help, I mean some are 10/10 but very rare, even ones make by microsoft are poor, if they cannot get it right how will other people, they are needing apps to help get around flash files and other things.

    Games are way behind, this could be down to money to be made on a smaller platform and the fact that this is the first phone that can really run the big games full on, so maybe this will bring about bigger newer games.

    Music is good, though the player that comes with it has no jump to part of track option, also is it just me? but if I change the volume of a song that also changes the volume of the phone itself, this means if I play a song low I will change the ringer to low....and miss a call, with android you can set and lock sound for each thing ringer/music/alerts/alarms/messages.

    Ok my two issues with the phone.
    1st Screen picks up a swipe as a tap, this I hope is a simple software fix.
    2nd, well I missed camera out of review as it was a big hope for me and as it is a big let down, this is because the photos in daylight are good to great, better than my SGS4, and the same in low light if you use the flash, without the flash my SGS4 beats the 1520 no problem (1520 dark and full of noise)
    Now comes the worst part, you see in daylight its close between the SGS4, I find the sound is better with the 1520, and its steady, the focus is also faster....but the detail is not as good as the SGS4, and this gets even worse in low light, my SGS4 walks all over the 1520, this is because as soon as the 1520 has to do low light videos the screen fills with noise, the picture is just plain bad (looks like a phone from a few year back) this again I hope is a software issue and can be optimised SOON!!!!

    The phone is great, yes I love it, no its not perfect (fix the issues and it will be close, dont fix the issues and I am off back to Samsung lol) it lacks some of the ease of use, and yes you will have to find some apps to work around some limitations, but if you want a powerful phone/amazing screen for media/great battery life/promising camera once fixed/expandable memory, then this is the phone for you.
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    12-14-2013 11:29 AM
  11. anon5658834's Avatar
    I played with a working one at an O2 store today. Impressions are it has the best screen of any mobile device I have yet seen!! Truly stunning. Also it wasn't as big or cumbersome as I thought it would be and being slim helps


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    12-14-2013 11:45 AM
  12. Jaymil's Avatar
    Really liking this phone but I may end up taking it back. It's just a bit too large.. I have fairly large hands and I can hold it fine but to try and hit the home button one handed it just feels like it's always about to slip out of my hand. My wifes note 3 in comparison is easy to use one handed for me. I had a 920 and a 900 before and I like where WP is at now as far as features and apps go.. I wish there was a 5-5.5 inch version of this phone... as much as I love it I think 6 inch might just be a bit too much phone for me to use comfortably.
    12-16-2013 10:16 PM
  13. hipporama's Avatar
    Finally sold my 920 and got the white 1520. Man, this phone is humongous! The 920 feels like a toy in front of this phone. The screen really has to be seen in person. I also think this is the most well built Nokia phone EVER. An absolute beauty!

    The phone just flies no matter what you're doing. I've noticed apps load significantly faster (very noticeable in apps like Readit and Whatsapp). Text is super clear and videos look phenomenal. I found some apps such as the iMDB and a few older apps having the black bar at the top. I really hope developers update their apps to support 1080p.

    I've not tested the camera in good lighting conditions yet, but in low light I found it to be a tad worse than the 920. That is without flash and in auto mode. Of course you can get far better results by tinkering with the settings in the Nokia Camera app, but I hope Nokia will improve the camera in future updates.

    Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and I can honestly say that I can't ever imagine using a smaller phone again!

    PS: I bought this in Bangalore (India).
    12-17-2013 11:11 PM
  14. Phrozty's Avatar
    +1 on not being able to use a small phone again.. I'm literally already worried about 2 years into the future to know whether they'll have a "latest and greatest" 6 inch phone lol.
    anon395528 and GolferChris68 like this.
    12-18-2013 10:39 AM
  15. gustav90's Avatar
    The son 925 with his fether 1520

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    12-18-2013 04:29 PM
  16. jfa1's Avatar
    I think saying the phone's software should be better optimized to take advantage of a larger screen is a valid point. Saying the phone is too big or too small is personal preference. The iPhone screen is too small for my taste, it is a deal breaker, and I would much rather have a Sony Xperia Z Ultra but I recognize that other people might feel differently. If you think the 1520 is "just massive" you should check out the Sony.

    They were going to start somewhere with a phablet design and the 1520 was it the refinements and better utilizations will come along with at least a bump to 32 Gb 54 Gb would be beter but when they get 64Gb we'll all be wanting 128 and so on. So it'll get better and better I am expecting!.

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    12-26-2013 11:10 PM
  17. QOAM's Avatar
    I haven't had my 1520 long enough to post anything more than a comment. The screen is beautiful and I can do practically anything on it that I can do with my 8" Dell Venue Pro or iPad mini.. The only thing that I don't like is talking on the phone. Or actually using it as my everyday phone. I have two phone numbers. One that I use for everything and everyone. One number that I use business calls only. I am most comfortable talking on my iPhone. The Lumia is just so big in my hand. I like the Windows o/s much better than the one on my iPhone but the iPhone is just so easy to use for a quick call or text or picture. I don't have to even think about doing whatever it is with my iPhone, but I have been using the iPhone for so long that I can't remember if I always felt that way. I have been considering using my iPhone for my main phone and the Lumia as a mini tablet, for business things. If I wanted to travel light, I could forward calls etc to one phone or the other mostly depending on the size purse I will be carrying .. Sometimes I want or need to travel very light or just don't want to bother bringing a purse with me. like if I am just running up to the post office a mile down the road. I have a picture of my drivers license and insurance card on my iphone in case of emergency. I am thinking that the cops won't appreciate my logic but hope it will do in a pinch. The main problem is NOT that I think that one phone is better than the other .. I just want to keep BOTH phones. The only problem I can imagine with forwarding calls is that I don't think you can forward SMS messages .. or can you??
    12-28-2013 08:24 AM
  18. snakebitten's Avatar
    I got the first 1520 amongst family\friends. Wife got envious, so I got her one too. We both handed down our 920's. So now 2 more family members left their iPhones.
    Then both of my software developers at work broke down. 1 920 and 1 more 1520. That now makes 5 coworkers converted.

    This all started with me just "testing" the newly released 920 about 13 months ago.

    Combined with a few Surface Pro 2's and suddenly Windows 8 and Lumia phones are causing a stir at the executive and upper management level.

    I'm stunned by the 1520. It's been a game changer for me. I find the performance and size to be an amazing package. Maybe it's my age? 55 and less than youthful eyesight. :)

    I can do 90% of what I used to use 3 different devices to achieve, all with just the 1520!

    Give me a GotoAssist app and it will be closer to 95%.

    By the way, all the 1520's have been perfect. Unlike the 920's that required a few exchanges to accomplish getting unflawed examples.
    12-29-2013 10:24 PM
  19. anon395528's Avatar
    I will do a full review later but after two days with my 1520 I can say I am very disappointed. The more mature apps like Facebook are not up to speed. I.e. if someone comments on your photo ALBUM, you cannot see the comment and like it or respond. Many instances of things like that. You wonder if anyone actually does a full working test of these apps. Pretty hilarious when you are looking for apps and even the most atypical app might have only 37 reviews...but, the app store does not show downloads. Also, the Microsoft Games Solitaire app.....come on Microsoft....this is a place to shine....and, even though the app is free you still put ads in the app. Come on you can do better than that. I so want to be Google free in 2014 but for a business person that just wants good functionality it seems like the whole Windows 8 is still in beta stage.
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    01-02-2014 09:40 AM
  20. mozman68's Avatar
    The Facebook app is apparently supposed to be updated with 8.1.....but I too was very disappointed with the app. The positive side of WP8, especially on the 1520, is that you can use the full web version and simply pin it until the app is up to snuff. The ease of use with WP8 and the incredible screen, nav apps, personalization has made the switch from iOS to WP8 a fun adventure for me so far.
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    01-02-2014 10:17 AM
  21. anon395528's Avatar
    The Facebook app is apparently supposed to be updated with 8.1.....but I too was very disappointed with the app. The positive side of WP8, especially on the 1520, is that you can use the full web version and simply pin it until the app is up to snuff. The ease of use with WP8 and the incredible screen, nav apps, personalization has made the switch from iOS to WP8 a fun adventure for me so far.
    Hey Mozman....thanks for the tip...when I was in the app, and, I would try and view the photo album comments, it would send me to an error 500 screen....but, I now see if I go to it via IE, I have the functionality. Thanks for the tip.
    01-02-2014 11:07 AM
  22. ragingklu's Avatar
    The Facebook app is apparently supposed to be updated with 8.1.....but I too was very disappointed with the app. The positive side of WP8, especially on the 1520, is that you can use the full web version and simply pin it until the app is up to snuff. The ease of use with WP8 and the incredible screen, nav apps, personalization has made the switch from iOS to WP8 a fun adventure for me so far.
    This. I think a lot of people would be surprised just how fluid some of the sites are in desktop mode on these phones these days, making their dedicated apps redundant. The suckage of the WP FB app is nothing new, it's garbage, but they're supposed to be updating it down the road so that it will finally be up to snuff. I just don't see the need in a phone like this though, although I'm sure some would disagree. I guess the toast and live tile notifications would be nice, but don't you get those from your "self" live tile anyway?
    01-03-2014 01:21 PM
  23. admorris#AC's Avatar
    Facebook app pretty much sucks on all platforms...this is coming from an Android enthusiast.

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    01-04-2014 04:30 PM
  24. GolferChris68's Avatar
    Picked up a red 1520 from AT&T yesterday. First time I've ever picked up a phone whose color is something other than black or white. And I must say, it's truly a beautiful phone.

    Like other mobile enthusiasts, I've owned a number of phones over the years. I currently have an iPhone 5 (personal use), and a Note 3 (work). In using these two phones, I've come to the realization that the iPhone is a toy compared to the Note 3 (and now, Lumia 1520). Apple's insistence on sticking with a tiny screen, and a lack of any real hardware and OS innovation over the years doesn't sit well with me, especially so once I had purchased the Note 3 and realized how much I loved the larger 1080p screen. I love my Note 3. And now with the 1520 becoming my personal phone, I suspect I will love the 1520 in the same way as the Note 3. The iPhone is headed to EBay.

    The hardware and screen are amazing of course, but Windows Phone is also a breath of fresh air. I really like the UI, and even though it's lacking in some of the applications for more popular services, I'm finding that the independent developers building Windows Phone 8 applications are creating some really cool stuff, with some of the applications being a lot better than the first party stuff. I'm a software developer myself, so I'm looking forward to playing with the Windows Phone 8 SDK and tools.

    A couple of negatives so far:
    • 16GB. Really AT&T? You couldn't stick with 32GB that the original design and international versions have? Corporate decisions like this infuriate me, especially when there is no good reason for them. I stuck a 32GB SD card into the 1520 for music/photos/video, so that helps. However, AT&T's decision to reduce the device storage from 32GB to 16GB is really annoying.
    • The touch screen occasionally interprets a swipe as a tap. I've seen others with this issue, so I'm hoping it's something that can be addressed with a firmware update. It's only happened a handful of times, so it's not a big issue, but I would like to see Nokia address this with their flagship device.

    I did also do the special bundle deal to get the 2520. Played with the display model in the store, and was impressed. Should be arriving in the mail later this week. So that should be fun to play with.
    01-05-2014 12:00 PM
  25. anon395528's Avatar
    I am reposting this from Android Central...mostly for people like me that read the reviews of the 1520....I am sure I am going to burn in WP hell, but I believe to maintain the credibility of these forums that real people and users need to post their real life experiences.
    First off I wanna give props to Mobile Nation....I really like this concept of one master community for all phones and operating systems. I depend on user forums regardless of the product to filter fan bois and haters and come up with an educated, personal decision on what is best for my needs.

    My Galaxy S3 was a very good phone. Maybe due to her age, but the battery life seemed to really wane and after KitKat things just were not right. The Samsung ads make me boil because I think they are so stupid trying to convince me in the value of being able to fart purple with their phones. The Lebron James ads are pretty effective though because they almost seem like real life applications. But, I was obsessed with getting my first phablet and give me big baby!

    I did have a friend who has a hot girlfriend and they both are Lumia fans. There was some street cred coming from them. So, even though I had been denied twice before, I called into AT&T and tried to sing my song one more time. They got me into the 1520 AND a 2520. Dang...the 1520 was seemingly HUGE. {what is weird it that it is probably only 10% larger than the Note 3 but it seemed 50% larger}. I did not really think my daily app appetite was going to be too hard to switch over. I was wrong. The Nokia phone is a beautiful piece of art laying on the coffee table but I did not want to use it. Almost immediately I regretted the switch but also realized that the 2520 could satisfy my phablet need.

    I am not a guy to backtrack. Full steam ahead is my motto. But, I just had so much loathing for the 1520 as a daily driver, I knew I needed to return the 1520 even if it meant staying with my S3.

    Went into the local AT&T store (I had made my purchases over the phone but I was instructed it would be better to go into a store to return it...) and explained I was there to return the 1520. If you can get me into a Note 3 great...if I just leave with my S3, I am ok with it. Lesson learned.

    An hour later I left with a black Note 3 and what amazes me is how this phone does not feel big but it feels like quality and it is sexy. I am not really a stylus guy but all the newer features immediately translated to value and I am a pretty happy camper. It does bum me out that Google and Android have such dominance but for now I need my data and information a certain way and they know how to deliver it.
    01-07-2014 12:16 PM
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