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  1. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I believe this is still worth it. And it was the best price I could find for it anywhere around.

    Here's my reasoning.
    • T-Mo isn't bringing a flagship WP device except possibly the rumored 1525
    • If there is a 1525, what will be sacrificed to make it T-Mo's? I doubt there will be hardware additions that matter all that much, but subtractions are also likely in key areas such as microSD card slot
    • The 1520.3 or 1520 RM 938 is capable of any/all T-Mo speeds and any other GSM carrier I might want to use in the USA
    • It's Factory Unlocked
    • Either the 930 or the 1520 - these are the only two choices for me to get a significant upgrade over the 925 unless I go CDMA and that ain't happening - that's it and the 930 isn't going to work for me on T-Mo LTE no matter what I do - plus the 930 is $100 more
    • This is the last wave of true, old time Nokia builds - get one now or gamble on an uncertain future that might not see a Windows Phone of the build quality, display and photography levels Nokia is justly famed for
    • I want that 20 MP photography goodness for my upcoming trip to Italy this fall - so waiting on T-Mo to possibly disappoint me makes no sense at this date
    • Battery Life and that ultra important as well when I'm on vacation in Italy using the phone all day for Bing Translator, Here+ walking navigation, audio tours and all those photos...
    • One handed operation a concern? No problem for me as I even used my HP Veer 2 Handed. I simply do not use phones 1 handed anyway. It's just not in my nature


    So when the new beast comes in the ol' 925 will get packed up to be sold to someone who will use it.

    And, yes, I got Yellow. Isn't that iconic Nokia when applied to the polycarbonate unibody?

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    If you want a closer look at the spec: Nokia Lumia 1520 - Full phone specifications

    And I'm very gratified after the fact to see some vindication for my decision here: The best Windows Phone you can buy - August 2014 | Windows Phone Central
    08-25-2014 11:54 AM
  2. thundr51's Avatar
    Still going on:

    Nokia Lumia 1520 RM-938 32GB Smartphone A00016720 B&H Photo

    Fully usable on T-Mobile.

    Thanks! Was looking for white (to go with my headphones) but it's OOS. If nothing comes from IFA, and they get white in stock, I'm ordering
    08-25-2014 11:58 AM
  3. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Thanks! Was looking for white (to go with my headphones) but it's OOS. If nothing comes from IFA, and they get white in stock, I'm ordering
    Get it in yellow and FLAUNT it in a clear TPU case. That's my plan.

    It's one of the biggest phones ever made. Why not go over the top? LOLz...

    Yellow is in NOW and the price is pretty good at B&H. ($489.95 USD at time of writing.)
    08-25-2014 12:03 PM
  4. weisman87's Avatar
    I'd say it's definitely worth it if you really want one. You can play the "waiting for the next best thing" game forever and never be happy. I quit doing that and am very happy with my 1520. I also have an extra one for sale, if anyone is interested.
    08-25-2014 12:47 PM
  5. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I'd say it's definitely worth it if you really want one. You can play the "waiting for the next best thing" game forever and never be happy. I quit doing that and am very happy with my 1520. I also have an extra one for sale, if anyone is interested.
    You could post it here in Marketplace: The Marketplace - Buy, Sell & Trade - Windows Phone Central Forums
    08-25-2014 01:50 PM
  6. slysy's Avatar
    I think overall it still looks like a great phone. However:

    1. Screen sensitivity issue is not fixed and I have lost confidence that it will ever be
    2. Not much choice of colours in the UK. Both yellow and green versions not available. Red sim-free version not widely available (as it was exclusive to o2 for a long time). That leaves only black and white!
    3. The UK price has not come down much. It's still 450+ at most places for a genuine sim-free CVUK model. Some people have got around this by importing, but then you don't get a valid warranty from Nokia UK
    4. Uncertainty over whether it will be upgradeable to WP9
    5. Uncertainty over whether 1525 is real or not

    The big screen looks great though and micro-sd support is a very nice feature. The battery capacity looks gigantic and it works with glance unlike the Lumia 930.

    Personally I am still using a Lumia 920 and kinda looking for an excuse to buy a 1520. I would be tempted if the price dropped a bit. The 1020 is now available sim free for around 250 here, so I am surprised to see the 1520 which is of a similar age still selling for 450!
    08-25-2014 04:41 PM
  7. ScruffyT's Avatar
    Well, as a 920 user looking to upgrade, I'm holding out on the current 1520 in hopes of a screen fix coming , more processing power for the camera, upgraded video recording, and for wishful thinking: improved audio output and a digitizer.
    08-25-2014 06:13 PM
  8. Ahmed Ali 073's Avatar
    Buy it now, it will cover your needs for a 6 months at least.
    08-26-2014 01:09 AM
  9. sklchan's Avatar
    for now i still not seeing any so call "newly" released WP devices can beat L1520 yet... all seem a downgrade released rather to say replacement for L1520...
    08-26-2014 01:50 AM
  10. Xpider_MX's Avatar
    4. Uncertainty over whether it will be upgradeable to WP9
    LOL What???

    I think you believe that everyday a new CPU is released... L1520 has one of the latest ARM CPU, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (only MSM8974AB is faster, but only 0.1Ghz faster, basically nothing).

    It is a 4 cores CPU with the latest GPU in the market (for ARM based phones). Even in 2015 it will be one of the faster CPU/GPU in the market.

    Why Windows Phone 9 will not be compatible wit that phone? Can you elaborate?
    08-26-2014 02:19 AM
  11. slysy's Avatar
    LOL What???

    I think you believe that everyday a new CPU is released... L1520 has one of the latest ARM CPU, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (only MSM8974AB is faster, but only 0.1Ghz faster, basically nothing).

    It is a 4 cores CPU with the latest GPU in the market (for ARM based phones). Even in 2015 it will be one of the faster CPU/GPU in the market.

    Why Windows Phone 9 will not be compatible wit that phone? Can you elaborate?
    Well, MS didn't allow WM6 phones to be upgradeable to WP7. They also didn't allow WP7 phones to be upgradeable to WP8. You could argue that there is a precedent that MS will not allow updating of phones between major versions of WP.

    Some people think that you will be able to upgrade WP8 to WP9 and some think that you won't - that's why I used the word uncertain. If MS doesn't allow the upgrade, you would need to replace the 1520 after quite a short time in order to get the latest OS.
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    08-26-2014 04:06 AM
  12. sklchan's Avatar
    because all those wp7 device hardware sux big time... read its spec u will know why it's not supported when the OS got updated... this is totally different story with L1520, if L1520 hardware not able to support the future WP update this statement will make ALL yes you hear me right ALL current Windows Phone will be obsolete... the L1520 simply an awesome piece of hardware that I bet M$ currently hate Nokia for releasing it soo early... its hardware just like a PC powerhouse that have no limit for current WP OS, and the only later "excuse" that L1520 can't support would be "we need 64bits processor on this OS" and that's I'm not sure how long the way to go...
    08-26-2014 06:38 AM
  13. hemanlive's Avatar
    Well, MS didn't allow WM6 phones to be upgradeable to WP7. They also didn't allow WP7 phones to be upgradeable to WP8. You could argue that there is a precedent that MS will not allow updating of phones between major versions of WP.

    Some people think that you will be able to upgrade WP8 to WP9 and some think that you won't - that's why I used the word uncertain. If MS doesn't allow the upgrade, you would need to replace the 1520 after quite a short time in order to get the latest OS.
    No that is not a correct assumption.
    When they launched the windows phone 8, they prescribed a particular set of specifications in terms of hardware. It was said categorically that all windows phone 8 devices will be up-gradable to newer versions being released. With devices like 520 and 530 getting 8.1 it is evident that they are delivering on that promise. So there is absolutely no reason to believe that current crop of phones, especially the 1520, will not be compatible with Windows Phone 9.
    08-26-2014 07:04 AM
  14. n_tesla's Avatar
    I won the unlocked Lumia 1520 (32GB) for 340โ‚ฌ in perfect condition on Ebay this Sunday. Hardwarewise I don't see anything that would let me down in the nearer future with this phone albeit considered "old" by some. Initially I wanted to await the Lumia 830 presentation but I'm pretty sure that the 830 won't be a lot cheaper when it is being released. And I doubt that it will feature comparable hardware, so hopefully that was a good decision...

    Guess the first days will be crazy for me since I am coming from a 620 with a 3.8 inches screen. I bought the 620 a year ago because I thought it was better to get a cheap phone at the very beginning (I had been using an iPhone before). But since the screen of the 620 just feels too tiny in this day and age, I hope I will be able to make that transition flawlessly. Still, I have to say the 620 was an awesome device considering its price point...Will keep you posted on the first impressions of the 1520.
    Last edited by n_tesla; 08-26-2014 at 10:41 AM.
    08-26-2014 09:25 AM
  15. hbelton's Avatar
    Yes, absolutely. Mine is less than a month old. The only thing keeping me from the "DOH!" palm slap to the forehead is that I was able to get a 1520.3 for less than $500. Love this phone
    08-26-2014 10:31 AM
  16. Xpider_MX's Avatar
    Well, MS didn't allow WM6 phones to be upgradeable to WP7. They also didn't allow WP7 phones to be upgradeable to WP8. You could argue that there is a precedent that MS will not allow updating of phones between major versions of WP.

    Some people think that you will be able to upgrade WP8 to WP9 and some think that you won't - that's why I used the word uncertain. If MS doesn't allow the upgrade, you would need to replace the 1520 after quite a short time in order to get the latest OS.
    You need to learn more about hardware, you are so wrong.

    WP7 hardware can't run WP8 (uni-core, 256MB in some devices), that's the reasons Wp7 devices can't upgrade to WP8.
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    08-26-2014 04:30 PM
  17. ScruffyT's Avatar
    for now i still not seeing any so call "newly" released WP devices can beat L1520 yet... all seem a downgrade released rather to say replacement for L1520...
    Yeah, sure, this seems to be the main line of reasoning behind getting a 1520 now. And wgile I don't necessarily think it's wrong, the question is it really enough, especially for people, like me, who are coming off of two year contracts. Or what about people who are coming from a higher end Android phone. I mean, with the iPhone 5.5" and the Note 4 coming out soon, that's already enough reason for us to think twice about getting a soon to be one year old device. There's also some things that current phones appear to already have the leg up on as I mentioned in my previous post.
    08-26-2014 10:48 PM
  18. irvin792's Avatar
    Yeah, sure, this seems to be the main line of reasoning behind getting a 1520 now. And wgile I don't necessarily think it's wrong, the question is it really enough, especially for people, like me, who are coming off of two year contracts. Or what about people who are coming from a higher end Android phone. I mean, with the iPhone 5.5" and the Note 4 coming out soon, that's already enough reason for us to think twice about getting a soon to be one year old device. There's also some things that current phones appear to already have the leg up on as I mentioned in my previous post.
    Any touchwiz Sammy pos should not deter you from purchasing an actually well built phone that is free from all the gimmicky bloatware ;) just saying
    08-26-2014 11:35 PM
  19. sklchan's Avatar
    Yeah, sure, this seems to be the main line of reasoning behind getting a 1520 now. And wgile I don't necessarily think it's wrong, the question is it really enough, especially for people, like me, who are coming off of two year contracts. Or what about people who are coming from a higher end Android phone. I mean, with the iPhone 5.5" and the Note 4 coming out soon, that's already enough reason for us to think twice about getting a soon to be one year old device. There's also some things that current phones appear to already have the leg up on as I mentioned in my previous post.
    That's because you looking at others OS platform... If you still prefer WP then Lumia 1520 still your only best choice for now...

    Maybe it's good for me to list down why I'm getting Lumia 1520 against others phone:

    1. 20MP Pureview CarlZeiss OIS camera module with physical dual stage camera button
    2. 4 HAAC Mics for Rich Sound and surround sound recording
    3. ClearBlack huge 1080p display
    4. Huge battery with efficient OS that not random drain battery when idling
    5. 32GB in build memory and 128GB supported ext SD
    6. Promising hardware profile (2GB RAM, Quad S800 Proc) for future upgrade
    7. A rather bright future of WP OS?? yeah I've been on free WP7, WP7.5 devices during Nokia Ranger time and following the OS improvement time to time...
    8. The most tempting give me a go is the price drop on Lumia 1520 after 6 months which I can get as low as ~USD450 where all the others droid highend device won't even come close (until the Mi3 and now Mi4 from China)

    I won't say the L1520 gonna be the most advance hardware device nowaday but if you are looking for WP, trust me I not really forseen M$ gonna release any killer device nowaday after the Nokia takeover... You gonna missing here and there with those rather consider as downgraded "new" devices or a super expensive "real" highend which you going to spend another 6~12 months for its price to drop... so you make the call, should you get the L1520 now or keep on with the waiting game...
    Last edited by sklchan; 08-27-2014 at 01:35 AM.
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    08-27-2014 12:54 AM
  20. irvin792's Avatar
    That's because you looking at others OS platform... If you still prefer WP then Lumia 1520 still your only best choice for now...

    Maybe it's good for me to list down why I'm getting Lumia 1520 against others phone:

    1. 20MP Pureview CarlZeiss OIS camera module with physical dual stage camera button
    2. 4 HAAC Mics for Rich Sound and surround sound recording
    3. ClearBlack huge 1080p display
    4. Huge battery with efficient OS that not random drain battery when idling
    5. 32GB in build memory and 128GB supported ext SD
    6. Promising hardware profile (2GB RAM, Quad S800 Proc) for future upgrade
    7. A rather bright future of WP OS?? yeah I've been on free WP7, WP7.5 devices during Nokia Ranger time and following the OS improvement time to time...
    8. The most tempting give me a go is the price drop on Lumia 1520 after 6 months which I can get as low as ~USD450 where all the others droid highend device won't even come close (until the Mi3 and now Mi4 from China)

    I won't say the L1520 gonna be the most advance hardware device nowaday but if you are looking for WP, trust me I not really forseen M$ gonna release any killer device nowaday after the Nokia takeover... You gonna missing here and there with those rather consider as downgraded "new" devices or a super expensive "real" highend which you going to spend another 6~12 months for its price to drop... so you make the call, should you get the L1520 now or keep on with the waiting game...
    Boom, there it is.
    08-27-2014 02:04 AM
  21. AvatarEW's Avatar
    While the 1520 is superlative, your statement indicates you do not want "older" technology and prefer a "newer" technology. In one month, the Nokia Lumia 1520 will be one year old since it was announced last year.

    The worst case scenario if you wait until after fall launch announcements (October/November since no one will launch in September against the iPhone) is a drop in price for the 1520. If a new phone (1525?) launches that you like, you get the new phone at a slightly higher price than the 1520 now. If you do not like the new model or there is no replacement announced, you get the 1520 at a holiday price.

    I would only recommend a 1520 now if your current phone is inoperable or you wish to travel.

    Additionally, my thinking on technology purchases is "never get yesterday's technology today". While the 1520 technology is fairly robust, why pay for last year's technology when you know this year/next year's phone is a month away? The purchase timing is well known in the CPU/OEM prebuilt market where you buy during April (barring delays, new CPU release) and August (back-to-school) and never during holiday season (dumping old inventory).

    Finally, don't buy AT&T version of 1520 or its replacement. Feature removal (i.e. Qi wireless charging) and frequency support (no T-Mobile unless in refarmed area) will inhibit functionality and carrier switch. You'll want the 1520.3 (RM-938) or its equivalent upgrade.


    This device was released October 2013. With the 1525 rumor mill unclear if when the next one is released, I just don't want to have this device and less than 5 months the new one is here.

    I'm on att if that matters.
    08-27-2014 03:42 AM
  22. n_tesla's Avatar
    While the 1520 is superlative, your statement indicates you do not want "older" technology and prefer a "newer" technology. In one month, the Nokia Lumia 1520 will be one year old since it was announced last year.

    The worst case scenario if you wait until after fall launch announcements (October/November since no one will launch in September against the iPhone) is a drop in price for the 1520. If a new phone (1525?) launches that you like, you get the new phone at a slightly higher price than the 1520 now. If you do not like the new model or there is no replacement announced, you get the 1520 at a holiday price.

    I would only recommend a 1520 now if your current phone is inoperable or you wish to travel.

    Additionally, my thinking on technology purchases is "never get yesterday's technology today". While the 1520 technology is fairly robust, why pay for last year's technology when you know this year/next year's phone is a month away? The purchase timing is well known in the CPU/OEM prebuilt market where you buy during April (barring delays, new CPU release) and August (back-to-school) and never during holiday season (dumping old inventory).

    Finally, don't buy AT&T version of 1520 or its replacement. Feature removal (i.e. Qi wireless charging) and frequency support (no T-Mobile unless in refarmed area) will inhibit functionality and carrier switch. You'll want the 1520.3 (RM-938) or its equivalent upgrade.
    Well, if they announce a successor to the 1520 you won't be able to get it for a slightly higher price. So yes, it might happen that the 1520 price drops a bit further, but it won't be a very notable difference from my perspective. And I still don't see the killer feature that a rumored 1525 would have over the 1520.
    08-27-2014 04:38 AM
  23. ScruffyT's Avatar
    That's because you looking at others OS platform... If you still prefer WP then Lumia 1520 still your only best choice for now...

    Maybe it's good for me to list down why I'm getting Lumia 1520 against others phone...
    True, it's pretty much the best choice right now on WP. And, no, I don't have any plans on leaving. However, I'm not so sure it's the best choice. I've been locked into a 2 year contract for, well, 2 years already. And even though I have some 1520 envy, my 920 is still chugging along pretty darn well. So, I think someone in my position is possibly better off waiting 6 or so months for WP9 and new phones.
    08-27-2014 07:30 AM
  24. AvatarEW's Avatar
    Well, if they announce a successor to the 1520 you won't be able to get it for a slightly higher price. So yes, it might happen that the 1520 price drops a bit further, but it won't be a very notable difference from my perspective. And I still don't see the killer feature that a rumored 1525 would have over the 1520.
    The killer feature would be the correction of the 1520 screen design flaw.
    08-27-2014 01:57 PM
  25. lubbalots's Avatar
    1520.3 has better screen?
    08-27-2014 03:09 PM
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