Nokia Lumia 1320 review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Nokia Lumia 1320 currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 22 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Bright, vibrant display colours
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Easily personalized

What's bad

  • Mediocre video viewing
  • Lackluster camera
  • Average hardware specs

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is Nokia's second foray into the ever-growing "phablet" market. It's a mid-range, more budget-friendly sibling of the Lumia 1520, both of which offer a Windows 8 experience and 6 inch screens.

Despite its relatively large size reviewers were impressed by the overall streamlined look and feel of the phone. TechRadar notes that the curved form allows the phone to "sit nicely in the hand without being too cumbersome." It's also customizable. Users can remove their original cover and replace it with one of their choice.

The 6 inch display offers 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, not full HD. While the display might not be good enough for multimedia "junkies," as Wired UK states, it does utilize Nokia's ClearBlack display technology which, according to Trusted Reviews, helps enhance the colors of the display with "bright, vibrant, rich hues."

Similar to its display, the 1320's other specs are also not headline-grabbing. Instead, it offers a modest 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and only 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 64GB thanks to a microSD slot. These specs won't top the benchmark test charts, however reviewers from TechRadar did not notice any significant lag or issues when starting up apps.

The rest of the phone falls comfortably in the middle of the road category. The 5 megapixel camera is lackluster when compared to the its sibling's 20 megapixel camera, however Pocket Lint mentions that the camera does take decent pictures and comes with a variety of Nokia smart camera apps.

The battery in the phone is the same as the one found in the 1520 and should, according to Nokia, offer 21 hours of talk time.

Overall, most reviewers aren't wowed by the Lumia 1320, but they do find it to be a fairly solid device despite its lackluster specs and camera. CNET argues that while the specs don't live up to the other phablets, the Windows 8 OS doesn't require high end specs and goes on to say that the 1320 is "a sweetheart of a deal."


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Know Your Mobile

An absurdly bulky and clumsy smartphone, as well a being rather ugly, and with low onboard storage.

- pbriden, Know Your Mobile
PC Pro

The Nokia Lumia 1320's size and weight mean it flouts the foundation of convenience and portability that the modern smartphone is built on. However, if you can get over that – and it's a big ask – the 1320 gets a great deal right. It's zippy, the screen is bright and punchy and the inclu...

- Bobby MacPherson, PC Pro
Coolsmartphone

At 6″ Lumia 1320 is pushing the boundaries of the term “phablet” with many people out there deciding that 6″ devices are just too damn big.

- James Pearce, Coolsmartphone
Expert Reviews

While the camera's by far its weakest point, it's a superb alternative to the considerably more expensive Lumia 1520 and we greatly prefer it to other Android phablets

- Katharine Byrne, Expert Reviews
Tech Advisor

With 'okay' performance and a good but not great screen, the Lumia 1320 still offers good value for money. It's certainly not the best handset on the market, but if you want a Windows Phone with a big screen, and you can't or don't want to stretch up to the faster 1520, you won't regret buying the L...

- Matt Egan, Tech Advisor


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Common Questions


Nokia released the Lumia 1320 on December 27, 2013.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia Lumia 1320 user manual here.


Nokia backs up the Lumia 1320 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6"

The Nokia Lumia 1320's screen size is 6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3400 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 28 days standby time, 1500 minutes, 690 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 1320 Specs

Overview
Release date December 27, 2013
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
800/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.47 W/kg
Body: 0.29 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 540 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 690 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 28 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Orange, Black, White, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.4 x 8.6 x 1.0 cm (6.5 x 3.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 220 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Mobile, Gmail, Office 365, Nokia Mail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, White balance, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, LINE, WeChat, SkyDrive, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Know Your Mobile

A masterclass in how not to do a phablet

from Know Your Mobile

Even with the imminent arrival of Windows Phone 8.1 and all of Microsoft’s recent talk of a “unified” platform in 2015, it is incredibly difficult for me to recommend the Lumia 1320. It comes down, just as the Lumia 1520 review did, to the sheer scale of a 6-inch device being, in my view, highly impractical for phone functionality. A screen that’s a bit smaller, and much reduced bodywork around it, can work for the phablet concept, as other large-screened devices have proven...

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Even with the imminent arrival of Windows Phone 8.1 and all of Microsoft’s recent talk of a “unified” platform in 2015, it is incredibly difficult for me to recommend the Lumia 1320. It comes down, just as the Lumia 1520 review did, to the sheer scale of a 6-inch device being, in my view, highly impractical for phone functionality. A screen that’s a bit smaller, and much reduced bodywork around it, can work for the phablet concept, as other large-screened devices have proven.

Again, phablets are not bad per se, but a bulky 6-inch device which makes no attempt to keep things as compact as possible oversteps the boundaries. The low quantity of onboard storage is another turn-off.

There are positives, however: the screen is very nice, the battery life is superb, performance is great, and the Windows Phone software, while nowhere near perfect, is heading in the right direction. I have no doubt, however, that the Lumia 1320 will be a much more rewarding experience with Windows Phone 8.1 and beyond. But such software improvements won’t change the physical nature of the device, and that’s the key stumbling block here. I found the handset very annoying to use on a daily basis and was glad to switch back to something else (a Lumia 930, in case you're wondering). 

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PC Pro

Big and ungainly, but there's a solid budget smartphone underneath

from PC Pro

The Nokia Lumia 1320's size and weight mean it flouts the foundation of convenience and portability that the modern smartphone is built on. However, if you can get over that – and it's a big ask – the 1320 gets a great deal right. It's zippy, the screen is bright and punchy and the in...More

The Nokia Lumia 1320's size and weight mean it flouts the foundation of convenience and portability that the modern smartphone is built on. However, if you can get over that – and it's a big ask – the 1320 gets a great deal right. It's zippy, the screen is bright and punchy and the inclusion of 4G and a microSD card slot are the icing on the cake. It's a shame about the screen resolution and camera quality, but the 1320 still makes for a fine budget alternative to the impressive Nokia Lumia 1520.

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Coolsmartphone

Pushes the boundaries of the modern smartphone

from Coolsmartphone

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a large unassuming device, compared to some of the other Nokia Lumia devices you can definitely see that it is one of their mid range devices. The buttons are laid out in the standard Nokia manner, but they’ve lowered the volume rocker a bit so that you can almost reach it one handed, it’s a nice touch....

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The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a large unassuming device, compared to some of the other Nokia Lumia devices you can definitely see that it is one of their mid range devices. The buttons are laid out in the standard Nokia manner, but they’ve lowered the volume rocker a bit so that you can almost reach it one handed, it’s a nice touch.

Its basic nature lets you concentrate on the software and not so much on the way it looks unlike some of the other Lumia range. It’s a great big phone though, which sticks out of pockets, you’ll struggle to use one handed and you’ll probably drop it at some point trying to manhandle it around.

Windows Phone 8.1 really really makes the Lumia 1320 a cracking device, it could almost be worth getting a Lumia 1320 and waiting for the update or just signing up for the developer preview program (if you don’t mind the risks involved). As long as you want a large oversized phone running Windows Phone anyway.

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Expert Reviews

The camera isn't great, but this is a superb Windows phablet

from Expert Reviews

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.

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 1,280x720 display still provides ample room for apps and icons on the home screen and enough pixels for showing web pages clearly....

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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.

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 1,280x720 display still provides ample room for apps and icons on the home screen and enough pixels for showing web pages clearly.

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a great mid-range Windows phablet. If you're not fussed about taking pictures then the 1320's great screen and excellent battery life is just the thing for surfing the web and watching films and TV on the move, all without breaking the bank.

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Tech Advisor

A great deal for first-time buyers

from Tech Advisor

With 'okay' performance and a good but not great screen, the Lumia 1320 still offers good value for money. It's certainly not the best handset on the market, but if you want a Windows Phone with a big screen, and you can't or don't want to stretch up to the faster 1520, you won't regret buying th...More

With 'okay' performance and a good but not great screen, the Lumia 1320 still offers good value for money. It's certainly not the best handset on the market, but if you want a Windows Phone with a big screen, and you can't or don't want to stretch up to the faster 1520, you won't regret buying the Lumia 1320. The camera is basic and the storage limited, but the battery life is brilliant.

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What Mobile

It’s just not that cheap for an affordable phablet

from What Mobile

The Windows Phone software doesn’t suit a screen this size. Beyond an extra column of tiles dumped onto the homescreen, the massive display offers few advantages. You can’t run apps side by side, as with the Galaxy Note. You can’t adjust the size of the keyboard to suit your thu...More

The Windows Phone software doesn’t suit a screen this size. Beyond an extra column of tiles dumped onto the homescreen, the massive display offers few advantages. You can’t run apps side by side, as with the Galaxy Note. You can’t adjust the size of the keyboard to suit your thumbs or swipe to type. And there’s no stylus for writing. It’s just the small screen experience, stretched out and blurrier.

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My Nokia Blog

Definitely worth considering for people looking for a phablet in a reasonable price range

from My Nokia Blog

The Lumia 1320 is a budget priced phone with some not so budget performance. It has specs similar to the Lumia 920 which was last years flagship, and the screen at 720p over 6 inches (PPI = 245) is still quite excellent; it reminds me of the Lumia 720 which had a low resolution, that still manage...More

The Lumia 1320 is a budget priced phone with some not so budget performance. It has specs similar to the Lumia 920 which was last years flagship, and the screen at 720p over 6 inches (PPI = 245) is still quite excellent; it reminds me of the Lumia 720 which had a low resolution, that still managed to look amazing. The camera was disappointing however giving sub-par performance when it came to still, videos and audio capture however were pretty excellent. In terms of design the Lumia 1320 was slightly disappointing, as it doesn’t have any “wow” factors going for it, overall it feels slightly bland especially in the white color which looks “dirty” even when clean.

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TrustedReviews

The large screen’s benefits don’t outweigh the practical issues of a phone this size

from TrustedReviews

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a tough sell. It’s big and heavy, has a lower resolution screen than we’d like given its screen size, and we’re not convinced that Windows really offers enough big-screen benefits to compensate for the practical size issues.

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The Nokia Lumia 1320 is a tough sell. It’s big and heavy, has a lower resolution screen than we’d like given its screen size, and we’re not convinced that Windows really offers enough big-screen benefits to compensate for the practical size issues.

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Notebookcheck

Its power and configuration are no match for the premium model, but it is nevertheless a strong smartphone

from Notebookcheck

Pursuing the Lumia 1520, Nokia has launched another good 6-inch phablet with the Lumia 1320. Just like its twice as expensive sister model, the Lumia 1320 convinces with an excellent build, an LTE wireless module, a very accurate GPS that even outperforms professional navigation systems like the Garmin Edge 500, and it comes with a very good screen...

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Pursuing the Lumia 1520, Nokia has launched another good 6-inch phablet with the Lumia 1320. Just like its twice as expensive sister model, the Lumia 1320 convinces with an excellent build, an LTE wireless module, a very accurate GPS that even outperforms professional navigation systems like the Garmin Edge 500, and it comes with a very good screen.

In contrast to the Lumia 1520, Nokia's phablet has to make concessions in some regards, above all in the SoC's much weaker performance (dual-core rather than quad-core). It is absolutely sufficient for current games and apps, although the performance reserves will be rather tight for future applications. Nokia also slimmed down the phablet's camera equipment. Instead of a 20-megapixel lens, it now only sports a 5-megapixel camera that, nevertheless, provides good quality pictures. The manufacturer also makes cutbacks in storage capacity and screen resolution, which has shrunk from Full HD to the 1280x720 pixels 720p format. Buyers looking for a 6-inch smartphone powered by Windows Phone 8 should definitely put Nokia's Lumia 1320 on their shortlist considering its many good properties. 

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Digital Versus

The people's phablet

from Digital Versus

There's no doubt about it, the Lumia 1320 is an excellent mid-range phablet. It could definitely have higher resolution and a better camera, but that's a given considering the price. Otherwise, it's a fluid, responsive phone with good multimedia capabilities that make it fun to use during the dai...More

There's no doubt about it, the Lumia 1320 is an excellent mid-range phablet. It could definitely have higher resolution and a better camera, but that's a given considering the price. Otherwise, it's a fluid, responsive phone with good multimedia capabilities that make it fun to use during the daily grind. The only deal-breaker is whether or not you're ready to handle a phone this size.

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