Last year, in a bombshell announcement, Nokia decided to let go of its smartphone operations and focus on its mapping and other network related businesses. The phone part of Nokia is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft. That means sometime this year, Nokia phones as we have come to know and love, will cease to exist.
This puts all the phones the Finnish ex-giant is releasing now, kind of special. These are the last breed of smartphones coming out of Nokia’s factories, and with a Nokia logo on it. A logo that has meant so much to practically anyone who has ever held or used a mobile phone.
The phone that we will be looking at today is, believe it or not, the first of its kind from Nokia. It is the Lumia 1320, and all it will take is one glance at it to realize that this is clearly not a phone you’d normally see from Nokia. It is massive, quite literally. It is the biggest phone Nokia has ever released in its decades long phone operations. It is a big step for the company that has been hesitant to embrace the ‘phablet, as the market calls them. And because Nokia, for all intents and purposes, is the only relevant Windows Phone OEM, the Lumia 1320 is just as big a step for Windows Phone.
With so many Lumia phones already in Nokia’s lineup, the Lumia 1320 has to make a special case in order for it to be considered worthy. It is relatively cheap considering its size. Just recently we reviewed the excellent Lumia 1020. So is the Lumia 1320 all size and no substance? Let’s find out.