The Nokia Lumia 1320 is certainly a standout device in Nokia’s large lineup of phones. This is both for its sheer size, and the fact that for the first time it has forced Nokia to go out of its comfort zone. Has Nokia’s first foray into the phablet world been a resounding success? Not quite. The fault lies both in the combination of hardware and software.
Looking at some of the other phablets in the market, such as the Galaxy Mega series from Samsung, it becomes evident that Nokia could have done more to shed some weight off the Lumia 1320. I have big hands, and weight has never been an issue for me (I’m an ex-Nokia communicator owner). But the Lumia 1320 quickly became tiring and cumbersome to use. I suppose the blame can be put on where the phone falls in the hierarchy of Nokia’s phones. It’s not a flagship device, which means it doesn’t get the same high quality yet light polycarbonate. But then again neither is the Galaxy Mega series. The Lumia 1320 should have, and could have been much smaller and lighter. It’s as simple as that.
The second problem lies with the software of the phone. If you’re expecting the same tricks and treats you normally find in Android phablets, you will be disappointed. This is just the simple Windows Phone OS you have used in other devices, just blown up to fit a 6-inch screen. We don’t know if Windows Phone 8.1 has anything in store for phablets, and we have not seen anything either from the leaks either.
So should you buy a Lumia 1320? It depends. If you’re fully invested in the Windows Phone ecosystem, then it’s not that bad a device. It is also considerably cheaper than the similarly sized Lumia 1520, albeit containing much lower end hardware. So if you’re tight on budget, but desire a colossal phone, the Lumia 1320 will fit the bill perfectly. But if you’re looking for a decent Windows Phone and have no priority in size, the Lumia 925 is a much better device, in practically every way.