Best budget battery phablet: Nokia’s Lumia 1320 reviewed
4.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $449
Manufacturer: Nokia

Not everyone is after a phone small enough to fit in your pocket, and some of us want to take the web with us in a big way. But if this is your goal and you don’t want to spend a lot, you might find it hard to buy a new phone, and that’s where Nokia is stepping in.

Features

The second six inch smartphone from Nokia, the Lumia 1320 packs with it some familiar specs alongside an even more familiar battery.

First up is the screen, which sees Nokia using the same sized display from the Lumia 1520 — 6 inches — but with a lower resolution, adopting the 1280×720 resolution instead of the Full HD 1920×1080 of the Lumia 1520. Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 is used here to help stop any stray scratches in transit.

Beneath the screen are all the innards, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor here, running alongside 1GB RAM, the Adreno 305 graphics chip, 8GB storage, and support for a microSD slot expanding the memory as much as 64GB.

Connections are relatively standard for a mobile these days, with 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and the typical microUSB charge and data port at the bottom of the handset. Interestingly, there is no Near-Field Communication (NFC).

Like all phones, there’s a camera here, with a 5 megapixel rear camera with flash supporting Full HD video, while the front camera offers up VGA quality.

Ports on the phone are limited, with a 3.5mm headset jack up top and the microUSB down below, while the buttons are also only a few, with the typical three Lumia buttons on the right — volume rocker, power button, and camera button — while the soft buttons below the screen are standard too, including back, home, and search.

The battery is rated for 3400mAh, and the Lumia 1320 takes a microSIM card. The back of the phone can be removed, which will give you access to the microSIM and microSD slots.

Performance

Nokia surprised us all when the company first announced a phablet was in the works late last year, putting an end to all the rumours and speculation suggesting the company would do one.

We checked out that first model recently and found that it was superb, and Nokia had practically figure out the formula from the beginning.

But the company wasn’t done, and had something else ready to show us: a budget iteration of the 1520 with a lower resolution screen, less impressive rear camera, and the specs of a slightly different model Nokia Lumia.

In person, it’s easy to see that the Lumia 1320 has been designed to basically be that budget equivalent, taking the same style of design, consisting of a plastic case surrounding a 6 inch screen, flanked on the top and bottom by the Nokia logo and front-facing camera, and the regular soft buttons every Windows Phone comes with.

In the hands, the casing isn’t quite the firm thick polycarbonate backing Nokia goes with on its high end devices, opting instead for a soft matte plastic on the back that can be removed, exposing the microSIM and microSD slots, while also pointing out the battery which is built into the unit and cannot be removed.