Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Nov 2013 21:35 UTC

The Verge reviews the giant Nokia Lumia 1520:

Samsung and others have proven that there is a market for giant smartphones, warts and all. But that doesn't mean that just any smartphone is better if it's bigger, and the 1520 is a prime example of that. It's bigger and faster than any other Windows Phone yet, but it's not necessarily a better Windows Phone because of that. If all you've ever wanted in life is a Lumia 925 with a magnifying glass on top of it, the 1520 is exactly that. It's a tour de force in resolution and speed, but it's not a great smartphone or even a great replacement for a tablet.

And yet, it'll be a better tablet than any Windows 8.1 RT device. There's something poetic about that.

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1520 size
by Dano on Tue 19th Nov 2013 02:39 UTC
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I stopped down to AT&T store to check out the next 1520. I was struck by how large the actual screen is. It's just too big to fit in your pocket and I would be almost embarrassed at whipping that thing out to make a call as it really feels like a small tablet. It's definitely close to my 925 in operation but the camera is better, screen has way higher rez and I was taken back by the number of live tiles that were showing on the screen at one time. Anyone who calls this phone a 925 with a magnifying glass on it did not really use both phones extensively because there are many differences. The build quality seemed better to me than the 925, especially in the buttons despite being made out of plastic. I thought that this model would be a cool upgrade from the 925, but what I really would like to see is a 5 inch HD screen and an external memory card slot in a phone with wireless charging onboard and a thicker, squared form factor. The 925 is so thin with rounded edges that its more difficult to hold when taking pictures. A thicker unit would still be practical and would accommodate better camera, larger battery and a memory card slot. I think the upcoming 928 is the answer to this wish...but damn if I can get it on TMobile. I was also surprised to learn that AT&T carries the 925 now also, but in a different finish than the T-Mobile model. I'm not a big fan of stylus' so this being left out is not a big deal to me.

Edited 2013-11-19 02:42 UTC

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