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Nokia Lumia 1320: Windows Phone and Apps

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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Nokia Lumia 1320 – Performance and Software

Considering the phone’s limited specs, gaming performance is very good. The Nokia Lumia 1320 has a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, which in an Android phone would be considered an old lower mid-range chip, and 1GB RAM. However, here it’s enough to make high performance games – like Asphalt 8 – run well. It’s down to a combination of the relatively undemanding 720p resolution and the efficiency of Windows Phone 8.

As with most Nokia Windows phones, general performance is solid too. One of the key benefits of the Windows mobile system is that it’s speedy on virtually any device – one of the reasons you don’t see £50 Windows phones, yet. To put the phone into a wider Lumia context, the Lumia 1320 uses the same processor family as the Lumia 620, but its chipset is clocked a lot faster (1.7GHz to the 620s 1GHz). Nokia Lumia 1320 13

There are still significant loading pauses when you run apps, and some lag within some apps, which separates the Lumia 1320 from the Lumia 1520, but scrolling through menus and switching between the apps scroll and the Live Tile home screen is slick.

Windows Phone is also quite accessible. It comes with a pretty usable Live Tile layout that features most core phone features in a sensible arrangement. It can all be fiddled about with, but it’s not strictly necessary.

Windows-based phones like the Lumia 1320 still come with caveats, though. The apps and games selection is nowhere near as good as that of an iPhone or Android phone. We’ve been complaining about this issue for years, but it’s still a real problem if you like mobile gaming or discovering new apps on a regular basis. Windows Phone either misses out on the latest app fads entirely, or gets apps a bit later than Android and iOS.

The Lumia 1320 does have a few apps you won’t find on every Windows Phone. The most important are the HERE navigation apps. You get HERE Maps and HERE Drive, which are on-foot and in-car maps tools. They’re fairly good, although we still find the Google Maps app to be a bit more reliable.

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You also get a couple of Nokia-specific photo/camera apps. Cinematograph takes a burst of photos to let you make fun little animated GIF-style motion JPEGs. It’s silly, but fun. And Nokia Creative Studio is a fairly rudimentary photo editing app. Editing like this is left out of Windows Phone’s default camera app, so it’s a must-have.

The most unusual of the lot is Nokia Beam. By scanning a QR code from a website the app gives you, you can transmit what the camera sees to any computer around the world (over the web). We’re yet to find a killer application for this, but it is neat to see in action.

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March 14, 2014, 4:11 pm

how big is your hand? makes this phone look tiny!


March 18, 2014, 8:59 am

I'm sorry but this is getting ridiculous. We're ignoring decades of ergonomics that are inherent to the invention of the telephone. If this is really the 2010s definition of a phone than why not just brand it as a mini tablet with a phone app? Or better yet - Pritt Stick an iPad onto a cordless landline and heft that around.

Ahmed AA

April 26, 2014, 6:54 am

Very good device, better than other brands, i tried many

brands, lumia 1320 and 1520 are best....

Diya Ghosh

May 17, 2014, 8:24 am

I Had Nokia Lumia 720, Now i exchanged and bought Nokia Lumia 1320, After using dis phone i realized dat my previous phone was much better. The Camera in Lumia 1320 Sucks.
N Phone gets heated very fast.... Nt easy to handle. I wud suggest ppl nt to buy dis phone. How can dey provide VGA front camera in a 20k mobile.... Bullshit

viqas ahmad

July 1, 2014, 8:34 pm

Its 3rd day i m using 1320 and speaker is not working, thank you nokia ..

Levernare Thomas

July 2, 2014, 10:07 pm

I really Don't understand this review. i have this phone and let me tell you its one of the best phone of 2014 hands down. The operating system is so smooth, and flawless. Had all the android phones, The notes 2 and 3, iphones sorry nothing come close to this phone. Just go online n look at all the reviews for this phone. All but good reviews of this lumia 1320.I will ever buy another samsung or i phone, dont be fooled by this review have your own thoughts about it. I was like everyone else to.Till i bought this phone for myself.Build like a tank and beautiful ..just like the 1520 super phone!!! sorry but this guy really dont know how to review phones,,,sad

Levernare Thomas

July 2, 2014, 10:11 pm

love the weight of this phone!! doesn't feel cheap like the notes,,or mega touch wiz really sucks ,sorry but window phones really is 100x better then samsung and i phone. Just search the web facts are facts.

Saqib Sabih

January 24, 2015, 7:36 am

I have been using this phone for the last 8 months. No issues at all except camera is weak. Sufficient for occasional use. Windows Phones is highly highly recommended to all android and iphone lovers. Use it and then judge it. Nokia 1520 is like God set. You won't find a single person complaining about lagging and low hardware issues in all series of WP. Because Windows 8.1 works swiftly and flawlessly. All major apps are now available in WP. Android has 1.3 mio apps but you don't need 1.3 mio apps. You need couple of standard apps for use, which are all available in WP platform. Now WP-10 will kick hard the Android very soon from the market.

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