Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1320: Tablet Battle

Posted by B. Johnson
January 21, 2015 | 0 comments
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1320: Tablet BattleHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Just a while ago, i already showed you one interesting tablet made by Nokia.

It actually can be considered as a giant phone – instead of tablet – because it uses a 6-inch display, which now becomes more popular to use on many smartphone manufacturers, even Apple with its iPhone 6 Plus.

That tablet is Nokia Lumia 1520, a 6-inch tablet powered by Windows Phone platform.

Well, today i want to keep the momentum going by giving you more of my comparison review that involves Nokia Lumia 1520 against other competing tablet.

But today, the challenger for Nokia Lumia 1520 is actually coming from the same manufacturer.

In fact, this device is its own sibling in Lumia family.

The tablet i’m talking about is no other than Nokia Lumia 1320, which also is a 6-inch tablet but powered by less powerful specs than its sibling.

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1320 benchmarks and gaming performance

Well, if you want to know more about my comparison between these Nokia tablets, as well as my scrutiny on their gaming experience and performance, then here you go, my comparison review between Nokia Lumia 1520 and its sibling, Nokia Lumia 1320.

Introduction

The most prominent difference found between Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320 is definitely their hardware class.

Despite using the same exact 6-inch display, Nokia interestingly decides to cram 2 different types of hardware inside these 2 tablets.

With Nokia Lumia 1520 being the flagship tablet along with its larger sibling - Nokia Lumia 2520 -, Nokia Lumia 1320 apparently is made by Nokia as the low-end cheaper model in its tablet lineup last year.

So if Nokia Lumia 1520 is really prominent and looks superior with its 1080p display, 20MP Carl Zeiss optics, Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU or 2GB of RAM, then Nokia Lumia 1320 looks more humble – or mediocre, if you would – with its 720p display, Snapdragon S4 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 5MP and VGA cameras.

However, despite having entirely different class of specs, there is still one that puts them both in the same basket.

And that is their Windows Phone 8 platform, which can be upgraded to version 8.1.

In terms of gaming performance, both of these tablets actually can be really good for that matter – of course, especially the flagship Nokia Lumia 1520.

They both have some adequate processors, GPUs and RAMs that are more than capable to execute even the latest and most graphically demanding games in today’s standards – like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4 or Need for Speed Most Wanted.

But the questions remain. With all of the high-end impressive quality specs and powerful gaming performance found on both devices,

which one between Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320 that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one between these 2 tablets that is a better device in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of them, especially for playing games?

Design

As Nokia Lumia devices, the design of both Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320 are actually not very far different one to another.

In fact, they are not such a huge departure from most of Lumia smartphones.

So these 2 tablets have that ‘sharp’ looking design, sharp corners that are not in rectangular shape, the dark black layer dominates the front side of device and there’s also the use of prominent color on the rear-case and side trim (like red, yellow, etc).

Not to mention, ‘thanks’ to its Windows Phone 8 platform, this also really makes this device look quite boring because it really lacks personal customizations – especially compared to Windows RT on the larger Nokia Lumia 2520.

Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 1320
Nokia Lumia 1320
To be honest, i think there will be many people that either love this design of even hate it probably given its use of prominent color.

But for me personally, i kind of like the design of both tablets simply because that looks really sharp with sharp corners, and they also have their own characteristic compared to rivals like Android tablets or iPads, which is a good thing.

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Nokia Lumia 1520Nokia Lumia 1320

4G
Nano-SIM
Released November 2013
209 g (Weight)
6.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1080 x 1920 pixels (~367 ppi pixel density)
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Chipset
Adreno 330 GPU
2 GB RAM
Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1
microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
16 GB/32 GB Internal storage
NFC
20 MP rear-facing camera Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, dual-LED flash, autofocus, 1080p @30fps Video recording
1.2 MP front-facing camera with 720p @30fps Video recording
No Java
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
ClearBlack display
Yellow, white, black, red Colors
Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery =
Stand-by: for up to 768 hours (3G)
Talk time: for up to 25 hours (3G)
Up to 124 hours Music play
    4G LTE (Micro-SIM)
    Released January 2014
    220 g (Weight)
    6.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    720 x 1280 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density)
    Dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Chipset
    Adreno 305 GPU
    1 GB RAM
    Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1
    8 GB Internal storage
    microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
    5 MP rear-facing camera, LED flash, autofocus, check quality
    1080p @30fps Video recording
    VGA front-facing camera
    No Java
    FM radio Radio
    GPS
    Accelerometer, proximity and compass Sensors
    Corning Gorilla Glass 3
    ClearBlack display
    Yellow, white, black, red Color options
    Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery =
    Stand-by: for up to 672 h (3G)
    Talk time: for up to 21 hours (3G) Talk time
    Music play : for up to 98 hours

    Both of these tablets may use the same 6-inch screen size, however, when it comes to hardware specs, they are definitely released in entirely different categories, with Nokia Lumia 1520 being the high-end device.

    And that’s shown perfectly on their internal specs, like displays, processors, GPUs, RAMs, cameras and many others.

    Nokia Lumia 1520 is equipped with a 6-inch display sporting the 1080p resolution (1920x1080 pixels), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz per core, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 20MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash, 1.2MP front-facing shooter, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, Windows Phone 8 (upgradeable to WP 8), 3400mAh battery and some other standard features including NFC, 4G LTE and many more.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the road, Nokia Lumia 1320 looks more humble in terms of specs. It comes with a 6-inch display sporting the 720p resolution (1280x720 pixels), a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Windows Phone 8 (upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.1), 5MP and VGA cameras back and front with LED flash, microSD card slot for up to 64Gb, 3400mAh battery and some other standard features like its sibling, excluding Java.

    Screen

    The most noticeable difference found between these 2 tablets at the glance is definitely their display resolution.

    So despite using the same 6-inch screen size, Nokia apparently decides to use 2 different types of resolutions on both Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320.

    And as the flagship model, of course Nokia Lumia 1520 gets the privilege to receive the 1080p treatment from the manufacturer, while its sibling - Nokia Lumia 1320 – is equipped with a lower-resolution 720p display.

    So when it comes to sharpness, there’s no doubt that Nokia Lumia 1520’s display looks more superior than the 720p display of Nokia Lumia 1320.

    Text looks much clearer and readable even from far distance, image looks more crisp and everything on this device just looks nice and gorgeous.

    On the other hand, the 720p display of Nokia Lumia 1320 still looks pretty sharp though, but the pinch-to-zoom gesture will also be required especially when reading small text on digital books or browsing the web.

    User Interface

    If there is one sector that puts these 2 tablets on the same exact level, then it’s definitely their platform.

    Both Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320 come pre-installed with the same Windows Phone 8 platform.

    However, unlike the Windows RT OS on their larger 10.1-inch Nokia Lumia 2520, the UI of Windows Phone 8 OS really lacks on many sectors, especially on personal customizations and productivity features.

    As a matter of fact, i think the Windows Phone 8 can be quite boring over the time because on the homescreen, the only things that you can see are box-shaped Live Tiles, black wallpaper and nothing more (And this is the main reason why i don't really like watching video reviews of Lumia smartphones on YouTube).

    This really contradicts with Windows RT that allows user to do some creative customizations on the screen, like changing the wallpaper.

    That’s why, if you decide to buy any of these 6-inch tablets, you must also accept the fact that their UI could become boring in the long run.

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    As a gaming device, of course Nokia Lumia 1520 is way more powerful than Nokia Lumia 1320, especially in graphical power.

    All thanks to its Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU, which are usually found on flagship devices on the market.

    Meanwhile, Nokia Lumia 1320 looks more humble with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor along with Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM, which are not powerful as the ones found inside Nokia Lumia 1520, but still more than adequate to handle most of the latest games in today’s standards.

    With Snapdragon 800 processor along with Adreno 330 GPU, basically you’ll be able to play any kind of games – even the latest and most graphics intense games on the market today like Modern Combat 5, GTA San Andreas or Asphalt 8: Airborne – all in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly, in full highest graphics.

    Meanwhile, its sibling - Nokia Lumia 1320 – with Snapdragon S4 processor and Adreno 305 GPU is actually not too shabby at all, with games like Modern Combat 4 or Asphalt 8: Airborne running smoothly even in full highest graphics.

    However, when pitted side-by-side against each other, it’s really obvious that the gaming performance of Nokia Lumia 1520 is on the much higher level than its sibling.

    So if Nokia Lumia 1520 is capable to handle one latest heavy game like GTA San Andreas even in full graphics, then on the other hand with Nokia Lumia 1320, this device will suffer a lot especially when running this GTA game in full graphics.

    I’ve actually already seen Google Nexus 7 (2013) – which comes with Adreno 320 GPU - handle this same game in full highest graphics.

    And sadly, the game doesn’t run smoothly and even it’s so laggy, with many frame drops here and there in the gameplay.

    Long story short, this game is just not playable for human being (unless if you’re alien maybe!).

    Meanwhile, i've also seen this game run on device with Adreno 305 GPU. The game runs smoothly but in LOW graphics - as seen on Moto G.

    So if you’re planning to buy any of these 2 tablets and you’re also into gaming, then i strongly recommend you to pick up Nokia Lumia 1520 because it’s way more powerful and capable to handle even the heaviest games on the Google Play Store right now.

    Meanwhile, if you’re not a hardcore gamer, but you also love playing games on tablet, then Nokia Lumia 1320 can still be a good choice, especially when knowing that this device is capable to play even Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 4 perfectly in full graphics.

    However, despite being really powerful for playing games, there’s still one thing that probably could hold back Nokia Lumia 1520 from being a great perfect gaming tablet. And that is its platform – Windows Phone 8 OS.

    So, unlike Android and iOS with their Play Store and App Store respectively, Windows Phone 8 OS really lacks in terms of game catalog.

    So there are so many popular and unpopular (but great) games on Android and iOS, are still unavailable on Windows Phone 8 OS.

    So if you decide to buy any of these 2 Nokia’s tablets, you must also accept the fact that many of your favorite Android and iOS games/apps will not be available on any of these Nokia Lumia tablets.

    And this can be quite annoying over the time, especially if you’re into gaming.

    Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Nokia Lumia 1320, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

    Cameras

    On most of Nokia’s today flagship devices, camera has always been the main focus that Nokia wants to strive for excellence. And that’s shown perfectly on Nokia Lumia 1520.

    This 6-inch giant phone comes with a staggering mind-boggling jaw-dropping 20MP camera on the back equipped with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash.

    So for taking photos, this device is definitely more than ideal as a photography tablet.

    In fact, i think the cameras – especially the rear one – of Nokia Lumia 1520 takes much better shots than iPhone 6 Plus or iPads. It’s just no brainer.

    Even the older-gen Nokia Lumia 1020 already outperformed the camera of older iPhone 5.

    And thanks to its dual-LED flash, this Nokia’s tablet can also be your perfect companion if you love taking photos or recording videos at night in low light condition.

    On the other hand with Nokia Lumia 1520, its 6-inch sibling - Nokia Lumia 1320 – is of course not on the same level, especially in terms of sharpness and quality.

    This tablet comes with a lower 5MP rear-facing camera and another VGA camera on the front. So for taking photos, its quality is definitely not up to par with Nokia Lumia 1520.

    But thankfully, it still has LED flash on the back, meaning that you are still able to take good pictures even in low-light condition.

    Battery Life

    One of the strongest points found on both Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320 is definitely their battery life.

    Thanks to Nokia that decides to use Windows Phone 8 platform on these 2 devices – which is really light weight, not power hungry and has simple looking UI -, the battery life of these 2 tablets are really impressive.

    According to GSMarena, the 3400mAh battery of Nokia Lumia 1520 has the promised 27 hours for talk time (multimedia), 768 hours of standby time and 124 hours of music play.

    Meanwhile, the same battery capacity inside Nokia Lumia 1320 promises to deliver around 25 hours of talk time, 672 hours of standby time and 98 hours of music play.

    So basically, with any of these tablets, you can expect to see them survive in solid 1 day or 2, even in heavy use.

    My Personal Opinions

    So in conclusion, from all of the sectors – each sector by sector – that i’ve compared between Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320, i think it’s quite obvious that Nokia Lumia 1520 is just a far better tablet than Nokia Lumia 1320. It’s just no-brainer.

    It has a much sharper 1080p display, a more powerful processor and GPU, bigger RAM, much greater cameras, longer battery life and pretty much about Nokia Lumia 1520 is just way better than its sibling.

    In gaming performance, Nokia Lumia 1520 is also far more superior than Nokia Lumia 1320.

    Thanks to its Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, you can absolutely take any kind of games – even the latest and most graphics intense titles like GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 – on this device and it will be more than happier to execute them all in buttery smooth performance and even in full graphics.

    Even so, the gaming performance of Nokia Lumia 1320 is actually not too shabby at all.

    I mean, it’s still capable to handle Asphalt 8: Airborne in full graphics and it still has powerful Adreno 305 GPU, which is more than adequate to handle some latest games in today’s standards.

    However, in the whole aspect, it’s just so obvious that Nokia Lumia 1520 is a far better tablet than its sibling.

    Bottom line, if you’re planning to buy a Nokia Lumia tablet with cellular functionality and powerful set of hardware, which also has great quality cameras and long lasting battery, then Nokia Lumia 1520 is definitely your destination here. No doubt about that.

    However, if you don’t have a huge budget in your pocket, but you still want to buy a Nokia’s giant phone, Nokia Lumia 1320 is actually still a good choice for you.

    Besides, they both run on the same Windows Phone 8. So you probably won’t feel that much disappointed by its lower-quality specs.

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