From the 920 to the 1020 and now the 1520, I’ve loved these reviews as they truly appreciate the design and attention Nokia puts into their devices.
Something I appreciate about Nokia is that unlike most manufacturers, they really seem to care about their products. You know its genuine because you learn about it through using their products, not through marketing. Look at how beautiful those noise canceling mic holes are.
Every millimeter, every curve, and every detail of this phone is very on-brand.
As you may be aware from previous posts, Andrew Kim has a very interesting background. Born in Seoul, raised in Vancouver, working at Xbox. He loves design and is unapologetic for appreciating Apple’s ethos despite some thinking he might be all about MS. He’s very frank in his opinions on the 1520. Whilst in love with the design he thinks more could have been done to utilise the screen. But that’s Microsoft’s part of the job (or lack there of) rather than Nokia (and it’s not really simple because it’s WP. Large screen Androids have had complaints from reviewers too when they simply make their homescreens bigger).
Apps is an issue though no longer does Andrew have to complain about the lack of (official) Instagram. Thankfully Nokia’s there to produce their own apps and he says Nokia has the best ones for the platform. Nokia Mix Radio is his new favourite.
In terms of hardware, the 1520 is beautiful, well crafted, and powerful. It’s ridiculous size is cumbersome though, and the software doesn’t reward you for changing into pants with larger pockets. So much intelligence is required to make something this beautiful yet the phone is… to put it harshly: stupid. It’s a gorgeous girl with no brains.