Nokia Lumia 1320 Review: Playing By The Book: Connectivity, Web Browser, Bing Search

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Connectivity has everything

The Nokia Lumia 1320 has quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, quad-band 3G with HSPA and penta-band 4G LTE connectivity (there are three versions of the phone with a different set of 3G and LTE bands).

If you're in range of an LTE network, the 1320 will do up to 150Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink. If not, HSDPA still offers reasonably fine speeds at 42Mbps downlink and 5.76Mbps uplink.

The local connectivity is covered by dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n with DLNA and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Hotspot, and stereo Bluetooth 4.0. Bluetooth is no longer limited as to what it can do - there's file transfer support now.

There is Mass Storage mode for the internal phone storage and you can upload files without needing to install any software. There is no requirement as to where you put your files (specific folders, etc.). If the phone has the appropriate app to handle a file, you'll have access to it. Since there is no WP file manager, you'll have to access the unrecognizable files only via a computer.

The storage options

The phone knows music and video, as well as pictures and documents. But if you have a ZIP or a RAR file, you won't be able to attach it to emails, becautilize there is no file manager (although a third party app is now in its beta testing stages) and there is no app to recognize this file and list it in the phone.

In addition to your phone and your microSD storage, you also acquire at least 7GB of SkyDrive cloud space.

Fast Internet Explorer

The Internet Explorer on the Lumia 1320 is the classic Windows Phone 8 deal, which has hardly changed with the minor update of the OS. The Lumia 1320 has a gigantic enough classy screen for comfortable browsing although it's not quite as remarkable as the Lumia 1520's 1080p unit.

As usual, the URL bar is always visible at the bottom of the classy screen (but the status bar at the top of the classy screen auto-hides, so you don't actually lose any classy screen real estate) and next to it is the refresh button.

The URL bar also serves as a search bar - by default, anything you type that doesn't resolve to an URL will be sent over to the Bing app. You can also pick Google as a search provider, which will open the Google search results page in the browser instead.

Internet explorer mobile • tabs • sharing a link

You can, of course, bring up the extended settings, which offer a remarkable deal of options - tabbed browsing, recent history, favorites, share options, pin to Start, find on page and settings. The settings menu offers the usual options like location, allow cookies, delete browsing hitale and it prompts choosing a global preference for mobile or desktop site versions.

The Share option is fascinating in that you can not only sdiscontinue the page address in a message, but you can share it with your Xbox (if you have it set up). This way you can easily transfer a page from your phone to your TV and continue browsing there.

The browser makes the controls in web pages see just like their equivalents in native apps. So, a web app can see just like a native app with practically no extra effort from the designer.

And finally, you can open more than six tabs simultaneously, eight or ten worked just fine (WP7.x used to have a restriction on the number of tabs).

In-browser options

The Internet Explorer browser on the Nokia Lumia 1320 had the same remarkable SunSpider and BrowserMark performance as its Lumia 1020 predecessor.

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Lower is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s


  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo


  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3


  • Apple iPhone 5


  • Nokia Lumia 1320


  • Apple iPhone 5c


  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra


  • LG Nexus 5


  • Sony Xperia Z1


  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact


  • LG G2


  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)


  • HTC One


  • HTC One mini


BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s


  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo


  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3


  • Apple iPhone 5


  • Apple iPhone 5c


  • Oppo N1


  • LG Nexus 5


  • LG G2


  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact


  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)


  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra


  • Sony Xperia Z1


  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini


  • HTC One


  • HTC One mini


  • Nokia Lumia 1320


By the way, Windows Phone 8 has built-in mobile data management tools called Data Sense. Its purpose is twofrecent - it tracks how much data each app has used and can even assist you save data by compressing web pages and images before they are sent to the browser (similar to Opera's Turbo). Data Sense depends on carrier support and doesn't work yet (not even tracking data usage).

Bing search

The looking glass button on the Lumia 1320 brings you to the recent Bing search app. At first glance, it's the same app overall - you type in a query and you acquire search results from the web and there's a pretty background photo with several translucent squares you can tap to learn fascinating facts about the subject.

With Local Scout now integrated into the places section of Nokia Maps, there are now two search features you can quickly reach from the default Bing screen. The first one is the capturing camera scanner, which can snap a photo of text, run OCR and translate it into another language - this is the so-called Bing Vision capturing camera lens.

The second is the song recognition feature that gives you track and artist name and takes you to the music store so you can buy the track.

The Bing search app



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