It is time to redefine the smartphone; phablets are the future of mobile

My Nokia Lumia 1520 is the perfect size device and everything else is just too small. Picking up a Lumia 1020 feels ridiculous and borrowing a friend’s Apple iPhone 5S to make a call feels like a joke. As the smartphone market evolves, I am no longer the only person to find a love for the “extra-large” phone. In a world where a 3.5” display was once gorgeous, 4.5” is the new standard and 5.5” is the future.

The Phablet

While you may think that your friend is just happy to see you – he is probably carrying a phablet. A combination of the word “phone” and “tablet, phablets are typically devices with 5-inch or larger displays. In the Windows Phone world, the Nokia Lumia 1520 rules as king with a 6-inch screen, but Samsung’s Galaxy Mega comes in as the largest mass produced device overall with a 6.3-inch screen.

Phablets are not just a passing fad though; in September of 2013, the International Data Corporation stated that phablets “overtook shipments of both laptops and tablets in Asian in the second quarter of 2013”. Clothing companies are also noticing the changes; in April of 2013, the vice president of Dockers clothing stated that they had noticed the trend in larger phones and have begun to resize the size of their pants pockets “to accommodate the growing size of smartphones”.

Not everyone has adopted phablets though, and you might be one of them. You might stare at a friend’s Nokia Lumia 1520 or Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and wonder when the technology market began to lose their minds. However, here is the deal, the way we use our smartphones are changing and the market is simply adapting to what people want.

The Thought Process

Think about how you use your phone. While you probably do use your smartphone to make calls, it does not take a social science major to realize that a majority of consumers use the devices more often to browse the web, update their social network statuses (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), take pictures, send text messages, and play games.

In a world where smartphones have become more than a way to place a phone call manufactures need to adapt to how consumers are using their devices. Tablets are great, but we cannot always take them everywhere we go. A phablet though, that is a device that can fit in our pocket and act as a “mini” portable tablet. The biggest problem is that some consumers are stuck in the world of Apple’s first iPhone. While many smartphones preceded the original iPhone, Apple made full size capacitive touch screens the new standard back in June of 2007.

However, the way we are using smartphones is changing – should we not adapt? The dream of having a tablet that we could fold up and put in our pockets is nothing new. In 2012, Sony released a foldable Android tablet known as the “Sony Tablet P”. The device was a failure in terms of sales and was plagued by a collection of problems including an awkward border between the two screens and lack of software support, but it did give us a taste of the future to come.

The Takeaway

So here is what we want you to do, if you are someone that just does not understand the idea of phablets we want you to look at the devices differently. Think of the most common tasks you perform on your smartphone and think about what screen size would make those activities most comfortable. Typing emails, playing games, and editing photos are all great activities for tablet or phablet sized devices.

Get past the notion of “phones” and start thinking of “tablets” instead  and what you may think is a ridiculously sized device might be the perfect day-to-day companion.

If we have piqued your interest in the world of phablets, you can checkout our full review on the Nokia Lumia 1520 by clicking here!

Michael Archambault
269 Comments
  • Lumia 1520 FTW !!!
  • Great article...   For those in the US on AT&T.....
  • Great Article!
    I LOVE MY LUMIA 1520!!!
    Read my story of how I arrived to the best Phablet(LSD) on the Market!!!
    This is really an awesome productivity device and is an asset as a professional tool. It is also naturally a optimal entertainment device. My Road to the Nokia Lumia 1520
    http://jltechword.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/my-road-to-the-nokia-lumia-1520/
  • Lovely story, glad you're enjoying the phone. I'll have to try out the note features in rooms when I go shopping with my husband too. :-)
  • +1520!!
  • Moral of the story; size does matter !~!
  • Agreed
  • This is a great article but let's talk about tablet like functionality and does the 1520 need it. I was reading a review somewhere that compared the 1520 to the Note 3 and they made a very fair assessment that I can't really argue with. The 1520 is more of just a bigger phone than a phablet. The Note can do special things that the Galaxy S4 can't. But what can the 1520 do that the Icon or 920 can't? With that thought simmering your thinking pots, which unique phablet features would you like to see added to the 1520? For me personally, I could fall in love with a snapping apps for multitasking option implemented similar to what's on Windows 8. Imagine doing a video Skype call while browsing the WPCentral app at the same time ON YOUR PHONE!  Let that sink in. I'm excited.lol
  • And stylus support, ofc.
  • Heck yeah!
  • Yeah, I'm not going to take advice from a guy who wears a wallet chain.
  • That's actually Daniel's trousers, not Archambault's lol
  • I'm disturbed by your knowledge of Daniel's pants.
  • You wouldn't if you had read and watched the video review of the Nokia L1520 ;)
  • +1
     
  • Too much knowledge about Danny boy..Somethins fishy..  
  • Perhaps they swap pants in wpcentral...
  • For the record... that is Dan. ;) Haha.
  • LOL
    Figures.
  • He's even got an Icon i suppose?
  • Nothing wrong with a wallet chain... I used to wear one.
  • LOL!
  • Whom does the1520 and 1020 belong to-you or Daniel?
  • My next phone purchase will be a phablet. I love my 928, but want something larger next time.
  • Same. I keep looking the the icon but am in love with the 1520
  • When I looked at the Icon it just didn't look much different than the 928.
  • I'm the opposite.  I was in the MS Store and saw both phones.  The Icon Screen was just unreal!  While the 1520 didn't seem as huge as I remembered I was just amazed at the Icon.  So Glad MS store allow you to take phones off of the display.  I was able to put them side by side and just liked the Icon more.
  • Ya the Icon screen is nice. Ideally I would like the Icon with a 6in screen. I need the extra screen as I do team viewer from my phone if I don't have my tablet with me. That's why I'm leaning towards the 1520 pearly for screen size alone.
  • I also would like a phablet as my next phone. I did think about not having a smartphone / phone at all and perhaps carrying a 7-8inch tablet instead, since i rarely make actual phone calls (i could skype instead). But i would still need a cellular connection. This leaves me choosing; a cellular ipad mini, or a portable wifi/dongle thing. In the end though i imagine it is much easier to just get a phablet and forget about a 7-8inch tablet. Its all about reducing the amount of devices we need to carry. Not sure why people would carry a 4inch iphone, 10inch ipad and 13inch macbook... I intend to have a 6inch phablet and 10inch surface pro/2.
  • Agreed. Since you can get tablets with a cell single might as well go either route.
  • Off topic: I find it funny when shopping for a surface pro, shops cant decide what it is... When there is a discount on tablets, the pro is classed as a laptop. When there is a discount on laptops, the pro is suddenly a tablet.
  • Why not pay for a mobile hotspot?
  • Exactly what I have Xarok and it's perfect. No need even for a desktop PC.
  • It partially answers the question I had about carrying a phablet around with Dockers resizing the pockets. Those of you who do not wear Dockers, how are you carrying your phablet?  I'd have to try one for a while to see if I like it.  The bigger screen is probably better but there needs to be a trade off for portability.   Also for times when I leave the phone on my desk and start txting away, don't need the boss seeing my big phablet while I'm doing that.
  • My 1520 fits in every pair of pants I've tried to put it in that I own. None are Dockers brand.
  • I have a L920 and I know that that my next device will definitely have a 5inch display, but I am really interested in something possibly bigger. I definitely think 4.5 inchea is great, but I am definitely interested in something larger. The only issue I have is carrying it around. But many of you say the L1520 fits fine...
  • Same here man, I have 920 and I love it, but I surely would like to try 5 inch phone... Maybe 5,5 inch. My sister has her 1320, and it is nice device, but 6" just seems too big... At least for now.
  • Unless you're a fan of jeggings, you will have no issue carrying the 1520 around in your pockets--front or back. I'm a gal, and I have no trouble at all (supposedly our pockets are made smaller, so you should be fine). The ONLY thing I do not like about the 1520 is holding it to my ear to converse because I have trouble finding the "sweet spot" for the best place to hold it and clearly hear the person I'm speaking with. But since most of my calls are made on bluetooth in the car or on speaker at home, it's not an issue 99% of the time. I was shopping 8" tablets before I purchased the 1520, and have not even thought about it since my phablet arrived. It's not for everyone, but if you use your phone more for everything but handset calls (and I have to say that encompasses the large majority of people I know), then a phablet would be a revolutionary device for you to deem your daily driver. Get a sim card adapter and change phones when you need to move to something smaller on occasion.
  • My 1520 fits in all my jeans (different brands, I'm a Goodwill guy typically for casual wear), chinos, suit slacks, and jacket breast pockets. I haven't gotten to try it in any shorts yet, of course, but while some may be problematic I tend to wear cargo shorts most of the time and I'd be surprised if there was a difference from jeans there.
    I am a big guy, though, so the pockets on my clothes may be bigger than standard, I can't say for sure there. My slacks tend to be 34 x 32 if that helps.
  • Thanks for this real-world usage anecdote! As a guy on the bigger side as well, I appreciate your input. I keep putting off just buying this phone (currently on a 920 - which has always felt a little small to me). I just can't bring myself to buy ATT's gimped version. But now that I can buy the "1520.3" (RM-938) at Negri, it's getting harder to resist snagging one.  http://negrielectronics.com/nokia-lumia-1520-3-unlocked-black.html#.Uyml...
  • The 1520 fits no problem.. Just use one for a day, or so, and you'll forget its bigger than your old phone.. But, you'll realize how foolish it is using a smaller phone when larger ones are available...
    ......................
    People who say that a 6" phone is two big are closed minded, scared to try something new, have never tried one, or are fictionally tiny people.. Lol! The 1520 is In no way huge, and I actually feel that it's normal sized now... To me a phablets is 7"-8".. Basically a tablet with a phone attached to it... Seriously!! The 1520 is not a Phablet!.. You guys just think small phones are regular sized.. Lol!
  • At the end of the day its up to the consumer to decide what works best for them. I love the screen on the 1520 but I can't see myself carrying that phone in my pocket all day its just too big for me. 5 to 5.5 inches is ideal for me
  • That's exactly what I'm talking about... See, you say.. "I can't see myself carrying that phone in my pocket all day"... That's what we keep trying to tell people.. It's really not as cumbersome as you would think, and it's actually no big deal at all... By not at least trying this phone out for a few days, or a week, people really are shorting themselves ASSUMING that it's to big.... What's wrong with having a bigger screen if it doesn't get in the way?❔
  • I actually did try this phone out for about a week and I just can't deal with this in my pocket in or outside of work. That was the deal breaker and only concern for me. I do think its a great device and you made a good point
  • Nobody told you to keep wearing those skinny jeans... Lol!!❕❕
  • Lol
  • I am thinking of exchanging my 925 for 1520.
  • Go ahead, you won't regret it. I did and love the difference
  • Even i can do that. Problem is Money
  • Do it❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕❕
  • I waited long time for a change, I had the 900 and moved to a 1520.  At the beginning it felt big... but it was just like a couple of days, then 1520 is the normal size. My kid of almost 3 years old, always want my phone to be playing around in kids corner, he really loves it --that's why I have it on a case--. Just stay away of the double tap to wake setting, it completely messes thing up.
  • Never had problems with double tap to wake......
    .....................
    But, yeah.. The 1520 feels completely normal after a few days, and kinda makes you feel foolish for staring at a "tiny" screen before... You get used to it very easily, but you still notice, and enjoy, the fact that you're using a gorgeous 6" 1080p screen.
  • Why exactly do you want me to do that?
  • Hoping ATT comes to their senses and reinstalls Qi in the 1520. I'm up for a renewal in November and I want a 1520.
  • Hahahaahahaaahaahahaha
  • Not going to happen, I don't think, but the ATT 1520 was otherwise such a great deal and such an awesome device overall I really haven't worried too much about not having Qi. Besides, the battery life on the 1520 is so good that it really doesn't need "topping off" during the day, anyway.
  • I though the same about qi charging but this beast last 2 maybe 3 days my 920 needed charging every night
  • By November hopefully we will have a "1530" with a 6.4" screen like the Sony Experia Z Ultra... That would be cool❕❕❕... I'm on AT&T's next plan, so I can already upgrade my 1520 in December❕❕
  • I'm very happy with my Lumia 1320. Phablets FTW !! :) And yup all my pant pockets are big enough into which I can easily slide my phone. ;)
  • I would love to get my hands on the 1320. I own a 1520, but I have really liked the shape of the 1320
  • Personally phabets are just too inconvenient. Besides the fact you look like an idiot making a phone call on them (they are phones, after all), they are seriously huge and I can't imagine how hard it would be to carry those things round in jean pockets, or in a jacket pocket; it's just feel like carrying a giant slab
  • You can always get the HTC remote thingy ;)
  • Criticism always comes down to ego because owners have documented that they are not unwieldy and they are easy to handle.  Seriously, you wouldn't buy a better device because of how you think you look?  Get that ego in check!
  • I know plenty of people that have iPhones, because they would rather have a crappy phone and look "hip", than have a great phone.
  • How about people who have an iPhone despite disliking iOS simply because it's the only high end phone in a small size? 
  • Literally the only time I ever have a problem with the 1520's size is if I am sitting in the truck with it in my pocket and need to get it out. I have to lean away from it a little bit to open up the pocket a little more, but that was also an issue with my 900.
    As to "looking stupid", I just chuckle at anyone who gawks. Most reactions I get turn from incredulous to envious when I show off how beautiful the screen is and how fast and fluid it runs.
  • I can't tell how many people at my job are in awe of how big my phone is. Plus they all think it is really cool.
  • Ohhhh do I agree? Yes i do! I've gone from an iPhone 5 to a Lumia 1520 and I wont go back to a smaller screen!
  • The thing I do most with my phone is operate it with one hand. So I'm not going to buy a phone I can't use one handed.
  • Just curious--what are you doing with your other hand when operating your phone with one?
  • Something other than balancing the size of the phone so you don't drop it, ideally.
  • LOL
  • Usually holding something, such as my tablet, a notepad, shopping, lunch, etc. I use my phone a lot while walking between places and I usually need to bring something else with me.
  • THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS
  • +930
  • Ditto. While I usually type with two thumbs, I do everything else with just one hand. On 4.5" I already feel like I'm going to drop my phone trying to tap the top left, and I have to frequently change the position of the phone when switching between far corners. Which is fine, because I love 4.5", but I would find anything larger very difficult. I've tried a friend's 1520, and I appreciate the size. And I fully understand that they love it. But I couldn't use it myself.
  • Exactly! And here I thought I was going crazy, no one seems to understand that one-handed use is awesome. The 1520 looks really nice, and I get that it's better for playing games and watching movies, but if I can't use it with one hand, it's not for me. The 4.5" is difficult enough as it is to reach across. 
  • Yeah, I see why the demand for them is supposedly growing. Having a large display for consumption is appealing to alot of people. But for me personally, I don't like the idea of maneuvering my hand (and risk dropping the phone) to reach something at the top corner of the screen, or put down whatever is occupying my other hand at the time.
  • This is the only fair criticism to a big phone, IMHO. While I typically use my 1520 one-handed, I realize that is only possible because I have such big paws and most folks wouldn't be able to do the same.
    There are many advantages, though, to having a giant screen, and one of my favorites is the stellar battery life. I never get less than 15 hours, even with the heaviest use. I love that.
  • All forms of this.
  • Yeah I totally agree.  I switched from a 920 to the Moto X and I can't believe how much more convenient a smaller thinner phone is.  The overall dims are less but the screen is actually larger (4.7 compared to 4.5).  If I want something larger to use when I'm at home on the couch I'll use my Lenovo Yoga or I've actually been thinking about getting a Nexus 7 or iPad mini.
  • When I first got the Lumia 920, I though it was gigantic compared to the previous phone I had, the LG Quantum at 3.5", and the now miniscule looking Motorola Backflip at 3.2" (yes, I used to use Android... never again, though!). Now that I look at it, the 920 now seems "normal" and at times, actually seems a bit small. It's weird how that works.
  • Same here! I loved my Lumia 800's 3.7" screen and thought of the Lumia 925 4.5" screen as a gigantic one, now that I look back to the L800's screen, I see it too small, and see my L925's as a good size, but probably will see it small when get used to a L1520 6" screen hahaha, I can't imagine using a phone with a bigger screen than 6", but who knows maybe with flexible screen we will be able to carry 9" phone screens or bigger XD hahahaha
  • I have to say that no matter what comes out or how big phones become the 920 was always too heavy and bulky. I had one for about a year.
  • Still not calling them phablets. They're just phones. Bigger phones. But hell no am I calling them pha-- actually I'm not even going to type that word twice.
  • I completely agree. The name is stupid and they should jsut be referred to as "phones" or "big-ass phones" if you prefer.
  • I prefer "big-ass phones" lol
  • It sounds kinda gay, doesn't it?
  • Phabulous!
  • lol
  • +infinity
  • I've already given up my keyboard and stylus and now this? Fuck...
  • Right!
  • A keyboard would be great...
  • I hope there are still 4.5-5" phones made. For me, that's the sweet spot. Hopefully thre is still a demand for that screen size (like the Lumia Icon and such). Otherwise I'll have to end up using the low-end specs since the smaller than standard screensizes end up not getting any spec love as the mobile races move forward.
  • I think you're right. I think that is the sweet spot as well. But I think 4.5-5.5 is going to be the sweet spot once these bezels are made smaller. Even the L1520 which sports a 6 inch display can reduce its footprint by sizing down the bezel.
  • Bingo, absolutely concur.    I believe there is only one 5 inch Windows Phone, no?   The Icon...    The Windows Phone market has yet to in any way fully exploit what I, like you, believe to be the optimal size for displays at this time. I expect the next wave of phone will have a number of models with five inch displays.   I think it would be inane of the market to not respond to that segment.    Displays larger than five are still going to be more of a niche. Finally like aehhaeh, I think that once attention is paid to reducing the bezel we will have some very attractive phones who's displays will be from 5-5.5 and that size will be the sweet spot for the market.
  • I like the 5" as the sweet spot as well. The Icon is only a tad bigger than the 928 but made more use of the surronding bezel. 
  • lol
  • Note 3's size is perfect.hope nokia can release a wp in the same size with atleast 5.5" screen.
  • I would have to a agree. When holding them both in store the 1520 is slightly too big and the note 3 is just right. Although i could probably get used to the 1520...
  • You mean the lumia icon??
  • I think the size of my Icon is just perfect. I'm not sure how I would feel handling anything larger.
  • The perfect device which should come out for all countries.
  • I want the Lumia Icon sooo bad!
  • For people who put more weight on using it as a tablet, sure phablet is the way to go, saves you the money for buying both devices individually.
    However, there are still lots of people who don't have the need of a tablet, ergo also none for a phablet.
    I sincerely hope phone manufacturers will never completely shift to 5"+
  • My thoughts exactly. I can't find a use for the surface. And, yes, I gotta be able to use the phone with one hand.
  • I want a phablet. Think T-mobile will ever get one? Edit: a windows phone phablet I mean.
  • Okay, I see your point about phablets thinking of them more as tablets. I like my Icon and think 5 inches is perfect I don't even consider the Icon a phablet. I saw the 1520 that thing is stupid big for a phone in my opinion. But if I had the option of only carrying a phablet that is 6 inches or more around I would want an 8 inch screen for more space. I would use a headset to make phone calls.
  • Perfectly happy with the size of my Icon. I wouldn't go bigger.
  • When will other US carriers have this phone? AT&T has the monopoly on this device.
  • Yeah, for those of us who DON'T do huge amount of gaming or video streaming, "phablets" (I hate that sophomoric word) are a tad overkill. I do moderate gaming and read websites, but otherwise I need a solid phone, so 6" is just a little large. There is no doubt larger screens own the mobile world, I just feel the 4.7"-5.4" device will be the norm, with 5.6"-6.4" being great sellers but more for the multimedia users.
  • +1520  
  • Yeah, I completely disagree with you.
    Phablets may become popular among a very niche segment of the consumer market, but they're not going to become the new standard. There's market outside tech-sites. Every time I read someone say that I realize how detached from reality they are. We have still to transition from feature phones to smartphones. Feature phones are still massively sold and used. For many many people, what's important is a phone. Not a mini-tablet. We would have to first watch the transition from feature phones to smartphones. And only then will we be able to see what the market demands. Truth is, for many many people, they just want a manageable smartphone. As long as they can do calls, get sms, access Facebook and Instagram and the phone has a somewhat decent camera, they're good. The normal consumer doesn't watch videos on their phones, nor write essays on the phones. The normal user has absolutely no use for a gigantic screen on a phone. Which is why the iPhone is still so popular. Because it offers people a powerful phone without the unnecessary size and ridiculous gimmicks of stuff like the Samsung Note like or the LG Flex. Phone sizes will keep going up and down. That's been that way for years. The phones got bigger, than ultra-small, now they're getting bigger again...and soon enough they'll start shrinking again because people will get sick of carrying around massive screens because it's simply not practical for daily use.
  • +920
  • I certainly agree that tech writers and us geeks have a different mindset and expectations than many people.   I also agree that the transition from feature phone to smartphone is still very much underway.  I haven't seen the figure for smartphone penetration in the US recently, but the last time I saw it I think it was fifty percent or seventy percent.   There's still millions of feature phones that can be replaced. Where I disagree is that I do not believe that screens will become appreciably smaller.    The overall trend is towards larger screens, and I don't see that as swinging back to small screens.   That said, a tendency towards larger is not always optimal for most people.   There is an upper limit.  Personally, and I think that many of us will agree, I think that Windows Phone has only started to explore the optimal range for displays, right around 5 inches.   Once the bezel is shrunk we can push up the display size a tad more, and at that point I believe that with the right design 5 to 5.5 will remain an optimal point for the largest segment of the market for quite some time.
  • Agree, I and many friends still wish to operate a mobile phone with one hand only. Sub 5" phone is big enough for most of the task. In Asia, hands of ladies are small so sub 5" phone is more suitable for them to carry.
  • I'll take the icon when glance is added
  • "What is this world coming to?"   *Old Man's Voice*
  • Lol. It has to fit in your pocket. In my eyes that's the deciding factor. I would it up breaking the 1520. I have a work phone and a personal phone. There both 920s red and white. I had the 1020 nice phone but to slow. It should of had quad core in it. . Phablet simply doesn't fit into everyone's life.
  • +930
  • Yip that's what im waiting on. I hope its same as 920 on better
  • What do you mean the 1020 is too slow? Especially compared to the 920 there is zero difference in speed... But yeah I agree a quad core 1020 would be awesome.
  • Lol. It has to fit in your pocket. In my eyes that's the deciding factor. I would end up breaking the 1520. I have a work phone and a personal phone. There both 920s red and white. I had the 1020 nice phone but to slow. It should of had quad core in it. . Phablet simply doesn't fit into everyone's life.
  • Deja vu
  • The Nokia Icon is perfect in terms of size and its screen resolution, as you can fit more on a 1080p resolution screen. I tried earnestly to look at a 1520, and I just couldn't bring myself to buy it. (That, and the AT&T network repulses me...yeah, you read that right. ;)) So, when I can, Icon all the way. :)
  • Still interested in a Windows 8 Phone, maybe a phablet is the best bet
  • Used my father's old Note II extensively & wasn't comfortable with it.
    I like the Lumia 1520, but not enough to get one. Plus, aside from a larger screen, can't think of anything that Big Phones can do that Little Phones can't.
  • I had a girlfriend that used to console me in very much the same way...         P.S.  it's a joke
  • Pass
  • My 920 is about as big as I can go. Typing on a phablet is like punching in numbers on a calculator for those of us with smaller hands. I'm content to move to my Surface if I need more screen space. That said, not everyone has a purse so I can see the use of large screen phones versus multiple devices.
  • Believe it or not the 1520 is surprisingly comfortable to hold, and put in your pocket. Assuming you have decent sized hands and don't wear the tightest skinny jeans on earth.
  • Lol, no skinny jeans for me. Those things were never designed for anyone with a booty. Beside, I don't keep my phone in a pocket. Most women's jeans don't give you much space to store anything. I think the 1520 is beautiful but I sometimes have to reach even on the 920 and playing with it's big brother in store I know when I've hit my limit. :-)
  • No argument here. My issue with getting a large screen phone (besides no T-Mobile love) is I know once I get a screen that big I won't want to move back down in screen size.  
  • I prefer smaller phones.
    I grew up before cell phones and then watched them get smaller and smaller.
    I'm still stuck on that. If I truly need a bigger screen, break out a tablet or laptop.
  • 520 can run subway surfer guys.
    Change region to US and search in store for subway and ill get it
  • What people think now that is ridiculous it will become the norm not far from now. If you don't like it they are always other options. But is like people once thought about the iPhone. They said that it had the perfect size, then they made the screen a little bigger because they realize they were behind and now they have to upgrade it again cause they are behind once again in comparison to the rest of the market. Phablets will be the norm because they are like a portable minicomputer with calling capabilities and that's what majority of people will need. Something not small not very big , portable, productive and with calling capabilities
  • That's what has some of us worried. Maybe there won't be other options. I can no longer get a WP with a keyboard, for example. I've been using the 1020 for 6 months, but still long for my Quantum's keyboard.
  • Are they not 'mini-computers' now?
  • Yes, they are. All phones are mini computers but for those that are not tech savy sometimes you have to emphasize those terms. People use the phone for calling, email and social networking but they don't know you can do much more with them.
  • Personally, I've always assumed the popularity of the bigger screens (+5.5") was a direct result of samsung using their other technologies to stand out in the crowded android pool. They sold pretty well, now everyone feels like they need to do the same things.
     
  • Used them all, but the 1520 is my most productive device ever.
  • Nope. Im not going to haul around a huge phone.
  • Me either my 1020 works for me
  • I actually find it easier to type emails in my phone (Lumia 822) than in any of my tablets (Surface RT and DVP8). The size of the on-screen keyboard in the phone is perfect for me. Even on the DVP8, the position of my thumbs on the keyboard feels awkward and uncomfortable. The keyboard is too big for my thumbs to reach the center keys comfortably. Or maybe I just need to use the tablets more often to get used to them. I have yet to try a phablet. 
  • I think the HTC 8X is the perfect size and feel for a phone.  I also loved the feel of my Nokia E71.  I find my 920 much too large and bulky.  I want a flagship in a thinner, lighter, and more svelte package.  I also have tablets, laptops, and desktops, which are appropriate tools for different jobs.  When I want a bigger screen, I'll use one of those.    To each their own, I suppose.
  • 5" is the new standard. Sure 4.5" is the new WP standard but not that many others are using 4.5".
  • There is no standard. It's all opinion.
    For instance, the highest selling phone in the world isn't even 4.5".
  • yes, I agree that 5 will be the new standard. tanglewoodDEV is no doubt bringing up the iPhone, which is undergoing pressure to increase its display size as well.   There's a million reasons why that example is not really valid, but I lack the interest in laying it out.  
  • What a cop out.
    'You're wrong for a million reasons, but I can't list a single one'.
    Rumors of a larger iPhone have been pervasive for years.
    By the way, for there to be a "new standard" there has to be a standard to begin with.
    Bottom line is, there is and always will be a large portion of people who do not need or want a "phablet".
  • I absolutely agree that there is a large number of people that would have no interest in a phablet, I am simply agreeing with cknorthpole that 5 inch is likely going to be a new standard. We shall see about the iPhone.   Overall the iPhone was the phone that blew open the smartphone market.  It was the first to do so and has a very rabid fan base.   That there has been rumors for years about a larger display indicates the desire.  I will bet that the iPhone will undergo the same tendency towards "inflation" that the rest of the market is tending towards.  Do you want to take that bet?
  • What I meant was that most of the new "flagships" that's being released are around the 5" mark and not 4.5" (guess that's as close to a "standard as you can come) but that doesn't mean that everyone prefers larger phones. Will be interesting to see how "small" that one will be.
  • Oh hi Nostradamus! Enjoy your phablet but dont force it like a religion. Ty.
  • NO!!!
  • Please do not advocate taking away choice. You simultaneously deride Apple for only making one size phone (at a time) and applaud making all phones (which is what it is) like your beloved 1520. No thank you. I own a Surface Pro when I need to actually watch or do something when on the move. Please tell me how it is more beneficial to post (another useless) insert favorite social media site here update on an iPhone 5S than a Lumia 1520, specifically only discussing screen size and text updates.
  • I'll stick with a 4.5" device. I want a phone where I can comfortably type with my right hand only. Even on my 920 I find it difficult reaching the 'a' key, getting a bigger phone is only going to make that worse. How is it easier typing on a bigger screen???
  • Hmmm, anything over 4.5 is excess....seriously. I'm tired of all these huge phones. I'd love to see a flagship phone with a 4.3" screen.
  • Amen.  In technology, things are supposed to get smaller.
  • Like big screen TV's?
  • Well the Lumia 900 is 4.3 and was the flagship-2 years ago lol.
  • I don't really se the hype, I like larger phones, but 5 inches seems to be the perfect size for a phone.
  • All those iPhone users seem to be getting by just fine on 4" screens.  Personally I think 4.3" is the sweet spot.  4.5 to 5" is stretching the bounds of what can be comfortably operated with one hand.  Beyond 5" it becomes impossible, which is an unacceptable compromise for the one device you take everywhere and therefore has to work in every situation.
  • Size matters! Not only for portability but also usability. A 6in or 5.5in screen is just too big to be a portable phone that you can use with one hand. I think the body of a phone shouldn't get much larger than the L920, Icon, or Galaxy S# phones. I don't wear baggy pants so even my L920 in my pocket stands out like an eyesore. And in dark Khakis you run the risk of wearing out the front of your pants because the corners stick out. Then there's the idea of reaching the upper left corner with my thumb. I have a hard time with the L920 but it's just doable enough to work. I think the Icon is the perfect size regardless of phablet sales. I think it's all a fad. However, a digitizer like on the Note II but for a Lumia might compel me to go larger but the more screen you have, the more expensive and susceptible to bending the phone becomes. I'm still waiting to accidentally sit on my L920 and hear it crack under my bony ass.
  • I'm sorry but I drive a stickshift and having happy pice of plastic going nuts in my pocket is quiet irritating when driving in the city. As much as having a larger screen is awesome, no pen input is a huge no for me. So until microkia at least has a pressure sensitive pen input I'm going to stick to my 920 and 1020. Edit/add on: all the phanlet bs looks like compensation to the size of you gentlemen sausage.
  • Your phone is a utility device, not a laptop, it's meant to be svelte and portable, and here we are making computer monitors you can stick in your pants.
  • And not too long ago it was damn near considered a sin to put out a device with a 'stylus'.
  • 920, 1020, or at most Icon; Anything larger looks awkward when you hold it to your face for a phone call, unless you are Andre the giant.
  • So WP gets 1 high end 6" device and now everything else is crap. Sorry, no amount of psychobabble will change the fact that a 6" phone is too big for most people. Being forced to use two hands for everything, holding a huge device to your head for phone calls and the general unwieldiness don't go away just because a few people like them. Need to think about what is practical and not just what is trending when considering a device.
  • I have a 1020 and a 1520.  The 1520 is my son's who got it as a gift, but he is on Verizon.  So he is letting me use the 1520 on loan.  I intended to only use it for a week or so, but when I switched back to the 1020, I couldn't stay with the 1020 because I missed the big screen.  My current plan is to use 1520 as my daily driver, and only use 1020 when I am going someplace where taking pictures is a core part of the destination.  And even then I may just take both with me.
  • A perfect companion must be something that I can carry around easily so no phablet for me at least for my primary phone. I carry 920 & Note, most of the time I left the Note in my work backpack or my girlfriend's handbag while 920 stays in my pocket.
  • Meanwhile as we fight over "mine is bigger" than yours, others are busy innovating. Microsoft was behind on phablets and is now behind on wearables (see Google's announcement today) and behind on the auto space (Apple). Even MS Office for iPad is too late in my opinion because people have always wanted it and when they didn't get it they moved on to cobbled together solutions that work for them. Windows Phone 8.1 is for the most part a catch up and the sad thing is that even though Cortana etc will probably be light years ahead of Siri etc. no one will really care because MS was not the first to market with it. So unless they will announce something spectacular and create a new space the same way the iPad then it will be an uphill battle for them.
  • And when they finally announce something special (surface with dock), we have to wait months to get our hands on it. Its a joke that Scandinavia has to wait ONE YEAR to get the dock (not coming until fall), and this tablet was aimed for business? Way to fuck it up MS. My company will probably go with Lenovos products instead, the new Helix will probably kill the Surface.
  • Why is MS alwys considered as playing catch up with stuff like that, but google isn't ever playing catch up with things like XBox, Office, Azure, Servers, etc? Beyond that, things change and evolve right? MS isn't new to smart phones. They just started over. Not new to tablets, just started over. Not new to watches either (See Microsoft SPOT and this:  http://youtu.be/r-WEYEGCfZk  ). Definitely not new to voice control/command on phones (see MS Voice Command on WM6). Maybe other company's are looking at what MS does, copies them and makes it better. That's not catch up, that's copying and evolution depending on which company you like better.
  • The point is that consumer mind share really matters now. There is a reason why this is so. Consumers do not care about Azure despite it being sophisticated and more powerful than most things out there. Consumers vote with their wallet and it is pretty hard to vote for a smartphone that doesn't have feature parity e.g. Notification centre that is finally coming years later. You can't compete simply by arguing that we will do it 4 years from now. Apple is doing to cars what Windows 96 did to PC's. Microsoft had Sync in Ford but never innovated it to give that "wow" factor. Windows Phone 8.1 will allow us to sort of catch up but again Apple has Healthbook etc. coming and Microsoft will again play catch up. It is almost like they need a quick response team to bring out a wow item with 60% of the features ala iPad and then build as it goes.
  • I see what you mean when it comes to Azure, but when it comes to things like PC's, or the XBox who has more mind share in the video game consoles? Google nor apple can compete, yet MS is always called the one "playing catch up". No disrespect to you personally, but in MY opinion what you're saying amounts to pure internet garbage.  That's all it is. It's the same crap that gets kicked around from site to site, based solely on sour grapes (if anything at all) and is never backed up.  When it comes to tech I see more and more people choosing to jump on at certain points to follow their favorite company and declaring THAT the starting point of that particular type of technology. Does that make sense? People see the iphone as the starting point of smartphones despite that MS, and Palm were in it for many years before. You mention apple health book, but what about Microsoft Healthvault, and now Bing Health and Fitness? Again, I see everyone is talking about the new google watch, but so few mention the MSN Spot watch. Honestly the list goes on and on. If anything tech evolves. One company copies another and improves on it. But that 'improvement' doesn't always equate to 'brand new' or better.  What also needs to happen is people need to realize that for the most part tech "writers and sites are garbage. Too much bias for or against products, no objectivity what's so ever. You can't let that crap sway you and become the driving force of what is important. 
  • I thought that google announcement was pretty underwhelming to be honest. It's going to be pretty niche like google glass. Hopefully MS or even Apple can come up with something more innovative and useful.
  • Are you talking about Samsung's announcement where they showed a bunch of mockups?
    I could make something better with PhotoShop and 30 minutes.
    Auto space? Microsoft has been in it for years.
    Tablets? There too.
    Unfortunately they aren't market geniuses.
  • LOVE MY 1520!!!
  • The largest phablet on the market is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra at 6.44 inches. Posted from my Sony Xperia Z
  • Am waiting for a wp8.1 that supports phablet ui or something
  • I have handled the 1520 I like the size especially how thin and light it feels. I am waiting to see what the new wp8.1 device lineup is and how well the 920 handles the new os before getting a new phone
  • No, no, no. I will never go bigger than my Lumia 920.
  • I've been using the 1520 since december. As someone who's been using cell phones since 1997 (a whole lotta phones have gone through my hands on that time) I can honestly say this is the best device I've used.
  • What are your thoughts on pocketability? I love the L1520 or even the Icon.
  • I love Lumias and I went to the AT&T store to look at the 1520. I found it too heavy and too wide for my liking for a phone. I know some people love them, but its really not my thing. And I gave it a shot. I didn't fall in love with it like my 920.
  • Let's put it this way: I was considering getting a tablet like a Dell Venue 8 or even something like a Nexus 7. I've had my Lumia 1520 for two weeks already, and I just realized I now only need one device to be productive and stay connected. With Office and OneDrive, heck, I have access to everything. Plus I get a 1080p display which would probably cost me a premium in a tablet. And a killer camera. 
  • Hi there, I've just got a 1520 and it's wonderful. Not complaining about the size as being 6ft and big hands, it suits my size and needs :-) I remember when mobiles first started, they were like a house brick in size and weight! so the 1520 is nothing compared to the original mobile. Have fun with the 1520 :-)
  • "My Nokia Lumia 1520 is the perfect size device and everything else is just too small." Problem is, someday you'll try a 7" phablet and you'll think everyone's 1520 is a joke :p
  • +1020
  • Fine with me, but can we come up with a new name? Not sure why but "phablet" irks the shit outta me. Also, if MS really wants to see theirs take off then it's time to lose the exclusivity. Well, they need to do that with everything. People think the 520 is popular because of price? Nope! It's because it's cheap AND available to a lot of different people. If MS/Nokia did that with other phones they'd sell more. Off topic, but still.
  • "...People think the 520 is popular because of PRICE? Nope! It's because it's CHEAP..."
    SMH
  • Read again...
  • Galaxy Mega is not the biggest phone. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is 6.4 inches, larger than the Mega and still considered and sold as a phone.
  • Waiting for 8.1 devices with a large display. Hopefully Nokia will drop one this year, 1530? My upgrade is up now. Just waiting....using a 920 now.
  • I don't know if I would ever go bigger than 4.999999999999999" for a smartPHONE. Anything above that just seems kinda funny holding it up to your face.
  • I had 4.3" HTC HD7 and it was perfect. Now I have 4.8" Samsung Ative S and it is too large. Anything larger than 5" is unusable as smartphone. And to make a call old feature phone is better than any smartphone.
  • Hey its a good idea i even use 720 for all activities except calling for that i use my asha 501
  • Wrong. Many people do not wish to use a phone with two hands.
  • I enjoy being able to play Bejewelled one handed while on the bus or taking a poo. Don't see that happening with somthing this size...
  • And then again, many people are fine using a phone with two hands.
  • I love my 720
    My next will ne 1520V
  • I remember when the HTC HD2 came out and I thought 4.3" was HUGE. Then I got an HD7 and thought "this is actually the perfect size." But then I got a Lumia 928 and decided that 4.5" was perfect. And now, guess what...my 5" Icon is the perfect size! Moral of the story: Never say never because perceptions can always change. A 6" phone looks insane to me, but I just might change my tune if I ever start using one.
  • Funny how it works, were we not one day fascinated with how small the cell phone could get?
  • It'll probably go back to that direction when we can get it implanted in our hands, head, some other body part...
  • I thought the NSA had already secretly done that to all of us.
  • Im hardly sold. I think there is a sweet spot and that is right about at the limits of a one handed device. For me (I have huge hands) id think 5" is about as far as I could go.
  • Just moved from Galaxy Note to Lumia 1520; and love it!
  • No... Just no
  • A phablet is great if you have no tablet, but if you do it is just bulky and a pain to juggle at the bus stop. Smaller phones are easier to use on the go, but if you just move between desk, car and home or other indoor locations I get them. My life best suits a smaller phone and a tablet, hence my 820. There is a market for both approaches, hence the large tablet sales. For me, a phablet is a poor substitute for a tablet and an inconvenient phone.
  • Couldnt agree with you more. I'm from the days when the Treo ruled. I couldnt wait for Windows to make a phablet. I wanted one so bad , I purchased a Galaxey Note 2.( Just for the size) I still used my lumia 920 more and now that AT&T carries the 1520 , Im in Heaven..lol
  • Maybe Obamacare will cover hand replacements and finger extensions. Bring on 13" phones.
  • Uh... no. I have a 928 now, it's it's too big for my needs. It's fine if that's your preference but to assume that we're not on the phablet bandwagon just because we don't "get it" is silly. Not everyone needs/wants a phablet.
  • If only Rogers could get their act together and have this phone available.
  • I may buy a phablet once WP starts making better use of that form factor. Right now it's just the same OS but bigger, which doesn't make a lot of sense. 4.5-5" is the best way to experience WP right now. If the OS is going to be used on bigger form factors than it has to take advantage of it, like apps showing more stuff on screen, ability to snap 2 apps side by side, digitizer compatibility, etc. Big just for the sake of being big doesn't convince me.
  • I think that Phablets will become the norm when smart watches are able to perfrom the basic tasks of texting/email/calls and things like that without needing to pull out your phone.  Then we can use the larger phones for more intensive tasks.  Until that time I don't see it happening. As for more space to write emails:  I use a Q10 and it only has a ~3.1" screen.  You don't need a large device to perform text heavy tasks.  Also, I'd love if more phones would be sliders of some sort.  Hardware keyboards are so amazing...
  • I don't think smart watches will ever catch on. Despite how hard they are pushing them now, I've never seen anyone wearing one.
  • I love my 1520 besides lack of qi from att... Did manage a 32gb... I never used my 920 with one hand especially since my first had a call volume problem I always use headset or Bluetooth. I love the extra real estate at my finger tips especially seeing 8.1 features.. I do still carry my 64gb venue pro it replaced my surface
  • This article is a little bit stupid, it seems that wants to convince all people to by a phablet but why? Not everyone need a phablet and not everyone want a phablet, also the tasks that you talking about (like sending email, update social status, it also ridiculous to say that for texting you need a phablet). Every user has his needs. I spend 16 hours a day on a pc because of that i don't need a phablet, but a little device that make me able to keep on touch with my contacts check mail in the rare occasion when I'm not on a PC and for some other simple task. There are thousands of professionals that don't use their smartphone for play game (at least not primarily, and not all games need a big screen for a good experience) but a smartphone is the better companion for their needs and for more complex and extensive tasks they prefer a tablet. I never buy a smartphone with a screen size more then 4.5" (also this for me is big, but it is the best compromise between what I want and what I find in the market). So if Nokia give me a flagship smartphone that own the specs that i need, I'll buy it otherwise I'll stay with my Lumia 920 for long time. And I'll buy a new smartphone when (and if) I'll find the right device for me (thatsurely is not a phablet)
  • If only TMobile....................
  • No thanks, im good with 4.5, even fusing my phone much more online than to phone.
  • Or you could just use a 4.3 inch for daily usage, the 1020 as camera and the 1520 as multimedia phone. ;) fit those to ur pockets.. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • my assumption was that this range was classified as ultra mobile & one of the 1st phablets was the dell steak. personally id go for something as large as the icon for everyday use & maybe surface 2 for more detailed use
  • That would be the perfect combination. That or the 1520 and Surface 2. My girlfriend and I currently have a 1520 and the original Surface and love it. We're going to retire our 920's soon,to cut the cost of having phones.. We're contemplating getting a 520,or what replaces it as a second phone. I say go for it..
  • I'm just fine with my 4.3, it depends on the user. I'm prefectly comfortable with the display size of my phone and don't feel like I'm being held back in any way for what I use it for. It's not the size, it's how you use it. WHERE HAVE I HEARD THAT BEFORE?
  • I always thought a 7-9" device with a paired, or even detachable, small handset for calls would be a nice device, at least for work situations. Actually, revive the Courier project, with a small handset.
  • Do that with my Xperia Z Ultra and the Bluetooth handset (SBH52) they came out with. Works pretty good and much better using the handset for phone calls.
  • Exactly!   Just think of what the Courier project could have been - with the phone built into it, a handset like that, and RT for the OS (since they were projecting an ARM cpu).
  • Still debating getting rid of my 1020 for the 1520. Only hold up is that damn camera on the 1020. Everytime I see the 1520 though I get tech envy.
  • I've had the 1520 since it came out; updated to from the 920.  My wife however has not updated her 920 because she had thought the 1520 was just too big.  She has come around to thinking the 1520 might work after all since she constantly picks up mine to make calls at home.  Come April when her update is due she wants the 1520 for all the reasons she thought she wouldn't.
  • Exfu*kingactly! My 1520 Windows Phone is the sh!t and everything else is sh!t! (You may have to read that again). Ever since I got it in December,not else will do. Even my beloved 920. The size works so well. In fact.. I just read this article on it. Heck I read just about everything on here. Some people won't get it,unit they have a "phablet" for use for at least a couple of days. I get, "that's a big a$s phone",or ("what kinda phone is that?") when I pull it out. Then I proudly say. "It's a Nokia Lumia 1520,it's a Windows Phone". Then proceed to show them how much of pure awesomeness it is! I believe that most of the ifans want to admit that they want a bigger phone,but they're married to Apple. If they made a bigger phone,they would be all over it. The iShit is way too small. Even if it were 4.5 inches it would a better size. I believe that everything you mention in these article is spot on. %100 truth. Sidenotes: I recently met someone at a networking event and gave him my business card. He had is iPhone out,and was playing with my card,when he discovered by accident that a business card and the iPhone's screen size is exactly the same size. I assume that he had at least an iPhone 5. BTW.. Nokia Lumia 1520 FTW BABY!!!!
  • Yes, been thinking the same. Whetever to get the 1020 or wait for the 930 which supposedly will have better hw, including screen. But if new phones have inferior camera, why should one settle for less? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Can't go back to anything screen than 5" after using 1520.
  • 1520 kicks arse
  • While there are some pretty valid points in this article, I personally do not like the feel of phablets. They are way to large for my liking; 5 inches is as big as I'll go, and even that's pushing it a bit. Maybe that'll change at some point, but right now I am just not a fan of them. But it's good that we have these options for those who think bigger is better.
  • I couldn't agree more. I absolutely love my 1520. It was difficult at first but once I let myself get adjusted after a week or so, I had no trouble at all. People look at me like I'm crazy when I pull it out. But I don't care. Phablets are the future!
  •   I use a 820 and think it is the perfect size for a smartphone. But then I have a 7" Kindle Fire and a 8.9" Fire when I need something bigger. If I could only have one device I MIGHT consider a BIG smartphone. But until I go broke I'll be happy with the setup I use now.  
  • Seems not so long ago the 920 was considered "bulky." I bought a 920 and then a Surface RT shortly afterwards and if I didn't already have these two devices I might have considered a "phablet." I'm sold on the Surface form factor now and something like a 1520 would seem to "small" to use as a tablet and to "big" to use as a phone.
  • I just got a Lumia 1020 and have already trouble adapting to the new size of the device. All my previous phones were in the 4" size range, with my work supplied HTC One S featuring a 4.2" display being the largest one. I still find the 1020 uncomfortable to hold, one handed usage on the go is fairly limited.
    I have checked the 1520 in stores a couple of times already, however it is just too much for my use. People who frequently need to use their phone with just one simply can't overcome the problem of sheer physical size.
    Yes, I get the fact we do a lot more of web browsing, chatting, reading and media consuming on todays "phones" then we used to write mails, do phone calls or write short texts every now and then. However you simply can't really nail your own preferences to everybody. Of course you can use Bluetooth headsets to take calls on the go. But not everybody is comfortable with that. And for quickly replying with just one hand available, because you're standing in a train with a cup of coffee in the other hand, there is nothing which will help you to handle such large devices. I really think those phablets have a growing audience and they are surely here to stay. However don't forget the people who simply like more pocketable devices. They have their reasons to chose a smaller phone.
  • I barely ever use my phone for calling. The main way I use my Windows Phone as a phone is for text messages.
  • I love my 1520 and as soon as I get it back from the repair shop ill be shelving my iphone 5 again. I bought the Lumia with a busted LCD.
  • It would be nice to have a bigger screen than my 920, and I think I would make good use of it. That said, I'm not sure I'm ready to look as ridiculous as most people with phablets do. They look like cartoon phones when held, it's funny. But with time, I'm sure we'll all get used to it and won't think anything of it.
  • I won't go beyond 5"
  • I disagree.
  • Bah... Screw phablets...
  • The future will be beam projection, phones will get smaller but the displays will project larger.  Large physical phones are just a fad, they will be outdated in the near future.
  • I agree. Phablets are nice and the current gotta have technology, but not the wave of the future. Right now they are more of the "look, my device is bigger than yours" fad.  Eventually people will tire of carrying larger devices and smaller ones with better capabilities will emerge. Remember when we all carried around hand sized transistor radios but then came boom boxes that could do the same as a transistor radio plus a lot more.  We needed to have the biggest damn boom box we could lug and then came mp3 players that did much more in a much smaller package.  A phablet is a boom box and the next big phone advance is the mp3 player.
  • I feel the same way
    I have to use a 920 since I'm abroad and have another chip.
    It is ridiculous small lol
  • Haha. He always finds a way to make me disagree with him. A large amount of us would prefer a smaller phone with higher end specs.
  • +920
  • Exactly. I want the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact but with WP :)
  • The lack of high end 4 inches Lumia will likely make me consider moving to iOS next year. The 920 already is big, beautiful, but big. Variety is more than welcome, so let there be phablets for some people,but I doubt so much this is the future of mass consumer...
  • Perfect would be 5 inches for me. 6 inches is just too wide to hold in one hand without having the feeling that the device will ocassionally slip. I don't mind heavier phone (I put the camgrip on my 1020 all the time), but can't be comfortable with any phone wider than 5 inches. I'd prefer to get myself a > 8 inches tablet as secondary device if I ever need screen real estate.
  • It makes me sad that phablet has become a word. I fought it every chance I had but there never really was any hope of getting people to see reason. Silly Internet.   Have fun with your stupid word. I won't be using it. Big phones are still just big phones to me :)
  • 4.5" for me. The 1020 ridiculous? iPhone 5s a joke? I sincerely find it the other way around. The size of the 1520 is beyond funny. I couldn't help, but laugh when I seen it. Not for me at all. It looks like a device designed for people with disabilities or someone with nerve damage ( like my wife) to type easier. You know, like those calculators with the huge buttons. However, you love it and that's all that matters.
  • Um, no thanks. I have a Lumia 925 today and want something smaller (maybe ~4.3" screen). Even the 920/1020 is much too big and clumsy. I carry my phone in tight pockets and my tablet or laptop in a bag (if needed). Oh, and I have pretty large hands.
  • Exactly, I need a phone on which I can talk to, not partially cover up my face like in case with the 1520.
  • Just waiting for the 1520 to be released at other outlets in Australia other than Harvey Norman. By the looks of it though that may not happen. Its been ages since release so might just wait till next device.
  • When i initially went to a store to check 1520, i almost had a heart attack . Its tooooo big! Then everytime i go to the mall i go back to check it again and again untill i got comfortable of its size and bought it because i started to appreciate the huge screen. Now holding my 920 feels funny.
  • Where I currently am, with a 4.5" screen on my 925, I'd like a 5" one on my next phone. A couple of years ago, when the Note and then Note II came out, every person I saw with one had buyer's remorse, simply stating, "The phone's too big." Although I will admit, that what society at large and myself consider a "normal" sized screen has definitely grown in recent years. Perhaps when the time comes, I will want a 5.5-6" screen. Even with the 4.5" one, I already have issues extracting it from my pocket when sitting down or feeling it too closely when wearing slacks or shorts with thinner pocket lining. The 925 has fairly pointed corners though, so a more rounded phone would snag less. I'd really like to see the tech Samsung was showing off for flexible screens used to have a phone that unfolds from this form factor into double the size, effectively becoming a tablet. This does bring up new issues though, such as scratch resistance, battery life, and running WP versus Win RT. Otherwise, it's pretty hard to complain about the amazing tech we have now. I only have a phone, no tablet, no laptop, just the phone and a few PC towers at home. There are certain things I can't do when I travel, but for the most part, the phone is enough.
  • What is the advantage of a hugh screen? If you open an eMail on your 1520 you see as less of the eMail as I on my 920, so no advantage here. The only benefit is the third colon of live tiles.
  • I guess if you're a flipping GIANT the 1520 is comfortable.  But I walked into our AT&T store just to play with one of those slabs and it was just so uncomfortably HUGE that it was useless to me.  The Lumia 1020 is pretty close to the perfect size for me, and I might even consider going up to a full 5" screen, but that's pushing the upper limit.  The 1520 was just too big to handle properly one handed--which is precisely the point of having a smartphone.  If I want to go to a tablet, 6 or even 8' is entirely too SMALL to get any substantive work done.  The 10" tablet is ideal for replacing my notebook and can run Windows 8.1 Pro on it.  I don't need a wannabe that too big for a phone and too small for a tablet.
  • I think this article left out a key selling point... Media. The 1520 has a 1080p resolution, and having seen it in action at AT&T, it's quite fantastic picture quality. Tablets are great for watching media, but phones are nor so much. As much as I love my 520, watching video on it is certainly not a great experience at the size of screen. Anybody wanna buy me a 1520? I want one! Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I tried searching things up on my friend's iPhone 5 and I had the hardest time because the on-screen buttons are so small. The iPhone really needs to get a bigger screen, both taller and wider, or else I'll stick with my 1020.
  • Phablets are very comfortable to use, hope an Amoled lumia phablet would arrive
  • Even 1520 screen feels too small now when im used to it. I would buy even bigger screen device but not much.
  • Windows phone Phablet is the greatest things happened for windows phone.
  • Great article! I couldn't agree more! After taking a long, hard look at my smartphone usage I realised that media consumption and messaging was my principle use. For me the 1520 was a no-brainer. I'm pretty used to the scoffing from friends and colleagues but I'm more than happy to return the sentiment as they squint to read a webpage on their tiny screen! I almost verge on the evangelistic when it comes to the device!
  • Wait!!! Isn't that a 920 in your hand???
  • One handed use is a must. I use my phone while walking around and taking buses/trains/metro, and so often I have a bag, or a coffee cup, or an umbrella (I do live in the UK, after all) in one hand, or I'm holding on to the handgrabs on an overcrowded Underground train. A phone that I cannot hold, scroll, app launch and app switch with just one hand is pretty much useless to me. The HTC 8X and Lumia 720 and 820 are the largest phones I can do this comfortably. L920 and L625 are too big, I can hold them but then can't operate them with the thumb of the hand they are in. L925 and L1080 are borderline/marginal, I can do it but it isn't comfortable. I'm betting the L630 will work for me, and the L930 will be another marginal case. I agree that a bigger screen means the on screen buttons are larger and you are less likely to get typos... but if you are not able to reach the Q key on the keyboard, you'd better come up with some new spellings, and kwik.