Nokia’s supersized Lumia 1520 smartphone could be the best Windows Phone device yet for small business owners.
The phone/tablet hybrid hits retail shelves on Friday (Nov. 22).
What sets it apart from other Windows Phone handsets is its massive 6-inch, 1080p display, which offers up enough screen real estate to do real work. That makes the Lumia 1520 a good pick for business users who need to view and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the go.
Like other Windows Phones, the Lumia 1520 features full integration with Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud ecosystem for seamless between devices. That means you can edit a Word document or PowerPoint presentation on your phone, then access the edited document from any other connected Windows Phone, tablet or PC.
The big screen means business users can make better use of Windows Phone’s Live Tiles. Instead of launching apps to check your calendar or view notifications, Live Tiles display relevant information right on your home screen — and the Lumia 1520’s big screen can display more tiles than ever before so you never miss a message or meeting.
Under the hood, the Lumia 1520 boasts a speedy 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, making it the most powerful Windows Phone device on the market. Busy business users can look forward to smoother browsing and snappier multitasking.
The phone’s extra-long 11.5-hour battery life means you can work for longer between charges, and its low $99 price point could make it enticing for business users on a budget.
New Windows Phones also feature an improved phone-wiping safeguard, which relies on PIN verification, to keep your important business files safe and secure.
All those features come at the cost of portability. The Lumia 1520 is a large, hefty device, tipping the scales at just under half a pound. But if you can handle the bulk, the Lumia 1520 is a solid smartphone for business.