There's a Nokia Lumia 1520 that is the best, it's just not from AT&T

Summary:Nokia made the Lumia 1520 as last fall's flagship, but AT&T took out some key features. There is an alternative available that has me bumping up my rating by two full points.

There's a Nokia Lumia 1520 that is the best, it's just not from AT&T
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At the beginning of this month I wrote that I was back to using a Windows Phone as my daily driver with my SIM-unlocked AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 running on T-Mobile. I've since found an even better Windows Phone and like my ZDNet colleague, Jason Perlow, I am now a huge fan of the Nokia Lumia 1520, just not the one from AT&T.

I previously evaluated and then rated the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 at just 7.5 due to unreasonable US carrier modifications. The Lumia 1520.3 (RM-938) I purchased on Swappa has all the benefits of Nokia innovation that makes this version of the Lumia 1520 currently the best Windows Phone available. Lumia 1520 owners outside the US have known this for quite some time, but it took me a while to figure it out. Given that the upcoming Lumia 930 doesn't have a microSD slot (it is a GSM version of the Nokia Lumia Icon on Verizon), this 1520 may retain that title for many folks too.

The Nokia Lumia 1520.3 has integrated Qi charging, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion card slot, massive 3,400 mAh battery, 20 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 6-inch 1080 x 1920 ClearBlack LCD, and quad-core 2.2 GHz processor. It supports 3G and LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile in the USA, as well as other carriers throughout the world.

You can find the Lumia 1520.3 at various online retailers like Negri Electronics, NewEgg, and B&H, ranging in price from $570 to $658. It comes in white, yellow and black.

If I were to review this model of the Lumia 1520, then I would have rated it at 9.5 out of 10 instead of 7.5. It is a bit large, but has everything you could want in a Windows Phone device and is definitely one to consider.

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Topics: Mobility, Nokia, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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