Nokia's massive Lumia 1520 is here, would you ever want a 6-inch iPhone?

Around a month ago, Nokia threw a little shindig in Abu Dhabi to introduce the world to its massive 6-inch Lumia 1520. I was privileged enough to be in attendance to experience the device first hand, but now as we approach the official launch the reviews are starting to emerge. From Daniel Rubino over at Windows Phone Central:

Between the remarkable 1080P display, the top-in-its-class 20 MP PureView camera and the overall build quality, the Lumia 1520 continues the tradition of excellent, high quality devices from Nokia. It’s a joy to do some actual work on, churn out an email, take (and view) first-rate photos and it makes an excellent GPS navigator.

The Lumia 1520 may be extreme for some, and that’s fine, but for what it sets out to do, it accomplishes that goal admirably.

As far as massive phones go, the Lumia 1520 is an admirable device. Excellent camera, gorgeous display, but ultimately the size could turn some folks away. Apple is now one of the last major smartphone manufacturers out there not to offer a display size at 5-inches and above – granted the same can be said for anything over 4-inches as well. So would you ever want an iPhone as big as 6-inches?

There are of course – as there always are – rumors about what Apple is going to do next, and just recently another surfaced suggesting that Cupertino is exploring the possibility of an iPhone as big as 5.5-inches. Apple is likely exploring all kinds of different options for future iPhones, but that doesn't necessarily mean folks would want them.

So, would you? Or is 6-inches getting too close to tablet size for you? Does Apple need to 'catch up' to the rest or just carry on doing its own thing? Sound off in the comments below, and for more coverage of the Nokia Lumia 1520 be sure to head on over to Windows Phone Central!

Source: Windows Phone Central

Richard Devine

Senior Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy

More Posts

 

5
loading...
10
loading...
45
loading...
0
loading...

← Previously

Merge: All the fun of Osmosis, all the cuteness of Cut the Rope in one hidden gaming gem!

Next up →

Flipagram lets you easily create short videos with your Instagram and Camera Roll images

Reader comments

Nokia's massive Lumia 1520 is here, would you ever want a 6-inch iPhone?

116 Comments
Sort by Rating

If I was going to get a phone this size, I would just get an iPad mini on T-Mobile and get unlimited data for it. At that point, we are getting carried away. 5" is too big for me, but I understand people want bigger. Beyond 5 seems silly.

Sent from the iMore App

I agree with you. Size is one of the main reasons why I still prefer iPhone and recommend it to people, but can see a 6"one coming one day. I guess I'll have to see it and try it out before deciding but for now 4.7" or so sounds good to me and meet my needs more than 6 will look/feel like a tablet to me which defeats the phone's purpose.

Sent from the iMore App

As much as i love my iphone 5, i would love it even more if i could get all of this great stuff, in 5 inch screen.
6 inch phone i think is just too much, its more what you lose that you win.
Apple that is going to spend 10 billion in machines to build better devices, should use that new machines to help build an iPhone with a 5 inch screen but get it to fit almost the same sized (4 inch ) iPhone we have now.

I am one of the guys who admire and adore big screen phones. I love the form factor of galaxy note. As much as I am tempted to but a note or a Nokia, I am so dreaded to leave iOS platform. Having invested so much into the Mac/iOS platform , it doesn't make any sense for me.

If apple makes a 5+ inch screen phone, I am all for it.

Sent from the iMore App

Apple is coming out with two iPhone 6 models in Sept. 4.7 and 5.5, wait and stick with Apple, if you want to leave than I say Samsung is the only other option everything else is nonexistent.

Sent from the iMore App

I wouldn't want a windows phone or a 6 inch iPhone. Either way, it would like you are holding a brick up to your head while on the phone. Too "Zach Morris" for me!

Sent from the iMore App

I think 6 is too big, 5 is the optimum size in my opinion. most male consumers would probably agree because of hand proportions (some girls also)
Once you get to the Could be a tablet size I think it looks stupid for you to talk on it.

Sent from the iMore App

5 is the MAX!! I have a tablet! I dont want to bring 'small tablet' in my pocket, also dont want to carry it with two hands! Phone is PHONE, after that everything else!

Sent from the iMore App

An emphatic NO!! Now if Apple offered two sizes then I would be ok as long as I could choose something smaller like 4.5" or so. I think this phablet trend is going to die out I hope at least now give me a phone like Tony Stark and I'll be in heaven.

Sent from the iMore App

I'm actually turning away from Windows Phone. Don't get me wrong, I really like the OS and Nokia have produced some world class devices (I currently have a Lumia 920). But just last week I purchased my very first Apple product, the IPad Air. I am absolutely blown away by the capabilities of this thing. It's not brainwashing, it's mesmerizing. I prefer iOS over WP8 so much already that I just ordered an iPhone lol

Sent from the iMore App

Yeah, totally, my iPad was why I wanted an iPhone. When I played around with the Espier launcher on my old Evo that clinched it.

Lol same here. Been on windows phones for years since my ppc6600, bought an iPhone and was impressed. No way Microsoft is catching up to Apple.

Sent from the iMore App

There is a market for a larger screen on a phone so Apple should look into offering something larger. I don't know if a 6" screen would be too large. However I am in the camp that really likes the current size of the iPhone. So if Apple were to offer a larger phone I would want them to also offer a phone that is the same size as the 5s with the same internals as the larger.

The market for large-screen phones is growing fast. In China, 5 inches is now a medium size for a phone, tablet-size is "large", and 4..4.5 inches is considered a cheap kid's phone unsuitable for productivity and media consumption.

Apple, as always, still lievs in 2007 when a phone was only a phone. iPhone is too small for what is attempts to do.

If I wanted a 6 inch phone I would get a Note 3 not a Windows phone. I had two Windows phones-- a Nokia 900 and 920. They were beautiful devices but they didn't have the apps I wanted and they didn't play nice enough with my iTunes music.

I can't ever see me wanting a 6" phone - particularly one that runs Windows Phone. 5" seems to be that max threshold for pocket-ability.

Sent from the iMore App

So, this guy walks into his local Guitar Center and says, "Hey, can I get a 9 string guitar?"
[face palm]
(Anyone remember "Boom Boxes"?)
This must be a durable phablet... I can see this thing getting dropped frequently.
(... The '80s... Remember "big hair"?)
It's as if tech companies are taking a cue from the fast food industry.
Friends don't let friends use phablets.
Good Lord! Can you imagine someone who drives and texts [on this thing]?!

[Oh, that's the best tear shedding laugh I've had in a while... Thank you.]

Would I ever want to have 6 inch tablet is like asking would I ever want the sub not to rise. I am interested in hearing the figures of how well this thing will sell because even for someone with large hands this is a bit big.

Sent from the iMore App

Personally I think Apple should offer 3 diffrent screen sizes next year, but like with the iPads, identical specs across all three.
1. iPhone S: that's at the currant 4inch size.
2. iPhone: that is bigger, maybe 4.5inch range but with a screen with the same aspect ratio of the older iPhones, so less work for devs.
3. iPhone L: Bigger again, in the 5inch range and a 16.9 aspect ratio the same as the 5 so again, less work for devs.

Also they should drop the numbers and just call it iPhone and then a letter or name that refers to it's size.

What everyone think? :)

Well, you definitely wouldn't want the same aspect ratio... that would be one tall 5" phone :) I can see your point about the devs, but you'd have to do a different ratio. Something between the current iPhone and 4:3 of an iPad.

I do, however like your naming scheme. I'd just go with 2 sizes, though. 4" "iPhone" (keep it the same for iPhone purists), 4" "iPhone C" (with plastic color options), and 4.5" "iPhone W" (for wide-screen).

Sent from the iMore App

Ahh ok, thank for clearing that up, wasn't sure how that would work out.

Personally, I just hope they will keep the phones the same specs, unlike other companies that will remove features when the go smaller or add features when they go bigger, which annoys me. Apple did it with the iPad but fixed it this year; I'm hoping for the same with the phones next year.

Also, another thing. With this phone getting close to tablet size (well if they go 5inch+) would it run iPhone or iPad apps? Not even so much the App Store apps, but Apple's own apps, which are completely different in some cases between the devices. Not so much the camera app, but apps like calendar and ones that are more specific to the screen size.

This phone has one flaw (Windows) Microsoft is nothing but problems, so would I want a bigger iPhone, Hell Yes , 5.5 inch is perfect anything else is too big just like breasts that are bigger than a C cup, a Mess!

Sent from the iMore App

I agree with your phone size statement.... But when it comes to boobs, I would take a double D any day! Lol

Sent from the iMore App

I have little use for a 6 inch phone. I don't watch enough video on my phone for this to be useful. I have a tablet if I need something larger. Also the limitations on typing and navigating one handed would be a huge down side in my book

Sent from the iMore App

I personally wouldn't want a phone that large, iOS, Android or otherwise. I think they look silly that said, I can see the usefulness, especially for those that can't afford/don't want a tablet or simply don't want to carry an additional mobile device. It'll be interesting to see if the rumors about larger iPhones pan out, and whether Apple will keep a 4" flagship device around (similar to the iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display this year) even if they introduce a larger screen size or two. I hope they do, because I personally don't want a phone larger than 4" to 4.5" inches.

Sent from the iMore App

Too big for a phone. We are starting to go crazy on phone size. For me it is holding it in one hand, and typing, and using it. When it gets so big you have to use two hands just to use it, what is next, phone stands like a mic stand?

Sent from the iMore App

No way. I am definitely a fan of Apple increasing iPhone screen sizes, but 5" has to be the max. I would prefer 4.5 - 4.7 personally, but I'm also really happy with my iPhone 5s screen size

Sent from the iMore App

The size of the iPhone for what it does is perfect. The 1520 is too big and hampered by an operating system that is limited by its simplicity and lack of mass market appeal. I had a Lumia 1020 and aside from the camera that took yellow photos I didn't see anything in hindsight that was really worth the price of admission.

Sent from the iMore App

I've been using every model of iPhone but have now switched to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and absolutely love the big screen. Yes, without doubt a 6 inch iPhone will bring back many like myself. My son also had chosen a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 over iPhone5. I have many friends who are not yet iPhone users telling me the only way they would consider iPhone is when one with much bigger screen is available .

A larger display

A larger display only adds so much to the phone, it is the experience that is built around the device that matters the most. You could have a fluid operating system (Windows Phone) or something that is highly customizable (Android), but they don't do enough.

Yes, I admittedly drank the Cupertino Kool-Aid and I'm entrenched with iPhone. There are still things about the iPhone that I don't like, however it is not necessarily Apple's fault (nor is it the fault of other companies - technology doesn't evolve at the same pace in all ecosystems). A larger screen would not add to the experience. A smaller screen would take away from the experience. With Android, a tighter reign on OEM's would add to the experience - allowing them more freedom to bastardize the OS would not.

A sub 5" iPhone is still the way to go.

I don't think I would ever want a 6-inch iPhone. I like the size of the current iPhone.

Sent from the iMore App

I'm still on the 3.5" iphone 4, and admit I envy my wife's 5s screen at a mere 1/2" larger diagonally. but I don't envy a friends Samsung screen (have no idea what size screen it is). once you add a case, it's just too big. i'm in the 4.5 to 5" max camp since I keep my phone in my pants pocket (hardly wear coats or jackets where I live).

I like to be able to put my phone in my suit pocket on workdays and in my jeans pocket on weekends. 6in phone is just too big, but ultimately it's a personal choice.

Sent from the iMore App

This "phone" size thing is getting ridiculous. Buy a tablet if you want a tablet. There's a reason the iphone sells so much because it's as close to perfect as can be.

Sent from the iMore App

Since upgrading from a 4S to a 5S, I've found that my typing speed and accuracy have improved in landscape mode. Unfortunately, only the length if the screen was increased, so the portrait keyboard still feels cramped for my fingers. While I'd prefer a 5 inch screen, if Apple were to offer a choice of 4 or 6 inches in next year's lineup, I'd go for the big one. Keeping my (big fat) fingers crossed for a 5 incher.

Sent from the iMore App

6" is far too big for me... 5.5 is probably about the limit. At 6 you're only an inch away from an iPad mini, and besides, even a 5.5 inches is hard to fit in you pocket. That size phone is just too bulky for me, but obviously some people like it because phones just keep getting bigger these days.

Sent from the iMore App

YES YES YES YES YES YES
I have been a loyal Nokia fan but i own iPhone 5. Before that i had Nokia Lumia 800 and i had bought it on the launch. The one thing where iPhone lacks is the homescreen, all the live tiles of windows phone are gorgeous and give information at a glance and you can easily personalize it too. But one thing where windows phone lacks is app and lots of apps. They are catching up but still nowhere near iOS. That is the major reason windows phone is still in third position and i'm using an iPhone

I'd definitely consider it and probably make the purchase. Watching the Patriots and Carolina on a six inch screen is MUCH better than what I am watching them on now. :/

Sent from the iMore App

Personally, I really like the 4 inch iPhone , but I know people who have left Apple in order to get a bigger screen. Apple most likely will do a larger phone next year. I hope they keep the smaller form factor as well and make both of them with similar specs other than screen size.

Sent from the iMore App

Seeing how I have the hands of a carnie.it would feel something a kin to holding a flat screen tv that makes phone calls. Not for me.

Sent from the iMore App

6 inch phone? It's not even a phone at that point. 4.7 inch is the max and that's stretching it.

Sent from the iMore App

This is ridiculous! A 6" phone! 4.3" is the right size in my opinion. I'd go to 5" but 6" is just crazy. I'd rather get a 7" tablet. I hope this "phablet" phase is over soon.

Sent from the iMore App

For me. 6 inches is too big. I like how my 5s fits in my pocket. I know there are many people who wouldn't agree and that's okay too.

Sent from the iMore App

I got the iPad mini with Retina Display and LTE after getting frustrated with the iPhone 5's small screen. This device is just a tad too big, and if they came out with an iPad nano at 5.5", that would be the end of my history of iPhones.

Sent from the iMore App

If I was asked this question 3 months ago, I would have answered yes without any hesitation. And I don't know what changed (maybe I got to try some of those phablet around) but now a 6-inch phone for me is too big a size for it to be comfortable to use as a phone. Anything above 4.5-5 inches would mean it really won't be ideal for 1-handed use.
Sure, It would be great for other uses like watching videos, playing most games and for multi-tasking but I imagine it wouldn't look too comfortable putting a 6-inch phone in your face when you're taking a call. Then another thing is portability. I doubt a lot of pockets on jeans would even fit this big of a phone.

Sent from the iMore App

No. Too big for me. I just upgraded my 4s and I'm still getting use to my 5s being slightly taller. I have small hands anyway so I'll just stay where I am. If I need a bigger screen, I have my iPad.

Sent from the iMore App

I'm happy with the size of my iPhone 5C. When I upgraded from my iPhone 4S, I noticed that the new phone is quite a bit more difficult to put in and pull out of my pocket. So no, I do not want an iPhone that is much larger than this, although if Apple could figure out a way to put a 4.5 inch screen into a device not much larger than the current iPhone 5C, I might consider it. That would be my absolute limit though, I would not want anything larger than that (that is what my iPad mini is for).

Sent from the iMore App

A 4.5-5 inch screen with hardly any bezel on the side and half of the bezel there is now on the top and bottom would be perfect.

Depends. 6 inches with Apples' ridiculously stupid top and bottom bezel? Then hell no. All screen? Then maybe? But I still think 4.3-4.7 is perfect, my old EVO was the perfect size. now if only it actually worked well.

I think I'd try anything up to around 5.25 inches because I want it to fit in my pocket comfortably but I'm sure a bigger (and next time slightly wider) screen would interest me

Sent from the iMore App

I've heard Windows Phone 8 doesn't take advantage of the ridiculous screen size much. Then again, I've never been one for WP and its live tiles.

Sent from the iMore App

Hang on a minute ! Am I missing something ? Isn't everything supposed to be getting lighter, thinner, smaller ? ... The iPhone, bicycle saddles, nouveau cuisine...Has someone decided big is better again ?....Am I going to have to do weights so that I have the strength to lift my phone to my ear again, find it difficult to get off my oh so comfortable bike and pile on the weight from super sized meals ? ...and have you noticed that the smaller things get, the more expensive they become...Are they going to get cheaper as they grow in size ? ...I'm off to my therapist to learn how to deal with change...I hope she hasn't replaced the couch with a king sized bed.

Sent from the iMore App

I think Moto X is perfect size and great example how can you make a phone with big-ish screen without making it too big. I don't want anything bigger and would love next iPhone to be just like Moto X size wise but for now i will stick with my 4s

Sent from the iMore App

6" would be great, simply because Apple will make it look great.
Although i think they will never come up with such a phablet.

I wouldn't mind a 6 inch iPhone. Sounds good to me, maybe soon they will be offering iPhones in two sizes like they do with the iPad.

Sent from the iMore App

Just too big. For those people who don't want/can't afford a tablet and a smartphone, then maybe it is good to have something in the middle. For me though, I just couldn't hold that thing to my face.

Sent from the iMore App

I would like to see an iPhone around 4.5 inches. Big screens are cool but I need something that fits in my pocket.

Sent from the iMore App

At one time I thought a large screen would be great but after getting the iphone 5s I think that a 5/6 inch screen would be to big. I'm sure some people would still want that big of a screen, it just wouldn't work for me.

Sent from the iMore App

I may be in the minority but I'll stick with the 4" screen. I don't need bigger and I like it to comfortably fit in my pocket.

Sent from the iMore App

I find 5 inch phones big never mind 6. Really happy with the 4 inch size to be honest.

Sent from the iMore App

I don't think the question is would we get a 6inch iPhone... I think the question is which variant? Color? Storage option? Etc. Why? Because it's an iPhone and I'm sure most people are gunna want to test it out. I mean 6 inch iPhone would mean one device for everything, one device to rule them all.

Sent from the iMore App

As a guy who wears jeans all but a couple of hours out of the week, I don't want to carry something twice a big as my bi-fold wallet. Where are you going to carry a 6 inch phone, let alone a 7 inch (or larger) tablet unless you have a bag of some sort? The iPhone 5 is a great size (lengthwise) and a nice thickness to pocket carry. Going too much larger may put me into man-purse ("its a SATCHEL") territory.

If you're going to write an article about a gigantic phone. You must include a side view picture with it up to your head!

Sent from the iMore App

6" is just too much. I had a 4.7" Lumia 920, which I though was just the right size, even 5" would be good. But 6" is too big to carry around in my pocket.

Sent from the iMore App

6-inch phablet is way too big for me. The Sony Xperia Z1 has almost exact same specs as the Lumia 1520, except it has a 5-inch screen, which is what I prefer. It also has a Micro-SD card expansion, which is my favorite feature.

Sent from the iMore App

I keep thinking "no way!" on a phone this big, who wants to hold that up their ear, right? But then I think about how I used probably 10 minutes of my calling last month and how I could just use my BT headset for calls. Now I'm thinking about an iPad mini that can take my calls too. I might actually like that.

Never been a fan of one-handed phone usage... That's what you're forced to do with small phones... Besides, typing with both hands is faster...

Sent from the iMore App

Never been a fan of one-handed phone usage... That's what you're forced to do with small phones... Besides, typing with both hands is faster...

Sent from the iMore App

Before I state a preference I'd like to see Apple's implementation first. I was a skeptic when Apple announced a taller screen for iPhone 5, but when I saw it and handled one, it won me over. Making a 5 or more inch screen, however, trumps the one hand operation argument it used for the initial screen size increase.

Sent from the iMore App

I would never buy a phone bigger than 4.5 inches. Nokia and Samsung is just making phones ridiculously big, and now everyone is following them and ruining their phones

Sent from the iMore App

I find the iPhone 5S size awkward to use one handed at times, especially reaching to the top of the screen.

If the phone is the only device owned then I can see the point, but I would hate for Apple to replace it's current line with such a big phone.

Apple will do as they always do - create cool, inspired devices - Thank goodness!!

Sent from the iMore App

Too big if you ask me. I'm happy with me almost 6" galaxy note 3, and that's even too big at some time. Though, I'd love to see what Apple could pump into a 6" phablet

Sent from the iMore App

I really like this phone a lot, but it would be better with iOS 7 probably. I do enjoy the snappiness of windows phone , but a lot of the apps are boring looking and not pleasing to use. I think if people are willing to carry around an iPad mini, why not a smaller form factor 6 inch device. You can alway bring your Bluetooth ear piece in order to avoid the embarrassment of holding a large slab to your face.

Sent from the iMore App

I went and played with one in an AT&T store. It made the note 3 feel small, so that says a lot.

Sent from the iMore App

Not 6", but 4.5-4.7 would be welcome addition to the iPhone line and not need to be much larger than the iPhone currently is (see moto x)

Sent from the iMore App

Would not mind getting my parents a phablet phone. Then again, six inches is a bit too big, might as well make a tablet with phone capabilities.

Sent from the iMore App

2013 - Apple released two iPhone; one as a flagship and the other is replacing the last year with new face. Maybe in 2014 Apple will release two iPhone; one in 4-inch display and the other is 4.5-inch maybe? Whose agreed?

Sent from the iMore App