Nokia’s Lumia 1520 is quite possibly the first ever bona fide high-end contender to run Windows Phone 8, yet as it spectacular as it looks on paper, its stateside box-office success may not come very easy.
For one thing, the 6-incher is available with contracts solely through AT&T, which is bound to cause inconveniences for Windows aficionados attached to Verizon or Sprint. To make matters worse, Ma Bell has only scored the 16 GB version of the Lumia 1520, with a 32 GB model available at the time of this writing in select European markets.
True, storage doesn’t seem a critical issue at first glance, as the 1520 comes with microSD support and thus can accommodate an extra 64 gigs worth of videos, games, music and whatnot. Still, most apps can’t be installed on SD cards, so ultimately a number of potential buyers will be forced to find solace in the arms of a Lumia 1520 rival.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on. Don’t splash the cash on something else just yet, as there may be a way to nab a 32 GB variant of the WP8 beast in the US of A. Specifically, in an unlocked flavor via Expansys.
True, the device doesn’t come cheap, going for $799.99, so a cool 200 bucks north of the 16 GB-er at AT&T. And then there are inventory woes, with shipping currently taking five to then days.
Finally, making the handheld work with American 4G LTE networks is likely to be a pain in the behind, as there’s on-board support for only a handful of bands, a couple of which are friendly to AT&T and T-Mobile. Worth all the trouble? You tell us.