When it comes to audio and video, the Nokia Lumia 1320 packs no compromises. And suitably so, as a device with a six inch screen should not be hampered in any way. Dolby Headphone technology is on board here, as it is with all other Lumia’s (sans Lumia 520 of course), and the output with earphones is as strong as ever. Bass is lively, details clear and crisp. Album art looks fantastic, but to take full advantage of high-resolution album and artist art, an app such as MPAtool is required, but this is no hassle to the user. Below we have a couple of shots showing streaming music playback through Xbox Music and also the fantastic Nokia MixRadio. We also tested local playback of music stored on the microSD card, and it delivered an exceptional experience.
Turning our attention to video playback, we have a myriad of options available to view video. From watching video stored on the microSD card (up to 1080p resolution), and to YouTube streaming and watching videos through the fantastic MoliPlayer Pro application, everything is covered. We must reiterate the awesome viewing angles that are present on the 1320, due to its IPS LCD. We watched an episode of a popular tv series with a friend and we were able to hold the phone upright and front-on for them, while we watched from the side. There were absolutely no issues or washout with the display, we were both able to enjoy the show J. There is no noticeable degradation in watching 360p streams from YouTube, despite the screen’s large size. One strange thing we noticed was that when we pressed the “change aspect ratio” toggle that is present in native video playback, it did not change the aspect ratio at all. This may be due to the screen having such a large screen size though.
Finally, we address the speaker. This is the only weak point in the whole Lumia 1320 affair, where it is confined to a single mono speaker. As you can see in the photo below, it is a rather tiny grille, which while aesthetically pretty, isn’t as crisp and placed as well as one would like. It can get muffled at times, but the ribbing adjacent on either side aids as both a reminder when holding the device that you may be muffling the speaker and as a nice visual touch. The Lumia 1320’s speaker’s saving grace is its volume output. One word for it – woah! This is the loudest Lumia I have had the pleasure of using yet, and though the sound isn’t centred, most of the time you don’t really care if you are watching videos as the six inch screen is just as immersive as the audio.