Nokia Lumia 520 Geeksphere Review
So i have been on a Nokia Lumia phone binge for the past few weeks. I reviewed Nokia’ new Nokia Lumia 925 a few weeks ago and for the past week i have been using the Nokia Lumia 520. This is Nokia’s low end entry phone and at $299 (no plan) it is in the Android price range.
For its price this phone is feature rich and has most of the features that you will need in a modern smartphone. What you do not get is LTE (4G), NFC, Wireless Charging , Selected Nokia Apps and the latest Bluetooth version (the Nokia Lumia 520 ships with Bluetooth 3.0) but to be honest for 99% of the people out there they will not really need or use these features.
In the hand this device is light, weighing in at 124g it feels good to hold. In fact is super comfortable in the hand and with a 4 inch screen you get some great screen real estate. It has a removable rear back and battery which makes servicing this device easy. You also have a microSDXC slot which will give you all the extra storage that you might need. The removable cover also serves as a way to change the look and feel of your phone with yellow, red, white and of course black fascias to make your phone a little more exciting.
The Nokia Lumia 520 sticks to the standard layout with the volume rocker, power switch and camera button on the right side. On the bottom is a Micro-USB port and on the top of the device a 3.5 mm audio jack. The device runs applications with ease and there was no lag when using the NZ Herald app or the engadget app. I also tried various You Tube apps to test out streaming video content and that was also flawless when stepping it up to HD.
The Lumia range has built up a reputation around its camera but the Nokia Lumia 520 is missing a key feature from the other Nokia Lumia range and that is the LED flash. What you do get is a 5MP camera with a 4 x digital zoom which can also shoot 720p video. It also lacks the Carl Zeiss lens and the Pure view feature of its bigger brothers. With all of that out there it still takes a great photo, i did some testing on a grey winters day and the pictures came out nice and clear and in good focus. Note: there is no front facing camera so if you are wanting a device to skype chats etc then this device may not work for you.
Of course the Nokia 520 runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system so it comes with all of the preinstalled Windows Phone 8 apps and office applications. It does offer the kids corner feature as well so you can lock down your phone so you control what the kids can use, buy and play with.
For me this phone took me by surprise because i had found it hard to find a cheap Windows Phone 8 device that performed well, other devices i had tested were slow and lacked even the basic features. If you are looking for cheap feature rich smartphone then the Nokia Lumia 520 is for you. Yes it does miss some of the features of its bigger brothers but this is a really nice phone and something for the every day user.
- Main Camera 5 MP
- 9 hours talk time
- 8 GB internal storage
- Screen size 4 inch IPS LCD screen (800 * 480)
- 1 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
- Height 119.9mm
- Width 64 mm
- Thickness 9.9 mm
- Weight 124 g
- Micro SIM slot
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
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