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Nokia Lumia 520
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Nokia Lumia 520

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Nokia Lumia 520 Smartphone Review

Hardware Secrets
28 July 2014
  • Summary: The Nokia Lumia 520 is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 smartphone available on the market today. However, don’t expect a low-quality phone, with a slow processor, poor camera, etc. The device is agile and you will feel like using a mainstream phone, not a cheap one.
  • Pros: Low cost, Excellent cost/benefit ratio, Light and relatively small, Fast and agile, Good quality camera, MicroSD card support
  • Cons: No frontal camera, Only 512 MiB of RAM, No support for 4G LTE networks
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Overall 8

Nokia Lumia 520 review

11 February 2014
  • Summary: The Lumia 520 is very obviously a budget smartphone: a subpar camera, no LTE, and boring specs round out the device. There’s a reason it costs only $59 off-contract, and it’s because of what’s missing – not what’s there. At the same time, it runs Windows Phone and all of its apps very well.
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Overall 7

Nokia Lumia 520 (AT&T)

PC Magazine
16 October 2013
  • Conclusion: The pay-as-you-go Nokia Lumia 520 is a solid introductory smartphone on AT&T's Go Phone prepaid service, provided photography isn't a priority.
  • Pros: Cheap, compact, capable Windows Phone device. Easy-to-use interface.
  • Cons: No front-facing camera and a mediocre rear camera. Slow HSPA+ broadband. Same Windows Phone app-availability issues as ever.
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Overall 8

Nokia Lumia 520 Review

17 September 2013
  • Excerpt: The Windows Phone 8 madness hasn’t really reached our shores yet but we’ve decided to take the jump to give you guys our perspective on this platform. We’ve purchased the most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone to date, the Nokia Lumia 520 and we’ll be sharing our thoughts on this WP device.
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Overall 8

Nokia Lumia 520: Review

Review guidelines
17 July 2013
  • Summary: The Nokia Lumia 520 is a smart phone to be medium-low with a technical interest for its price range, especially for the high memory, the dual-core processor, a large screen with decent quality, excellent surfing the Internet, the complete office suite and various navigation capabilities and...
  • Pros: GPS, Internal Memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Dual-Core Processor, Display Resolution.
  • Cons: RAM, No flash, No NFC module, No front camera.
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Expert Review

11 June 2013
  • Summary: We thank for the fast and smooth deployment of the test samples. Competitor Nokia is in a similar situation, but is able to count on considerably more devices between low budget and high-end.
  • Pros: Super Sensitive Touch, Removable battery, microSD slot, Ordinary camera results (in daylight), Enough internal memory, Good display, Very good feel / processing, MicroSD slot, larger battery, Beats Audio
  • Cons: Average display, Lack of camera LED, Some Nokia Apps missing, Small internal memory, Battery can not be removed
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Overall 7
Performance 5
Battery performance 10
Display 8
Weight 10
Noise 10
Gaming performance 3
Connectivity 4
Keyboard 5
Temperature 9

Review Nokia Lumia 520 Smartphone

1 June 2013
  • Summary: Nokia's declaration of price. With an RRP of below 200 Euros (~$262), the Lumia 520 is a very affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The somewhat more expensive Lumia 620 has only been available for a short time. But which entry-level model should the buyer opt for?
  • Pros: Retail price, IPS screen, Micro SD slot, Satisfactory multimedia performance, Good battery runtime, High-quality build, The battery runtime has increased compared to the precursor.
  • Cons: Screen's legibility in outdoor use, Camera quality, Moderate scope of delivery, The device would be better to use outdoors if the screen's maximum brightness were a bit higher. The app store also does not yet have much choice.
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Nokia Lumia 520 review: low end but not low rent

19 April 2013
  • Excerpt: The Nokia Lumia 520 is Nokia’s fifth Windows Phone 8 handset. It’s a phone which slots into the very bottom end of the range, just below the Nokia Lumia 620 . And we do mean just below – the specs of the 520 and 620 are remarkably similar, meaning that Nokia’s main competition at the bottom end of...
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Nokia Lumia 520 Review

18 April 2013
  • Conclusion: Things are getting tight in Nokia's Windows Phone line-up, with increasingly small differentiators between different models for different price points. Although that makes for potential confusion in the consumer marketplace, Nokia tells us it pays dividends for Lumia's enterprise adoption: one of...
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Overall 8

Nokia Lumia 520 Review: In Depth

18 April 2013
  • Conclusion: With the Nokia Lumia 520’s arrival post-MWC we now have a complete set of Windows Phone 8 powered Lumias, which across the range, offer something for everyone. The modest nature of the Lumia 520 makes it the perfect device for those new to the ecosystem or looking to re-enter into the Nokia family...
  • Pros: Great design, Excellent feature set, Affordable
  • Cons: Weak camera, Attracts fingerprints, Hardware limits certain apps
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