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.
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.
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...
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
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.
Conclusion: If you don't mind the sketchy call quality, Nokia has hit the nail on the head with its most affordable Windows Phone handset to date. It runs the newest version of Microsoft's mobile OS, has a zippy processor, expandable storage, and produces decent pictures and video.
Pros: Good all-around value for the money, Free offline voice-guided navigation, Screen can be operated with gloves
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 520 offers useful Nokia apps, a decent screen and a dual-core processor -- the same specs you'll find on the much more expensive Lumia 720. Unless you crave a better camera, the 520 is a total bargain.
Pros: Affordable price; Excellent screen; Decent bundled apps, especially sat-nav; Colourful changeable covers; Expandable storage and swappable battery.
Cons: Lacklustre rear camera; No front-facing camera; Unimpressive battery; Windows Phone app store still lags rivals.
Excerpt: The Nokia Lumia 520 has been around for a while now. While it was one of Nokia's great success stories, it's since been replaced by both the Lumia 530 and Microsoft's newly announced Lumia 535 - the first Lumia Windows phone to ditch the Nokia branding.