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.
Cons: Lacklustre rear camera; No front-facing camera; Unimpressive battery; Windows Phone app store still lags rivals.
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 520 is priced at Rs 10,500 and this makes it incredible value for money and easily the best handset under Rs 10,000, provided you’re ok with the limited number of popular apps available. It has a very good display, good multimedia capabilities, very good camera for daytime photography and good battery life. Add to that the presence of expandable memory, GLONASS, dual-band Wi-Fi and scratch-resistant glass and you have an offer that’s very hard to refuse.
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: This is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device you can buy at the moment, a mobile platform that Microsoft has promised to support at least for the next two years. The phone is incredibly well priced at Rs. 10,499 and should attract many of those looking to buy their first smartphones, or students who may be on a tight budget. However, just because the phone is cheap, does that mean it can't live up to our expectations? We find out.
Pros: Extremely fluid UI, MicroSD slot for upgrading storage to 64GB, Sturdy build that should withstand some abuse
Cons: No LED Flash or front facing camera, Relatively low-res screen
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 after years spent with the likes of low cost androids.
Pros: Great design, Excellent feature set, Affordable
Cons: Weak camera, Attracts fingerprints, Hardware limits certain apps
Nokia Lumia 520 review: does Nokia need another budget Windows Phone?
26 April 2013
Summary: It says a lot about the strength of Nokia's Lumia smartphones that they are often their own worst enemy. The Lumia 520 offers a full-fledged, fluid and friendly smartphone experience, but it sits in the shadow of the 620, just like the 920 makes life harder for the 720 and 820 . It's sibling rivalry of the worst kind, because for once, it actually results in us loving one more than the other -- and, in this case, we're still so attached to the 620's design and extra...
Pros: Inexpensive, Useful Nokia apps, Mostly good components and construction
Cons: Battery life is short for a low-end phone, Poor display, Feels redundant beside the Lumia 620
Excerpt: The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand There is the usual for Windows Phones camera shutter key underneath those, but spaced away enough from the edge to allow comfortable grip while capturing photos and videos with it. Display A 4” 480x800 pixels IPS-LCD screen is what you will find mounted on the Nokia Lumia 520, with pretty thick top and bottom bezels surrounding it.
Pros: Good all-around value for the money, Free offline voice-guided navigation, Screen can be operated with gloves
Summary: One in three Windows Phones sold in 2013 was a Nokia Lumia 520, so it’s safe to say this cheap and cheerful handset is pretty popular. But hey, 2013’s best-selling single Blurred “what rhymes with hug me?” Lines was popular, so how much do we really trust other people, even if there are millions of them? Exactly. And that’s why this Nokia needs a closer examination.
Pros: Cheap, Nokia’s camera, Drive and music apps are ace, Decent battery life