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. Phone calls are spectacularly clear, too, and everything else that you’d need to use a smartphone for can be completed in a timely manner.
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
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.
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: 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? The variety of choice makes it hard to choose, but notebookcheck.net is here to help.
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. Add a few exclusives like the touchscreen that can be operated with gloves, and the free HERE offline navigation suite, and the Lumia 520's about $200 price tag without any contract suddenly becomes very,...
Pros: Good all-around value for the money, Free offline voice-guided navigation, Screen can be operated with gloves
Summary: T he Nokia Lumia 520 is currently the cheapest smartphone with the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Unfortunately, the application selection of the Windows Phone market is not as extensive as that of the Android or the iOS market, but the most popular apps are also available for Windows Phone smartphones. Additionally, Nokia has a number of very handy apps pre-installed on the Lumia 520, such as HERE Maps and HERE Drive.