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Nokia Lumia 521
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Nokia Lumia 521

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Nokia Lumia 521: Quality Smartphone on an Extreme Budget

AnandTech
8 August 2013
  • Conclusion: While I enjoy the visual style, I’ve long been critical of Windows Phone as a platform, particularly when it comes to high-end devices. I really, truly believed in it when it launched in 2010, and actually spent a fair amount of time on a few different Windows Phones in the year following that.
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Nokia Lumia 521 Review

SlashGear
6 July 2013
  • Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 521 isn't the nicest Windows Phone 8 device on the market - and it's certainly not the hottest Nokia machine out today - but it's not meant to be. Working to be the cost-cutting entry level to the Windows Phone 8 universe with the good ship Nokia - that's the aim.
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Nokia Lumia 521 Review: The Best Affordable Prepaid Smartphone

Chip Chick
27 June 2013
  • Summary: Years ago, Nokia made a name for itself by pumping out great affordable phones, but somewhere along the way they lost their way, especially in the U.S. Fortunately, the Nokia Lumia 521 brings back that heritage.
  • Pros: Amazing value for the price, tough build quality, HD Voice makes calls sound really clear and loud, you get many of the same great bundled Nokia apps that you would get on Nokia’s more premium handsets, quite a durable phone, very good performance, Wi-Fi calling support, good battery life
  • Cons: No LTE support, no front-facing camera or flash, backplate is tricky to remove
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Overall 6
5.5

Nokia Lumia 521 Review

Digitaltrends
27 June 2013
  • Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 521 is the kind of budget phone that really feels like one. It has some nice aspects – speedy performance, decent design, good call quality – but they’re overshadowed by the mediocre display and slow mobile data speeds.
  • Pros: Comfortable, compact design, Speedy performance, Good call quality
  • Cons: Narrow viewing angles on display, Screen collects smudges and dirt easily, Mediocre battery life, Slower 4G speeds than most phones
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Nokia Lumia 521 Video Review

phonedog.com
27 June 2013
  • Excerpt: I love a high-end smartphone, and I'm sure you do too. We all love the bells, whistles, and goodies that come from devices like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4, and Apple iPhone 5.
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Overall 7
7.0

Nokia Lumia 521 (MetroPCS)

PC Magazine
24 June 2013
  • Conclusion: Nokia's Lumia 521 is a solid Windows Phone smartphone for just under $100, but it's missing key features like LTE and a camera flash, which are found on competing Android devices.
  • Pros: Inexpensive. Minimal, elegant design. Adequate internal storage. Above-average call quality. Growing selection of Windows Phone apps.
  • Cons: No camera flash. No LTE. Slower than other Windows Phone devices.
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Overall 7
7.0

Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile)

PC Magazine
31 May 2013
  • Conclusion: The Nokia Lumia 521 for T-Mobile is a good smartphone for a great price, as long as you don't mind Windows Phone's lack of apps.
  • Pros: Good call quality. Comfortable design. Inexpensive.
  • Cons: No camera flash. Weak app selection. No LTE or HSPA+ 42.
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Overall 6
6.0

Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile) Review

LAPTOP Magazine
30 May 2013
  • Excerpt: Targeting the roughly half of Americans who have not yet stepped up to a smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 521 for T-Mobile costs a very affordable $149 sans contract -- or $29 down. Powered by Windows Phone 8, the 521 doesn't boast cutting-edge specs, but it does offer a 5-MP camera (complete with a wide...
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