Nokia Lumia 521: Quality Smartphone on an Extreme Budget
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.
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.
Nokia Lumia 521 Review: The Best Affordable Prepaid Smartphone
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
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
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...