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Nokia Lumia 521

Great Deal: $69.55

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Overall 6
6.0

Nokia Lumia 521: One of the best bargains around

CNET
6 August 2013
  • Summary: Nokia's Lumia 521 is one of the best bargain smartphones on any platform, but skip it if LTE is of paramount concern.
  • Cons: No LTE, poor screen quality, and no camera flash remind you that the 521 wasn't built to be a premium smartphone.
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Overall 6
6.0

Nokia Lumia 521: One of the best bargains around

CNET
6 August 2013
  • Summary: Nokia's Lumia 521 is one of the best bargain smartphones on any platform, but skip it if LTE is of paramount concern.
  • Cons: No LTE, poor screen quality, and no camera flash remind you that the 521 wasn't built to be a premium smartphone.
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Overall 5
4.6

Expert Review

TopTenREVIEWS
4 June 2013
  • Excerpt: Of the Windows smartphones available on the U.S. market, Nokia's Lumia 521 is the least impressive. That doesn't stop it from being a beautiful phone – after all, the entire Lumia series boasts graceful curves and a sturdy build quality. As an entry-level device, the 521 will wow anyone who's used to feature phones. Compare it against other Windows phones , though, and the 521 is found wanting.
  • Pros: It's extremely affordable even off-contract, making it great if you want to avoid locking yourself into a carrier for two years.
  • Cons: Its screen is grainy, its camera is mediocre, and its battery and processor are far below par next to other smartphones. Most critically, it can't connect to 4G LTE networks.
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Overall 6
6.0

Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile)

LAPTOP Magazine
30 May 2013
  • Summary: The Lumia 521 is an entry-level Windows Phone that offers a lot for much less than other devices. For just $129 (without a contract), shoppers get an attractive and compact design, a capable camera and a user-friendly interface that will please smartphone newbies. Nokia did sacrifice some features -- such as LTE support, a high-res screen and a front-facing camera -- to achieve such an aggressive price. The battery life could also be better.
  • Pros: Quality camera for price, Compact and solid design, Intuitive and customizable interface, Loud audio
  • Cons: Low-resolution display, No 4G LTE support, Below-average battery life, Lacks front camera
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Overall 6
6.0
Design 7
7.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 7
7.0

Nokia Lumia 521: One of the best bargains around

CNET
25 May 2013
  • Summary: Nokia's Lumia 521 is one of the best bargain smartphones on any platform, but skip it if LTE is of paramount concern.
  • Pros: Nokia's Lumia 521 packs in a better camera and more software features than you might expect for its $150 off-contract price tag.
  • Cons: No LTE, poor screen quality, and no camera flash remind you that the 521 wasn't built to be a premium smartphone.
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