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Nokia-lumia-521.33961593
8.4 out of 10

Nokia Lumia 521

Great Deal: $49.00

Reviews and Problems with Nokia Lumia 521

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Overall 4
4.0

Hated it

Ashley, Amazon
2 weeks ago
  • Summary: This is the first phone that I can honestly say I hated. Too many bugs that that need to get fixed. I may try it again years from now after they make a bunch of newer models for it.
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Overall 4
4.0

Telephone connection problems

Enrique W., Newegg
9 September 2014
  • Pros: Inexpensive, Windows 8 is good, can be Hot Spot to connect devices to the Internet. It would be a good phone if it wasn't for the problems described in "Cons"
  • Cons: Random "can't connect" messages when trying to make a phone call. Requires powering down and back up. T'Mobile replaced it once. The second has the same problem. The Internet has others with same problem.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not good at making calls

Paul L., Newegg
21 August 2014
  • Summary: I hope that new Windows 8.1 software will fix phone problem.
  • Pros: cheap, good looking phone.
  • Cons: Not good at making calls. Sometimes works, most of the time not. Piece of junk for basic function which is making calls.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not Good

Anonymous, Newegg
30 July 2014
  • Summary: I do not like this phone. I have experience with Android on a tablet, and iOS on several iPods and an iPhone 4s. This was my first experience with a mobile Windows platform, and it was terrible. There are definitely many cut corners on the hardware of this phone, but most of the big issues come down to the software. Windows Phone 8 is awful in comparison to Android and iOS. That's not to say this phone is a bad option for everybody.
  • Pros: -Pretty good battery life, especially for such a cheap phone. -Very good performance overall. Scrolling is very smooth, apps launch pretty quickly, and the touch screen is very responsive -Cellular reception is great with T-mobile in my area. I actually get better cellular reception with this phone than I did with my iPhone 4s, on the same network
  • Cons: -Poor build quality, with cheap, all-plastic components -The back, home and search soft buttons aren't illuminated, and aren't on screen, so you can't seem them when it's dark. They're also flat, capacitive buttons, so you can't feel for them either, like with an iphone. -Cellular, wi-fi reception, and battery life indicators are hidden by default, and you have to swipe down from the top to see their status'. I couldn't find anything in the settings to change this. -I...
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Overall 4
4.0

UNLOCKED KEY

Morella Guevara, Amazon
20 May 2014
  • Summary: GOODNIGHT about a month ago and half acquired two phones NOKIA LUMIA 521 to send them to VENEZUELA. ARRIVING IN THE COUNTRY A FEW HOURS AGO THE PHONE ASKED ME A KEY FOR PÓDER USE ANOTHER LINE THAT IS NOT IS IS RELEASED. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU CAN SUPPLY ME WITH SUCH KEY, SINCE THE PURCHASE IS PERFORMED BECAUSE IS SAID THAT IS COULD USE IN ANY COUNTRY.
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Overall 4
4.0

sucks

maura678, Ebay
10 April 2014
  • Summary: not metro phone so no cellular data and no pic messages every thing else was fine..........................​..............................​..............................​...................
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Overall 4
4.0

Do not like it at all

M. Theresa McCain, Amazon
7 April 2014
  • Summary: I didn't like the phone.The windows format is not hard to learn, but the phone itself did not always work . I couldn't make calls sometimes even with all bars full charge. Not a good buy.
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Overall 4
4.0

A Disappointing Phone

Kevin C., Newegg
13 March 2014
  • Summary: If you aren't coming from another smartphone, the 521 might be a lot better. It can't be faulted for its price which is fair for what you get. It's been said before but Windows Phone really does have a limited selection of apps, and implementations of the big ones aren't necessarily done that well.
  • Pros: Plastic back feels durable, buttons feel decent, respectable performance for a budget device
  • Cons: As a user of Gmail, I had no idea there would be any issue. Email notification is a big deal to me for my phone, and my old phone (Galaxy SII) received emails instantly with push notifications. Windows Phone does not support push notifications, so the best you can get is a refresh every 15 minutes. I found this to be a big deal breaker for my use, and it's ultimately why I went back to Android. Screen on this was rather bland, many said it was decent so I expected it ...
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Overall 4
4.0

choose another one if you can

mainguyenturcott, Ebay
11 January 2014
  • Summary: this is the cheapest phone that metro pcs has in order to use data. not happy with it. last for less than a month before i had to send it to the nokia repair service. nothing could be worse than buying a brand new phone and having to send it for repair. it seems working alright now.
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Overall 4
4.0

Good for average user, not good if you're advance or like customization.

potatoesse, Ebay
16 September 2013
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