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Nokia Lumia 520 Review

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Camera

The 5 MP shooter on the back of the Lumia 520 lacks an LED flash, but, as in every Windows Phone, is equipped with its own two-stage shutter key on the right. Shot-to-shot times are about 1-3 seconds, depending on how much light there is around, and you can go directly from a locked phone to the camera interface by pressing the shutter button.

There aren't many options to choose from in the app, just a few preset scenes, which include a macro mode and backlight setting. You can also set the ISO, white balance, exposure and aspect ratio of the photos beforehand, and that's about it. Nokia, however, supplies its own Panorama and Cinemagraph apps for spicing up your photography experience on the Lumia 520 a bit.

The camera interface of the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review

The camera interface of the Lumia 520



In automatic mode the phone performed pretty good, with accurate color representation and enough detail in the photos. White balance measurement were mostly correct, and color saturation just right, though we'd like to see a tad sharper and brighter shots, but we did have a rainy day, so you might want to push the exposure up a notch in such conditions.



As most phones in its category, the Lumia 520 shoots video with a maximum of HD 720p definition, and it comes out with smooth 30fps. The colors are accurate and the footage is well defined, without wandering focus or skipped frames.




Multimedia

We have the Photos app on Windows Phone to sift through your camera or SkyDrive photos, and Nokia adds the Creative Studio app to its Lumias for editing them on the go.

The Photos app - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The Photos app - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The Photos app - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The Photos app - Nokia Lumia 520 Review

The Photos app



The music player sorts your tunes by artists, albums or playlists, and you've got a pretty strong loudspeaker to enjoy them, though the sound output is flat and tinny as usual with those tiny speakers.

Playing music on the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Playing music on the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Playing music on the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Playing music on the Lumia 520 - Nokia Lumia 520 Review

Playing music on the Lumia 520



The phone runs popular video formats like DivX/Xvid without a hitch, and at up to 1080p definitions at that.

Nokia Lumia 520 Review

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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 06:34 2

1. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Did you use Grey color background or its the screen's fault it self?

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 06:35 3

2. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Umm.. I think Nokia has'nt use Clear Black Techno Here.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 06:48 1

4. shadez10 (Posts: 395; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


yup... no clearblack on this model...

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 06:37 3

3. lumia920 (Posts: 101; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


sub-continent is waiting for you.!!!!!!

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 06:52 1

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Great! A friend of mine has been waiting for this. Gonna recommend this to him.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:56

6. boosook (Posts: 894; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Who uses offline navigation anymore? Since this is a smartphone, you probably have a data plan, so being online it's not a problem. What's more, if you're offline you don't get realtime info like traffic or road works, and you cannot integrate search and navigation (e.g. search for a street, restaurant, shop etc in google maps and ask the phone to drive you there).
Offline navigation was popular in the 20th century, now we moved forward. Of course, there are some situations where offline navigation is still useful (e.g. if you travel in a country where you might have no GSM coverage or you can't activate a data plan), but in these cases I'd rather get a real navigator, and anyway I consider the offline navigator a weak selling point.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:05 10

8. windroid (unregistered)


"and you cannot integrate search and navigation (e.g. search for a street, restaurant, shop etc in google maps and ask the phone to drive you there)"

Nokia offline navigation has all that built in, no need for data plan. If you go to other country (common in Europe) you won't want to have a data plan with roaming that will cost you a fortune, so, very nice to have offline navigation.
The missing apps aren't all that much, the WP is catching up quickly, and all major apps are already integrated. For about $200 I think it's a good choice.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:12

11. ahhxd717 (Posts: 316; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Lol, ok then.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:37 1

12. jsdechavez (Posts: 697; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Who uses a 'real navigator anyway?'

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 20:19

27. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


I hate to break this to you, but unless you never leave a major city, there are places where the cell signal is too unreliable for navigation. On Android I use CoPilot, for just that reason. If I have good cell signal, I can use Google maps when necessary for search and traffic.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:56 5

7. reyyys (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


great phone!

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:44 3

10. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


And it looks good too :-) Even better than the 620, in my opinion.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 22:26

24. Timothypadang (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


yes, I think so...... like a lumia 920

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:26 3

9. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


well at least don't talk of xperia sola and one v
they cannot play 1080 videos natively and cost more and will not be upgraded to jb.
its frustuating when your phone doesn't gets updated
while this phone will surely receive updates for atleast 18 months.
only nexus are promised on android to get updated for 18 months.
plz don't come and say to root and update to custom ROM like cm10.
at least in HTC and Sony you void your warranty as soon as you give your imei no. for boot loader unlock code.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 14:32 3

13. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1683; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Nokia nailed it. My next phone :)

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 17:57

14. Landmarkcm (Posts: 401; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


The lack of a camera flash right off the bat is a fail for me. Why would they leave that off. This is useless if you like to take low light shots esp indoors or out with your friends in low light etc.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 22:07 1

15. Bappy (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


That's why you have Lumia 620 or more expensive models.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 03:37

17. Landmarkcm (Posts: 401; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Ya tmo should have got the 620 instead of this. Price point isn't that much higher.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 01:32

16. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


1080p video playback?? that's not a typo is it??? O_O

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:26

18. keerthi777 (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


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posted on 19 Apr 2013, 03:44

19. Web4pc (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Apr 2013)


Can any one tell me that lumia 520 can play 720p and 1080p videos like android 4.0 phones plays......???????

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 11:40

20. Ruisleipä (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Yes, yes it can play 1080p videos.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 12:40

21. Web4pc (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Apr 2013)


Hello my email is Asif.af01@gmail.com i am going to buy lumia 520 i contact the microsoft windowsphone site chat with them he says lumia 520 can record but can not play 720p so please tell me as friend the truth that lumia 520 videos player can play 720p videos or not please please.....?????

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 01:03

22. devilfisch (Posts: 35; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I have a Lumia 620 and it plays 1080p MP4 videos well and without a hitch. The Lumia 520 is pretty similar to the 620 in terms of specs so I won't find it surprising if it can also do the same.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:24

28. DEBASIS (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


YES.. ITS PLAY ALL THESE RESOLUTIONS VIDEO..

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:44

23. Timothypadang (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I Think, This is the most PERFECT entry level phone :)

posted on 21 May 2013, 15:28

25. ashank87 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Hey guys, i have a genuine problem. I got the mobile from an online retailer.. i noticed there is a small red light blinking on top of screen just near the speaker (where u hear the voice while calling) This happens while making/receiving call, a small red light blinks near speaker not all time.. can anyone please confirm if this is ok or i got a defective product...

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 06:37

26. Lumialower (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


Perfect budget phone but i still dont get it, why to release that crappy phone named nokia asha 501? Does nokia aim this phone for 6 year old kids? Or 100$ without contract phone?

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:32

29. DEBASIS (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


WHAT SHOULD I BUY IN THESE THREE DEVISES 1. - NOKIA LUMIA 520, 2. - SAMSUNG GALAXY S DUOS S7562 3. - LG OPTIMUS L5 II E450 ??
PLEASE HELP ME...

I LIKE MUSIC, VIDEOS, GAMES ,INTERNET ETC......

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Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (235 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227, Dual core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches
(119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1430 mAh, 14.8 hours talk time

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