Nokia Lumia 525 ReviewNokia Lumia 525 7.8
Offline turn-by-turn navigation in a cheap package
If you're coming from a platform different than Windows Phone, you're likely to feel lost with the Lumia 525. At least at first. Microsoft, as many of you already know, has taken its own approach to designing the system, and though its a little disorganized at a first glance, there's no telling whether you won't end up liking it. And there's a lot to like with the Lumia 525. It comes preloaded with stuff like HERE Maps and HERE Drive, which support offline navigation – still a rarity on rival platforms. You also get access to Zinio – a magazine digest app – along with Nokia Beamer and Nokia Cinemagraph, which allows you to create animated shorts from pictures.
Processor and memory
This hardware configuration gets the job done, no questions asked
Nothing fancy's going on under the compact hood of the Lumia 525. The device relies on a 1GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 to do the heavy lifting, which makes use of two Krait 300 cores and an Adreno 305 GPU in turn. Thanks to the light nature of Windows Phone 8, this otherwise unimpressive combo does away just fine – lag is non-existent while operating the UI, and it runs smoothly as it should. Moreover, the relatively low pixel count on the display allows the configuration to run even gaming titles as exacting as Asphalt 8 without too much fuss.
Multitasking has been improved with the Lumia 525, as the amount of RAM has been bumped up to 1GB from the 512MB of the Lumia 520. This is pretty much the only noteworthy change between the two handsets. Built-in storage, at 8GB, is typical for this class, though it's a big plus that you can expand it via a microSD card with up to 64GB more.
Browsing on the Lumia 525 is akin to a smooth smailing
To test out the browsing capabilities of the Lumia 525, we had the built-in Internet Explorer (IE) app jump through hoops until we arrived at a verdict. With years of background behind it, IE once again showed what it's made of – common commands, such as panning and zooming were performed well, no questions asked. Of course, this is an area that is profoundly impacted by how well the processor itself handles the web, and we're happy to report that the Snapdragon 400 did just fine. Load times could use some work, but once the wait is over, it's a smooth sailing.
Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS with GLONASS support, HSDPA+ speeds of up to 21.1Mbit/s – these are the contents of the Lumia 525's connectivity cache. An adequate inventory for a device of this class.
Nokia Lumia 525 Review - Interface and Functionality
|Display||4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (235 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
|Size||4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches|
(119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm)
4.37 oz (124 g)
|Battery||1430 mAh, 16.9 hours talk time|