Nokia Lumia 525 ReviewNokia Lumia 525 7.8
Top marks: the Lumia 525 blazed a trail during our call quality tests
Talking on the Lumia 525 is nothing short of an absolute pleasure. The earpiece is extremely loud at the max setting, and we were impressed by the fact that this involved no trade-off in the sound quality department. The otherwise tiny speaker transmits voice tonality splendidly, and it actually feels as if you're talking to somebody in person. There are no distortions, and no nasty background sounds. The other side of the equation – the microphone – is as equally potent. Raise your voice a few decibels, and you just might deafen the person on the other side, and he'll know it's you without a shadow of a doubt all the while. This is some really good stuff.
The small, 1430mAh battery gets us through two days of usage
A tiny-looking, 1430 mAh cell is what you'll find underneath the exterior shell of the 525. It's of the removable type, which is great if you're looking to maximize the longevity of the phone. Nokia rates the Lumia 525 as good for up to 1014 minutes of talk time on 2G (636 minutes on 3G), and 14 days of stand-by – a moderate increase from the Lumia 520. In our experience, the phone handled a rather focused attention for up to two days, so it's unlikely that you'll have to charge daily.
Unpretentious, effective. Two words that are at the very core of the Nokia Lumia 525's DNA. With a price tag of about $180, and the possibility of another sales frenzy à la Lumia 520, this is Nokia's new device to watch.
But success is hardly ever built on just past laurels, and Nokia likely knows that better than most. The Lumia 520 is now in the past, and it's a different world out there, with devices like the Motorola Moto G launching a serious offensive. For the same price, the Moto G gets you a bigger, more-detailed screen, a quad-core processor, a better all-around camera, and a matured operating system. Thankfully for Nokia, the Lumia 525 is as out-classed by pretty much none other, but mainstream devices like the LG L7 II and the Sony Xperia M are also worth a consideration before you commit. In other words, if the Nokia/Microsoft duo is as intent on getting a win with the Lumia 525, it might have to consider going down the path of crazy sales promotions once more.
- Appealing and sturdy design
- Offline turn-by-turn navigation is a considerable advantage
- The camera produces enviable stills for its class
- Call quality is stellar
- Pixel density is on the low side
- Outdoor display visibility is poor
- Lacks an LED flash
- No front camera
Nokia Lumia 525 Review - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion
|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|