Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Introduction

Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Nokia seems to have nailed the ultra low-end of Windows Phones with the Lumia 520 on paper. Coming in a variety of jolly colors, it hits the sweet spot of price and productivity, employing a decent display, dual-core processor and a 5MP camera, all at rock bottom pricing. These are the dry specs, though, and it will certainly feel the Android heat in that price range, so read on to find out whether the Lumia 520 delivers in the important aspects...


Design

The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand for this modest screen size. The choice of materials fits the price range, as Nokia used nothing fancier than basic plastics for the rigid-feeling, fairly slippery housing. The back cover is very easy to pry open, revealing the micro SIM and memory card slots, and is available in red, yellow, black and white to suit your style

The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand - Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand - Nokia Lumia 520 Review

The rectangular front and strongly tapered back of the Lumia 520 are nice to look at, but the phone feels somewhat bulky and edgy in the hand


Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

Dimensions

4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

HTC Windows Phone 8S

HTC Windows Phone 8S

Dimensions

4.74 x 2.48 x 0.4 inches

120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm

Weight

3.99 oz (113 g)

Sony Xperia sola

Sony Xperia sola

Dimensions

4.57 x 2.32 x 0.39 inches

116 x 59 x 9.9 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.48 x 0.39 inches

121.5 x 63 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

Dimensions

4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

HTC Windows Phone 8S

HTC Windows Phone 8S

Dimensions

4.74 x 2.48 x 0.4 inches

120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm

Weight

3.99 oz (113 g)

Sony Xperia sola

Sony Xperia sola

Dimensions

4.57 x 2.32 x 0.39 inches

116 x 59 x 9.9 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.48 x 0.39 inches

121.5 x 63 x 9.9 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The buttons on the right are not easily clickable and with a pretty shallow tactile feedback to boot. The most-used lock/power key is in the middle there, where you have to press it with your thumb joint instead of the finger tip, which seems reserved to press without bending the finger only the volume rocker.

There is the usual for Windows Phones camera shutter key underneath those, but spaced away enough from the edge to allow comfortable grip while capturing photos and videos with it.

The usual controls are on the right - Nokia Lumia 520 Review

The usual controls are on the right

The microUSB port is on the bottom - Nokia Lumia 520 Review

The microUSB port is on the bottom

The 3.5mm headset jack is on the top - Nokia Lumia 520 Review

The 3.5mm headset jack is on the top



Display

Nokia Lumia 520 Review
A 4” 480x800 pixels IPS-LCD screen is what you will find mounted on the Nokia Lumia 520, with pretty thick top and bottom bezels surrounding it. The 235ppi pixel density is good for the category, and the viewing angles, while shifting color and contrast a bit at the end of the tilting motion, are wide too.

When you add peak brightness that ensures decent outdoor visibility, we have no complaints about the panel that Nokia chose to ship with the Lumia 520, save for the apparent lack of oleophobic coating, making you wipe the screen pretty often.

Nokia, for that matter, has equipped the display with the Synaptics super-sensitive touch layer that debuted in its Lumia 920, and allows you to operate the handset even when you have your gloves on.


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34 Comments

1. TheBitterTruth unregistered

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

2. TheBitterTruth unregistered

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

4. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

3. lumia920

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

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

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

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.

11. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Lol, ok then.

12. jsdechavez

Posts: 784; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Who uses a 'real navigator anyway?'

27. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

7. reyyys

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

great phone!

10. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

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

24. Timothypadang

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

9. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Nokia nailed it. My next phone :)

14. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

15. Bappy

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

17. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

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

16. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

18. keerthi777

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

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19. Web4pc

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

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

20. Ruisleipä

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Yes, yes it can play 1080p videos.

21. Web4pc

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 19, 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.....?????

22. devilfisch

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

28. DEBASIS

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

YES.. ITS PLAY ALL THESE RESOLUTIONS VIDEO..

23. Timothypadang

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

25. ashank87

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 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...

26. Lumialower

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 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?

29. DEBASIS

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 09, 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......

30. BROWN

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Lumia 520
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(9.6h 3G talk time)

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