Nokia Lumia 520 Review
The Lumia 520 runs the newest Windows Phone 8 version, meaning it is decked up with live lock screens and features like Kid's Corner, but being a Nokia handset, it also offers the excellent HERE offline navigation suite for free, as well as Nokia Music and the other Lumia goodies, like the camera apps set.
Nokia is spoiling the Lumia 520 owners with the exclusive Angry Birds Roost app that takes you deep into Rovio's universe of game previews, reviews and updates, scoreboards, news, and timewasters like adding angry avians to your camera headshots, and sharing them on the social networks.
The display might be of average size, but the phone is not that small, so you will still stretch your thumb quite a bit to reach all letters on the on-screen keyboard while using it with one hand.
Processor and memory
A dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus ensures smooth WP8 performance, and 512 MB of RAM is just the right basic amount for the platform to run any game or app thrown at it, which the 256 MB WP brethren can't say for themselves.
The phone comes with a decent 8 GB amount of internal memory, and there is a microSD slot for further expansion, too, which is an achievement nowadays.
Internet and connectivity
The Lumia 520 is somewhat slow to rerender the page upon zooming in and out, leaving you with blurry text for longer than it should, but scrolling, panning around and page display are spot on. Naturally, you don't have access to content that requires Adobe Flash due to the platform's specifics, so bummer if you need to watch a video on a more obscure site, or play a Flash-based game. Not that you'll be doing long browsing sessions on a 4” display anyway, but the Internet Explorer browser on the Lumia 520 does the job in all major aspects otherwise.
The phone has 21.1 Mbits HSPA+ modem inside, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS radio to take advantage of the HERE Drive, Maps and Public Transit suite, which is perhaps the most comprehensive offline navigation package for a mobile you can have.
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- 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)