Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Voice calls in the earpiece sound about average in terms of strength, but the sound comes somewhat hollow and distorted towards the highest volumes. On the receiving end the situation is below average, with the phone's single mic mustering muted and crackling sound, that needs to be relayed with more strength to boot.
Nokia promises nine and a half hours of 3G talk time from the Lumia 520's 1430 mAh battery, which is a pretty good feat, and the excellent 61 hours of music playback. The only somewhat weak endurance point here is in video playback times, which are sub-5 hours, and below the category average.
If you don't mind the sketchy call quality, Nokia has hit the nail on the head with its most affordable Windows Phone handset to date. It runs the newest version of Microsoft's mobile OS, has a zippy processor, expandable storage, and produces decent pictures and video.
Add a few exclusives like the touchscreen that can be operated with gloves, and the free HERE offline navigation suite, and the Lumia 520's about $200 price tag without any contract suddenly becomes very, very appealing.
As a direct competition we can point out the lighter HTC 8S, which also runs WP8 and has roughly the same specs, save for less internal memory, but compensates it with the addition of an LED flash. It, however, costs a hundred bucks more SIM-free, and doesn't offer free global offline navigation.
Then comes the Android army, in which there are plenty of last year's handsets in this $200-$250 price range, like the single-core HTC One V or the dual-core Sony Xperia sola. They can give the Lumia 520 a run for its money with all those Android apps and widgets behind their back, though we have to admit that the free voice-guided offline navigation that Lumias come with is a pretty big selling point, if you master the Live Tiles, and can live without a few of your favorite dedicated apps on Windows Phone 8.
Software version: 1030.6408.1309.0001
- Good all-around value for the money
- Free offline voice-guided navigation
- Screen can be operated with gloves
- Subpar call quality
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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)