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Nokia Lumia 525 Review

Nokia Lumia 525

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Stripped down to the bare essentials, but highly effective

The camera part of the equation has always carried a great deal of importance to Nokia, but we found ourselves questioning that notion when it came to the Lumia 525. A relatively frugal, 5-megapixel camera with 28mm lens and f/2.4 aperture is what you'll find on the rear of the Lumia 525 – and it's the only one, no front cam available. There's no LED flash, either, so night photography is a hazy affair.

Despite these rather essential omissions, we were actually struck by how well the Lumia 525 handles itself in the presence of a light source. Stills, always a notch darker than in reality, are nevertheless faithfully rendered by the sensor on the device with just a hint of a yellowish hue. The level of detail is pretty great for a 5MP unit, even at 100% zoom, and digital noise is tolerable, even under low light scenarios. Video is captured at 720p at best, and it's obviously the weaker link – the camera tweaks the exposure very well, but detail is on the low side.

The typical Windows Phone camera UI is a testament to simplicity, but that also means that you won't find anything but the essentials in it. Still, you can tweak the exposure level, ISO, white balance, aspect ratio, and you also have a choice of several scene modes, including close-up, night, sports, and backlight. You're also getting Nokia Smart Cam, a proprietary app equipped with some noteworthy wizardry, including modes such as Best Shot, Remove Objects, Change Faces, and Motion and Action Focus. All of these allow you to work stills after they've been taken, and, in some cases, improve them profoundly.


The Nokia Lumia 525 is a decent all-rounder when it comes to multimedia

The usual Windows Phone multimedia portfolio is loaded on the Lumia 525. The powerful Photos app is still among our favorites for its overall design, ease-of-use, and functionality. Edits, like cropping and rotating, are easy to carry out. The Music+Videos app is a tad less to our taste, but it's still a perfectly capable solution.

Video playback is stellar, though you're obviously limited by the conservative, 4-inch display. The same goes for audio, and we've got to say that we were initially shocked to hear just how loud the speaker on the back of the Lumia 525 is. Obviously, loudness and quality usually have an inverse relationship, and Nokia's device is no exception to that rule, but we were still quite happy with what we were treated to.

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Nokia Lumia 525

Nokia Lumia 525

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (235 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
Size4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches
(119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1430 mAh, 16.9 hours talk time

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