Nokia Lumia 520 Review


The Finnish cell phone making company Nokia had initially released the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820 introducing the new experience of Windows Phone 8. But that came for a cost. The Lumia 920 is priced at Rs. 36999 and the Lumia 820 at Rs. 23499 hence making it difficult for people with tight budgets to break through this and experience the goodness of Windows Phone 8. Later at the Mobile World Congress held at Barcelona the budget Nokia Lumia 520 was finally announced. Lumia 620 had actually made the cut earlier into the market at Rs. 14230. Nokia then launched the Lumia 520 at Rs. 10500.

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The Nokia Lumia 520 comes in various colours: Cyan, White, Black, Yellow and Red. They have removable back panels and you can buy new ones from your Nokia Support Centers. These colours add a whole new dimension to the mobile phone. It is good Nokia stuck to the colours for this device as well. All these back panels are made of plastic which does not feel cheap in your hand. You cannot expect polycarbonate for a 10 grand phone. The phone has straight edges but the body curves around every one of them, this gives a great sense of holding this phone in your hands.
A big downside to the designing is the placement of the speakers for audio which are at the back of the phone, so if you are listening to music, you will have to place the screen facing down on the surface which might not be comfortable for some people. Otherwise you just can,t hear anything. But the speakers are great! They are loud and have great sound quality.


Nokia has missed its mark in providing a quality screen for its budget smartphone. It has a 4 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. But it is not uniformly lit and colours seem to be washed out. It has a mere 233 ppi density. The screen has a resolution of 800×480 pixels. But don’t worry the screen is not that horrific. The HD content is very bright and looks beautiful on the 4 inch screen. Unless you put a great phone besides it having an amazing quality screen you wont notice much of the faults in the display.


Nokia Lumia 520 camera
Lumia 520 has a 5MP Camera. Unlike The 920 and 820, they have not provided the angelic Carl Zeiss lens. The camera does fairly good but lacks your general support of light focus and image stabilization. The shutter speed is slower compared to other phones of the same price band which in some cases might result to blur images. The phone does have really good video capture ability. It records 720p video which looks quiet stunning for a budget smartphone.
The Lumia 520 lacks a front facing camera. Also, it lacks led flash support for its primary camera. But overall the camera does a really good job for casually capturing images. But it is not the one for you if you are looking for sharp detailing.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz dual-core Krait CPU backed by a 512 MB RAM. This is absolutely brilliant for the running your general applications but not so much for gaming. Temple Run released a while back from Windows Phone 8 and it requires atleast 1GB of RAM in your Windows Phone for it to run. So, if you are into gaming, avoid this phone under all costs because it won’t meet your minimum requirements. Unlike its predecessor it has internal memory of and with microSD card you can expand it to upto 64 GB!


Windows Phone 8 works really well on the device. The OS is the main reason you will buy this phone. It has a deep social networking integration and is packed with lots of features. Windows Phone 8 also gives you free 7GB of Sky Drive storage which comes in really handy. The most amazing feature of WP8 is Microsoft Office and because of Sky Drive you can move it all around, wherever you go. You also get the best Driving, Music and Maps application there is: Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and Nokia Maps.

Final Thoughts

If you have a tight budget and are looking for a phone which will blow you away for such a low price, 520 is the one. If lag kills, buy Lumia 520 because WP8…..not going to lag. If you like casual photography but do not bother too much about detail, buy this device. If you want a smartphone with a great battery backup for 10grand, this is your phone. But do not buy it if you can’t handle not having a LED Flash and front camera. All in all, it is a brilliant phone and if you have set the budget, you can buy this without thinking twice. But anything said, it is the best smartphone in its range.


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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100 – RM-914
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-915
HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-917
Announced 2013, February
Status Available. Released 2013, April
BODY Dimensions 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm, 75.7 cc (4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 in)
Weight 124 g (4.37 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Scratch-resistant glass
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB, 512 MB RAM
EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592х1936 pixels, autofocus, check quality
Features 1/4” sensor size, geo-tagging
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8227
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Yellow, red, cyan, white/black
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery (BL-5J)
Stand-by (2G) / Up to 360 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 14 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 9 h 40 min (3G)
Music play Up to 61 h




Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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