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Nokia Lumia 520 review | Introduction

Published on: Wednesday, July 10th 2013                   Written by: Ralf Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia Lumia 520 review

T he Nokia Lumia 520 is the beginner level model within the Lumia phone series. The Lumia 520 has the Windows Phone 8 operating system, a 4-inch touch screen that you can also operate with gloves on, a 1.0 GHz Dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera and an 8GB internal memory. This Windows Phone 8 smartphone is currently for sale via diverse internet companies for only €170. Does Nokia manage to manufacture a good smartphone for this price or is it smarter to pay a bit more?

Read how the Nokia Lumia 520 will live up to its name in practice below.

Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone review

Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone review

Windows Phone 8 - 1.0 GHz Dual-core processor - 4.0" touch screen - 5.0 MP camera

 

Windows Phone 8 smartphone

Windows Phone 8 smartphone

Nokia Lumia 520 design

In contrast to the round shapes of the Lumia 620, the Nokia Lumia 520 has a square design. It is a nice-looking smartphone and it is available in different bright colors, including yellow and red, but of course also black or white. The Nokia Lumia 520’s square design has the disadvantage that the edges are a bit sharp, although the smartphone is comfortable to handle. The Lumia 520’s dimensions are 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9 millimeters and the smartphone weighs 124 grams. The phone can be charged with a micro USB charger that is plugged in on the bottom. On the right side, there are a set of three keys: the Camera key, the On/Off key and the Volume keys. On top of the Nokia smartphone is a 3.5mm connection for headphones.

Nokia Lumia 520 test

Nokia Lumia 520 test

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 menu

As is usual for the Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 520 menu has the familiar ‘’Tiles’’. You can personalize the phone and organize the start screen according to your wishes. Next to the start screen with the ‘’Tiles’’, you can slide to the right for the complete list of options and apps. The disadvantage of this list is that it is a very long summary of all the phone’s options and applications. The more apps you download, the longer the list gets. However, there is a search function in order to find the desired app. Unfortunately, the Windows Phone 8 smartphones do not have the handy drop-down menu such as the Android phones, but you can easily place the phone functions that you use often on the start screen for quick access.

 
 

Our Rating!

Design
70%
User friendliness
75%
Features
75%
Performance
85%
Price / Quality ratio
95%
80%
Review rating
Nokia Lumia 520
 
 
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