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Nokia Lumia 520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17185 reviews of Nokia Lumia 520. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the portability and size. The performance and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the apps and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia Lumia 520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nokia Lumia 520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1247 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the screen and portability. The performance and price also get good feedback, but many are critical about the reliability.

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reliability

81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia Lumia 520 Sim Free Windows Smartphone - BlackNokia Lumia 520 Sim Free Windows Smartphone - Black

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nokia Lumia 520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6011 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Opinions about the camera and portability are generally positive. The performance and usability also get good comments, but many are critical about the reliability.

price, usability, performance, portability, camera

reliability

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T)Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T)

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Nokia Lumia 520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the battery and portability. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the social networking functionality and camera, and there are some mixed views about the reliability.

price, usability, performance, portability, battery

camera, social network

84% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Black - International Version, Factory Unlocked WP8Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Black - International Version, Factory Unlocked WP8

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Sharif Sakr (engadget.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 review: does Nokia need another budget Windows Phone?

 

Oh, for an easy life. Sometimes it'd be nice to just read a phone's spec sheet, compare prices and make a decision. In a number of ways, the Nokia Lumia

Inexpensive ; Useful Nokia apps ; Mostly good components and construction

Battery life is short for a low-end phone ; Poor display ; Feels redundant beside the Lumia 620

This phone just can't hold its own against the Lumia 620, and we don't think the modest savings are worth it.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 review: Best buys

 

The Lumia 520 completes the roll call for Nokia's second generation of Microsoft-powered smartphones. Statistically, this means that every step of their product line, from 5** all the way to 9**, has been backed up by a fresh WP8-rocking alternative.

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support ; Quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support ; 4.0" 16M-color IPS LCD display of WVGA resolution ; 5 megapixel autofocus camera with 720p@30fps video recording ; Windows Phone 8 OS ; 1 GHz dual-core Krait...

Common LCD lacks the punch of CBD ; A few prominent apps still missing, some apps incompatible due to 512MB RAM ; No front-facing camera ; No LED flash ; No system-wide file manager ; No lockscreen shortcuts ; Voice-guided SatNav license limited to a...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Rob Pegoraro (pcmag.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 (AT&T)

 

The pay-as-you-go Nokia Lumia 520 is a solid introductory smartphone on AT&T's Go Phone prepaid service, provided photography isn't a priority.

Cheap, compact, capable Windows Phone device. Easy-to-use interface.

No front-facing camera and a mediocre rear camera. Slow HSPA+ broadband. Same Windows Phone app-availability issues as ever.

Conclusions Were the Lumia 520 on AT&T's subscription service, this phone would be an awful deal. Its low price would soon vanish in higher monthly rates set to subsidize the purchase of pricier hardware. Instead, you can easily get by with a $60/month...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by (notebookcheck.net)

Review Nokia Lumia 520 Smartphone

 

Nokia's declaration of price. With an RRP of below 200 Euros (~$262), the Lumia 520 is a very affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The somewhat more expensive Lumia 620 has only been available for a short time. But which entry-level model should the...

Retail price, IPS screen, Micro SD slot, Satisfactory multimedia performance, Good battery runtime, High-quality build, The battery runtime has increased compared to the precursor

Screen's legibility in outdoor use, Camera quality, Moderate scope of delivery, The device would be better to use outdoors if the screen's maximum brightness were a bit higher. The app store also does not yet have much choice

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 Review

 

It's Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone 8 device, takes the company's latest range to five models, and borrows some of the style from its bigger siblings, but can the Lumia 520 compete with cheap Android? Unveiled alongside the Lumia 720 at Mobile World...

Things are getting tight in Nokia’s Windows Phone line-up, with increasingly small differentiators between different models for different price points. Although that makes for potential confusion in the consumer marketplace, Nokia tells us it pays...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Daniel P. (phonearena.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 Review

 

Nokia seems to have nailed the ultra low-end of Windows Phones with the Lumia 520 on paper. Coming in a variety of jolly colors, it hits the sweet spot of price and productivity, employing a decent display, dual-core processor and a 5MP camera, all at...

Good all-around value for the money ; Free offline voice-guided navigation ; Screen can be operated with gloves

Subpar call quality

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...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 Review

 

This is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device you can buy at the moment, a mobile platform that Microsoft has promised to support at least for the next two years. The phone is incredibly well priced at Rs. 10,499 and should attract many of those looking...

Extremely fluid UI, MicroSD slot for upgrading storage to 64GB, Sturdy build that should withstand some abuse

No LED Flash or front facing camera, Relatively low-res screen

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : cellphones.ca (cellphones.ca)

Nokia Lumia 520

 

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress, the Nokia Lumia 520 is another budget offering for the Windows Phone platform. James Rogerson of TechRadar said that "At first glance it's certainly an impressive handset for the price." The Nokia Lumia 520 comes with...

Affordable price, Smooth performance despite modest specs sheet, Memory expansion option

Meager 512MB of RAM, Lacks apps, Display does not have enhancements of ClearBlack Display technology

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Rich Edmonds (windowscentral.com)

Lumia 520 Review - The most affordable Nokia Windows Phone

 

Windows Phone Central's review of the the Lumia 520, the cheapest Nokia Windows Phone yet The Lumia 520 is a well-priced Windows Phone for an entry-level model. The option itself provides consumers an affordable Windows Phone that doesn't have a...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Tim Schiesser (neowin.net)

Review: Nokia Lumia 520

 

Is Nokia's dirt-cheap Lumia 520, costing just $150 outright, the best low-end smartphone money can buy? We go hands-on with the device in vibrant red to find out if the compromises are worth it.

For $150 U.S., there is little to fault about the Lumia 520, which ends up being a carefully crafted balance of cost and features. You're not going to get the premium parts that Nokia reserves for flagships like the Lumia 920, but at the same time...

May, 2013

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1430
Battery performance:1430
Battery recharge time:6.7
Battery Technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BL-5J
Browsing time:6.2 / 6.5 / 6.7
Browsing time (3G):6.5
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):6.2 / 7.3
Continuous audio playback time:52 / 61
Continuous video playback time:4.8 / 5.9 / 6.9
Gaming time:61
Standby time (2G):360 / 384
Standby time (3G):360 / 384 / 390 / 60
Talk time (2G):14.08 / 14.8 / 17.4 / 9.6
Talk time (3G):9.6 / 9.7
Wireless Charging:N

Call Management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

3D recording: No
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto focus: Yes
Built-in flash:No / Yes
Camera Resolution:2592 x 1936
Digital Zoom:4
Front Camera:N
Geotagging: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800 / 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum frame rate:30 / 300
Night mode: Yes
Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Rear Camera Resolution:2592 x 1936
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera:No / Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video capture resolution (max):1280 x 720
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent

Certificates

Body SAR:0.97
Body SAR (EU):0.97
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Head SAR:1.09 / 10.9
Head SAR (EU):1.09 / 10.9

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Yellow / Blue / Cyan / Red / White / Yellow
Form Factor:Bar

Display

3D playback: No
Aspect Ratio:10:6 / 15:9
Display Diagonal:10.2 / 4
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:480 x 800 / 800 x 480 / 840 x 480
Display Type:IPS / LCD
Orientation sensor:No / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard: No
Media keys (play/pause, stop, forward, rewind): Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5 / 512

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, 3GPP, AAC, AMR, ASF, MP2, MP3, WAV, WMA / 3GA, 3GPP, AMR, ASF, MP2, MP3, WAV, WMA / 3GA, AMR, ASF, MP3, MP4, WMA / 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WMA / 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, ASF, eAAC+, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, ASF, eAAC+, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, AMR, eAAC+, M4A, MP3, WMA / AAC, AMR, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / AMR, eAAC+, M4A, MP3, WMA
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX / DOC, PDF, PPS, PPT, XLS / DOC, PDF, PPT, TXT, XLS, XLX / doc, pdf, ppt, xls / PDF / PDF, XLS
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio:No / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, TIF / BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF / EXIF, JPG / JPG
Speakers:Stereo
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.264, M4V, MOV, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, H.264, M4V, MPEG4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MOV, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, VC-1, WMV / 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MPEG, MPEG4, WMV / AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1 / H.264, MP4
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,H.263,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,VC-1,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,H.263,H.264,MP4,MPEG4,VC-1,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,H.264,M4V,MOV,WMV / 3G2,3GP,AVI,H.264,M4V,MPEG4,WMV / 3G2,3GP,AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4,WMV / 3GP,ASF,AVI,H.263,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,WMV / 3GP,ASF,AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4,WMV / 3GP,ASF,AVI,M4V,MOV,WMV / 3GP,ASF,AVI,M4V,MP4,WMV / 3GP,ASF,H.263,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,VC-1,WMV / 3GP,AVI,H.263,H.264,MP4,MPEG4,WMV / 3GP,AVI,H.263,H.264,MPEG,MPEG4,WMV / AVI,H.263,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,WMV / AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4,WMV
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EFR, FR, HR / AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EFR, HR / AMR-NB, EFR, HR

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
GPS antenna: Yes
Pedestrian navigation: Yes
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / EDGE,GSM / GPRS / GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA,HSUPA / HSDPA,HSUPA,WCDMA / HSDPA,WCDMA / HSPA,WCDMA / WCDMA
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HFP, OPP, PBAP, SDAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, HCRP, HFP, MAP, OPP, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, OPP, PBAP / A2DP, HFP, OPP, PBAP
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 4.0 / 4.0 LE
Data network:3G
Near Field Communication (NFC):No / Yes
Security algorithms:EAP, PEAP, WEP, WPA, WPA2 / EAP, PEAP, WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA2-AES, WPA2-TKIP / EAP, PEAP, WPA, WPA2 / EAP, WEP, WPA, WPA2
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Compatibility:AC-20\nBL-5J\nCA-189CD\nWH-108
Java technology: Yes
Ringer type:Monophonic / MP3
Voice recording: Yes

Packaging Content

Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Battery pack: Yes
Bundled software:Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Alarm clock, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Phone
Operating system version:8 / Windows Phone OS
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets / Icons, Shortcuts / Menu, Shortcuts / Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Docking connector: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Lightning connector:N
TV out:N
TV-out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B / Mini-USB B
USB port:N / Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor:S4
Processor architecture:ARM7
Processor cores:1 / 2
Processor family:Qualcomm / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1
Processor model:S4

Software

Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Phone
Operating system version:8 / Windows Phone OS
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Included memory card size:64
Internal memory:8192
Internal RAM:512
Internal storage capacity:8
Maximum memory card size:64
RAM capacity:0.5
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.39 / 4.72
Height:0.39 / 4.72
Weight:4.37
Width:2.52
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