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Nokia Lumia 520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16220 reviews of Nokia Lumia 520. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the camera and portability. The performance and price also get good views. Some have doubts about the reliability, while opinions are divided on the battery.

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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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (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. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and portability. The performance and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, performance, portability, screen

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

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (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. Reviewers really like the camera and portability. The performance and usability also get good feedback, whereas 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)

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (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 really like the battery and portability. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the social networking functionality and camera. 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

Sep, 2016

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: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 (AT&T)

 

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

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.

Nov, 2013

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: 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: 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: 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

Browsing time (3G):6.5
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):6.2 / 7.3
Wireless Charging: No

Camera

Front Camera:No / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5

Messaging

E-mail: Yes

Navigation

GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes

Networking

2G standards:Edge / EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE, GSM / GPRS / GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G standards:HSDPA, HSUPA / HSDPA, HSUPA, WCDMA / HSDPA, WCDMA / HSPA, WCDMA / WCDMA
4G: No
SIM card capability:Single SIM

Ports & interfaces

Lightning connector: No
USB port: Yes