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Nokia Lumia 520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3806 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the camera and responsiveness are overall positive. The screen and usability also get good comments, whereas opinions are divided on the reliability. There are some negative opinions about the features.

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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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review Nokia Lumia 520 Smartphone


Nokia's declaration of price. With an RRP of below 200 Euros (~$2

Retail price; IPS screen; Micro SD slot; Satisfactory multimedia performance; Good battery runtime; High-quality build

Screen's legibility in outdoor use; Camera quality; Moderate scope of delivery

The extremely low-priced device has a fully sufficient performance for routine applications and its build is also high standard.

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Nokia Lumia 520 Review


The thing about the Windows Phone platform is that if you've seen one, you've seen them all. This is good since you get the true feel of the OS no matter which phone you pick. However, this can also be viewed as a negative, since the platform lacks...

Most of your movies will have to be converted if they aren’t in MP4 as the video codec support is a bit limited as well. The good news is that 1080p MP4 files play just fine without any stutter, which is mighty impressive for an entry-level smartphone.

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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.

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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...

If low-cost is your guiding star, though, the Lumia 520 is impressive for the price, and the value-add of Nokia’s software and services isn’t to be sniffed at either.

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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...

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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...

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Nokia Lumia 520 Review


The budget segment of the smartphone market share is becoming increasingly important in emerging markets like here in India. Many people are just looking for...

There is honestly, no Android phone in the same price range as the 520, that is even remotely as quick and enjoyable to use. Atleast none from a major OEM, because I know some of y’all are going to count random Chinese manufacturers as well.

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Nokia Lumia 520 Hands-On [video]


Along with the Nokia Lumia 720, Nokia announced the much more affordable Nokia Lumia 520 today as well. Boasting a 4 inch 800 x 400...

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Amazon review summary for Nokia Lumia 520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 450 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T)Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 OS Cell Phone - BlackNokia Lumia 520 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 Cell Phone - White

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very cheap quality


After 2 months of using this phone the software started to die. The function for speaker and 'end call' stopped working. The supplied USB cable will not let you transfer anything between your PC and the phone. I tried to use then the Bluetooth option...

relatively cheap for 'smart' phone

software failure, cannot export to SIM, short battery life

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p


GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:IPS
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:Windows Phone
Operator:EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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