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Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520
alaScore 92

5969 reviews

May, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5969 reviews of Nokia Lumia 520. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the size and portability are generally positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

price, usability, performance, portability, size

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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Nokia Lumia 520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 815 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones on Views about the screen and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the reliability.

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

This summary is based on the products: Nokia Lumia 520 Sim Free Windows Smartphone - BlackNokia Lumia 520 UK Sim Free Smartphone - RedNokia Lumia 520, 8Gb, Sim Free Windows Smartphone - Cyan

May, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Nokia Lumia 520


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1035 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on People really like the design and portability. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the apps.

price, usability, performance, portability, design


85% 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

May, 2015

Expert review by: (

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: Roydon Cerejo (

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.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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. (

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: (

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: (

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: Clinton Jeff (

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.

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM8227


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
Operating System Version:Windows Phone 8
Operator:3 / EE / LIFE MOBILE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / TALKTALK / Tesco MB / 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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