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Nokia Lumia 521

alaTest has collected and analyzed 926 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and battery. The camera and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the features. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia Lumia 521 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Nokia Lumia 521

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 879 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 521 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

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

This summary is based on the product: Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile)

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Nokia Lumia 521 (MetroPCS)

 

Inexpensive. Minimal, elegant design. Adequate internal storage. Above-average call quality. Growing selection of Windows Phone apps

No camera flash. No LTE. Slower than other Windows Phone devices

Nokia's Lumia 521 is a solid Windows Phone smartphone for just under $100, but it's missing key features like LTE and a camera flash, which are found on competing Android devices.

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Nokia Lumia 521 Review

 

If you thought the Nokia Lumia 520 was good, boy are you going to have a great time with the Nokia Lumia 521. Essentially the same device as you'll be getting internationally, this T-Mobile iteration of the entry-level Windows Phone 8 device brings the...

The Nokia Lumia 521 isn’t the nicest Windows Phone 8 device on the market – and it’s certainly not the hottest Nokia machine out today – but it’s not meant to be. Working to be the cost-cutting entry level to the Windows Phone 8 universe with the good...

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Nokia Lumia 521 Review

 

One of the nice things about Nokia's Lumia phones is that they're often affordable – even the fancy flagship models. So when the company creates a budget phone it's possible to get it for next to nothing. That's the case with the Nokia Lumia 521 from...

Comfortable, compact design ; Speedy performance ; Good call quality

Narrow viewing angles on display ; Screen collects smudges and dirt easily ; Mediocre battery life ; Slower 4G speeds than most phones

Cameras are usually a big deal in the Nokia Lumia line but this budget model doesn't get to share in that love.

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Nokia Lumia 521

 

The Lumia 521 gives shoppers an affordable, easy-to-use and attractive Windows Phone without a contract on T-Mobile's network -- if you're willing to skip certain amenities.

Quality camera for price; Compact and solid design; Intuitive and customizable interface; Loud audio

Low-resolution display; No 4G LTE support; Below-average battery life; Lacks front camera

Click to EnlargeThe Lumia 521 is an entry-level Windows Phone that offers a lot for much less than other devices. For just $129 (without a contract), shoppers get an attractive and compact design, a capable camera and a user-friendly interface that...

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Nokia Lumia 521: One of the best bargains around

 

Nokia's Lumia 521 is one of the best bargain smartphones on any platform, but skip it if LTE is of paramount concern.

Nokia's Lumia 521 packs in a better camera and more software features than you might expect for its $150 off-contract price tag

No LTE, poor screen quality, and no camera flash remind you that the 521 wasn't built to be a premium smartphone

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Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile)

 

The Nokia Lumia 521 for T-Mobile is a good smartphone for a great price, as long as you don't mind Windows Phone's lack of apps.

Good call quality. Comfortable design. Inexpensive

No camera flash. Weak app selection. No LTE or HSPA+ 42

Everyone's attention might be on the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 928 right now, but it would be a shame to overlook the Lumia 521. This cute, capable smartphone costs just $29.99 down (or $149.99 in total), and gets you a good mix of performance and...

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Nokia Lumia 521 Review: The Best Affordable Prepaid Smartphone

 

Years ago, Nokia made a name for itself by pumping out great affordable phones, but somewhere along the way they lost their way, especially in the U.S. Fortunately, the Nokia Lumia 521 brings back that heritage. Sure, there is no front facing camera or...

Amazing value for the price, tough build quality, HD Voice makes calls sound really clear and loud, you get many of the same great bundled Nokia apps that you would get on Nokia’s more premium handsets, quite a durable phone, very good performance,...

No LTE support, no front-facing camera or flash, backplate is tricky to remove

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Nokia Lumia 521 Video Review

 

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Nokia Lumia 521

 

You won't find a cheaper Windows phone than the Nokia Lumia 521, but is it a steal or a letdown? Our review has the answer.

It's extremely affordable even off-contract, making it great if you want to avoid locking yourself into a carrier for two years

Its screen is grainy, its camera is mediocre, and its battery and processor are far below par next to other smartphones. Most critically, it can't connect to 4G LTE networks

As one of only two Windows phones offered by T-Mobile, the Lumia 521 might seem like the affordable option, and if you're upgrading from a feature phone, it's wonderful. Against other smartphones, however, it can't hold its own.

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"Awesome Phone"

 

In short with the few glaring cons, which are basically dust off your shoulder because they spent the money where it should have gone and that being into the OS and the internal workings of the phone, which I don't mind. I don't really care about LTE...

Great user interface, quick navigation, not to bad in the sunlight, loud speaker(for a phone), decent camera, and great starter apps.

No front camera, Windows store still lacks but seems to be gaining ground quickly, the back cover seems rather cheap but does the job.

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