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Nokia Lumia 521

alaTest has collected and analyzed 923 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and battery. The camera and usability also get good views. There are some mixed reviews about 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 521 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = 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 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 (T-Mobile)

 

If you're all about value, then mosey on up to T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 521. For $150 off-contract (or $130 if you manage to nab it from Walmart) the Windows Phone 8 device brings on solid performance and Nokia's signature apps for a bargain price.

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.

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

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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

 

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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"This is a great phone that deserves 5 stars by CNET."

 

Excellent phone. Of all the phones out there, Android/iPhones/Windows Phone 8, I feel as though this phone by far is the best value. And I've owned an iPhone in the past and

Ease of use.

If it would have been possible, I would have been willing to pay $10-25 dollars more to really improve the display. The display still works very well overall but it could be better in sunlight.

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"Great Windows smartphone with dynamic interface!"

 

CNet is usually lukewarm when it comes to Windows phones and they love the so called galaxy

Great user interface (live tiles), Offline music, music playback, Offline Navigation and maps,, pandora, camera, photo editing. Screen is not too bad in daylight or outside as compared to the $600+ phones. Tweek brightness to medium-high.

No camera flash, print support, WP OS is not deep enough and lacks great apps found in iOS. This will be better with time.

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"Real alternative to endless iOS, Android screen swiping"

 

I have been using

+ Interface design beautiful

- No LED flash

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