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Nokia Lumia 521

alaTest has collected and analyzed 941 reviews of Nokia Lumia 521. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the camera and performance are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good views. There are some negative reviews about the apps. Reviews about the social networking functionality and reception are different.

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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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 879 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 521 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Cell phones on Reviews about the camera and performance are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback, whereas the apps and reception get mixed opinions.

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

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

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

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.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Burns (

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...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (

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.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: (

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...

May, 2013

Expert review by: CNET (

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

May, 2013

Expert review by: Alex Colon (

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...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Chip Chick (

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

Aug, 2013

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Nokia Lumia 521 Video Review

Jun, 2013

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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.

Consumer review by: ZeMewoCat (

"Satisfiable for its pricing"


The Nokia Lumia 521 is a decent phone for anyone who is not a nitpick about phone quality. For me, the 521 works pretty well and I am totally satisfied with it. This is not a flagship phone, so it does not have many "exceeding expectations" type of...

Comfortable to hold

Slow after the Windows 8.1 update

Mar, 2015
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