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Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

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 variety across the price range and OEMs can’t really customise the user experience the way they can with Android. This leaves you with a couple of exclusive apps from each brand, but that’s pretty much it. The newly launched Lumia 520 has the potential to really shake things up in the entry-level smartphone segment, not just for Nokia but Windows Phone in general.

Design and build
Available in a variety of colours, the Lumia 520 looks modern and fresh thanks to a soft, matte finish for the entire chassis. The glossy front attracts fingerprints, but it’s not as bad as some of the other phones in this range. Compared to the Lumia 620, which is a few thousand rupees more, the handset is slimmer and lighter, and oddly, feels a lot more premium. The curved back fits snugly in your hand and all the buttons line up with your fingers. The back cover is interchangeable and is a lot simpler to snap on and off as compared to the Lumia 820 or 620. There won’t be any option for a wireless charging cover, but at this price, we don’t think that matters much.

Nokia Lumia 520

Excellent design and build
The microSIM and microSD card slots are placed beside each other and are hot-swappable. You get a dedicated camera shutter button along with the usual set of buttons. In order to keep the price low, Nokia has had to do away with the LED flash, the front camera and the compass.
Overall, the Lumia 520 is easily one of the best-looking and well-built devices in Nokia’s entire WP8 range, let alone in that particular price bracket. Another good thing about the design is that the headphone jack is not attached to the cover, like the 620, and you’ll be able to buy third party covers as well, which should be a lot cheaper.

Nokia Lumia 520

We prefer a matte finish back any day of the week
The Lumia 520 sports a larger 4-inch IPS display compared to its slightly more expensive cousin. It doesn’t use the ClearBlack technology but uses Super-sensitive touch instead, which allows you to operate it even with gloves on. The display is bright and viewing angles are good, but the colours aren’t very vivid or punchy. This is very noticeable when you place the 520 and 620 side-by-side – the Lumia 620’s display has a much better colour reproduction. Still, for the price it’s really hard to complain. The Lumia 520 is powered by the same Qualcomm MSM8227 SoC used in the 620. This consists of two dual-core Krait CPUs running at 1GHz along with the newer Adreno 305 GPU.

Nokia Lumia 520

The IPS display is pretty good under various lighting conditions
The Lumia 520 lacks the Dolby headphone enhancement featured in the 620 and above, but despite this, the audio quality through headphones is good. Even at half volume, audio is clear and crisp with a good amount of bass kicking in. We tested this with the Cowon EM1 and not the stock earphones. The volume level through the speaker is pretty good too. With the phone lying flat on its back, alerts can easily be heard. Audio codecs are a bit limited, but that’s something you’ll have to live with. There’s a lock screen widget as well for convenience.
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.

Nokia Lumia 520

Full HD playback was a pleasant surprise
Nokia is also throwing in some exclusive offers with the Lumia 520, such as the ability to stream unlimited movies from BIGFlix for the first three months for free. Reliance customers will get 1GB of free 3G for two months. Along with that, WhatsApp and Facebook have been whitelisted during that period, which means all data sent and received from these two apps won’t be counted in your 1GB quota.

Nokia Lumia 520 Specifications

Form Factor Bar
Screen Type IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
Screen Size 4.0 inches
Screen Resolution 480 x 800
Number of Colours 16M
Processor Dual Core
Speed 1 GHz
Internal Memory 8 GB, 512 MB RAM
Extendable Memory microSD, up to 64 GB
Camera Features
Sensor Resolution 5MP, 2592 x 1936
Digital Zoom 4x
Video resolution / frame rate 720p / 30fps
Video Recording Yes
General Features
OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Bluetooth Features Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
USB Connector Yes
Available Colours Yellow, Red, Cyan, White/black
Carrier Networks
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G HSDPA 900 / 2100
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Dimensions 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
Weight(grams) 124
Media Player Music formats: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA
– Video formats: H.264, H.263, WMV
Speakerphone Yes
Audio connector 3.5 mm
Type Li-Ion
Capacity(mAh) 1430
Talk Time with Standard Battery (Minutes) Up to 14 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 9 h 40 min (3G)
Standby Time with Standard Battery (Hours) Up to 360 h (3G)
Miscellaneous Features
Built in Applications Hotmail
– Yahoo! Mail
– Outlook Mobile
– Gmail
– Office 365
– Nokia MailWindows Live / Hotmail /
– MS Exchange Active Sync
– Twitter
– Facebook chat
– LinkedIn
– Skype IM
After Sales Service
Warranty Period 1 Year





  1. I wish to obtain a home windows phone 8 device but my finances are very reasonable so I have simplified it lower towards the htc 8s and also the Nokia lumia 520. I’ll apply it music mainly but additionally browsing watching television, youtube, texting and taking photos.

    Please let me know that is best or other device you can recommend.

  2. I have to purchase a new mobile phone however i got limited budget.. Which can you recommend Lenovo s880 or Nokia Lumia 520?

  3. I truly loved the appearance and also the smooth functioning. It is also inside my budget. Must I purchase it? Could it be a great phone? I am 16, male. Please produce advice.

  4. I possess a home windows 8 laptop already.. However I desire a home windows phone under 10k.. I would like all of the social applications like Facebook, Whatsapp, etc overlook the games! I am a teen!

  5. If only to purchase a Nokia Lumia 520, So I wish to understand how people rate the telephone. Please let me know your sights and reviews concerning the phone.

  6. I purchased a brand new Nokia mobile Lumia 520 .i understand to make use of pc along with other mobiles . i’m a new comer to touch phone.i sent a diamond ring tone to my phone via bluetooth. it is incorporated in the phone. i dont understand how to set this as my ringtone.and please let me know how you can transfer files from pc to mobile and from mobile to pc. help ! !

    I’m using home windows 7 os .within my pc.

    Thanks Jack 1 I is going to do it and i’ll publish the end result !

    Jack the ringtone that we sent via bluetooth isn’t inside ! i possibly could unable to think it is

  7. Patrick Dahlheimer

    I am placing a new budget rig together and I believed of utilizing the NVIDIA GT 520 Series Graphics 1G card. Both IBUYPOWER and CYBERPOWER both offer it on their own low finish rigs. Discuss performance? I’m going to be while using AMD Forex-4100 processor,8g 1333 DDR3 ram as well as an AM3+ mobo (brand uncertain yet). Any ideas?

  8. What’s this number in words.

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    and thousandth

    each one of these rounded please


  9. I’m wondering if there’s an array of programs on the lumia? Such things as Facebook, chocolate crush along with other giveaways.

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