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Nokia Lumia 520 Review – Price, Specifications & Features

Nokia Lumia 520 Review - Price, Specifications & Features
Written by Jessica Richardson

Nokia is one of the longest-running mobile phone manufacturers in the world. In the time they have been in the market, they have been responsible for some of the greatest phones in the world. Apart from that, they have pioneered the development of many a great technologies and have made head-way in most areas of mobile telephony. If you were happy with what Nokia gave you in the past, you will be more than delighted at the new Nokia Lumia 520.

The phone

As you can see above, the Lumia 520 is a 4” masterpiece with a WVGA screen, and it runs on the windows 8 OS. There are some people who are of opinion that, “such a mighty OS should not run on a phone that is as low-end as the Lumia 520”. To call this phone low-end borders on insult. This is because the mighty OS actually runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor meaning that you get one of the smoothest user experience you could have on a Windows phone. Apart from that, the 800×480 pixels screen ensures that text and icons are crisp and sharp.

As with most other WVGA displays, the blacks on this phone are not as dark and as deep as with other phones that run the windows 8 OS. Some people even complain that some of the lighter blacks look somewhat like gray. The phone’s screen is not capacitive meaning that you can operate the fully-touch screen with finger nail as opposed to most of the other smartphones.


When we talk about connectivity, this phone does not disappoint. This phone comes with tri-band 2G and tri-band 3G connectivity for when you need to surf the net at warp-speeds. Apart from that, the phone comes with dual band a/b/g/n WI-FI, microUSB v2.0 and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP support. This means that this phone can connect to almost any device you have.

The storage

This phone stands out in that it gives you 8 gigs of memory for your media and other stuff. This is a phone for those who love their music and videos because on top of the 8 GB of internal memory, the Lumia 520 also lets you expand the memory to up to 40 GB with a 32 GB memory card. This phone is also able to run lots of applications in the background due to its 512 MB of ram.

The camera

This phone disappoints a little bit in this regard. While most other Nokia smartphones are soaring with camera above 20 MP, the Lumia 520 gives you a 5 MP camera with autofocus. Video camera takes the heat off the pixels as it records at 720p at 30 fps. This means that you should expect crisp videos with this phone.

The juice

Due to the fact that the battery is expected to power the dual core 1GHZ processor, the 1430 mAH is just too measly. This is made worse by the fact that with 8 GB of storage space, a lot of people will expect the phone to have enough juice to allow them to listen to music through on their headsets through the 3.5mm jack throughout the day. Suffice to say, this phone disappoints on this front.


If you want a cheap smartphone, Lumia 520 is for you. Even though this phone may not tick all the boxes on the features wishlist, but it certainly handles the most important ones. In a nutshell, it is a good value for money.

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