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Nokia Lumia 520 Hands-On Review

By Simon Thomas on 22nd April 2013

We already compared the Nokia Lumia 520 to the Lumia 720 where it came out an easy victor. We've now got our hands on the Nokia Lumia 520 . Just how good is Nokia's affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone ?


Physical Design


The Nokia Lumia 520 has a 4 inch display enclosed in a compact and lightweight case which made it a pleasure to hold. The precise dimensions of the smartphone are 119.9 x 64 x 9.9mm , while it weighs just 124g.


The plastic casing doesn't give it that premium feel, but the affordable smartphone doesn't feel cheap either. The Nokia Lumia 520 is available in a choice of five colours (yellow, red, cyan, white & black) and the cases are interchangeable.


Touch-Screen Display


The Lumia 520's 4 inch display runs at a resolution of 800 * 480 pixels and features Nokia's Clearback Technology. That ensures that it's visible even on a bright Summers day , although those are few and far between in the UK.


Nokia's smartphone also includes "super-sensitive technology" , which enables you to use the touch-screen while wearing gloves or with a stylus. This will be greatly appreciated on a cold Winter morning and is a feature not present on the Lumia 620.


Power & Performance


As you'd expect for a smartphone priced around £150 the Lumia 520 doesn't have a cutting-edge specification. However, you do get a dual-core 1 GHz processor which is backed up by 512MB of RAM and Windows Phone 8 felt snappy and responsive.


When it comes to storage space the Lumia 520 has 8GB of on-board memory, which can be expanded by another 64GB using external SD cards. That should provide more than enough storage for your music, movies and pictures.


Multimedia Features


The Nokia Lumia 520's 5 mega-pixel camera is capable of taking 2592 x 1936 pixel snaps and recording 720p HD video. This should prove perfectly adequate for most users, but sadly the mobile doesn't have a front-facing camera for video calling.


Audio playback is a real strength of the Lumia 520 thanks to Dolby Headphones support and the inclusion of graphics equaliser. You'll also get up to 60 hours playback from a single charge which makes it a great alternative to a standalone MP3 player.


Battery Life


Battery life on more affordable smartphones is normally excellent and the Nokia Lumia 520 doesn't buck-the-trend. It's 1430mAh battery delivers 14.8 hours talk-time and up to 360 hours stand-by time.


The Nokia Lumia 520 is a great value smartphone and we can't recommend it enough. Those considering buying the Lumia 720 or Lumia 620 should strongly consider buying the Lumia 520 instead !

The Lumia 520 is currently available to buy in the UK right now. Checkout O2's Lumia 520 deals by clicking here or Vodafone's by clicking here.


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Lumia 520 v Lumia 720
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