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 ?
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.
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.
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 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 !
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By Simon Thomas on 22nd April, 2013
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