Nokia Lumia 520 review

One of the three Windows Phones sold in 2013, Nokia Lumia 520 was one of them, and so it’s quiet safe to say that this cheap and cheerful handset is quiet popular.

The color is probably the most vital concern on Nokia Lumia 520 buyers’ minds. offered in yellow, red, black and white, it’s a rough call, but we are rather obsessed with our cyan model and you can change the back covers if you want anyway.

The Lumia 520 is at quiet excellent and light at 124g, can endure a tumble in overloaded pockets or bags and offers swappable back covers along with battery.

Nokia Lumia 520 Features:

  • OS: PopupWindows Phone 8.1, 8
  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches (119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm)
  • Weight: 4.37 oz (124 g)
  • Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels
  • Pixel density: 235 ppi
  • Camera:Popup5 megapixels
  • Aperture size: F2.4
  • Focal length (35mm equivalent): 28 mm
  • Camcorder: 1280×720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
  • System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227
  • Processor: Dual core, 1000 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor: Adreno 305
  • System memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage: 8 GB
  • Battery Capacity: 1430 mAh
  • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS: 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data: HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB: USB 2.0

It’s not just the exterior of Nokia Lumia 520 phones which is unique; it is pretty impressive how many useful apps Nokia manages to pack into its lower-end phones. On top of admittance to the Windows Phone Store, the Nokia Lumia 520 is treated to the playlist streaming service Mix Radio, several of Nokia’s camera apps along with Nokia’s outstanding HERE Drive nav app.

Nokia Lumia 520Windows Phone presents customisable live tiles homescreen with simplified settings, is adequately suited to the users who just want simple access to messages, browsing as well as email. It also offers bonus of 7GB of free SkyDrive storage well-suited with the pre-installed Office (Word, Excel, and so forth) apps. Stick to viewing docs as well as editing on the fly in emergencies only, although, as the keyboard takes up most of 4in screen. Nokia Lumia 520 offers 512MB of RAM.

The Lumis 520’s 4in 800×480 screen is just no competition for the likes of the Moto G’s 720p display. That said, it’s an honest effort for the money. Prefer the high brightness setting in addition to Windows Phone still looks excellent – all vibrant colors, deep blacks and good visibility in daylight.

The 520’s screen is “super sensitive” as a result it’s easier to use with gloves – more helpful than you’d feel for this apparently never ending UK winter.

Nokia’s lavished its luxurious Lumias along with fancy camera tech, however the cheap 520 largely misses out. It offers 5MP camera screams budget plus the stills it takes are distinctly average.

Outdoors as well as close up, it fares well – images lack compared to the Galaxy S4 Mini but look effective enough onscreen as well as on social media. The 4x digital zoom is more or less useless, however that’s to be projected on a phone this price.

This little Lumia 520 will last a day of normal use, however hammer it harder with downloads, streams as well as gaming, moreover the 1430mAh battery will drop by 30-40% in a few hoursSlow and steady, but no race winner

In spite of the Lumia 520’s boast of a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, web browsing is rough and it can get in a tizz opening and closing apps. 3D gaming is a howl with the Lumia 520 handling titles such as Asphalt 8 well; however the Nokia Lumia 520 quickly starts to grate in usual use.


  • Super cheap
  • Great, expansive screen
  • Loads of innovation


  • No front camera
  • Normal battery
  • No NFC or compass

The Nokia Lumia 520 looks excellent, it offers a decent screen, it hardly ever stutters or slows down, it’s great for calls as well as messaging and might it just be the most excellent entry level Windows Phone handset you can buy.