Let’s break down and analyse the different parts of the Lumia 520 and see what its all about, and if its worth your money.
For starters this phone has a very basic look which I find pretty good, It’s functional but it isn’t also abrasive looking or ugly.
The back is made of that soft touch plastic. It provides grip,doesn’t feel ‘cheap’, and it doesn’t scratch easily. All the physical buttons are on the right side of the phone ,which is nice because you can grip your phone in your left hand without pushing some volume button or what not. The buttons are easy to push for example, the power button works great and so does the camera button (which has two stages so you can focus and snap a pic quickly).
The volume rocker is harder to push and push quickly, but you can just hold it to turn volume up/down. Also note, if you take the back off to pull off the battery or SD card, make sure you put the cover back on very well.
Overall, the phone is built solidly, it’s good looking, and everything is laid out well.
The resolution is just fine for a 4” screen, and yes, a full 1080p screen is good, but I thought it was simply overkill for a phone.
The screen gets bright enough if you want to set it to high, and does what youd expect on medium and the low settings. Also you can leave it on auto, which is what I do. It works well enough and I can always read the screen.
Colors are bright and accurate as far as I can tell however, I will say it’s a very glossy screen so reflections do get noticeable. There is some of that dark ‘banding’ as I call it at the bottom of the screen. Many phones, laptops, etc.have had this, so Its easy to get over it.
The touch screen works very well and while I’m not wearing gloves, I did put a cloth over my hand and try it worked just as well. No bad touches or anything wrong with the touch screen.
Hardware wise, Nokia Lumia 520 comes equipped with a Snapdragon S4 1ghz Dual Core processor and RAM: 512 MB.
It gets the job done if you’re looking for a phone decent enough to play most of the game library from the Windows Phone Market. Has a great performance for those who enjoy typing fast but sometimes can slack on multi tasking functions with more than one game opened.
For those who are looking for the Nokia Lumia 520 for work apps and photography, you won’t get disappointed as the Snapdragon S4 performs outstandingly for the price of the phone, especially for the battery usage.
The phone comes equipped with 8GB of mass memory, and 7GB of Cloud Storage via the Skydrive application. If you’re in need of more memory you can always put a Micro SD up to 64GB’s.
I won’t be reviewing the Windows phone 8 in depth but I will examine it more casually. It’s a very nice OS, slick, good looking, gets stuff done without getting in your way. Yes, it has limits. Sure, the available applications are behind iOS and Android, which is a valid concern.
The store is also confusing compared to the others, so finding stuff isn’t as easy, which is a odd contrast given that most apps are very easy to use.The included Nokia software is awesome I’ll say.
Their version of maps and navigation are actually very good, hasn’t failed me yet and just as good as Google Naps/Nav.
The included software for the camera is nice – nothing mind-blowing but it’s useful and I like it. I’ll talk about the physical camera more. Mail, messages, phone, etc. are all very easy to use and look nice.
Overall, Microsoft did well with the OS here and partnering with Nokia provided a bit of extra ‘oomph’ to the mix. Go to a phone store and tell the sales people to leave you alone and try out a windows phone for a while to see how it works.
That’s the only way you’ll know regardless of how many reviews you read.
It’s essentialy a basic camera. Nokia does well with optics so even though this is “only” 5MP, it takes decent looking and clear pictures. It doesn’t have a flash, which I don’t mind anyway but some people might find annoying,I simply find that any cell phone with a flash usually make pictures look washed out or if you don’t use a flash, it’s just dark and grainy.
It takes pictures quickly and as I said about some of the nice software, you can flash 5 pictures quickly to pick your favorite. I don’t get why people slam cameras on phones, they work well enough and aren’t the main attraction anyway, some phones come with respectable cameras now but you’ll pay for it. If you need that, get one. Otherwise, buy a good stand-alone camera you can use lenses and enjoy excellent pictures.
I’m impressed with this phone and even more so given the rock-bottom price.
It has some signs of a”cheap” phone such as you must manually pull your SD card out – no spring loaded ejection (this phone can take an SD card, unlike many new Android devices and all iPhone’s. The ability to add a lot more storage, cheaply and quickly, is good regardless of nitpicking.)
It’s a full, honest smartphone that has good specs and works scarily well for its price, I can see it making a good impulse buy.
FOR THOSE WHO : Want to try the Windows Phone Platform, those who are in need of a cheap but high performance phone, casual use of the smartphone abilities.
NOT FOR THOSE WHO : Are searching for a high end smartphone, that need a phone with a great camera quality, don’t want Windows Phone.