Nokia Lumia 520

Specifications

Nokia Lumia 520Notebook: Nokia Lumia 520 (Lumia Series)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 305
Display: 4.0 inch, 3:5, 800x480 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.124kg
Price: 199 euro
Average Score: 81.89% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 12 reviews)
price: 88%, performance: 61%, features: 58%, display: 77% mobility: 99%, workmanship: 79%, ergonomy: 68%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the Nokia Lumia 520

87% Review Nokia Lumia 520 Smartphone | Notebookcheck
Nokia's declaration of price. With an RRP of below 200 Euros (~$262), the Lumia 520 is a very affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The somewhat more expensive Lumia 620 has only been available for a short time. But which entry-level model should the buyer opt for? The variety of choice makes it hard to choose, but notebookcheck.net is here to help.
Lumia 520 is a great way to spend £100 - Lumia 520 video review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Nokia Lumia 520 fits comfortably in the hands. Rounded corners and sides help you to easily operate it in a single hand. Even with a removable rear panel it doesn't creak or flex under pressure, although the build is a touch plasticky and you'll be constantly wiping away greasy fingerprints. It is solid, and you won't need a case to prevent scratches, however.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/04/2014
80% Lumia 520 review: budget smartphone offers good features and build for less than £100
Source: PC Advisor English
An ideal first smartphone for those who are willing to part with only £100 or less, the Lumia 520 is a well built inexpensive handset with all the features you need. Indeed, at this price you could consider it a second phone: a robust backup for those times when you don't want to risk your hugely expensive main phone, but you need to be able to contact and interact with the world.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 70% features: 60% workmanship: 80%
80% Nokia Lumia 520 review
Source: Stuff TV English
Everything about this smartphone - screen, camera, battery life - is just about good enough to raise it above the usual cheap suspects. And with Nokia’s ace apps and colourful back covers, there are a few added extras that help to explain how the 520 has bagged so many fans around the globe. That said, if Android can get a look-in (which it should), we’re sticking with the Moto G as our afford-a-phone of choice. It’s still the benchmark for budget smartphones and manages to make capable kit such as the Lumia 520 look second best.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 60% display: 70% workmanship: 70%
80% Nokia Lumia 520 review: an affordable and stylish Windows Phone 8 device
Source: PC Advisor English
If you're looking for a cheap smartphone, you may have just found it. The Nokia Lumia 520 doesn't tick all the boxes on our features wishlist, but it capably handles those that are most important. Windows Phone 8 is a beautiful operating system, but it still lacks apps. If you can get past this and don't mind sacrificing some performance and connectivity, the Lumia 520 is a strong budget buy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 60% features: 60% workmanship: 80%
iPhone 5c vs Nokia Lumia 520 comparison review: which colourful smartphone is better?
Source: PC Advisor English
The iPhone 5c is Apple's 'budget' phone, but there looks to be very little budget about it (even the price), so comparing it to the Nokia Lumia 520 is a bit unfair as that genuinely is a budget smartphone. The iPhone 5c will obviously be the better smartphone, but its price holds it back a little.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 09/18/2013
90% Nokia Lumia 520 review
Source: Techradar English
The Nokia Lumia 520, much like its big brother the Nokia Lumia 620, is a jack of all trades and a master of none - although manages to make a good fist of nearly all it tries, for the price. Budding photographers might find the lack of a flash prohibitive and if you're a power user you might want to consider the Huawei Ascend W1 for its superior battery life, but for everyone else the Nokia Lumia 520 comes heartily recommended.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Nokia Lumia 520 Review
Source: Think Digit English
This is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device you can buy at the moment, a mobile platform that Microsoft has promised to support at least for the next two years. The phone is incredibly well priced at Rs. 10,499 and should attract many of those looking to buy their first smartphones, or students who may be on a tight budget. However, just because the phone is cheap, does that mean it can't live up to our expectations? We find out.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 80%
80% Nokia Lumia 520 review: a very popular budget Window Phone 8 device
Source: PC Advisor English
If you're looking for a cheap smartphone, you may have just found it. The Nokia Lumia 520 doesn't tick all the boxes on our features wishlist, but it capably handles those that are most important. Windows Phone 8 is a beautiful operating system, but it still lacks apps. If you can get past this and don't mind sacrificing some performance and connectivity, the Lumia 520 is a strong budget buy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 60% features: 60% workmanship: 80%
80% Nokia Lumia 520 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Nokia Lumia 520 is a great little smartphone. It delivers what Nokia is known for, with good design and build quality, despite the affordable price point. A few hardware shortcuts have been made, knocking out the flash, front camera and NFC, for example, which the slightly more expensive Lumia 620 offers. But at this price there's little to criticise. It's a competent smartphone, delivering the Windows Phone 8 experience aptly, so if you're in the market for a smartphone that won't cost the earth, it's well worthy of consideration. If you have a few pounds more, however, then it's worth looking at the Lumia 620 too.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/23/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Nokia Lumia 520 review - a cheap Windows Phone 8 smartphone with a lot to offer
Source: PC Advisor English
If you're looking for a cheap smartphone, you may have just found it. The Nokia Lumia 520 doesn't tick all the boxes on our features wishlist, but it capably handles those that are most important. Windows Phone 8 is a beautiful operating system, but it still lacks apps. If you can get past this and don't mind sacrificing some performance and connectivity, the Lumia 520 is a strong budget buy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/03/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 60% features: 60% workmanship: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Preisbewusst – Günstiges 4-Zoll-Smartphone für Windows-Einsteiger
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Positive: good price-performance ratio; good stability; practical device
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/20/2013
Windows Phone 8-Handy für 150 Euro
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: good workmanship; colorful design; respectable configuration; multiple Nokia services available
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/13/2013

Comment

Qualcomm Adreno 305:

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Snapdragon MSM8227: Mid-range, 28nm Dual Core SoC clocked at 1.0 Ghz for Smartphones.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


4.0": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.124 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Nokia: The Finnish enterprise is one of the most important telecommunication companies and well-known for mobile technologies. The company started with netbooks in 2009.


81.89%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Notebooks from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Nokia Lumia 525
Snapdragon MSM8227
» Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 S7270
Snapdragon MSM8930
» Sony Xperia M
Snapdragon MSM8227
» HTC Windows Phone 8S
Snapdragon MSM8227

Notebooks with the same GPU

» Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0
Snapdragon MSM8930, 8.0", 0.32 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 10.1", 0.487 kg
» Huawei Ascend G740
Snapdragon MSM8930, 5.0", 0.155 kg
» Nokia Lumia 635
unknown, 4.5", 0.14 kg
» Nokia Lumia 630
unknown, 4.5", 0.14 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 5.3", 0.163 kg
» LG G2 Mini
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.7", 0.12 kg
» Nokia Lumia 1320
8930AB, 6.0", 0.22 kg
» ZTE Grand S Flex
Snapdragon MSM8930, 5.0", 0.2 kg
» LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Snapdragon MSM8230, 4.7", 0.12 kg
» Motorola Moto G
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.5", 0.143 kg
» LG Optimus F6
Snapdragon MSM8930, 4.5", 0.2 kg
» Nokia Lumia 625
Snapdragon MSM8930, 4.7", 0.159 kg
» HTC Windows Phone 8XT
Snapdragon MSM8930, 4.3", 0.2 kg
» HTC One Mini
8930AB, 4.3", 0.122 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9190
Snapdragon MSM8930, 4.3", 0.3 kg
» Sony Xperia L
Snapdragon MSM8230, 4.3", 0.137 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
8930AB, 6.3", 0.199 kg
» Nokia Lumia 720
Snapdragon MSM8227, 4.3", 0.128 kg
» Huawei Ascend W1
Snapdragon MSM8230, 4", 0.125 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Express GT-I8730
Snapdragon MSM8930, 4.5", 0.138 kg
» Nokia Lumia 620
Snapdragon MSM8227, 3.8", 0.127 kg
» HTC One SV
Snapdragon MSM8930, 4.3", 0.122 kg

Laptops with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» ZTE Blade V
unknown, Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q
» Alcatel OneTouch M'Pop
PowerVR SGX531, MT6575
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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-05-16)