How would you change Nokia's Lumia 520?
Like Samsung, Nokia’s smartphone strategy has always been focused around choice. Sometimes this results in products that are so very similar that it’s impossible to tell the difference. That’s not an issue with Nokia’s Lumia 520, the ultra-budget device that was totally swallowed in the shadow of the 620. Sharif Sakr swaddled the phone in derision, criticizing its poor performance, bad camera, unevenly-lit display and poor build quality. For many of you, we imagine you wound up getting this handset for price reasons alone, so the question that we have to ask is simple: what did you like, what did you hate, and what would you have changed?
1. That plastic screen is not nearly as nice as a glass one could have been
2. Yeah it's camera wasn't stellar, Sharif isn't wrong
3. Could have used a slightly bigger battery
The thing is, instead of following up with a better phone, in my opinion the changes Nokia made (in terms of the 530, set to replace this one) is much much worse:
For a cheap phone it is hard to get it any better than this, it does at times respond a little slower than it's bigger Lumia brothers, but all in all it respons well, I think the addition of 512 MB would solve this. I lso impacts how fast it is to read large volumes of music to add it to the music app and how responsive the phone is to show information in that app, and do have a fast 64 GB Micro SD card in it.
The camera actually takes decent photos, but it would be nice to have an LED flash as well.
I also have to say those capacitive touch buttons annoy me, I especially touch the search button all the time when I put the phone into my pocket, I would love to be able to control when and how it responds.
The phone is great value for money, where will you ever find a phone that performs so well for that price. Navigation is great and works perfectly. It is a great phone for those who dont want to spend a lot and get a good intro to how well Windows phone works. A great backup phone for those who are more passionate about their smart phone. I bought it as a backup phone but now it is currently my main phone. While it gets me through the day, I do miss my 920.
1: @TgD That plastic screen is not nearly as nice as a glass one could have been.
This is true, the plastic screen is not as nice to touch and is not as clear and bright as gorilla glass. Camera is OK for this price.
2: The voice call quality is amazingly good. It is loud and clear and has an unbelievable presence, almost like from a good quality studio loudspeaker. The difference jumps out at you after getting used to the Android phone for almost 2 years.
3: GPS and Here Maps are in another league compared to Google. My brother uses a Galaxy S4 as co-driver and, comparing side by side, the Here Maps from 520 wins the overall experience hands down.
4: Everyday use: Multitasking is OK. I don't use the 520 for heavy multitasking or heavy web-browsing or games so haven't tested it to the limit yet. The worse problem is Windows 8 because I don't have any confidence in storing my contacts and calendar in the 520. Google cloud/drive keeps track of all my data and I don't have to worry about losing more than 1 week's data update when my new Android phone arrives. For 520 I probably will have to spend a lot more time restoring things should I lose it.
In fact, I am typing on my company laptop at the moment, and any new entries in Outlook 2013 Calendar always saved to 'This computer only'. When I go home this evening, my home PC will not get synchronized at all with my work computer. It will have a separate, 'This computer only' calendar for the Home PC.
The only thing that sync between work and home PC are the Inbox folders. I login to Outlook using the same email at work and at home by the way.
Going back to the 520, my 'Linked Inbox' does sync with all my email accounts. But why risk all your important contacts and calendar on a system that is complicated to setup, when you can have one Google account that is proven 100% works?
Its so beneficial, especially with all the job cuts and financial burdens its transitioning through.
Product 1) Entry level, $99 unlocked
4inch 480p LCD, QSD 400 1.2GHz Quad, 512MB RAM, 8GB NAND, microSD, VGA ffc, 5MP rear cam, weak led flash, dualSIM+CDMA.
Product 2) Low-tier, $199 unlocked/$0 contract
4.2inch 540p LCD, QSD 400 1.6GHz Quad, 1GB RAM, 16GB NAND, microSD, 1.3MP ffc, 5MP rear, weak led flash, dualSIM+CDMA
Product 3) Medium tier, $299 unlocked/$99 contract
4.5inch 720p IPS, QSD 400 1.5GHz Dual, 1GB RAM, 16GB NAND, microSD, 1.3MP ffc, 8MP rear, led flash, 4G
Product 4) Flagship model, $599 unlocked/$199 contract
4.8inch 1080p IPS, QSD 800 2.0GHz Quad, 2GB RAM, 32GB NAND, SkyDrive, microSD, 2MP ffc, 20MP PureView + OIS + Xenon, 4G
Product 5) Luxury/phablet model, $749 unlocked/$249 contract
5.8inch 1080p IPS, QSD 800 2.3GHz Quad, 3GB RAM, 64GB NAND, SkyDrive, microSD, 5MP ffc, 40MP PureView + OIS + Xenon, 4G
As you move up in product category's the device gets:
-higher name, more sensors, larger battery, thinner, better feeling materials, higher quality parts (ie clearer loudspeaker etc etc)
Its so simple, yet the idea flys past MS and Nokia. Don't do a 1/2 device approach like Apple, but don't do a 500 model device approach like Samsung. And slowly upgrade specs across the whole board, doesn't matter if its not much better than last years... people who want to upgrade are more likely to upgrade base models than simply year models. And those that convert from Apple/Google would do so for the flagship/luxury models anyway.
Sure the performance is slow, the camera take mediocre pictures (better than my moto x I'd say), and the battery needs charged half way thru the day, but show me another phone this price (and I mean non commitment price you 2-year contractors!) that can get the latest os update within weeks of other high end hardware getting it.
Smaller. I consider 3.7in to be the perfect size screen for a pocketable device. Very easy to carry, can use the whole screen with one hand without problems. Almost nothing, certainly not Windows Phones, are made in this size any more.