February 25th 2013 8:08 am

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Does Nokia need another budget Windows Phone?

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This phone just can't hold its own against the Lumia 620, and we don't think the modest savings are worth it.

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Critic reviews

7.8
10 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.8
  • Display
    6.4
  • Battery life
    7.0
  • Camera
    6.9
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.6
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.9

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User reviews

7.8
23 reviews
8.0
Engadget Apr 26, 2013

The Lumia 520 offers a full-fledged, fluid and friendly smartphone experience, but it sits in the shadow of the 620 ... in this case, we're still so attached to the 620's design and extra features that we just can't recommend the 520 to a mainstream budget audience.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 16, 2013

The pay-as-you-go Nokia Lumia 520 is a solid introductory smartphone on AT&T's Go Phone prepaid service, provided photography isn't a priority.

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8.0
PC Advisor May 2, 2013

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.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint May 23, 2013

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 ... But at this price there's little to criticise.

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8.0
Digital Versus Apr 25, 2013

With similar specs to the Lumia 620, Nokia's latest smartphone is a good choice for anyone who wants to discover the world of Windows Phone and Nokia's extra services at a reasonable price.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jul 30, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 520 cuts all the fat off Nokia’s more expensive Windows Phone 8 Lumia phones to bring the slick Windows experience to budget buyers. There are missing features, but most aren’t missed. This is a fab budget phone.

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7.0
GSM Arena Apr 16, 2013

When talking entry-level smartphones, it's all about cutting the right corners and ticking the right boxes and the latest Nokia smartphone comes across as a superbly balanced phone.

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10
MSN UK May 10, 2013

This is a tremendous phone. It looks good, feels stylish, has most of the features you’re likely to be looking for and performs well using Microsoft’s swish Windows Phone 8 operating system.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 25, 2013

While it felt a little cheaper (as one would expect with such a low-end handset), it still seemed to be held together quite solidly.

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Ars Technica Feb 25, 2013

In the hand, it feels lightweight, though not flimsy. The screen—4", 800×480— is bright and clear enough, but its blacks looked decidedly gray, even when I had it set to the lowest brightness.

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SlashGear Feb 25, 2013

This device is a bit of a shell in the way it appears in the hand, with the front being more of a flat experience while the back bubbles out, and the edges are sharp.

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PC World Australia Mar 4, 2013

The Lumia 520 is the Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone to date and will retail for less than US$200 when it hits the market. It is likely to offer excellent value for money.

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phoneArena Feb 25, 2013

The device has the typical Nokia design touches with interchangeable covers that many and especially the younger and hip will like.

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WPCentral Feb 25, 2013

We decided to take a closer look at the Windows Phone, which was unveiled to the world earlier today, and while it's targeting emerging markets we weren't left feeling disappointed.

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TrustedReviews Feb 25, 2013

Although the Nokia Lumia 520 misses out on a few bells and whistles, such as the secondary camera and NFC, getting a great-performing phone for under £150 alone sounds like a fair deal to us.

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TechRadar Feb 27, 2013

We rather like the Lumia 520 - Nokia clearly has a market in mind for the device and has given it a price point to match. It's not a handset for those who really want a Windows Phone, but rather it's one for those who want a budget smartphone.

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PocketNow Feb 25, 2013

While a bit thick, the Lumia 520 will be a good starter phone for those wanting to get try Windows Phone.

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9.0
abye abye

This is a great phone for the price, and it includes a FM radio which the 620 doesn't. I do not see any downsides unless you plan to watch HD video's on it - even so video quality is quite good. Phone functions like a charm, and includes a full GPS with free downloadable MAPS. Sure on board...

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