February 25th 2013 8:27 am


CNET says:


Though it lacks 4G LTE support, the $150 Nokia Lumia 521 still gives you quite a bit for your money. Pricing is absolutely this phone's primary value proposition, but the essentials all seem to work, the hardware is sturdy, and the camera is better than average. This is a good buy for someone seeking a wallet-friendly smartphone off-contract. quote

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PC Mag May 21, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 521 for T-Mobile is a good smartphone for a great price, as long as you don't mind Windows Phone's lack of apps.

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CNET May 24, 2013

Nokia's Lumia 521 is one of the best bargain smartphones on any platform, but skip it if LTE is of paramount concern.

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WPCentral Jun 7, 2013

There had to be some sacrifices to maintain the sub-$150 pricing point. What we get is a well built, solid performing Windows Phone. Nokia did a good job of scaling back the Lumia 521 to keep its price low while not driving a stake through the phone's performance.

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Digital Trends Jun 27, 2013

It has some nice aspects – speedy performance, decent design, good call quality – but they’re overshadowed by the mediocre display and slow mobile data speeds. Plus, Windows Phone has it’s own overall problems including too few really great apps.

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PocketNow Aug 29, 2013

While there are a lot of limitations and areas that are lacking with the Lumia 521, the big draw for it is its pricing. Given the crazy low price, there is a huge amount of value included with this phone and it’s still fast, stable, and easy to use.

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thedavidavidson thedavidavidson

Along with the 520/620, the best smart phone in its price range by miles and miles. The main reason I picked one up was just to play with it and perhaps for use as a development tool but the OS really brings out the best in the lower end hardware. I wasn't expecting much from this phone when I...

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franb franb

This is a surprisingly fantastic phone. I don't actually consider a $100 phone "cheap" regardless of what a new iPhone costs, but on sale you can find this at a great value for under $70. The sound quality is great, it's easy to use, and has a simple, sleek design. I get better reception in low...

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Michi8788 Michi8788

This is not just your average cheap end smartphone. When I bought this phone to replace my stolen samsung galaxy 4, I didn't expect much and was blown away by what this phone has to offer. First, I immediately noticed better call quality and better sound. The speakers on this phone are a beast....

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