Nokia Lumia 520

76
Engadget
Score
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Nokia Lumia 520 review: does Nokia need another budget Windows Phone?

Summary

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

from $63.96+
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Useful Nokia apps
  • Mostly good components and construction
Cons
  • Battery life is short for a low-end phone
  • Poor display
  • Feels redundant beside the Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 520 review: does Nokia need another budget Windows Phone?

Oh, for an easy life. Sometimes it'd be nice to just read a phone's spec sheet, compare prices and make a decision. In a number of ways, the Nokia Lumia 520 looks like just the type of handset where this ought to be possible: it has the same reliable internals and happy design language that have already proven their worth in the Lumia 620, but it makes a couple of sacrifices for the sake of its £115 pay-as-you-go price tag in the UK -- which undercuts the higher model by a good £30-£50 depending on where you shop. It's even cheaper in the US, where a $150 Lumia 521 variant (not the one reviewed here) is scheduled for general availability on T-Mobile starting tomorrow. These sacrifices seem straightforward enough, and they include things that many smartphone users may barely notice, such as the absence of a front-facing camera, camera flash module and NFC. The problem is that the specs are never the full story. Like any phone, the Lumia 520 comes with a few surprises. Read on and we'll try to root them out.

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Scores

Engadget

76
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.0
Display
6.4
Battery life
7.0
Camera
7.0
Ease of use
8.0
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Specs

Lumia

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

Lumia

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4 inches
View Full Specs
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