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Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520

from  $199.99+
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76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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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
76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

76
 

User Reviews

80
Irmantas
Operating system - Windows Phone 8.0, upgradable to 8.1
90
abye
This is a great phone for the price, and it includes a FM radio which the 620...read more
80
Dbnp
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
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Expert Reviews
First impressions of the Lumia 520 are good, and Nokia's bundled apps add a significant amount of value.
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Engadget
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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SlashGear
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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phoneArena
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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PocketNow
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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Windows Central
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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Ars Technica
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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TrustedReviews
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
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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PC World Australia
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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