Nokia Lumia 520

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

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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

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

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
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Model

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (1430 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Contact pictures)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, WiFi location)

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, IM, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (HSDPA, HSUPA)

Display

Screen size
4 inches
Screen resolution
Other (800, 480)
Pixel density
233 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
512 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)