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Nokia Lumia 520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16225 reviews of Nokia Lumia 520. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the camera and portability. The performance and price also get good comments, whereas opinions are divided on the battery. Many are negative about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Nokia Lumia 520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nokia Lumia 520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1247 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the screen and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also appreciated, but there are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, performance, portability, screen

reliability

81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia Lumia 520 Sim Free Windows Smartphone - BlackNokia Lumia 520 Sim Free Windows Smartphone - Black

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nokia Lumia 520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6011 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the camera and portability. The performance and usability also get good opinions. There are some critical opinions about the reliability.

price, usability, performance, portability, camera

reliability

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T)Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Nokia Lumia 520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 user reviews of Nokia Lumia 520 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Comments about the battery and portability are on the whole positive. The performance and usability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the social networking functionality and camera. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

price, usability, performance, portability, battery

camera, social network

84% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Black - International Version, Factory Unlocked WP8Nokia Lumia 520 8GB Black - International Version, Factory Unlocked WP8

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: James Rogerson and Jeff Parsons (techradar.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 review

 

The 520 has new software, and it's even cheaper

Super cheap ; Large, expansive screen ; Loads of innovation

No front-facing camera ; Average battery ; No NFC or compass

Ratings in depth The Nokia Lumia 520 stormed onto the scene in 2013 sporting a solid design and specs at an incredibly affordable price which made it an instant hit at the budget end of the mobile market.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 review - Pocket-lint

 

The Nokia Lumia 520 is a competent smartphone, delivering the Windows Phone 8 experience aptly, so if you're in the market for a phone that won't cost

Build, design, price

No flash, battery life not the best, some holes in the Windows Phone app offering

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, knocking out the flash, front camera and NFC, for...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

Nokia has announced a new entry level smartphone within the Lumia family, as it looks to drive down the price of Windows Phone even lower. The new Lumia

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Finnamore (expertreviews.co.uk)

Nokia Lumia 520 review

 

A good phone for the price, but we'd save up for the posher Lumia 630

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Matt Egan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Lumia 520 is a great way to spend £100 - Lumia 520 video review

 

A Windows Phone that costs less than 100 pounds, here's our Nokia Lumia 520 review.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Matt Egan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Nokia Lumia 520 review

 

When Nokia first started knocking out the Lumia smartphones, it was easy to mock. Those big, colourful and plasticky phones seemed almost cartoony next to your aluminium iPhones and the HTC One. Windows Phone 8 lacked app support, and seemed to ape...

An ideal first smartphone for those who are willing to part with only £100 or less, the Lumia 520 is a well built inexpensive handset with all the features you need. Indeed, at this price you could consider it a second phone: a robust backup for those...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Nokia Lumia 520 review

 

A cracking budget Windows Phone - but not the best cheap smartphone

Cheap ; Nokia’s camera, Drive and music apps are ace ; Decent battery life

Feels cheap ; So-so screen ; Sporadically slow

A budget WinPho champ bursting with Nokia goodies - but Android offers better handsets for the money

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Nokia Lumia 520

 

The cheapest Nokia Windows Phone 8 mobile to date. A top bargain.

Top performance for price ; Neat design ; Excellent value

Highly reflective screen ; No camera flash ; Misses a few hardware features ; Rubbish physical shutter button

Screen resolution is 800 x 480 pixels, resulting in pixel density of 233ppi. Sharpness is well below the top phones out there, but for a low-end phone it’s perfectly good. Plus top brightness is impressively uncomfortable to gaze upon in most...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Marie Brewis (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Nokia Lumia 520 review: budget Windows Phone 8 smartphone

 

Next page: Our original hands-on review by Chris Martin.

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. Windows Phone 8 is a beautiful operating system, but it...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Alex Todd (recombu.com)

Nokia Lumia 520 Review: In Depth

 

Mobile World Congress was surprisingly devoid of new phones when compared to last year's menagerie of devices, but one of the few big names still prepped and ready to bring some tasty new handsets to…

Great design ; Excellent feature set ; Affordable

Weak camera ; Attracts fingerprints ; Hardware limits certain apps

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1430
Battery recharge time:6.7
Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BL-5J
Browsing time:6.2 / 6.5 / 6.7
Browsing time (3G):6.5
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):6.2 / 7.3
Continuous audio playback time:52 / 61
Continuous video playback time:4.8 / 5.9 / 6.9
Gaming time:61
Standby time (2G):360 / 384
Standby time (3G):360 / 384 / 390
Talk time (2G):14.08 / 14.8 / 17.4 / 9.6
Talk time (3G):9.6 / 9.7
Wireless Charging: No

Call management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

3D recording: No
Auto exposure: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Camera resolution:2592 x 1936
Digital Zoom:4
Front Camera: No
Geotagging: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800 / 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum frame rate:30 / 300
Night mode: Yes
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Rear Camera Resolution:2592 x 1936
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Second Camera: No
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video capture resolution (max):1280 x 720
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, manual / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Incandescent

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.97
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes
Head SAR (EU):1.09 / 10.9

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, Yellow / Blue / Cyan / Red / White / Yellow
Form factor:Bar

Display

3D playback: No
Aspect Ratio:10:6 / 15:9
Display diagonal:10.2 / 25.8
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:480 x 800 / 800 x 480 / 840 x 480
Display Type:IPS / LCD
Orientation sensor:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard: No
Media keys (play/pause, stop, forward, rewind): Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5 / 512

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, 3GPP, AAC, AMR, ASF, MP2, MP3, WAV, WMA / 3GA, 3GPP, AMR, ASF, MP2, MP3, WAV, WMA / 3GA, AMR, ASF, MP3, MP4, WMA / 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WMA / 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, ASF, eAAC+, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, ASF, eAAC+, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, AMR, eAAC+, M4A, MP3, WMA / AAC, AMR, M4A, MP3, MP4, WMA / AMR, eAAC+, M4A, MP3, WMA
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX / DOC, PDF, PPS, PPT, XLS / DOC, PDF, PPT, TXT, XLS, XLX / DOC, PDF, PPT, XLS / PDF / PDF, XLS
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio:No / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, TIF / BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF / EXIF, JPG / JPG
Speakers:STEREO
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1 / H.264, MP4
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.264, M4V, MOV, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, H.264, M4V, MPEG4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MOV, WMV / 3GP, ASF, AVI, M4V, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, VC-1, WMV / 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MPEG, MPEG4, WMV / AVI, H.263, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV / AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EFR, FR, HR / AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EFR, HR / AMR-NB, EFR, HR

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
GPS antenna: Yes
Pedestrian navigation: Yes
Position location: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 900,1800,1900
2G standards:Edge / EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE, GSM / GPRS / GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA, HSUPA / HSDPA, HSUPA, WCDMA / HSDPA, WCDMA / HSPA, WCDMA / WCDMA
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HFP, OPP, PBAP, SDAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, HCRP, HFP, MAP, OPP, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, OPP, PBAP / A2DP, HFP, OPP, PBAP
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 4.0 / 4.0 LE
Data network:3G
Near Field Communication (NFC):No / Yes
Security algorithms:EAP, PEAP, WEP, WPA, WPA2 / EAP, PEAP, WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA2-AES, WPA2-TKIP / EAP, PEAP, WPA, WPA2 / EAP, WEP, WPA, WPA2
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Compatibility:AC-20\nBL-5J\nCA-189CD\nWH-108
Java technology: Yes
Ringer type:Monophonic / MP3
Voice Recording: Yes

Packaging Content

Battery charger included: Yes
Battery pack: Yes
Bundled software:Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Alarm clock, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Phone
Operating System Version:8 / Windows Phone OS
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets / Icons, Shortcuts / Menu, Shortcuts / Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Docking connector: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Lightning connector: No
TV-Out : No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B / Mini-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor architecture:ARM7
Processor Cores:1 / 2
Processor family:QUALCOMM / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1
Processor Model:S4

Software

Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Phone
Operating System Version:8 / Windows Phone OS
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Included memory card size:64
Internal Memory:8192
Internal RAM:512
Internal storage capacity:8
Maximum memory card size:64
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12 / 9.9
Height :12 / 9.9
Weight:124
Width:6.4