Review: Nokia Lumia 520

We are back again with another review, this time its Nokia Lumia 520 the cheapest Windows Phone 8. It looks almost similar to Nokia Lumia 620, 720, 820 and 920. But the shape of the corners of each handsets varies somewhat. 

Since, the android smartphones has came to the market Nokia is trying hard to make its mark in the smartphone rivalry. The area where Nokia's Lumia series lacks is that the Windows platform is not yet ready for gaming users and geeks.

So, we highly recommend you not to go for a windows phone if you are looking for these features in your smartphone. But if you are looking for a low budget smartphone that is not running Android operating system then Lumia 520 is a good option.

Now lets talk about Nokia Lumia 520. Its a low-budget device and comes with removable shell. That means you have option to change the color of the backplate. The device features 5.0MP primary camera but there is no secondary camera and no flash. Here's full review of Nokia Lumia 520:


Nokia have not make much changes in the design of Lumia 520, its almost identical to that of its other family members. It comes in various color variants including: white, yellow, blue, red and black. The best thing is that it comes with the removable shell, so you can personalize it as per your mood. The Lumia 520 is lighter in weight, slimmer in size and comes with a soft matte-finish. 

The front area is mostly taken by the 4.0-inches screen and at the bottom of the screen there are 3 capacitive screen buttons- back, start and search. There are only 3 physical buttons which includes: volume up/down shortcut key, power/standby button and the camera shortcut key located on the right panel.

On the back side there's nothing much except a 5.0 MP camera, Nokia logo in the center and a small speaker at the bottom. The top edge houses a 3.5mm headphone port and the bottom edge has a microSB card slot.


We have a 4.0-inch IPS LCD with 800 x 480 pixels resolution at pixel density of 235 ppi on the Lumia 520. Its screen quality is not so good but its good enough if we compare it to other smartphones at this price. Its viewing angle's are also good. Moreover its super-sensitive touchscreen technology will make you operate the phone easily and you will be able to use the phone even if you are wearing gloves.


Besides the 4-inch screen, Nokia Lumia 520 features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.0GHz. There's a 512MB of RAM and 8GB internal memory which is expandable by a microSD card. Device comes with a 5MP rear camera shooter which works really well in day-light but it doesn't work well in dark-light conditions as there's no flash, also there's no front-facing camera so no video calling.

It also features a basic video camera which shoots in 720p at 30fps which is same as that of Nokia Lumia 620. 


Nokia Lumia 520 has a 1,430 mAh of removable battery slightly larger than that we have seen in Lumia 620 (1,300 mAh). Its battery life is not much good. We are little bit disappointed with it. 

According to Nokia rates:
  • Talk time: 14 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)
  • Stand by time: 360 hrs (3G)


The connectivity option of Nokia Lumia 520 includes: Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, HSDPA at 21.1 Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps, but it lacks NFC or a compass.

Here's full specs sheet of Nokia Lumia 520:

Size: 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9 mm

Weight: 124g

Display: 4.0-inch, 800 x 480 pixels (235 ppi)

CPU: 1.0GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor

RAM: 512MB

Platform: Windows Phone 8

Storage: 8GB

Camera: 5.0MP rear camera

Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, HSDPA at 21.1 Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps, but it lacks NFC or a compass.

Battery: 1,430mAh

Price Details

If you are looking for a low budget smartphone that is not running Android operating system then Nokia Lumia 520 is really a good option. Nokia Lumia 520 will cost you around INR 7869.


  • Value for money
  • Good screen
  • Loads of innovation


  • No front-facing camera
  • Average battery life

Benny Singh
Forever Tinkering With Gadgets

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