Review and ratings for the Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520
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Average user rating 3.9/5 out of 217 reviews
78.34% of users recommend this product
  • Great phone

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    This is the best smartphone a every had. Thank Nokia

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  • Not Expected Quality...Would Not Buy Again

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    How this phone got good reviews is beyond me. I've had nothing but issues with it. The microphones broke, the battery life is a joke, the power button stopped working, and now the volume buttons have stopped working. And I've owned it less than a year. Frankly, this is a terrible phone. It's just not reliable enough to use for business OR personal reasons.

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  • Cheap, smooth experience and long battery life

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    It performs great! I've owned a Lumia 920, HTC 8x, Lumia 822, and a few older WP7 devices. This, just like any other Windows Phone, feels smooth and fluid throughout. Sometimes when a larger operation (filtering a photo, opening a big app) takes place, you will notice a "Resuming..." screen for a split second. Otherwise, it's every bit as smooth as any other Windows Phone. You can't really say that about an Android device at this price point. Pros 1) Price! This phone can be used as a daily driver, backup phone, "I dropped my other phone in the toilet and I'm not due for an upgrade" phone, or even just a device you use with WiFi only. 2) The software library for Windows Phone is getting there. It still doesn't have Instagram, but it has everything else you could really want. 3) Comcast Xfinity remote lets me control my TV/DVR with this thing. It's like I got an amazing touch screen smart remote for free. 4) First-party Xbox apps. Xbox Smartglass lets you use this as a makeshift Xbox 360 controller. Xbox Live lets you keep track of anything like achievements, recently played, your avatar, etc. 5) MixRadio lets you stream lots of music. FOR FREE! 6) Nokia HERE (Maps, Drive) are awesome! You can download GPS maps for offline use. Use it in the car for turn-by-turn directions, or use it while you're out and about for mapping. If this was the only feature this device had, it would be worth the money! 7) You can swap the cover! If you get tired of the plain black color on this device, you can easily buy a colored variant from Nokia and just swap it out. The yellow one looks amazing! Cons 1) There's no Front Facing Camera, so video calls are out. 2) It only has 512MB of RAM, which limits some apps. I've noticed very few that haven't been able to install, and none of them are deal-breakers. 3) The camera is 5MP, has no flash, and rather poor. But - it's still comparable or better than any Android device I've tested at this price point. 4) The display isn't the best, but what can you expect for the price? It's crisp and readable at WVGA resolution, and the nature of Windows Phone really makes up for any other shortcomings the display may have. The colors are pretty good, considering it's an IPS panel.

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  • excellent product

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    easy handling, excellent screen, this phone showed no weaknesses for almost two years since i've been using it.

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  • great phone

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    I would recommend this phone

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  • a much better phone than the price would have you think

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    It's a good, solid phone that's fun to use. I wish it had a full sensor package, but that's just me. It's been a long time since I enjoyed a phone this much.

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  • Better than Iphone or Galaxy

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    Overall, considering price, ability to fix the phone if something goes wrong, and all the things it does that the others don't, this windows phone may just be better than its $600 rivals. Once the update comes out, if it does for 520, it's market for apps from google play store will also prove to be superior.

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  • Too many problems , not a solid phone.

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    I've encountered many problems with the battery life and headphone jack.

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  • Excellent phone call quality, no tethering

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    The phone call quality on this is awesome - perhaps the best compliment came from a Radio Australia interviewer. I'm in New Zealand and they asked what my mobile number was. I said this is my mobile. Oh, they said, sounding surprised, it sounds like a landline. So if it can fool people who work with audio all day, every day, this phone must be good. However, for me, it's big let down is tethering. The phone broadcasts a wireless link to my PC on Win7 but it always drops out after a few seconds. Yes, turned off battery saver and data sense and any other bells and whistles I can find but still no luck. This makes it unusable for me when I am out in the field and need to file.

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  • If you're looking for a good first windows phone, this is it.

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    I like the durability first of all. An IPhone could not compare. This phone doesn't have a forward (screen side) camera but I'm not to much of a selfie guy so I'm not heart broken. The camera that is on it is great. The down side is there is no zoom function. The only real problems I have is the available apps, the Windows store is on the weak side, I've resorted back to reading books in my past time. Otherwise things are going well, I can't wait to upgrade and see what more nokia has to offer.

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  • Smaller version of 920.

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    Bought this phone without sim card to use as a micro-tablet. Does everything my 920 phone does, though a little more slowly. Runs off Wi-Fi. Has expandable memory and, of course, cloud storage. Will call 911 in a pinch. Holds music and documents. Great backup phone.

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  • this product is excellent but it could use a few more features

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    great phone

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  • Its not worth it

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    The phone is a good PHONE but there are no good apps. I cant even get snapchat. Without this, its harder to be social with my friends. Also, after my warranty ran out, it seemed to not work as good as it used to. The volume up button stopped working and the phone got slower. It would even crash sometimes. There isnt even a front camera on this thing. Microsoft, if you could fix these problems, you would have one of the best phones out there.

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  • Surprisingly Fun to Use

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    I have a iPhone 4S and a Galaxy S5 and bought this phone because it was so inexpensive just to try it out. I only paid $29. I have been using it for 3 months now and actually it has become my main phone. I upgraded it to Windows 8.1 and it really made a big difference in how well it performed. I am not worried if it gets damaged or lost because its so inexpensive to replace. I am an appaholic and have 130 apps on the phone. I just wish it had some of the ones I have on my iPhone and Android phone, but for the most part this phone rocks!!!

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  • It's great but...

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    The Lumia 520 is great for business, school and even personal use. It has a great camera, easy interface, a sleek look that goes with anything and is fairly easy to use. The only downfalls are the limited apps and the battery. Most apps that your looking for that would be free on android, have to be paid for on windows or arent available at all. And the battery life is disappointing. Just to leave on over night I lose 10% from the battery, which is ALOT! Otherwise its pretty efficient (y)

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  • worst phone ever

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    Windows 520 worse phone ever I should have just thrown my money in the trash. You can't even set more than one reminder for appointments, and there are limited options for when it will remind you. Also can't go back after phone call ends to check call duration. I tried to send feedback a it says I sent feedback in the last seven days its been at least several months since I sent feedback. I had a very inexpensive phone that had more a better features I wish I realized these issues sooner I would have returned phone. I will never buy another Windows phone. Can't wait to replace this one. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone its trash worthy only.

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  • this is the best choice for money

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    I didn't pay a lot of cash for my Nokia Lumia 520. And the only real disadvantage is no forward camera,not really a big deal. And for those who say that they hate it because it doesn't work properly.... Windows phones work properly and fun circles around iPhone and Android phones when used properly,That is let it connect and let Cortona work for you .once I got over not wanting to allow the connection to the web I learned that I didn't use any more data than I would have used other wise it allows for fast downloads and access to your favorite sites. Remember Your PC needs to have access to the web to work properly and the 520 is not any different it's got 8gigs of memory and it will take a 64gig micro SD card which is more than most high end" smart phones'" offer so stop being paranoid about letting it connect and do it's thing it's thing is to work for you

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  • TERRIBLE PHONE.

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    This is possibly the biggest mistake I ever made. Absolutely USELESS phone. Super Slow. Apps barely accessible. Snapchat not allowed. Whatsapp barely works. Poor batter life. The list goes on... I would prefer to still be using my sad old BlackBerry, that thing managed to keep me smiling, whilst this has only resulted in frustration and disappointment. REALLY UNHAPPY WITH THE BUY!

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  • nokia 520 not what i expected

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    battery life is 2 short.keep getting error message page not found or dns .its not what I expected,i would trade it right now.

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  • i absolutely hate this Nokia Lumia 520 cell phone! The Cricket company gave me this phone and from day one it has not worked properly! i hate this p!

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    I was given a Nokia Lumia 520 cell phone when I signed up with the Cricket company. Ever since I have had this phone I have had nothing but problem's! The Cricket company refuses to exchange the cell phone! Poor customer service and support!

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