Review and ratings for the Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520
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Average user rating 3.9/5 out of 213 reviews
78.4% of users recommend this product
  • 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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  • One of my favorites so far!!!

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    It's changed the way I look at phones. Very was to use with lots of helpful tips. Highly recommend.

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  • You get what you paid for

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    Coming form an iPhone 4s user. Battery life is poor, you won't be able to use navigation for more than an hour and a half with out it dying. Also the processor is so low grade that it kept kicking me off the internet half the time when trying to watch Youtube videos. Also I couldn't even find a standard MicroSD to add more memory, every store had MicroSDX and what not.

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  • Great size, ease of use, comfortable to carry, price is perfect, get more than you would expect

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    Coming from an Android HTC, (which I loved), this phone is much easier to use. The tiles are a great way to check things, does everything I need and is never glitchy - even with only 512mb Ram. Would love to see a premium phone of this size with all the power features and a bigger battery.

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  • Not too Shabby

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    I got this phone pretty cheap on a Go plan, have not been disappointed with what I got accounting for how much it cost. The layout is great and easy to customize, and the sync across other windows and Google apps has been a lifesaver, not to mention the Fb contacts which is a lifesaver for me. I use it to manage my schedule and have not been disappointed. It got a lot better after the last software update Summer 2014. No selfie camera which is disappointing and the quality is barely passable as good- so zooming on pics is shady at best. The lack of apps that comes from being a windows customer is disappointing but worth it in my opinion. My major complaint is with the sound system and headphones. They are not durable, quite delicate. The speaker on the phone is impressive however, people comment on the quality and volume. Apps sometimes take quite a while to load, but mostly this goes away when you shut them all down and turn your phone off once in a while. I'm very happy with the screen resolution and the sensitivity of brightness setting when in auto (I read a lot on my phone). I broke one (the headphone jack - not irreparably, but uncomfortable for listening to music) about 9 mo after getting it (which is more a comment on the very brusque way I treat my possessions than on their quality). I replaced it and have had it in good condition for about 5 mo and counting. The battery life starts off great and decreases from about 14 to 9 hours when playing music nonstop. Charging speed is quite good. (Keep in mind I do not have any data though.) Would recommend for a Good phone and low budget. More about practicality for organization than flashy apps and features.

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