Review and ratings for the Nokia Lumia 521

Nokia Lumia 521
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Average user rating 3.6/5 out of 239 reviews
70.29% of users recommend this product
  • Good phone, but small memory 8GB

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    I have used this phone over a year. It is good, easy to use, multi languages input (Chinese handwriting), good video and photo taking, video watching good. But 8GB memory stopped me to download apps even I have a 32GB mini SD card in it. I cannot download apps...

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  • this helps me understand more

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    This helped me get alot of work done

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  • Very Good Phone

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    This was my first smartphone, literally a brick phone, simple design, but it could endure almost anything. I smash it into rocks and it didn't break. Very well

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  • JUNK

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    JUNK , most of my contact on sim card do not come up in my list ! Do not buy this phone !!!

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  • Can't manage storage or data on phone!

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    Storage on phone is the worst, I have uninstall almost all apps on phone, exported all I can to SD card and its still full. I have uninstall every app I can and still full, for this reason I can't recommend this phone.

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  • The converter

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    In my past I had a bad experience with the Lumia 900. Windows 7 is nothing compared to 8 and 8.1. I tried lumia 521 after disappointment with androids software lag or limited updates. Windows 8 truly made my experience better. What I love most about this device is the dedicated camera key in which, many low end and mid range Lumia's are missing. I love the long lasting battery life but, I decided not to keep the device because of the ecosystem. Because of my better experience with lumia521, i returned several months ago as a Lumia 635 fan. Cortana was my push for windows 8.1 experience.

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  • Worst Phone Experience

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    I've had this phone for almost a year. It was defective when I first got it but, I though it was not at first due to my lack of knowledge with the device and windows phones in general. Then, after about a couple months or so I realized the phone was defective. Knowing that I couldn't afford a new phone and purchased this one for about $130, I dealt with the phone and called my phone company t-mobile to try to come up with a solution. They rebooted my phone and within a couple hours after it began to mess up again and have continuous problems. Later on, it began to get even worse. I was given a new sim card and there was no change except the phones issues increased a bit and I would have to restart my phone about every two hours and sometimes even every half an hour or so. The phone often will not let me make calls and will end calls while I am in the middle of a call. It also freezes occasionally. At many times it will not allow me to receive texts, calls, and voicemails. In order to receive, make a call, or try to fix the phone for the moment, I have to turn off the phone and turn it back on. And even then sometimes I just don't receive anything or receive messages, missed calls, or voicemails a day or so later. I have had difficulties receiving calls and voicemails from my job. I also had to call 911 for a minor emergency today and had to turn off my phone and turn it back on TWICE before it let me call 911. It is NOT A RELIABLE PHONE AT ALL. I thank God that it was not a huge or life threatening emergency because if it was, I probably wouldn't have had the chance to reach out and things could've gone wrong and could've had a negative result. I do not and will not recommend getting a windows phone to anyone and I am not planning to purchase another windows phone ever again.

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  • Brick

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    What a great phone. I had an Android prior to this one, and wow what a difference. I've had the 521 for a year and a half. In that time, I've dropped it countless times and had to make calls in the pouring rain and the screen is fine. Doesn't drop calls and uses WiFi calling. My only complaints are that the headphone jack (i used it heavily) stopped working 8 months in, and the ON button sticks and is hard to turn the phone on. I had a 1 year warranty through Best Buy, but I just couldn't bring myself to trade it in for an Android. The interface is intuitive and user friendly. If you are famillar with windows PCs, odds are you won't even have to use the tutorials or guide book. I loved this phone so much, I'm replacing it with the 635 in hopes it's the same or better. Best phone I've had.

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  • Survived Toilet. A True Brick Phone.

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    This phone is truly amazing. Just like any silly youth, somehow this device ended up in the toilet and surprisingly still has full functioning capabilities. I dont know of many that could survive from a mishap. My Lumia is going on its second year of use and I plan on using it until it breaks...if it ever does.

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  • crashes and I don't get my messages till 50 MINUTES LATER

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    it always crashes and i don't get my calls and messages plus it deletes my apps and my snapchat "6snap" got deleted and it was taken out of the app store.

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  • Battery\charger issues

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    Battery holds a charge for very short time, have to charge often. But the charger stopped working- had to buy another. So I can recharge this phone for the short time it holds its charge. Never again!!!

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  • Skeptical about this phone

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    My phone keeps crashing and everytime I turn it off and then turn it back on it says something is wrong with the SD card and it needs to be formatted for my phone to work properly. When I format the SD card it continues to cut off and on and alot of my apps don't work. Even when I just use my phone without formatting the SD card my apps still don't work.

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  • This phone is great..

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    Well, being a 15 year old in need of a decently priced yet reliable phone I decided to give this one a chance. And I do not regret it one bit. This phone is absolutely amazing, in every way. One thing that could use some improvement is the app store, but that's coming along nicely as windows phone users population expands. I definitely recommend this to anyone that wants a good, reliable, and affordable phone.

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  • I love this tooo much

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    I love this phone too much but only problem is no front camara like video chat take picture my self I can't do this phone,great price now I try to finding same front camera hard to find.

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  • too many defects

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    i got this phone and as soon as my year warranty was up it started to break down. The charge port has lost most connectivity, the side buttons are unresponsive, it randomly goes back to home screen or freezes up and im not the only one with these problems. Its also a pain because the microsoft app store has no mainstream apps. Now im a microsoft fanatic but in my opinion this phone belongs in the trash

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  • Good and simple phone but touchscreen failed fast

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    Loved the phone when I bought 7 months ago it but over the past month, the touchscreen has been failing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it is just totally unresponsive. This makes the phone very unreliable and when the touchscreen fails is unpredictable as is how long it stays that way (usually many hours). The side buttons always work.

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  • Horrible service and reception.

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    Not sure if it's t-mobile service or the actual phone that is horrible. Bought it for my son and he hardly ever gets service. I've had t-mobile before and the service was great so that's why I'm thinking the phone is the problem.

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  • i is awesome

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    it i a awesome phone it is just that i want the apps that a android can get i love the. phone though

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  • Save yourself the heartache, buy a better nokia

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    This is a very okay starter phone. emphasis on okay. It has really good battery life, and a fairly fast processor, and is fairly simple to use. Now the cons don't really outweigh the pros, but there are few of them. No front facing camera (that'll hurt your selfie game.), The other camera isn't great, but it works. The problems I had all came with the software. It worked fine for all of three or four weeks, then it declined. A system restore did nothing to help it, first Facebook stopped working, then I kept getting all these weird error messages that prevented me from Wi-Fi calling, And that it was missing my 911 address. These became an extreme pain, and then every time I would unlock my phone, I would get a push notification from every message sent to me that was on its messenger app. I had already read and responded to them. The software bugs rendered this phone useless. I ended up getting so frustrated that I drop kicked it. It survived without a scratch. Not only is that screen durable, but it looks great. now I may just have a bad phone, but it has been a nightmare for me. Without the software problems, I would highly recommend this phone to someone on a budget. Extremely well made.

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  • you could do so much better

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    This phone is the worst thing in the world. i havent even had it for a year and the microphone doesnt work nor does the speaker. there is no front camera its so freaking hard to figure out. the cheap price says it all "PEICE OF CRAPP", the internet is so slow. its not my server, its my phone. the screen is cracked. the battery barely lasts 4 hours

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