Review and ratings for the Nokia Lumia 521

Nokia Lumia 521
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Average user rating 3.6/5 out of 244 reviews
70.08% of users recommend this product
  • Phone blows

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    slow and dumb but works quite well as throwing disc

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  • Not so good

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    Pros: Cheap Windows Phone Nice UI Removable battery Easy to hold Cons: Low resolution No front camera No flash Mediocre camera quality (Photos look even worse on my iPhone 5c) Lack of apps Slow speed Terrible battery despite low resolution (2-3 hours) Some stuff broke in the 3 months I had this. After a month, the headphone jack broke. And now, it won't even turn on. Get a higher end Windows Phone if you don't care about apps. Or even better, go to a Apple or Android

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  • smooth, stable operation

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    Ran updates to 8.1 flawlessly. Only complaint is that phone is difficult to hold onto. Had to get case with some kind of handle. Love Windows phone so much I am shopping for upgrade.

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  • i like my Nokia Lumia 521 windows phone

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    Love my Nokia Lumia 521 window phone

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  • A rally Great Package

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    I would have given the 521 5 stars, but without a front facing camera Skype is unusable. I would have liked a slightly larger unit but it suffices. Unlike the rest of the world I like Windows 8.1 and I like the fact that all my devices talk to each other through the Cloud

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  • 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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