Nokia Lumia 521
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Average user rating 3.6/5 out of 230 reviews
70.87% of users recommend this product
  • 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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  • I've had nothing but trouble since the 8.1 OS update.

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    The Lumia 521 is very easy to navigate. However, ever since I received the Lumia Cyan/8.1 OS update I constantly have issues. I only have access to half of all my pictures and I do upload to OneDrive. But once they are in OneDrive It's impossible for me to retrieve them to update my contacts' profile picture. And I can't pin pics to my start screen. When I go to photos to retrieve a few pictures more than 3/4 of them I can't do anything. I gently tap on the photo to assign a profile pic and that doesn't work. I can't pin pics to my live tiles on start. For some crazy reason most of my contacts have at least 3 different linked inboxes and a few have 4. The list goes on and on...no HD screen, no front facing camera, no flash or flashlight for that matter. I would have liked to set a picture under all of my live tiles on the start screen but that doesn't even work. I do like the ease with which you can quickly tap live tiles to navigate through the phone. But, frankly I think I'm going to buy an ¡Phone. They are much more user friendly and I can Skype or IM. I also have connectivity issues that decide to resolve themselves whenever they feel like it. So, I was very satisfied when I first purchased the Lumia 521 and then discovered it quickly unraveled. And once you back up everything on OneDrive how do you retrieve anything to work on? I am a very frustrated Windows consumer to say the very least. And I have a BETA version of CORTANA so I'm assuming that's why it doesn't understand me and why my phone is giving me MIGRAINE HEADACHES.

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  • love my windows phone.

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    Live tiles let me keep up the important stuff as it happens.all features are easy to use will probably always have a Lumia phone. If my version had Cortana would have given 5 stars across the board.

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  • Great phone at a great price!

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    Uses Cortana, 8.1 and perfectly aligns with my SurfacePro computer. I can't be happier. If you are a camera buff the photos are great but no flash so you might want a level up.

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  • first windows phone

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    I like this phone it is my first windows phone I like the way it works with my computer the only thing I don't like is no 2nd camera

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  • This product is both good and bad

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    Pros: Camera apps are amazing. I have Microsoft word so I can finish my work on the go. Although Snap chat isn't a real app there is an app called 6snap you can download instead and the benefits to that app are amaaazing. You have a huge variety of filters and focusing, you can upload pictures from previous times to your story and send them to your friends. When you write something, it's not just one line, its as many as you can fit. You don't need to hold the Snap and you can screen shot without pressing the buttons. On Instagram you can save pictures. On your home page, you can customize it with pictures and apps. You also have the benefits of XBOX and Microsoft apps. Cons: No front camera or flash. You can't upload videos to Instagram or get notifications for DM's. There is no Snapchat live video. You miss out on a LOT of app because you have the Windows store. Many times when you double tap the screen, it blows up and you can't get back out so you need to turn your phone off and restart it. Sometimes when you want to start or end a call, it staying stuck on Ending or Dialing so you need to turn your phone off. The messages don't come in on time and many times you cant get pictures people message to you. Twitter takes forever to load. too many cons

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  • Very good...!!

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    Im very happy with this telephone

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  • this is a all right phone

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    I would have given it all 5stars all the way but when I updated to 8.0 the app store wouldn't download a thing or update a thing. DON'T UPDATE TO 8.0

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  • This phone always works glitch free

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    I bought this phone to replace an android phone that was having problems being reliable. This phone is over a year old now and has been very reliable. it just keeps on working.

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  • I love my Lumia 521

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    I updated my phone on 11/14/14 to windows 8.1. The new features are great. Cortana is a fun feature. I am considering upgrading my phone to a Lumina 1020, but am open to other Lumina phones. This is a great product, and I am telling all my friends that windows phones are the best on the market. Keep up the good work, and be patient, it will take time for people to realize that windows phones are far superior to other brands on the market such as iPhones , galaxy , and HTC one.

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