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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this review, 3 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Nokia Lumia 520 8GB SIM-Free Windows Smartphone - Black (Electronics)
I wanted to hate this product. I really did.

I hate Microstoft with a passion, and hate Nokia ever since I spent £600 on an N97 in 2008.

However, my iPhone 4s screen broke for the past 2 years, and I bought this phone to last a week while my screen was being replaced.

I was expecting to tolerate this crap phone, and have to comprimise on buying a bottom of the barrel phone. Imagine my surprsie then, despite the learning curve, within a day I actually started preferring it to iphone! It just felt more....natural... Like moving from motoralla or old nokia to iphone.

This £100 phone is to Apple, what a £1000 iPhone was to Nokia in 2007.

I had iphone 4 before that, an iPad, and a Mac enjoying the benefits of facetime, I thought I was an APple convert.

Im a techhie so it was easy to setup multiple inboxes, configure my start screen, sync all my google contacts within minutes. It can take a few days to get used to (tips back moves back, even between apps. Hold down back to switch apps, hold down an app to bring up a menu, move it around pin to taskbar etc, hold down the windows button for voice recognition).

Within minutes I downloaded gmaps (google maps), Spotify, Skype, viber, amazon, ebay, trainline, whats app etc. A couple of ommissions included citymapper, but that will come in time. It also doesnt have a front camera, as I can tell. But its lighter than an iphone 4 and faster than an iphone 5.

For an early implementation, this is incredible.

-Apple were the underdog in 2007. Today, thats Nokia.
-Apple had a limited market share and platform in 2007 Today, thats Nokia.
-In 2007 APples phones cost 3x the most expensive Nokias.

2 major advantages over iOS.
1. Office document editing
2. Free global maps, every state and country in the world,
3. In my personal opinion voice and data call qauality is miles ahead of the iphone 4s or 5s, but thats subjective.

Now, in the UK this phone costs £100, compared with £570 for an iPhone. Thats almost 6 times the price.

Putting a 64gb microsd card (£25) results in 68GB, more than a £750 iPhone.

For a phone that costs 1/5th the price to beat an iphone is pretty insane. Well done Nokia!
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2013 09:01:04 GMT
Vee Abbass says:
I totally agree with you. I was shocked how this phone achieves more than an iphone! You covered it all about what I wanted to say about this phone!

Posted on 27 Oct 2013 11:47:39 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 27 Oct 2013 11:47:51 GMT]

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2013 08:19:00 GMT
phoebe134 says:
hi could you tell me if this phone is unlocked to any network, thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2013 12:20:48 GMT
C. Murphy says:
Yes it's unlocked.

Posted on 29 Nov 2013 19:09:23 GMT
Muymalestado says:
What is the best 64GB SD card please?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2013 17:16:02 GMT
Muymalestado...did you choose a card in the end, and if so what are your thoughts as I'll be doing the same.

Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2013 19:58:33 GMT
Muymalestado says:
Well; we are still at the planning stage as phone shops are a 100 mile return journey from here. But, I feel I shall get a 64GB Kingston - big size, good name, speedy, on paper/screen at least looks compatible with the Lumia 520.

Posted on 13 Jan 2014 21:01:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2014 21:02:27 GMT
Mr D. says:
Can anyone advise me on a suitable size memory card to get for the 520?? I don't use much on windows just music for ring tones or videos occasionally, many thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 00:37:11 GMT
Vee Abbass says:
There are really good prices for 16GB memory on Amazon - I got mine for about a tenner and i think it would exceed your expectation which is always a good thing given the fact that sometimes things do crop up when least expected!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2014 16:02:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2014 16:04:19 BDT
I personally prefer SanDisk. Careful what you buy as there are a lot of cheap copies (even on well known sites)that don't work or are wrongly described.
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