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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good smartphone... not the battery though, 20 July 2013
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This review is from: Nokia Lumia 520 8GB SIM-Free Windows Smartphone - Black (Electronics)
I've been using this device for a week. amazing smartphone!
here are all the pros:
- I love windows 8 os: smooth, brilliant, no lags at all, customizable. (I own an ipad 3 so i know what i'm talking about);
- app store: all the most important apps are there and run without problems. besides, lot of very usefull free apps. yes, it's true, there are not 700k apps like iphone but i found everything I need. maybe those people who play a lot on their smartphone will be a bit disappointed though.
- call quality: very clean sound
- screen: not a gorilla glass, but very good even under direct sun light (i compared it to a nexus 4 and my lumia won hands down)
- maps: u never get lost and very quick to find your location;
camera: 5mp (no flash nor front camera). good quality pics. maybe without the wow factor but, hey, u pay just over 100 quid for this!
- micro SD: up to 32gb;
- emails: way better than the iOS one: multi-selection available; u can also attach several pics just ticking them from your album instead of adding them one by one;
- size: 4" screen is the perfect size to me: handling it is very easy and u can reach every corner of the screen with 1 thumb;
- weight: just perfect!
- overall build quality: 9/10;

cons:
- battery: this is quite bad. as soon as u talk on skype or active gps, battery percentage drops! hope it gets better after a few charging cycles;
- heat: lumia 520 tends to get hot pretty easily when really under stress, especially during a long video skype call. during normal usage no problem at all though;

summary: for £120 you can't ask for anything else. at this price range there is no android which can compete. you've got everything you need: whatsapp, viber, fb, skype.. you name it, maps, build quality, responsive screen (very sensitive to your touch), and most of all.. amazing OS!!!

Definitely recommend it!! especially if you want to spare some money for your holiday or anything else (iPhone 5 16gb: £520 Vs lumia 520 £120).

Update about the battery: the battery is getting better day by day. with a 100% recharge in the morning, with a normal usage (emails, fb, whatsapp, calls, internet surfing)I can easily get until evening. now the lumia 520 should deserve 4.5 stars!
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2013 10:55:56 BDT
Pepper says:
This is such a well written and useful review - thanks!

Posted on 5 Aug 2013 18:03:35 BDT
O. Mills says:
"(I own an ipad 3 so i know what i'm talking about)"

Yeah, iPads are sooo customisable ;)

Good review.

Posted on 17 Sep 2013 15:16:42 BDT
G. L. Jones says:
I Lol'd a the comment about owning an iPad, but I think I know what you mean. People who may have had an Apple product in the past and now looking at this phone will wonder how does it compare to iOS and unless you have used iOS you won't know how important this is to know! I have an iphone and a Samsung Galaxy Gio through work and the Galaxy drives me nuts so have just ordered the Lumia 520 and hoping Windows 8 Mobile doesn't drive me as nuts as Android does. Thanks for a great review.

Posted on 17 Sep 2013 15:17:19 BDT
G. L. Jones says:
I Lol'd a the comment about owning an iPad, but I think I know what you mean. People who may have had an Apple product in the past and now looking at this phone will wonder how does it compare to iOS and unless you have used iOS you won't know how important this is to know! I have an iphone and a Samsung Galaxy Gio through work and the Galaxy drives me nuts so have just ordered the Lumia 520 and hoping Windows 8 Mobile doesn't drive me as nuts as Android does. Thanks for a great review.

Posted on 22 Sep 2013 02:13:43 BDT
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Posted on 3 Oct 2013 19:40:17 BDT
1Beard says:
All large screen smart phone get hot and burn up battery fast when using gps Skype etc over the mobile network.

WP8 is better than android "andrain" and also better than apple iphones.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2013 21:05:33 BDT
S. Branley says:
Yes... he (she) was being sarcastic. Clearly it went over your head though. He wasn't saying the iPad *was* customisable, he was saying the opposite.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2013 00:36:13 BDT
so was I - clearly that went over YOUR head... :-P

Posted on 9 Nov 2013 11:03:20 GMT
eightiesgirl says:
Is it easy to put extra memory in?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2013 13:49:05 GMT
Albe says:
sure. just buy a micro sd, remove cover and battery, place it in the slot: job done. it takes u about 30 seconds ;)
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