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5.0 out of 5 stars My review of My Awesome Nokia Lumia 520!, 28 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Nokia Lumia 520, 8Gb, Sim Free Windows Smartphone - Cyan (Electronics)
This is an excellent value smartphone for those of us on a budget.
It has many great (and a few NOT-so great) features which I will tell you all about now.

It comes with 8gb's of internal phone storage.
This is used predominantly for the Windows Phone 8 Operating System, which, unfortunately.. DOES eat up a good 5gb's of the internal storage..
The remaining 2+ gb's of phone storage is ONLY used for storing apps from the App Store, too.

Though, there is a MicroSD card slot accessible from behind the phone's back cover.
And next to this is the MicroSim card slot.
Therefore, storage for movies, pictures and music files can be increased up to 64gb's maximum.
You cannot store/save apps and games on the expandable MicroSD card.

The phone comes with many great apps preinstalled.
Such as Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive, for when you are out and about, and need offline directions.
These apps allow you to download the entire map of your country, and give you spoken audio directions to and from destinations.

The phone only has one 5mp camera on the back, with no LED flash.
There is no front-facing camera.
So, although Skype, Tango, and other video app functions ARE possible, you will have to rely solely on the back camera.
This means you will not be able to see who you are talking to. (So.. kinda pointless having Videochat apps, really)

This Windows phone supports Social Networks, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and a few others.

Music files can be played through either of the two apps pre-installed. (Nokia Mix Radio, and XBox Music+Videos)
Nokia Mix Radio also allows you to download 'Offline Mixes' (Collections) of bands/songs from different genres/decades..etc for free!
Many different formats can be played.
Though I usually stick with Avi, WMV, and MP3.

The phone doesn't come with audio settings/ an Equalizer, unfortunately.
But sound quality is very clear and good.

There are many free entertainment apps for Windows Phone.
On My Lumia 520, I have LastFM, 4OD, Tv Catchup, YouTube, and many more.

Tiles on the home screen can be customized by size and colour.
Changing the colour of the tiles to any of the 20 bright, pastel colours can easily be done through the phones settings.

Rearranging the size of the tiles is done by pressing and holding your finger or thumb down on a tile, until the small, pinboard pin icon appears in the corner of each tile.
By pressing the pin each time, the tile will change from very small, to medium, to a large tile.

Whilst the tile is still faded out and customizable, you can move it to a different area on the home screen, by dragging/sliding it on the screen.
Once the size and location are chosen, tap the tile to save it.

There are free versions of Microsoft Office's Excel, Word and PowerPoint with this particular handset.
All work very well, and are simple enough to use.

Setting up your Live/Hotmail email account is simple enough through the phone's settings.
THOUGH.. make sure you register an email address you're not likely to change too often or soon.
Reason I say this, is because you WILL HAVE TO reset your phone to remove your old Microsoft email account for the new one.
If you don't, you CAN simply add your new Microsoft email account to the phone, but you'll be stuck with the phone telling you that there's a problem with your old account.

Gaming performance is very good with this phone.
Though I haven't really tested it as yet, with really graphic-hungry games.
But you can get all the good classics, like.. Plants VS Zombies, Fruit Ninja, Cut The Rope, etc..

The App Market doesn't have as many games as iOS or Android at the moment.
But the games and apps are still high quality, useful, and fun.
(Unlike BlackBerry, which is just plain boring! having owned a Torch 9800)

Video Recording is pretty good for HD 720p.
Not at all grainy or low quality.
The sound recorded is sharp and clear.
Only gripe with taking photos and recording videos is that the colour seems a little 'diluted' and/or weak.
But in the phone's settings, you CAN adjust the colour scheme.
Auto-focus can be changed to 'on' - 'off' - and 'auto' for the camera, and video recorder.
The video recorder records a standard 30FPS.

The Nokia Lumia 520 supports 3G networks, but NOT 4G.
It has Bluetooth 4.0 + LE.

The screen size is a generous 4 inches, and the resolution is 480 x 800 pixels.
It is a Capacitive Touchscreen, and the sensitivity can be changed from normal to a high level of sensitivity.
And yes, folks.. the rumours ARE true about this phone being usable with gloves and/or long nails.

The phone supports: EDGE Class B - GPRS Class B - HSDPA Cat14 21 Mbps - HSUPA Cat6 5.76 Mbps - WCDMA - WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

The charging port is a micro USB 2.0 at the bottom of the phone.
This can also be used to transfer media between the phone and a PC, using the supplied short, MicroUSB-USB 2.0 data cable.

In the box, you get the Nokia Lumia 520, the battery, some cheap 'in-ear headphones with a built-in Microphone, an user booklet, and the charging adapter.
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2014 12:13:08 GMT
Jeanette x says:
Can you make the font size large please ? This would be for my Mum who is approaching 70 and needs bigger writing on all aspects of the phone. She likes to text and currently has an LG GT505 which is a touch screen but you use your finger nail and not the pad of your finger. How does the touch screen work with this please ? Hope you can help and thank you for your time. Jeanette :o)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2014 18:33:18 GMT
J. says:
Hello, Jeanette. Sorry for the late response. But I reply with good news. the font with this phone CAN be enlarged for people such as your Mom, who has some difficulty seeing small text on screens. Again, you can acess the option to increase the font size of this phone, through.. 'Settings' --> 'Ease Of Access' --> 'Text Size'. (The first option) There is a slider bar on the screen to increase and decrease the font size for messaging, lockscreen text, emails, etc.. Problem solved. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2014 18:45:29 GMT
Jeanette x says:
You have replied very quickly, thank you. I only asked today !! How about texting - is it with your finger nail or the skin on your finger please ? Thanks again. Much appreciated. xx

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2014 19:53:38 GMT
J. says:
"No problem, Chica. I like to reply as soon as I can. I like helping people. :)
As for texting.. It's simple enough. Just like using an iPhone or iPod Touch. (If you're familiar with using them)
The Text Messaging function on the phone, is a small speech bubble icon, with a smilie on it.
Tap on it, and it will take you to a black screen, with a '+' at the bottom, for you to make a new text message.
Tap on the '+', and it will open another black screen with a cursor and searchbar at the top of the screen, for you to type in a name or number of a contact from the phone's address book. (Real simple to do)
Once done, there is a speech bubble all the way accross the bottom of the screen, for you to enter text, using an onscreen keyboard.

I've found the keyboard to be a little cramped, if you have big man fingers like Me. (Haha!)
But entering text is simple, and there IS an option for a 'suggestion' function AS you type.
If the phone finds a word you are currently typing, tap on the suggestion to automatically add it.

ask again, if you have problems.
Heck! Add me on Facebook, if you like. Jay Banner. (Narcotic Coma)

Hope I helped you out." :D xx

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2014 19:55:28 GMT
J. says:
"Ah! Almost forgot the other question you asked.. Because Lumia's have VERY good screen's, you can use your fingertip, pad, fingernail, etc. The screen is sensitive enough to pick up the lightest touch. (Sensitivity can be adjusted in 'settings' too)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2014 21:38:49 GMT
Jeanette x says:
Superstar !! As it is so sensitive if you ear touches the screen when you are talking does this cause any problems. It is dreadful with my Samsung S3 mini !! Thanks again. You've been fab !! X

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2014 01:44:08 GMT
J. says:
"Hello again, Jeanette. I'm back again to help you out. :) (Sorry for the late reply. I'm currently recovering from having surgery, to remove some infected bones from My foot)

With regard to having problems touching the screen during a call.. Nope. no problems happen at all. I've made MANY calls on My Lumia 520, and had NO issues with My cheek or ear touching the screen. Reason being that ALL Lumia's (And indeed, other phone models out there) all come with a light sensor in the plastic bezel above the screen. this little sensor notices when light hits it. So when your face blocks out the light during a call, the screen goes black, and the options for 'Loudspeaker' - 'Hold' etc.. disappear. HOWEVER.. If you are using headphones to listen to someone on the other end, during a call, then holding the phone away, will list all the options onscreen for you." There ya go! :D Aww, bless. thank you for calling Me fab. ALWAYS happy to help. xx

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2014 09:18:44 GMT
Jeanette x says:
Thanks a million and hope you are up and about dancing soon !! x
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