Nokia Lumia 520 is making its name as the most affordable smartphone with all the features it offers. It has a generous 4 inch 480 x 800 display and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 512MB of RAM which is satisfiable given the price and the phone runs smoothly with hardly any lag.
Priced around $100, this phone stands out from the crowd with all the vibrant colour cases it has on offer. It shares its looks with the higher end models and is good to look at and feel. Of all the pluses this phone has, the significant one has to be that you can use the phone while wearing gloves which appeals to people living in colder regions.
The right edge of the handset houses all of the phones physical buttons, with a volume rocker at the top, a power button near the middle and a camera button near the bottom. The layout works well, with the buttons spaced far enough to prevent confusion. The left edge is devoid of any features, ports or buttons at all. The top is home only to a 3.5mm headphone port on the left hand side. The bottom edge has a micro USB port in the centre, which is used for charging or connecting the Nokia Lumia 520 to a computer.
Operating the Nokia Lumia 520 is a fairly painless experience. Swiping around the various screens is smooth and responsive, while the 4-inch display is plenty big enough to do most things comfortably. While it’s only 480 x 800, the display also has a good enough resolution to prevent tiles and menus becoming a blur.
Text messages on the Nokia Lumia 520 are handled by the Messaging app, which is much like the equivalent apps that you’d find on an iPhone or Android handset. If you swipe sideways from the threads screen you reach an area called Online, which lets you chat with friends from linked messaging services and social networks, such as Facebook so that is a huge plus.
The camera on the Nokia Lumia 520 is pretty basic, you get a 5MP sensor on the back, but it doesn’t have any flash and there’s no front facing camera at all.
If you look past the fact that its a windows phone, this is the best phone you can buy for the price and it is easy to use with all the features like WiFi, Bluetooth and a decent camera.