Expert Review of Nokia Lumia 520 Black
Nokia Lumia 520 is one of the best phones introduced by the company that lies at the cheaper end of the spectrum. It is an innovative smartphone that sports a sleek and elegant body design, boasts of a 1GHz dual core processor, and allows switching among its wide array of applications at superfast speed. Along with this, the super sensitive screen is another boastful feature that senses touch with great precision. This handset comprises of the latest OS, Lumia Amber that comes with new and advanced features like Nokia Glance, New FM Radio etc. As the advertisements proclaim, you do not need to trim your nails to use this! The Nokia Lumia 520 is a value for money device that gives all its expensive features at an affordable cost.
The device Nokia Lumia 520 has an exclusive Nokia digital built-in lens that enhances your images and gives you smart shooting options with the Cinemagraph and smart shoot applications. The camera in the device however lacks flash and has a poor resolution on zoom. With the live tile feature of the Lumia line of phones, you can stay in touch with all aspects of your life at the same time. It helps you to carry out all your work in a hassle free manner with its pre-installed bouquet of apps like Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint and even synchronize your phone and computer on the 7GB Microsoft sky drive!
User Interface and UI functionality
Available in the vibrant colours of Blue, Black, White, Yellow and Red, Nokia Lumia 520 is a phone with intelligent user interface and functionality. Slimmer, Thinner and lighter than its higher counterpart - Nokia Lumia 620, the phone has dimensions of 119.9mm x 64mm x 9.9mm and weighs 124 grams. This WVGA handset has a display size of 10.16cm, which comprises of a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and display features like orientation sensor, brightness control, Lumia color profile and ambient light sensor. The gadget comprises of 16M colors and an aspect ratio of 15:9 with 235ppi pixel density and IPS LCD display technology. The phone has sensors like proximity and accelerometer – to help in gaming.
Nokia Lumia 520 has the famous Nokia speaker volume, which gives good quality audio and supports features like FM radio and internet radio along with online music library at Nokia music store. The music formats supported by this gadget are MP3, WMA 10 Pro, AMR-NB, WMA 9, GSM FR, AAC, AAC LC, HEAAC, and eAAC /HEAACv2. The phone supports audio recording in AMR and has mono recording features. There are a wide range of music and videos to keep you entertained at all times.
Pictures and Video quality
To capture sweet memories, there is a primary rear camera of 5 megapixels, which comprises of features like auto focus camera with two-stage capture key and 4X digital zoom. It saves images in JPEG/Exif format that allows easy synchronizing and viewing the snaps on PC. The gadget however lacks Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and flash, and has a minimum focus range of 10cm. With this, some other features of this camera are Landscape orientation, Touch focus, Auto and manual white balance, Auto and manual exposure, Full screen viewfinder, Active toolbar, Automatic photo upload to web services, Geotagging, Full resolution photo, and video upload. It has panorama and allows still & video imaging.
Nokia Lumia 520 has scene modes for putting in creativity like Sports, Night, Night Portrait, Backlight, and Close-up. You can also sort your photos for quick review by month, album, timeline, favorites, and photo editor on social networking sites. The main video camera has a 720p resolution and shoots at 30fps with 4X zoom in MP4 format. Lumia 520 allows video streaming through progressive video download, YouTube, Streaming from video services and internet, and has additional recording features like video zoom, video light and continuous autofocus.
Nokia Lumia 520 incorporates Internet Explorer 10 and Microsoft Bing software for quick search and supports various social applications like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and allows synchronizing your pictures and contacts with the handset. The Lumia 520 also supports sharing over apps and features such as Facebook, Bluetooth, Flickr, Picasa, Share on TV with Play to DLNA app, email attachment, SkyDrive, and PhotoBeamer. The 3G enabled smartphone contains high-speed internet with function of internet sharing and allows location sharing with WP location sharing and Foursquare. The Wi-Fi feature can be set up to connect with other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Internal and External Memory
In terms of memory, Nokia Lumia 520 is equipped with an internal memory of 8GB, which can be expandable via microSD card for more external storage space. The maximum card size is of 64GB with an option of storing up to 7GB on free cloud for easy synchronizing. This capacitive touchscreen phone has 512MB RAM with a high-speed core processor.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia Lumia 520 has all specs of an expensive smartphone along with usual features of Clock, Calculator, Phonebook, Calendar, Reminders, Alarm clock, To-do list, Social networks in OneNote, Phonebook, Family Room, Wallet and Kid's Corner. Apart from these, it comes with business applications like Lync (Corporate IM) free download, Adobe Acrobat Reader free download, Company Hub for enterprise applications, SkyDrive storage for documents and notes, Office apps: Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint that allows you to remain hassle free and carry out your work from anywhere.
Gaming is a fun filled affair in Lumia 520, which has an accelerometer with other game features like Touch UI, DirectX 11 and Xbox-Live Hub. The phone supports documents in formats like PDF, Excel, OneNote, Word and PowerPoint. Lumia 520 allows synchronizing content in Video, Calendar, Music, Pictures and Contacts.
Nokia Lumia 520 is loaded with a Lithium-ion 1430mAh battery (BL-5J) battery that gives a maximum standby time of 16 days and a talk time of 17.4 hours on 2G and 9.7 hours on 3G. Along with this, the video playback time given by this battery is of 5.9 hours and the maximum Wi-Fi browsing can be done for 7.3 hours. One of the drawbacks in this handset is its lack of wireless charging. The device has one of the most advanced technologies- the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 processor with 1GHz dual core processor that allows efficient working with less battery consumption.
This enables extra performance when you need it and puts you in charge of running the most demanding applications including photography, gaming, as well as business and personal productivity. The battery saver mode is a helpful function that conserves battery when required by shutting off Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth connections, and reduces screen brightness along with leaving it for manual adjustment.
Nokia Lumia 520 allows you to remain connected at all times with high-speed internet along with other functions like Sky drive and Bluetooth share options. This stylish gadget is powered by Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPRS (CLASS B) and EDGE (up to 236.8Kbps). This gadget does not have dual SIM connectivity but is provided with a 2.0 USB port.
If we compare this handset to its predecessor, Nokia Lumia 510, the major advancement is that, Lumia 520 does not require the Zune software for PC synchronizing. This allows easy sharing. We can say that Lumia 520 is 24% faster than Lumia 510. In Lumia 520, the internal memory is of 8GB whereas the total memory in Lumia 510 is of 4GB. In addition, there is a range of newer functions like panorama, smart shoot, Cinemagraph etc., which was incidentally absent in Nokia Lumia 510.