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Its difficult to find a company that beats Nokia when it comes to bottom end Windows Phone. The Lumia 620 was no doubt the most affordable smartphone when it came out. However, Nokia seems to have outdone itself again with an even bigger rival by introducing the Nokia Lumia 520 effectively beating itself in the market. It must be emphasized that while the market is flooded with android competitors, the Windows Phone 8 has pretty much remained the territory of Nokia.
Design and Feel
At less than $200, this is a fair price for a 4-inch, 400 x 800 display that is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. If it makes you feel any better, the Lumia 520 has a slightly larger screen and matches the power of the Lumia 620. The cover fits well with no seams problems which is a hallmark of Nokia’s high quality.
The phone uses a capacitive screen that comes with Windows Phone navigation buttons. All in all, the low resolution and the uneven display lighting are imperceptible and fade into insignificance when you consider that this top-shelf display comes with a very affordable price tag.
Like all Nokia handsets, you get to select from a list of colors to give it a more personal touch.
Performance and Battery
The Lumia 520 comes with a much higher battery capacity than the 620, likely due to less efficient components. However, it falls short of the 620, but why complain? You are getting premium features out of faster CPUs. Of course, having Windows Phone 8 gives you access to the entire Microsoft Office Suite in addition to a bunch of Nokia applications that come bundled.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is an excellent choice for smartphone beginners or those who’ve had bad experiences with budget Androids. With access to the Windows Store, and access to first-party apps such as OneNote, Evernote, Skype, and third-party ones such as Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and WhatsApp, you get a device that covers pretty much most of your mainstream needs and eventualities.