Nokia Lumia 520 review: Best buys

GSMArena team, 16 April 2013.


The layout of controls is consistent across Nokia's WP8 smartphones and the Lumia 520 follows suit. There's the usual set of capacitive controls below the screen and the hardware buttons are all placed along the right side of the phone, while the left remains bare.

The capacitive Back, Home and Search keys are well-spaced and haptic-enabled - we always appreciate Nokia's sharp and precise vibration feedback. A press and hold of the Home key will launch voice commands, while a log press of the Back button shows recent apps.

At the very bottom edge of the front you'll notice a tiny mic pinhole. Above the screen is the usual place of the earpiece, an ambient light and proximity sensor next to it. The Nokia Lumia 520 hasn't got a front camera.

Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520
The top and bottom of the phone

The volume rocker, lock/power button and camera key are on the right. All three are sufficiently raised and have great response. The camera key has a distinct half-press for auto focus and will launch the camera reasonably fast overriding a complete lock.

Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520
The right side of the phone hosts three keys

The left side holds no buttons whatsoever and there're no side-mounted ports either, as opposed to the Lumia 720.

Nokia Lumia 520
The left side is perfectly bare

The 3.5 mm headphones jack is placed at the top of the Nokia Lumia 520.

Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520
A view from the top

The microUSB port is in its usual spot at the bottom of the phone.

Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520
The microUSB port is at the bottom

The removable back cover is made of matte plastic and features the 5 MP camera lens, a Nokia logo, and the loudspeaker grille in the bottom right corner. There's no LED flash on the Nokia Lumia 520, so low-light photography is best avoided.

Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520
The back

Removing the back panel is easy enough and you gain access to the 1430 mAh Li-Ion battery, microSD card slot and microSIM compartment.

Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520
Under the cover

The Lumia 520 is quite pleasant to handle and, even though it's not the most compact of smartphones, it will comfortably fit most hands and pockets. The handset is well made and feels durable enough.

Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia Lumia 520
Handling the Lumia 520

Next Page »