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Nokia Lumia 520 Review

The Nokia Lumia 520 is the fifth Windows Phone 8 handset to emerge out of Finnish giants Nokia’s basket and its another low budget entry-level model that competes with the likes of Huawei Ascend W1, ZTE Blade Q Mini, and the Motorola Moto G. Nokia itself has quite a few models in the low budget range, ones that appear quite similar in appearance like the Lumia 620.

Nokia Lumia 520 Review

Despite similarity in appearances, the Lumia 520 is a variant that ranks slightly below the Lumia 620. And there’s plenty of reasons why. The Lumia 520 continues to offer consumers the choice of its bright bold colors, cyan, red, black, yellow and white, but the plastic back misses out on the glossy look of its counterpart. That could be an advantage as it grips nicely and sits comfortably in the hand.

There is a 3.5mm headphone port on the top left, a micro-USB port at the bottom, and the volume and power buttons on the right. The speaker and the camera lens sit on the back. Below the back panel lie the slots for the microSD memory card and SIM. The Lumia 520 supports up to 64GB cards, which should come in very handy, since the internal storage is basic at 8GB of memory.

The Lumia 520 is lighter than the Lumia 620, at 119.9x64mm and 124g despite having a slightly larger 4 inch display of resolution 480 x 800 with a pixel density of 233ppi. Despite the bigger screen, the display quality isn’t the best. A reddish tint shows up on the screen and the absence of a reflection layer means that using it outdoors is a complete pain. Text and images are sharp and fairly readable although you’d do well to avoid desktop sites as it would require too much zooming.

Other specs of the Lumia 520 include the 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor backed by 512MB of RAM, which you can find on the more expensive Lumia 720. The internal speakers of the Lumia 520 offer a good volume level for a budget phone, but at higher volumes, the audio sounds a little tinny and harsh. The call quality on the Lumia 520 is good and the second microphone does its job in removing ambient noise from the call signal.

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The device is fitted with a 5 MP camera at the rear with no front facing camera. So you won’t be taking comfortable selfies or doing video chats with this one. That said, when it comes to photo performance, the Lumia 520 performs well in good lighting conditions. However, the absence of a flash makes the camera pretty useless in low light conditions and photos can be quite grainy.

The presence of a physical shutter button on the Lumia 520 isn’t a value addition either. The button doesn’t give the feel of a “real” camera shutter, but rather works like a power button and taking in-focus shots can be quite tricky. As far as the Camera app is concerned there are only two built-in features; the face-detecting Smart Shoot and the barcode-scanning Bing Vision. Users looking for more features like the HDR and panorama mode will have to download them from the Windows Store and they don’t come free either. The video camera on the Nokia Lumia 520 is also quite basic, shooting at 720p at 30fps.

The Lumia 520 does not come with NFC, compass or front facing camera, but it has got a slightly bigger battery 1430 mAh, which is more than the Lumia 620’s 1300 mAh battery. This could be to compensate for the larger display, but the bigger battery definitely translates to longer usage. You will effortlessly get through the whole day doing light-weight tasks like browsing and email checking without heading for the charger.

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It is in the software department that the Lumia 520 really shines. With Windows 8 on board, you get a quick, slick and consistent experience on the device. Windows 8 offers an integrated social media experience with the People app bringing social media updates from Facebook and Twitter along with its email and SMS features. Microsoft Office and OneNote apps also offer value to users who wish to create, edit and view documents, spreadsheets and notes on the go. The Windows 8 tiles are live tiles and you can move, resize or unpin and organize them into folders on the Start screen.

However, if you are an app aficionado, this phone is not for you. The collection of apps for the Lumia 520 is extremely limited, with basic features and updates happening few and far between.

Should You Buy the Nokia Lumia 520?

If you’re reading this review, I’m presuming you are looking for a budget level, low entry device. That means you are ready to make compromises on the features you want to see in your phone. Therefore you cannot complain that the Lumia 520 has no front facing camera, no flash, or NFC. The compromise that will hurt you the most is probably the reflective screen, which makes it very tricky to use outdoors. The lack of apps is another thing you’ll have to consider, but that goes for just about any Windows Phone. If you hate seeing smudges and fingerprints on your phone screen, you’ll be disappointed with the 520 as well.

The big selling point for the Lumia 520 though is the price. For less than a hundred bucks, you get a decent screen size and a device that is great for making phone calls and for messaging. If you hate Android and want a basic phone that’s ideal as a backup option, the Nokia Lumia 520 may be a model well worth considering.

New App Brings The Look Of Nokia X To Your Windows Phone

Recently Nokia showed off its latest phone line, the Nokia X, which runs Android but has a Windows Phone inspired home screen and other user interface features. If you like the look of the Nokia X phones but don’t want to buy one or still love your current Windows Phone then there is a Nokia X Preview app that brings their UI to any Windows Phone.

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While some people may wonder why you would put an Android imitation Windows UI on your Windows Phone, the app is free and who knows you may like it. However, early reports show that the test app is fairly buggy and slow. Yet, it still gives a general idea of what the UI will be and at the very least it is interesting…and free!

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Three Popular Apps Get Bug Fixing Updates

If you have downloaded the empire building game from Disney Mobile, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, you can now rejoice the fact that the problem of the stores not producing coins when the game is minimized or closed has been addressed. The game’s latest update takes it to version 1.0.1.7.

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The next big update comes for the popular messenger app WhatsApp. The 2.11.356 version update to the app fixes issues related to the reception of broadcast messages.

Finally, we come to the Nokia Camera app which has been updated to version 4.5.1.5. The update is adding support for DNG (Digital Negative Format) on the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 running the Lumia Black software update.

If you have installed any of these apps on your Windows Phone, be sure to be updated. Links are provided below.

Kik Messenger is Now Part of the Nokia Collection; Revives Hopes of Development and Upgrades

If you’re a big fan of the personal instant messenger Kik, you may have been disappointed with its lack of updates on the Windows App Store. Kik Messenger was available for Windows 7 but hasn’t seen any official support for Windows 8 devices since February 27th 2012.

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In an interview to TruTowers, Kik Messenger CEO Ted Livingston stated that the reason that Kik hasn’t seen any Windows Phone 8 updates was because Microsoft has been ignoring Webkit support on Windows Phone, making it a taxing process to port its card-based features to the phone. Ted admitted that they would be happy to do development work on the platform if Microsoft put Webkit on the Windows Phone.

However, despite the setback, there’s a good chance that things will start looking up for the app that has over 14 million users to date. Kik Messenger has been spotted in the Nokia Collection prompting speculation that the app might see updates and developmental efforts happening in the coming days.

Windows Phone Kik users will certainly benefit from the Live Tiles and Lock Screen support, improved notification system and better support for image sharing.

If you’ve been a KIK Messenger user, what’s your take on the lack of updates on the Windows platform. Would you like to see updates on the app or do you prefer to move over to other messaging services like WhatsApp and Skype.

Nokia is giving free WP7 device to developers

nokia-windows-phone-7 As Microsoft did few months back, Nokia is planning to give away Windows Phone 7 devices for their Launchpad developers later this year during the launch. That’s right!

For now, Nokia is also giving away its flagship product, Nokia E7 for the developers to develop applications for their soon to be shelved Symbian platform.

This is a welcome move from Nokia to woo their waning developer interest.

Here is the letter sent to lauchpad developers:

“18 February 2011
Dear Launchpad member,
In light of the strategy announcement made by Nokia and Microsoft last week, we are writing to you today to assure you that our commitment to you and your work to develop innovative apps for Nokia devices remains as strong as ever.
We understand that you have a lot of questions, and want to reassure you that we understand and we are here to listen to your feedback and provide you with information. We encourage you to visit Nokia Conversations where you can find a great deal of information regarding the news http://conversations.nokia.com and which can help to answer some initial questions.
We are very energized by recent developments, and believe the opportunities to develop for Nokia devices are as exciting and lucrative today as they have ever been. In addition to the opportunities coming soon with Nokia and WP7, we have several new benefits to share with you today, intended to help accelerate your app business to reach the 225 million app-hungry Nokia smartphone owners worldwide today.
Today, Qt developers can target more than 100 million Nokia devices for their apps and we have announced that we plan to sell an additional 150 million Symbian devices. Nokia will continue to provide free Qt trainings to help you learn how to make the most of this sophisticated cross-development platform. We’re enthusiastically meeting the demand, so please let us know whether you’d like a training set up in your area.
We are also excited to offer you one free admission to the next Nokia World/Nokia Developer Summit later this year. We will take care of the registration costs.
To assist you with your development activities in the near-term, we will ship one free Nokia E7 device to all program members. Additionally, we will send to you one free Nokia WP7 device, as soon as it becomes available.
To accelerate your mobile app development, we will provide free tech support on all Nokia technologies for the next three months (up to 10 tickets). Equally, if you would like to take advantage of a free User Experience evaluation of one of your apps, please let us know and we will work with you to make those arrangements.
We will also be extending our business development support to all Nokia developer and content program members who are currently developing apps for Nokia devices, and we will assist in publishing those apps in Nokia’s Ovi Store. We will continue to offer ideas and guidance for ways to fully promote your published apps so that you can reap the rewards of your hard work.
If you have any questions, or need any help from us in the days ahead, we want you to know that you can count on us to be there for you. We are truly excited about working with you to discover new opportunities that will lead to future successes.