Nokia Lumia 520

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is the fifth member to join Nokia’s successful Windows Phone 8 family. The smartphone is geared towards the budget end of the market and is a great handset with plenty to offer.

The device has 4 inch screen, which is pretty generous, allowing users to comfortably browse the web and watch videos. The screen has a resolution of 480×800 pixels, which is certainly not the best resolution out there, but is pretty standard for cheap smartphones. The screen technology itself is super-sensitive which means that you can still use the phone whilst wearing gloves or false nails.

Although sometimes overshadowed by iOS and Android, the Windows 8 operating system certainly has a lot to get excited about. HERE Maps is one of the great features available on Window’s 8 handsets. Whether you’re driving or taking public transport, this nifty app lication will get you to your destination quickly! What’s more, the application also works offline. This is not only great for those on a limited data allowance, but it also means that there is no need to worry about losing signal when driving through the countryside.

Unfortunately, the device does not have a front facing camera which may be problematic for those who like making video calls. However, the camera on the back panel of the handset is great for taking photos as it is equipped with same technology seen in other members of the Lumia family. The lens uses Carl Zeiss optics for super sharp images and the optical image stabilization dramatically decreases the risk of blurry images. As well as taking great photos, the device is excellent for those who love to be creative with their photos as the Nokia Lumia 520’s software enables you to quickly take a sequence of photos and merge them for a motion effect or merge them for the perfect group photograph that captures everyone’s smile.

As well as coming in the standard monochrome shades, the Nokia Lumia 520 is available in three vibrant shades of yellow, red and blue for those who want something a bit louder. The phone costs anywhere between £70 and £100 depending on whether you chose to but the phone sim-free of purchase it from a network.