The Lumia looks good, it's got a decent screen, it rarely stutters or slows down, it's great for calls and messaging and might it just be the best entry level Windows Phone handset you can buy. The Nokia Lumia stormed onto the scene in sporting a solid design and specs at an incredibly affordable price which made it an instant hit at the budget end of the mobile market.
It slotted in just below the Lumiapropping up Nokia's Windows Phone line up at the lowest possible price point. Rhere's a whole host of competitors, chief of which is the superb Motorola Moto G recently upgraded to Lumia 520 review uk dating edition — a smartphone that pretty much redefined what a 'budget' handset could be.
But here's something that may have a bearing on whether you buy the Lumia — the phone is the world's top-selling Windows Phone 8 handset, thanks to its impressive specs and low-end price. This little handset has also just been on the receiving end of Nokia's Lumia Black system update that adds some extra functionality to the device as well as Lumia 520 review uk dating new features to play with.
More on that later. That may not sound like much but the power matches the Lumiaand I had few qualms about the performance of that phone given its Lumia 520 review uk dating. The screen is actually slightly bigger than that of the Nokia Lumiawhich only has a 3. At first glance it's certainly an impressive handset for the price, easily competing with the similarly priced Ascend W1 and potentially rendering the Nokia Lumia redundant. In fact, given that it has similar specs, a bigger screen and a better battery, you might be wondering why the Lumia is considered lower-end than the Well, there are a few reasons.
It also doesn't have a camera flash or a front-facing camera, plus there's no compass built into it.
And while the screen is slightly bigger, it still has the same resolution, resulting in a marginally lower ppi. Like all recent Nokia handsets there's a lot of colour in the Nokia Lumia It shares the look of other Lumia devices, with a single piece of smooth plastic covering the back and sides of the phone.
That shell is available in black or white, but the bright shades of yellow, blue and red on offer will appeal if you like it loud. If nothing else, it makes Nokia handsets stand out from the crowd. Regardless of the colour, it's quite a nice looking phone in other ways, with an angular, rectangular design more in line with the higher end Nokia Lumia than the curved edges of its closest relations — the Nokia Lumia and It's certainly a more distinctive and I'd argue classier look than that of the Lumia — which is odd considering the Lumia is supposed to be the more basic option.
It's also slimmer and lighter than the Lumiaat a fairly sleek 9. I like the feel of it too. The plastic casing seems almost warm, making it nice to hold, and it's not as slippery as it might look — so getting a firm grip on the handset is no problem.
The almost jagged corners can dig into your hand a little when held in certain positions, but it's at worst slightly uncomfortable and easily avoided by adjusting your grip. The front of the Nokia Lumia is mostly screen as you'd expect and at 4-inches it's a decent for a low-price handset.
The pixel density of pixels per inch also isn't bad at all for the money you're paying. Sure, it's dwarfed by the likes of the ppi HTC Onebut it's also many times cheaper. The newer Nokia Lumia manages a higher pixel density of ppi due to the increased x resolution that's packed into the 4-inch screen.
A huge plus is "Lumia 520 review uk dating" ability to use gloves with the screen too — being able to type in the cold weather is becoming a really common ability on phones, but I'm impressed Nokia managed it on such a cheap handset.
Unlike some handsets, the screen here isn't edge-to-edge: At the sides this border is fairly narrow, but it becomes quite wide at the top to make room for the earpiece and a Nokia logo.
It's even wider at the bottom, because that's where you'll find the start, back and search softkeys. The back of the handset is almost featureless, with just a small Nokia logo in the centre, the 5MP camera lens near the top and a tiny loudspeaker near the bottom.
The right edge of the handset houses all of the phone's physical buttons, with a volume rocker at the top, a power button near the middle and a camera button near the bottom. The layout works well, with the buttons spaced far enough to prevent confusion. The left edge is devoid of any features, ports or buttons at all. The top is home only to a 3. The bottom edge has micro USB port in the centre, which is used for charging or connecting the Nokia Lumia to a computer.
The back cover is easy to remove — you simply use your nails to peel it away at each corner.