The Nokia Lumia 520 was one of the most popular handsets of its generation, and has proven the champion of both the Lumia range and Windows Phone smartphones. It cut a few corners in order to launch at less than £150 but it didn’t suffer too much for those cuts. The battery was quite weak and there could have been more RAM but it was a decent quality phone for a decent budget. The Lumia 525, a mere rumour a few days ago but now confirmed by Nokia, looks like it will follow in the footsteps of the 520.
The Lumia 525 has a 1,430mAH battery, which Nokia claims will give 17 hours of talk time or 336 hours of standby. Rather than the 512MB of RAM, you now receive double that with 1GB of RAM and the difference should be noticeable when you’re playing games and using apps.
There’s also swappable covers, so you don’t have to have it in yellow, instead opting for an orange or white design. The covers do cost extra.
The same dual core 1GHz processor is onboard, and you receive 8GB of internal storage. This can be expanded using the microSD card slot, and as with all Nokia Lumia handsets, you receive 7GB of free Cloud Drive storage.
The 800 x 480 pixel screen isn’t groundbreaking, but for less than £150 you shouldn’t be expecting industry leading resolution. It does offer 235ppi resolution density, which is really quite decent. There’s still no front facing camera, and the 5mp rear facing camera doesn’t include a flash, so if you’re looking for a decent snapper with your budget phone, you should probably look elsewhere (HTC would be a good place to start).
Unfortunately, the Nokia Lumia 525 won’t be coming to the UK officially. However, Nokia may change its mind on this, and some retailers may well import the phone but this is likely to see the price increase a little.
The massive Nokia Lumia 1520, on the other hand, is available in the UK. Available from the 6th December for £550, or free on a £38 per month contract, the 6” phablet has an impressive 2.2GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM. It also has 32GB of storage, expandable by a further 64GB thanks to the microSD card slot, and it also has a 20MP rear facing camera, coupled with a 1.2MP front facing camera.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is incredibly powerful, and the only real limitations that you will experience when using the phablet, swapping between apps, and performing other tasks, are those that are imposed by the Windows 8 operating system architecture, rather than the phone hardware.