Engadget reviewed the Nokia Lumia 520, and while they found much to like they had some complaints also, like a certain sluggishness in more demanding apps such as Lens apps, and in particularly the battery life of the handset.
It says a lot about the strength of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones that they are often their own worst enemy. The Lumia 520 offers a full-fledged, fluid and friendly smartphone experience, but it sits in the shadow of the 620, just like the 920 makes life harder for the 720 and 820. It’s sibling rivalry of the worst kind, because for once, it actually results in us loving one more than the other — and, in this case, we’re still so attached to the 620’s design and extra features that we just can’t recommend the 520 to a mainstream budget audience. What’s more, considering that the 620 has already been offered on deals in the UK for as low at £130 ($200), we’d suggest snapping up a similar bargain as soon as one comes around, rather than plumping for the moderate savings offered by the 520.
If the Lumia 620 were ruled out for some reason — perhaps due to a strict budget or local availability — we’d probably look more kindly on the 520. After all, it still contains all the essentials of the modern Lumia offering, with lots of personality and a welcoming OS. But even in this scenario, we’d come up against the battery life issue — which is a spec that rival budget Windows Phones do much better on, not to mention Ashas and probably other future barebones options that will cost half of the 520’s price. Advanced smartphone users may be used to seeing red battery symbols late in the day, but for this type of phone, which is bound to be picked up by people who are making the leap from a feature phone, it’s not quite good enough.
Read the full review at Engadget here.