Review: Lumia 520: Part 1 – Looks and impressions

Lumia 520 The Lumia 520 was announced at MWC 2013 and is a pure Low-End device for emerging markets like India or China and the Pay as You Go market worldwide. For 200€ it is really affordable and since it I meant to “connect the next billion to the internet” it supports only the essentials. Does this automatically make it a bad device? Find out in my review.


Part 1: Looks and first impressions

I took the device out of the box and was really surprised how light it is. I was like “there must be something missing!” and was right, because I forgot to insert the battery. I was a bit embarrassed but after inserting it it still was very light (and there were worlds between it and my Lumia 920). I am not one of those “the Lumia 920 is bad because it is too heavy” guys, but now my 920 DOES feel a bit too heavy (sorry guys!). The matte back cover does feel nice, and the device feels good in your hand. Well done, Nokia!

I turned it on and was however negatively surprised soon after: The screen. It’s just not good. It’s a Lowest-End device and therefore it’s ok for this price range, but when you got used to different screens it’s just bad. It reflects light very much and something like pure black color doesn’t even exist, so you better change the theme to white, then it’s ok. It, however, responds very well and the device seems to be really responsive, despite being a Low-End device. The resolution of the screen is really nice for this price range and therefore the screen is nicely sharp which I found very surprising.


All in all the first impressions are quite good, even if not perfect. I will get into deeper details in further parts.