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      12.07.2014 11:25
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      • "Lots of talktime"
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      • "Cheap for what it is"
      • "Good battery life"

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      The best PAYG cheap smartphone on the market!

      The year of 2014 made Smartphone''s affordable for the PAYG user. I am one of those cheapskates that waited until now. Until recently a mobile phone for me was for text and calls, tiny screen, simple as. I did have Wap internet on my old phone but it was expensive, never connected and not exactly fun on a one inch screen. Once owning a cell phone was all about how small and cool it was but not now.

      As soon as owning a Smartphone became all about size the smaller 3 and 4 inch screen size ones became dated very quickly and so the price collapsed. Every girl and guy would prefer 6 inches to 4.5 inches, right? You can get more pleasure from six inches, of course. It''s definitely a case of how big it is and not how you use it here. It''s roughly about 50 quid extra for each half-inch of screen increase. If you do want a top of the range 4.5 inch screen then the Motorola G is the one I would have gone for, currently 100 quid on Amazon. To put it simply the smaller screen smartphones that were are 120 pounds are now 65 and brilliant value. Contract and business smart phone users never have to worry about buying phones and just pay monthly but all of a sudden you can now go PAYG on those sexy smartphones. Admittedly the PAYG data charges are outrageous and you will use up your credit within twenty minutes browsing so cheaper to get a contract if you want to browse out and about, and so the internet priced high for that reason. But at least WIFI hotspot its mean you can surf for free in places like pubs and hotels, why I bought this one. I didn''t fancy a 5.7 behemoth, mainly because my budget doesn''t stretch to it, and so settled for just 4 inches and the Nokia Lumia 520. I chose this one as it was bang centre of my price range on Amazon (60-80pounds) and featured in all the top 10 budget smart phones lists I looked at. It was between this one and the Huawei Ascend G510 but the later having only 15 reviews on Amazon to the Nokia''s 429 reviews. That tells its own story and so I decided to steer away from the Chinese upstart and go with the cool blue-eyed Scandinavian. If you want to go slightly smaller on screen size you can buy a pretty good 3.0-3.5 inch smartphone today for just 45-50 bucks. They really are worth it. They will make for great Christmas and birthday presents for your mum and dad and now is the time to get them used to internet on the go. If not we will have more of those dreadfully patronizing adverts like the Barclays Legal Eagles commercial with the old fart on Skype.

      Set Up

      The battery is semi charged in the sealed box from new and then you just charge up the rest with the adapter provided. You also get earphones in the box and a Bluetooth cable. The battery doesn''t take long to charge, barely twenty minutes with this one. The set up process is like any other basic software instruction and you just press install tab a few times. If you press yes to something you are not sure about you can always correct it later.

      The Lumnia 520 is a smooth black monolith rectangle that is light and has a good battery. Some say those apes beating their chest on Kubrick''s A Space Odyssey: 2001 are the sort of people who would buy this now. I turn off my phone most of the time and run the smart battery app when it''s on to make the battery last. I have yet to re-charge after one weeks use. The phone does have a rather boring start display but we are not here for the bells and whistles. The touch screen is super sensitive and one quickly gets used to moving through the screens and hyperlinks. This one also turns the display on its side when you do likewise with the phone, which is very smart. You need to get a protective case though because if these hit something hard the screen will break and maybe worse. The cases are a couple of quid on Amazon or a fiver on your local market.

      All the email and phone messaging stuff also takes time to seek out but you can re-arrange the tiles on the front screen to get there quicker. If you slide the main screen to the left a long list of features are displayed. Again general messing around with the phone will help you discover its features. Don''t be afraid to try things. There is an app store listed to get free stuff for the Windows 8 operating system on the 520 but they do say Android phones offer far more free services and apps. All the big websites and social media apps are free to all on most operating systems and don''t take long to download. Remember that these apps may run while you don''t use them and that mean leaked data usage so if you leave Facebook or whatsap running then wave goodbye to your PAYG data. You can turn them off fairly easily or you hold your thumb down on the app and it gives you options to delete it.

      The screen resolution is impressive and it is like being on a mini internet. Obviously you can''t do your regular browsing as you would on your laptop as things don''t fit as well so best to research bespoke apps you may need. I have downloaded weather radar and sports sites for my cricket writing work and also the app version of the BBC and Wikipedia. They do the job. Rating ciao reviews is not easy. There are thousands of apps you can download free so no worries there and if you do have to pay your network will simply deduct the cash form your credit, normally around 80p to a pound.

      You can download and play games on the phone although this one phone perhaps not as good for games. You can also Bluetooth link to your other devices. The letter keyboard is small and fiddly for email and texts and the like but you can download free keyboards to upgrade the size and sensitivity. Like I say the screen is very sensitive and you will keep pressing the wrong key, which is slightly annoying. The separate number pad is excellent for making phone calls. The external speakers are good and the camera has its own switch on the side of the phone to activate and seems fine as far as clarity goes. The side buttons on the phone take sometime to get used to as they are placed where you grip the phone and so you can easily turn the phone off or to standby by pressing the button accidentally.

      So summing up

      It''s the ideal phone to have to move from regular mobile to Smartphone. You have a hundred quid''s worth of hi tec kit that was two hundred just a couple of years ago in your hand today for just 70 bucks. It''s slightly delicate in the hand and you have to hold and caress it like a baby but that''s how it''s designed. It has everything you need to communicate and a brilliant list''s of free apps and things and gadgets you can quickly download. Those apps don''t take long to add and you can be on Facebook within a minute or two of downloading the app. It''s cool stuff. Because it''s a very popular model all the spares - generic or not - are available cheap on Amazon so no new battery or screen issues.

      Its time to upgrade folks and going Smartphone is a revelation. If you''re at work or play you can easily find a hotspot and surf away so don''t worry about PAYG costs. You can also tether it to your home broadband or download a free text app like cfbs.com. It''s technically easily to operate although if you have a fuddy duddy mum like me you may have to sit them down and wag your finger to explain how easy smartphones are to use and so not that intimidating. One slight niggle is the main Back, Internet and Refresh buttons on the bottom of the actual frame of the phone are not back lit so you have to set it to vibrate to find them in the dark.

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      04.03.2014 13:02
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      good value

      it was a painful experience purchasing this phone but that was down to carphone warehouse and Vodafone. The phone itself I am quite happy with. It is a lot easier to use than my mates android phone. With his phone you have to navigate through countless menus to get what you want whereas with my phone it is more intuitive. I had to decide between this phone and the sony xperia. The screen size on this phone is only 0.4 inches bigger but when you place them together it makes a really big difference. The voice is really crisp and clear when making calls. The video camera is great quality in HD and the camera quality is ok although the flash is a bit disappointing. There is also a slight hue bias towards orange on the photos. I am sure if I play around with the settings I could sort it out.

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        01.03.2014 01:04
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        Yes i would reccomend it but buy a protective tough case! Be carefull removing the back!

        Well the Nokia Lumia Windows 8 smart phone is a sleek and stylish smartphone. I bought this for my teenage daughter and she loves it. It has all the things you could want a great camera , Nice and bright LCD screen, good sound, plenty of apps , email features and games available too. The only down side I have to this phone is that the screen has cracked twice and I have had to replace the screens! once it cracked when it was knocked and only very slightly and then once trying to get the back off it! Its not very strong and not very durable either. I also had to set up a Microsoft account in order to download apps from the app store and verify it against my account as it was for my teenage daughter who is under 16. This also took a while to figure out!

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          21.02.2014 00:58
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          Overall, theres nothing to make you go WOW, but there is plenty to keep you satisfied.

          I've been using one of these phones for the last few weeks, since my old Samsung broke on me. It looks great, the battery last for literally days and it has a couple of snazzy features.

          On the major plus side, its an extremely customisable phone, both in terms of the many settings and in terms of home screen layout.

          On the downside, the signal pickup and the app store are somewhat lacking, however I would certainly not say that these two small niggles are enough to warrant overlooking this phone.

          So far and to date I at least have had no major issues with it, though if I had one major complaint it would be that the thing needs to be able to recognise when it has gone into an area of signal much quicker.

          Overall, theres nothing to make you go WOW, but there is plenty to keep you satisfied.

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          15.02.2014 18:18
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          fantastic value for money

          I purchased my Nokia lumia 520 a couple of weeks ago and love it. I used to use a Sony Ericsson xperia arc s, and switching from android to windows was quite confusing at first but it didn't take long to get used to it. Im now very used to the windows operating system and think its very user friendly and efficient. The actual phone is quite large, it has a very big screen, which is a great bonus for such a cheap phone. I have got it for 11.99 per month with a free phone. The camera is very good quality, there is an app called smart shoot which takes a bunch of photos straight after each other, meaning you will always capture the perfect shot! The speed of the phone had also impressed me. No lagging at all, it can cope with all my apps and photos etc. The back of the phone is made of a soft plastic which feels lovely and won't crack if accidentally dropped.

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          20.12.2013 13:44

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          Very good phone very cheap and people shoud buy it because you will not regret it.

          Hello People Today I am reviewing the Nokia Lumia 520 windows 8 phone. Memory 8GB.

          WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE PHONE?

          The Nokia Lumia 520 is a very cheap smart phone. The best thing about it is that it is stylish and is very fast. The other best thing about the phone is very cheap i have my phone on a £7.50 a month contract. The phone has many features such as
          Email
          Apps
          Facebook
          Twitter
          Games
          Camera
          Instagram
          and there are many more.

          The phone has some good setting like where you can change the touch of the screen to be like sensitive so when you have gloves on you can still use the phone. Also you can change how bright your phone is like you can just have it on high or low or auto. The auto feature will mean where ever you are the brightness will change. I have had no problems with the phone it has been very good.

          WHAT WAS BAD ABOUT THE PRODUCT?

          The phones play store does not have that many good apps and games on it but windows say they are working on that to get more companies to make popular and better apps.


          SUMMARY

          The Nokia Lumia is very good because it is very cheap easy to use and also very useful for everyday life.


          Thanks for Reading.

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          05.10.2013 18:37

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          A very good phone

          Hey everyone. The nokia lumina is the budget, and cheapest nokia lumina phone (the new windows smartphone platform), and although this has been my first smartphone, I have had a lot of expierience with them, and I think this is an amazing phone.

          I got my phone for £7.50 a month 2 year contract with 200 minutes 2000 texts and 1.5gb of internet.

          The phone feels very study as a phone, with a plastic sleeve (that is interchangable to change the colours of your phones background if that is your sort of thing. It is perhaps not as nice to the touch or to look at as say a iphone back case, but it feels like it won't shatter if you drop it, which is nice.

          The screen is large (compared to other phones at this price), and the phone is thin and sleek. I am amazed at how responsive the phone is (my previous touch screen phone, a LG cookie was awful), and the battery lasts around 1-2 days, which I don't think is too bad on a phone like this.

          The phone's camera is actually immense... honestly for general photos I can't see why you would need more quality. I have not tried the video camera out though, I just haven't had a reason to yet.

          The phone comes with a good lot of features, including all the standard apps, but also it has Nokia here maps (basically their version of google maps, it works really well for GPS and navigation, better than google maps and apple IOS maps IMHO). I really like this feature.

          The phone connects to wifi fast, and is super easy to personalise. As well as apps, you can customise your homescreen, and it does this cool "flick" effect. So for example, your contacts will "shuffle" across. Its a little thing, but it works really well. Admittedly its not as easy to personalise as an android based phone, but this is much easier, and just as functional.

          My only "disadvantages" with the phone is this. As its a windows phone, there are not as many apps as there are on android and IOS. This is simply because its a relatively new operating system, but honestly I am completely sold on it after only using it a few months (and more and more apps are being added everyday). Everything in intuitive, and it looks really good.

          My only other gripe is that because the specs on this phone are a little low (you don't notice it really though), it means that some apps can't be installed on your phone. Its a little thing, but is a bit annoying at times.

          Anyway, overall I give this phone 4.5/5. Honestly this phone is just amazing for me. Honestly it makes me wonder where the extra £23 a month on getting an iphone is getting you?

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          30.08.2013 22:02
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          Really good phone so far

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          When I bought this phone
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          Around the end of July of this year my previous phone was really starting to annoy me (crashing, freezing etc) so I started looking at the choices available on the internet, in the end I found this phone on the Carphone Warehouse website for £110 + a £10 top up, although I got it for £80 as I had a T-Mobile SIM that allowed me to upgrade and keep my existing SIM and phone number, this is handy as I didn't fancy changing my number.

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          My Experience / Features
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          I ordered this phone around 6pm and received it the following day around 11am (I didn't expect it to be delivered until the following day), the box to the phone was smaller than I expected at around the size of the phone and deep enough to hold all the contents included with the phone.

          Inside the box was the phone which was the first thing you take out of the box as it's at the top, everything else such as the charger, headphones etc are located underneath the phone.

          The charger included with the phone is a full block rather than the USB adapters included with most other phones which is handy as I usually end up misplacing the plug while the phone is connected to the computer.

          The headphones included in the box look to be of very good quality although I haven't used these yet so can't comment on them.

          The USB cable included is pathetically short at around 25cm long (which is slightly longer than the length of my hand), as it won't be able to stretch very far I will have to use an extension cable if I want to connect it to the computer via USB.

          The phone itself feels very compact when you take it out of the box and feels really thin compared to previous phones I've owned, it is longer and wider than my previous phone but as it is curved at the sides it makes it feel smaller.

          Once you have the phone out of the box you will need to insert the battery and your SIM card, to do this the cover must first be removed by pressing a finger nail into the back of the cover and then bending it to loosen the hooks at the top, once it is loose it should come off really easily (if you have really short finger nails you will find this really difficult), before putting in the battery I would insert the SIM card and a microSd card if you have one as they are impossible to insert once the battery is in place, once the SIM card is in place the battery may be inserted (the "Nokia" text on the battery should be close to the center of phone), once the battery and any cards are in place the cover can be replaced by putting the phone into it and then pressing it into place until it feels secure (it shouldn't move about at all).

          The phone is very easy to set up once switched on (by pressing the lock / unlock button located on the right hand side underneath the volume up and down buttons, it took me less than five minutes to add my details such as Microsoft account and email address etc.

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          Operating System
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          The operating system pre-installed on the phone is Windows Phone 8 which although I've only been using the phone for around 2-3 weeks it is very responsive and easy to access the apps installed on the phone.

          As it is a Microsoft OS it uses the live tiles similar to Windows 8 to display the apps on the phones home screen the apps can also be re-arranged by pressing your finger on the app for around a second and dragging them to the place you want them.

          They can also be re-sized by doing the same thing but pressing the arrow on the right hand side of the app, and to remove them from the home screen you do the same but press the icon above the arrow (it looks like a pin with a diagonal line through it), I'm not sure if there's a limit to the amount of apps on the home screen as I haven't got that many installed but it looks like you can access a lot of content without going to the apps menu (done by swiping your finger from right to left along the touch screen).

          Apps are also available to download via the Windows store accessed via the store icon on the home screen, if the icon isn't on the home screen it can be accessed by swiping left on the screen and scrolling down until you find it, there aren't as many apps available compared to the Google Play store although this doesn't really bother me as I managed to download Temple Run almost straight away.

          If you have music on your phone you can download an app called the Ringtone Maker which is available by going to the Windows Store and clicking on the Nokia Collection as this was where I found it, the app allows you to choose a song you have in you music library and make it a ringtone, you can also choose a certain part of the song which helps prevent accidentally selecting a song that starts off silent for the first few seconds.

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          Camera
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          The camera on this phone is around 5 megapixels according to the specifications on the Carphone warehouse website (only taken a few pictures so far) which is similar to my previous phone, although I haven't taken many pictures so far they do seem to be of excellent quality, the camera also has an auto focus option which involves half pressing the button (on the bottom right hand side of the phone) for a second or two while it focuses and then you fully press the button and take the picture, this is handy as it means you will get a decent picture most of the time.

          The video recorder also does up to 720p which I think is supposed to be HD, although I've only recorded one video with it so far so can't really comment on this feature that much.

          The phone unfortunately doesn't have flash which might bother some people but doesn't really bother me as I usually take pictures during the day while there's plenty of light.

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          Battery Life
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          The battery life on this phone varies depending on how much I use it, on days where I have the Wi-Fi or data connection switched on constantly it would last about a day before needing to be charged again, although if I leave them switched off and only turn them on when I need them I find it can last anywhere between 2-4 days, an app can be downloaded from the Windows Store allows you to view the battery percentage (it doesn't show on the icon at the top of the screen) and view how quickly the battery is draining, to find the app just search for "battery" and it should be the first app you find.

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          Storage
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          The phone has around 8gb of in built storage which can be expanded to a maximum of 64gb with a microSd card (it's actually 8gb + 64gb making a total of 72gb) although the phone will use a little bit of memory so it won't actually allow you to use the full 8gb, the microSd card can be inserted by removing the cover and battery and then inserting the card into the slot located next to the SIM card slot, depending on your storage needs 16gb may be the max you will need which I believe are available for around £10 (although I bought a 32gb card for around £14 from ebay).

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          Overall
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          Good Points:
          *Feels very compact
          *Very good operating system

          Bad Points:
          *Can't set custom SMS ringtones
          *Back cover can be hard to remove if you have short fingernails

          Although I have only been using this phone for 2-3 weeks it already seems like a really good phone and would recommend it to anyone looking for a mobile phone available for around £100, although you can't choose a custom SMS ringtone it doesn't bother me too much as the ringtones available are loud enough to hear while the phone is in my pocket, I will be giving 5 DooYoo stars for this product

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          / Windows Phone 8 / Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual-Core with 1,0 GHz / Resolution 800 x 480 Pixel / 5 Megapixel Camera / Internal Hard Drive: 8 GB, Hard Drive: 512 MB / microSD-Slot /