Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
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Nokia Lumia 520
Member Name: illusiveman
Nokia Lumia 520
Advantages: feels very compact,
Disadvantages: Can't set custom SMS ringtones, Back cover can be hard to remove
When I bought this phone
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.
My Experience / Features
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
*Feels very compact
*Very good operating system
*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
Summary: Really good phone so far
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