The Nokia Lumia 520 is one of the newest members of the Nokia Lumia family, announced alongside the Nokia Lumia 720 at MWC 2013. It’s the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device around, which makes it the ideal entry point to the platform.
Propping up the Lumia with Windows Phone 8 range, the amazing thing about the Nokia Lumia 520 is what an accomplished phone it is in its own right.
Let’s take a look at 10 of the key facts and features of the Nokia Lumia 520, all of which could well lead you to fall in love with this ultra-accessible smartphone.
The following points are all amazing in their own right, but they’re even more amazing in the context of this first point – the Nokia Lumia 520 will cost just €139 before tax.
We had come to love and appreciate the super-sensitive screen technology on the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 as a high-end luxury. Yet here it is, allowing you to use the touchscreen with gloves on, on the Nokia Lumia 520. Amazing.
We first encountered Cinemagraph on the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820, but Nokia’s made it available on the entry-level Nokia Lumia 520 too. This cool feature lets you add little animations to your still photos – perfect for sharing on social networks.
Another cool photographic feature found on the Nokia Lumia 520 is Smart Shoot. This tool lets you take multiple images and form the perfect single picture from the best bits of each. Closed eyes, unwanted people in the background – all solved with Smart Shoot!
As you might expect from the name, the Panorama feature allows you to take super-wide images. It does this by seamlessly sticking together multiple images. It really enables you to get the sense of those wide own spaces on your Nokia Lumia 520.
Nokia Music is back and better than ever on the Nokia Lumia 520. As before, it provides free unlimited music streaming on your mobile, but it’s all the sweeter when its on such an affordable phone.
Nokia HERE Maps is the best mobile mapping solution out there. It’s the only one that offers comprehensive offline maps. The fact that it’s free and available on a €139 phone is pretty darned amazing.
Free SkyDrive storage
SkyDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage tool, which allows you to keep your important files on a secure remote server, ready to be accessed whenever you need them. On the Nokia Lumia 520 you get a healthy 7GB of free storage allowance to use.
We’d guess that everyone uses MS Office for something in their day to day lives, whether it’s using Word to type out a letter or Excel to keep a track of your finances. With the free Office app on the Nokia Lumia 520 you can open, edit and share these files while on the move.
Available in five colours
One of the big things the Nokia Lumia range has contributed to the dour smartphone scene is colour. You’ll be able to pick up the Nokia Lumia 520 in five different shades: yellow, red, cyan, white and black, and all of these shells are changeable.