The Nokia Lumia 520 is the entry-level smartphone of the Windows Phone 8 family but like the Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Lumia 720 you can install a wide range of apps to help you make the most of your smartphone. Here we look at the top 10 free apps for keeping tabs on the news and the weather.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is also available in a range of colours, starting with Yellow, Red, Cyan, White and Black. The shells are interchangeable so you’ll be able to personalise your device to match your mood or you needs.
It is a slim and stylish smartphone running Windows Phone 8 that is aimed at the budget end of the market. However, don’t let that budget tag fool you as it offers a full Windows Phone experience as well as access to the full array of Nokia apps.
Based around a 4-inch screen, the Nokia Lumia 520 is a great size for viewing pages full of the latest news, or viewing weather forecasts with ease. When it comes to performance, the The Nokia Lumia 520 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and backed by 512MB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of storage and there is also a microSD slot so you can add extra storage whenever you like.
Here we take a look at what we think are the top 10 free Lumia 520 apps for News and Weather. We’ve checked all the apps, so we know for sure they run on the 512MB of RAM inside the Nokia Lumia 520, so they’ll also run on the Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Lumia 720.
The Weather Channel
This is a Nokia Lumia exclusive app. Get the features you have come to expect from The Weather Channel for Windows Phone including Full screen interactive maps, hourly, 36 hour, and 10 day forecasts. Pin live tiles to your start screen to keep up with all the cities that are important to you. With The Weather Channel for Windows Phone, take the weather with you.
DOWNLOAD: The Weather Channel
This is a Nokia Lumia exclusive app. AccuWeather for Windows Phone provides the most accurate and detailed hourly forecasts for more than 2.7 million locations worldwide. No wonder almost half-billion people use it every day. What’s more, you can set it up so the weather is right there on the Lock screen of your Nokia Lumia 520.
5 Days Weather Free
5 Days Weather Free bills itself as “The simplest weather app!” With its built-in geolocation, you can immediately discover the weather in your current location. The app gives the weather in most cities: from London to Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds or Bristol. Should you go for a trip anywhere in UK (Sheffield, Liverpool, Nottingham…), you will get hourly local weather up to 5 days!
DOWNLOAD: 5 Days Weather Free
Get your forecasts on the go with the official Met Office weather application. As the UK’s national meteorological service, the Met Office provides the most accurate and reliable weather forecasts on TV and radio, in print, and online. Now, you can get the best UK forecasts wherever you go with the Met Office Windows Phone 8 app on your Nokia Lumia 520.
DOWNLOAD: Met Office
Weather Satellite provides the most up to date weather images for clouds and wind taken from orbiting satellites. Whether it’s U.S. high-lows, temperatures, warnings, water, and hurricanes or Atlantic turbulence, you can choose from regions all around the world for detailed updates. What’s more, the Zoom feature allows you to zoom in closer and move the image around so you can get the best idea of images in your location.
DOWNLOAD: Weather Satellite
Sky News isn’t so much a news channel as a living and breathing TV channel on your Nokia Lumia 520. Along with reading the latest stories from the newsroom; UK and World News, Politics, Showbiz, and Business, you can also watch them as videos. Other features include a weather forecast, and the ability to send breaking news stories directly into the Sky newsroom
DOWNLOAD: Sky News
This is a Nokia Lumia exclusive app. Stay informed with the latest headlines and original stories from around the world. Follow up-to-the-minute reporting with breaking news alerts and live video. What’s great about the CNN app on your Nokia Lumia 520 is that you can join the conversation by sharing today’s news and dig deeper into the stories that matter most to you.
If there is one source of news you want on your Nokia Lumia 520 above any other, then it’s the BBC. This app has been specifically designed for reading News from BBC Online Services.
DOWNLOAD: BBC News
MSN for Windows Phone 8 has been built from the ground up to bring a clean, simple and quick way to stay informed. Built for touch, you can navigate the MSN app with ease on your Nokia Lumia 520. Swipe through the top channels and when you’re done reading an article, swipe to view the next one. Glance at the new MSN Live Tile to see top stories, before launching the app.
The Daily Star UK
Get Britain’s favourite Daily Star newspaper on your mobile with this great Windows Phone app, bringing the very latest news, sport and showbiz straight to your fingertips. With this app you can browse through each of the channels so you only read exactly what you fancy – news, football, gossip and the obligatory girls. You’ll never miss a thing again!
DOWNLOAD: The Daily Star UK
Got a favourite news or weather app on your Nokia Lumia 520?