When Nokia launched the Lumia 520, a year ago, it was an instant hit among those looking for a low-cost smartphone. But the phone came with just 512 RAM, which meant the Lumia 520 users couldn’t play high-end games; a major drawback considering the current needs of smartphone users. With this in mind, and along with several improvements, Nokia recently launched Lumia 525.
What we liked
Processor, RAM and storage: The 1GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm, coupled with the upgraded 1GB RAM, makes the Lumia 525 fast enough to run high-on-graphic games like the Assassin Creed — Altaïr’s Chronicles HD and Six Guns. Though the storage option is just 8GB, it supports external SD cards upto 32GB.
Battery: The Lumia 525 commands attention and respect also for the 1430mAh BL-5J battery that gives it enough juice to last more than a day, offering 9-10 hours talktime on 3G and over 15 hours on 2G.
Display: The 4-inch IPS LCD screen may not look impressive at 800x480, but the pixel density of 235ppi ensures a great viewing experience.
Apps and More: Buying a Windows Phone gives you access to applications like MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote and email clients like MS Outlook on your mobile phone. Besides, the Windows Phone market has been doing better than it was a year ago, offering plenty of apps and games for free. And messengers like Nimbuzz ensure that you don’t miss Google chat service on your Windows phone.
Build and UI: The 525 is lightweight at just 124g, and though it’s not the sturdiest phone at this range, it looks solid. The box-like user-interface of the Windows Phone could be a bit difficult to navigate through for first time users, but once you get a hang of it you are good to go.
What we didn’t like
The major drawback of the Lumia 525 is the absence of a front camera. Though the 5MP rear camera is capable of taking good quality pictures, the absence of flash limits its use.
Overall, the Lumia 525 looks set to be another hit from the Finnish handset maker, as long as its camera doesn’t bother buyers.
Available at All major stores.
Processor: 1 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (dual core)
Storage: 8 Gb (supports 32GB external SD); 1GB RAM)
Display: 4-inch LCD 800x480 (235 ppi)
OS: Windows Phone 8
Price: Rs 10,399