Posts tagged with: Lumia 520

Nokia introduced the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 at the 2013 MWC, both new mid-range Windows Phone 8 handsets from the carrier. The 520 has a four-inch WVGA display, runs a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, and has 512 MB of RAM. Like the higher-end Lumia 920, the 520 has a super-sensitive touchscreen, for operation through gloves or other obstacles.

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    Motorola made some waves the other day when it announced its Moto E smartphone. This phone started at a low price of just $129 and was targeted at a global market out shopping for a durable phone. A phone that doesn’t necessarily have to be powerful. A phone that does the basics very well. In other words, a phone that's cheap and low-end. Well the intersection of Cheap Street and Low-End Lane has had an occupant for some time now. The Lumia 520 is the very definition of cheap and low-end. There are some similar specifications here, but the main difference is Windows Phone versus Android. ...

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    Last year certainly helped change and shape the future of the wireless industry – more so than years past. Android, for one, transgressed beyond the false pretense that specifications are the be-all and end-all of great smartphones. Before, it was always about bigger, better, more impressive specifications – optimization be damned. OEMs were more worried about packing smartphones with 1080p screens, high-res cameras, faster CPUs with more cores, etc. All the while, prices of most the viable smartphones remained the same. Nearly all the affordable smartphones of yore offered a terrible ...

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    Part of what makes the Mobile World Congress such a special event to cover – as opposed to a trade show like CES – is that its focus is so specific to the mobile industry. That gives the manufacturers involved the opportunity to really put their smartphones and tablets front and center, not drowned out by new gaming consoles, HDTVs, and connected appliances. The organization behind all of this is the GSM Association (yeah – like from the phone standard), and in addition to putting on this whole shindig, the GSMA recognizes some of the companies, products, and services that really ...

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    Nokia's Lumia 520 and 521 have become the best-selling Windows Phone 8 models around thanks in no small part to their incredibly affordable price tags. Not only did they launch cheap, but they've been getting even cheaper, and we regularly see them selling for well under $100. When you've got a smartphone phone going for $50 off-contract during one of these promotions, sooner or later someone's going to ask, “why aren't we just giving these things away?” As it turns out, that day has arrived, and shoppers at Microsoft's online store hoping to snag a one year Xbox Music subscription are ...

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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    Even though most of your holiday shopping is over, we know that there is a slight possibility that Santa didn't leave the gift that you really wanted this Christmas. Still, if you're like any of us, then we're sure you're most probably broke already from so much celebration. The great thing is that it's never too late to get the smartphone or tablet that you wanted, and there are some great devices out there that are worth every penny. Watch today's Top 5 as we talk about some of the best deals you'll find in this holiday season. We're not just talking about devices that are affordable, ...

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    We spend a lot of time at Pocketnow talking about high-end luxury smartphones - but there’s a whole other side to the mobile market, a more affordable sector often dismissed as too laden with underperforming products to warrant much attention. Well, this year, Motorola and Nokia have done a very good job surprising us in this area, delivering the low-cost Moto G and Lumia 520, respectively. Our own Taylor Martin just reviewed the Moto G last week, and I spent a day getting to know the device shortly thereafter. Our consensus is that it's an impressive smartphone with a blockbuster price ...

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    "Avalanches above, business continues below." That's a lyric from a very weird song, but it also encapsulates the goings-on in the Pocketnow offices this week - with technology news bubbling up from the outside world even as review devices tumble down from above. We'll talk about those devices as well as the rest of the happenings in the mobile technology world, and we'll take questions from your listener mail in the ninety minutes of this week's podcast. (We'll also take every opportunity to distract you from Michael Fisher's awful audio quality with promises of G Flex coverage, coming ...

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    Yesterday, I wrote that Google is attacking Microsoft on yet another level – hardware. The Moto G and the Nexus 5 both from “Google” are not going to hurt major Android OEM sales all that much, but could and very likely will cut into Windows Phone sales around the world, including the emerging markets into which Microsoft has made some significant inroads.  Of course, this is likely not Google’s primary motive at bringing these to devices to market, but all the same it’s probably going to hurt. The Moto G has a lot going for it, especially for a low-end device. Compared to ...

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    Last week, Googlerola brought us a frying-pan-to-the-face shocker – The Moto G. While the Moto G isn’t exactly a spanker on the spec sheet, the price – starting at $179 off contract – cannot be ignored. It’s a really cheap phone. Well played, Google. Google has become known as Microsoft’s nemesis over the past year or so. Perhaps you see it as the other way around. Either way, they’re not sending each other Christmas cards. Google services remain one of the most crucial missing components from the Windows Phone experience. Third party apps exist, but lets do us all a favor ...

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    Microsoft sure is acquiring Nokia's Devices & Services divisions, but there are still plenty of details about this transaction, and what it means for both Lumia devices and Windows Phone in general, that aren't yet clear. One big question we've had concerns the naming strategy of these devices going forward; would we still see the Nokia branding, or might the Microsoft Lumia line emerge? Certainly, we've heard Steve Ballmer singing the praises of brevity. It's far from a hard answer, but a Microsoft advertisement spotted running last week is certainly adding fuel to the fire, showing a ...

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    We've been talking about Microsoft's plans for the next big Windows Phone 8 update, GDR2, for months now. Some of the picture of how the update would arrive has been clear: for instance, we know that Nokia models will start getting their "Amber" updates next month, and that's going to be tied-in to the release of GDR2. But with how inconsistent Windows Phone update distribution has become, that's hardly confirmation that other OEMs would be working on the same schedule. While still incomplete, we can now put together a slightly more encompassing picture of update availability, thanks to ...

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    It's no secret that we're seriously jazzed about T-Mobile's crazy-affordable pricing for Nokia's Lumia 521, selling the Windows Phone 8 handset for a scant $150. As we've mentioned when discussing this bargain, that's quite a bit less than what the international 520 has been going for, which we've seen more up around the $200 mark. Luckily for all of you not situated in the States, it looks like Lumia 520 prices are starting to come down to meet the 521's, with Canada's Koodo Mobile pricing its 520 at the same $150. Granted, those are Canadian dollars, but with the exchange rate what it ...

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    Oh no! Just how many variations on the same design can the market take? I guess the fair answer to that is different from person to person and there's always the good old saying according to which you shouldn't fix something that is not broken (or, in this case, that still sells). Apple's iPhones look fairly the same; of course there are differences from one major iteration to the other (3, 4, 5) but the design principle is alike. Before Samsung launched its Galaxy S 4 I was praying for a new design because the current pebble-like aspect has been used and abused like a good old... Galaxy S ...

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    It's been just over a month since the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 went official at the MWC in Barcelona, where we had the opportunity to go hands-on with the phones. While neither is particularly high-end, at least they add a little more variety to Nokia's Windows Phone 8 lineup while providing some new options for budget-conscious users. A variant of the 520, the Lumia 521, has been getting ready to launch on T-Mobile in the US. It recently got its FCC certification, and now we get to check out the first full-sized press render of the handset. As shouldn't be surprising for a T-Mobile model, ...

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