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Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile)

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  • Mobile Operating System: Windows Phone 8
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  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Built-in Digital Camera: Yes
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 2.5 inches, 0.4 inches, 4.9 inches
  • Weight: 4.48 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 100 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 200 minutes
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 0.4 x 4.9 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00COYOAYW
  • Item model number: Lumia 521
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,751 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

Product Features Entry 4G Windows 8 Smartphone 4? WVGA LCD display 5MP Camera - Snap creative photos with built-in digital lenses Dual Core (1GHz) Processor Listen to your favorite songs with Nokia Music Dimensions Size (LWH): 2.5 inches, 0.4 inches, 4.9 inches Weight: 4.48 ounces Product Features Network Compatibility: GSM

Customer Reviews

I got this about a year ago and it was working fine until like about 2-3 months later, the phone started getting bad.
Johnny
You can use the GPS (it downloads the map to your phone) without a data connection and you can also stream free music at no charge (wifi or data plan needed).
John S.
If it works well I will likely buy a better phone, and as much as I want to use Windows Phone 8 I don't think it is ready for prime time.
J. Donaldson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

855 of 891 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 2, 2013
Let me first start of by saying, this is an amazing phone! I bought it as a cheap entry into Windows Phone 8, and I'm completely blown away. I wasn't expecting this. This phone was going to be something I use as a backup, but I'm currently using this as my daily driver, and I love it!

Let me also say, that I'm not new to the world of smart phones. I consider myself a techie enthusiast that buys and tries new phones / tech every few months or so. I've been on every phone carrier, and tried every platform except for WP8 (until now). I've also picked up every iPhone released (1st gen to iPhone 5), and I'm HEAVILY invested in Google services. I've had the last 3 generations of Galaxy S devices, tried many of the Verizon Droid line devices (X, Droid, Droid2). My most recent love has been the pureness of the LG Nexus 4. The fact that I'm impressed with this budget device is no small thing.

Pros:
-Fantastic Battery Life - (Appears to hold its charge while on stand by like an iPhone. Unlike Android phones that continue to drain heavily even without use. The phone also charges fairly quickly since the battery only rated at 1430mAH).

-Great Nokia Construction - (Nokia does an amazing job with plastics. Remember the days of the old Nokia 3300's? You could drop those things over and over again without worry. I have nearly the same confidence in this phone. Something you definitely don't see in other phones these days. The phone even has a good weight to it. Not the light, cheapy feeling you get from some Samsung devices).

-Removable Rear Cover - (Most WP8 phones that I see - even other Nokia ones - don't have a removable back. I was very pleased to see one on the 521. Scratch or crack a back? No problem! Replace it.
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ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I thought about waiting on the Lumia 925, but after reading how much the Lumina 521 has to offer, I decided that since I tend to change phones about every 2 years, it made more sense to go with the phone that was lighter on my wallet. After finding that my local WalMart had one phone left, I snagged it and haven't regretted my purchase one bit.

What I love about the phone:
1. WiFi calling (set up instructions below) - calls are clear, but calls don't hand off to cellular network if you step outside of your WiFi range
2. Tethering Capable (must add to your plan as a separate service, but no charge)
3. MicroSD slot (up to 64GB)
4. Camera is touch adjustable
5. Adjustable font size
6. Ability to have a high contrast screen (for those with poor eyesight or someone who wants a cool looking screen)
7. Transfer My Data App makes switching phones super easy - even transfers text messages
8. All of the Nokia app collection for free (drive, music, photobeamer, yousendit, etc).
9. Touchscreen is very responsive - sensitivity is adjustable
10. Visual voicemail (free, but have to enable your account)

The few negatives:
1. Camera isn't fancy, but is 5mp. Use fingers/touchscreen to zoom. There is not a flash, so indoor pics can be blurry.
2. Phone supposedly won't be able to access the LTE network if available in your area. I haven't confirmed this claim. The phone speed is fast enough for my needs, but I am not a gamer.
3. Plastic back. Does it matter? Most people use a cover anyway.

The OKs:
1. Screen is nice and easy to see indoors. Sunlight causes difficulties. I have not tried a non-glare screen protector.
2. Phone does not come with a headset
3.
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348 of 387 people found the following review helpful By J. Martinez on June 28, 2013
In terms of price/performance this one is off the charts. It completes nicely with phones costing 3x as much. If you are looking for a high quality low price phone this is it. If this phone has weaknesses, I had to search hard to find them. I will get to the cons in a minute but this is a well thought out well constructed phone.

First off, I will say that I use an iPhone 4S as a business phone. I am an IT professional and have used blackberry and droid phones and have touched many different devices so I have quite a bit of experience with what is out there. While I like the iPhone ok, I wanted something different then everyone else and heard great things about the new Windows 8 phones and decided to give them a try. I don't want to spend a bunch on a phone because I swap my phone out every year and have T-mobile's no contract family plan. My old phone gets passed down to my kids. My personal phone was a Sammy. I like the flexibility of the Android phones vs the iPhone but I don't like the Android apps that much. I used the Mango platform WP 7.5 and decided to try WP 8 and see if the hype is warranted. Ok on to the pros and cons.

Pros: 1) The Windows tiles look great compared to the very plain looking iPhone square icons. 2)The installed phone apps are much more useful to me then the pre-installed iPhone apps. 2) The offline feature of the Nokia maps are very cool. 3) Most of the time I am near a WiFi connection so the Nokia phone makes it very easy to connect to WiFi and use only Wifi unless that is unavailable. You can also use WiFi calling on the phone. This can really help on keeping your bill down. 3)The device is small and easy to hold yet large enough to be useful. I love the size of it. The iPhone is a bit too wide for my taste.
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