Lumia 520 - £80
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Nokia Lumia 520
The Nokia Lumia 520 is the world's most popular Windows 8 phone. This is thanks largely to its impressive feature list and excellent price.
This phone has a 4 inch touchscreen (which can even be used when wearing gloves) that displays in 235PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Lumia 520 has a 5MP camera and can record video in up to 720p. This phone does not have a front facing camera.
Performance is provided by a 1GHz dual core processor and 0.5GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 27 out of 100.
The Lumia 520 has an estimated battery life of around 13 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1430mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Lumia 520 comes with 8GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 64GB external storage.
The Lumia 520 has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It can also connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
The Lumia 520 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via the built in People Hub, which aims to bring together Facebook and Twitter, and it comes with Excel, PowerPoint and Word installed, which is ideal for making last minute adjustments before those important meetings. This phone comes preloaded with the City Lens, Nokia Drive and Nokia Transit apps. City Lens superimposes points of interest over the image the phone receives from its camera, Nokia Drive is a voice guided sat-nav that can also download maps for offline use and Nokia Transit gives you detailed bus, train and tube information in many of the UK's major cities. Other apps, such as YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Spotify are available to download from the Windows Phone Store.
Nokia's Lumia 520 is excellent value and well put together. It offers a competitive alternative to the entry level Android devices and aims to broaden the Windows 8 Phone experience to the widest possible audience.