Nokia Lumia 521 Review

Nokia Lumia 521

Last updated September 15th, 2013 at 01:12 am

Around a year and half ago, Nokia finally realized that it has to jump into the smartphone industry and stop feeling proud on its once top selling Symbian phones. There is no doubt, that there is still huge market for Nokia Symbian phones but cell phone users are becoming advanced day by day. Considering the market needs, Nokia introduced its Lumia Smartphone series. Still, there are a lot of people who are not convinced on buying Nokia Lumia handsets because they run on Windows OS. In collaboration with Microsoft, Nokia is trying to bring different varieties of Windows Smartphones. In this post, we are going to review Lumia 521 that has been recently launched by Nokia.



The price of the Nokia Lumia 521 is not much high but still it comes with a powerful camera and many great software features. There is no LTE support in this handset which may be disappointing for many users. Another problem is that, there is no camera flash as well. The overall camera result is great but it is of no use at night because there is no flash light. If you are looking for a mediocre windows smartphone that can fulfill your needs then Lumia 521 is the best option for you. However, if you are one of those people who cannot live without 4G LTE then this handset is not for you.

Nokia Lumia 521
Nokia Lumia 521

Design and Build

Just like other Lumia handsets, Lumia 521 is also a squared shaped phone. It is made with polycarbonate and the size of this phone is smaller than other Lumia series handsets. The handset is 4.7 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. The depth of the phone is 0.4 inches. The weight of Lumia 510 is 4.4 ouches and it feel good while you are holding it in your hands. Due to comfy design and good size, it can fit into your pocket easily. I kept it in my back pocket all day and faced no trouble at all. The auto screen brightness is not that good so I had to turn it off and set the brightness as per my needs.

The screen size of Nokia Lumia 521 is 5 inches and it has got LCD WVGA display with 800×480 pixels resolution. If you have used any other Lumia handset then you will not be impressed with the display results of Lumia 521.

Operating System and Apps

Windows 8 OS is installed in Nokia Lumia 521 and it is equipped with all the basic apps that you may need in your smartphone. Nokia has also added its custom software in the handset that makes it more easy to use. You will find Nokia Maps and other Drive apps preinstalled in this handset. Nokia Music is also a good addition for Lumia series handsets. In short, there are all those apps available in Nokia Lumia 521 that you may need to use in daily life.


The overall performance of Nokia Lumia 521 is really great. It is a low budget phone with no LTE support but if you can compromise on LTE, you can have great fun with this handset. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, and we get a commission on purchases made through our links.