- Glossy case finish
- No built-in camera flash
- Limited app selection in comparison with some competitors
Nokia’s Lumia 525 replaces the Lumia 520, and while it may not offer much in terms of an upgrade, it adds improvement in the right places.
The fact that it's almost an exact copy of its predecessor is really one of the first things most people notice about it. As Roydon Cerejo of India's Tech2 puts it, the Lumia 525 is simply "old wine in a costlier bottle." It's called a doppelganger, bringing near-identical specs which include a 4-inch WVGA (480x800 pixels) touchscreen display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1,430mAh battery.
The same reviewer also notes that the phone will have the so-called Lumia Black software update right out of the box. This means that it will be pre-loaded with a lot of the stuff usually found only in the high-end Lumias, such as the ability to add folders on the homescreen, improved camera performance, and new features like Nokia Beamer and Nokia Storyteller.
To help you enjoy these improvements, the 525 comes with a full 1GB of RAM. With this, it should be possible to run most Windows Phone apps with nary a hitch.
Speaking of Windows Phone, the Lumia 525 is set to run the latest version of the smartphone OS from Microsoft by default. That puts it in the company of high-end phones from Nokia, at least as far as the software is concerned.
Of course, it's still just an entry-level model, and as such it has quite a limited feature-set overall. But it’s still thought to be a good choice for first-time smartphone buyers and those who don’t ask for much out of their handsets.
As Alvin Wong from UnleashThePhones explains, the Lumia 525 is “solidly-built and works well.” Plus, there isn’t really much more you can ask for at its low price point.
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Nokia released the Lumia 525 on December 14, 2013.
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Nokia backs up the Lumia 525 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
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