7.6/10
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The Nokia Lumia 525 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Good build quality for a low-end phone
  • Comes with 1GB of RAM
  • Runs the latest Windows Phone software

What's bad

  • 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.


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


NDTV

The Lumia 525 is a small, affordable phone with a surprisingly decent camera and plenty of attitude, but not much else going for it. When held up to similarly priced Android phones, it's hard to make a case in favour of Windows Phone, which is why Nokia has capitalised on looks and ease of use.

- Jamshed Avari, NDTV
PhoneArena

Unpretentious, effective. Two words that are at the very core of the Nokia Lumia 525's DNA. With a price tag of about $180, and the possibility of another sales frenzy à la Lumia 520, this is Nokia's new device to watch.But success is hardly ever built on just past laurels, and Nokia likely k...

- Chris P., PhoneArena
TechSpot

The success of the Lumia 525 hinges on its price. The budget handset is nearly identical to the year-old Lumia 520, save for a minor RAM upgrade, and so you’d expect the prices for both to be quite similar. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.The entry-level smartphone has a decent design...

- Tim Schiesser, TechSpot
Fone Arena

The Lumia 525 is all about making the Lumia 520 present and future proof. Nokia has fixed one of the biggest complaints of the most popular Windows Phone, hoping it can extend the perceived lifetime of the successful device with a minor upgrade. Considering this is not exactly a successor kind of de...

- Bharadwaj, Fone Arena
UnleashThePhones

While using a Windows Phone device as a primary smartphone is very challenging for me, I would still recommend the Lumia 525 just as readily as I did the Lumia 520 to first-time smartphone buyers, novice users or people with simple needs. The Lumia 525 makes what was already an appealing product eve...

- Alvin Wong, UnleashThePhones


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Common Questions


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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Screen Size
4"

The Nokia Lumia 525's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1430mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 1014 minutes, 354 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 525 Specs

Overview
Release date December 14, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.72 W/kg
Body: 0.79 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1430 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 354 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 354 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1014 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Yellow, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 6.4 x 1.0 cm (4.7 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 124 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 235 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Nokia Mail, Windows Live, Hotmail, MS Exchange Active Sync
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, White balance, Exposure, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (SkyDrive)
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


NDTV

Comfortable to hold and use but performance is lacking

from NDTV

The Lumia 525 is a small, affordable phone with a surprisingly decent camera and plenty of attitude, but not much else going for it. When held up to similarly priced Android phones, it's hard to make a case in favour of Windows Phone, which is why Nokia has capitalised on looks and ease of use.

Read full review

The Lumia 525 is a small, affordable phone with a surprisingly decent camera and plenty of attitude, but not much else going for it. When held up to similarly priced Android phones, it's hard to make a case in favour of Windows Phone, which is why Nokia has capitalised on looks and ease of use.

Read full review

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PhoneArena

No 'wow' factor here, practicality scored a landslide victory

from PhoneArena

Unpretentious, effective. Two words that are at the very core of the Nokia Lumia 525's DNA. With a price tag of about $180, and the possibility of another sales frenzy à la Lumia 520, this is Nokia's new device to watch.

But success is hardly ever built on just past laurels, and...More

Unpretentious, effective. Two words that are at the very core of the Nokia Lumia 525's DNA. With a price tag of about $180, and the possibility of another sales frenzy à la Lumia 520, this is Nokia's new device to watch.

But success is hardly ever built on just past laurels, and Nokia likely knows that better than most. The Lumia 520 is now in the past, and it's a different world out there, with devices like the Motorola Moto G launching a serious offensive. For the same price, the Moto G gets you a bigger, more-detailed screen, a quad-core processor, a better all-around camera, and a matured operating system. Thankfully for Nokia, the Lumia 525 is as out-classed by pretty much non other, but mainstream devices like the LG L7 II and the Sony Xperia M are also worth a consideration before you commit. In other words, if the Nokia/Microsoft duo is as intent on getting a win with the Lumia 525, it might have to considering going down the path of crazy sales promotions once more.

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TechSpot

A new smartphone with year-old hardware

from TechSpot

The success of the Lumia 525 hinges on its price. The budget handset is nearly identical to the year-old Lumia 520, save for a minor RAM upgrade, and so you’d expect the prices for both to be quite similar. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

The entry-level smartphone has...More

The success of the Lumia 525 hinges on its price. The budget handset is nearly identical to the year-old Lumia 520, save for a minor RAM upgrade, and so you’d expect the prices for both to be quite similar. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

The entry-level smartphone has a decent design that has aged well, but nevertheless packs year-old hardware that’s starting to compare unfavorably againt other budget minded competitors. The Snapdragon S4 MSM8227 SoC isn’t cut out for web browsing, and it was superseded by the Snapdragon 400 six months ago. The camera is mediocre at best, while battery life and display quality are just passable.

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Fone Arena

Performs great with attractive build quality and a decent camera

from Fone Arena

The Lumia 525 is all about making the Lumia 520 present and future proof. Nokia has fixed one of the biggest complaints of the most popular Windows Phone, hoping it can extend the perceived lifetime of the successful device with a minor upgrade. Considering this is not exactly a successor kind of...More

The Lumia 525 is all about making the Lumia 520 present and future proof. Nokia has fixed one of the biggest complaints of the most popular Windows Phone, hoping it can extend the perceived lifetime of the successful device with a minor upgrade. Considering this is not exactly a successor kind of device, it might be unfair to expect a front facing camera or even a LED flash, but we certainly would have loved those additions.

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UnleashThePhones

Competitive specifications and a great user experience at a very low price

from UnleashThePhones

While using a Windows Phone device as a primary smartphone is very challenging for me, I would still recommend the Lumia 525 just as readily as I did the Lumia 520 to first-time smartphone buyers, novice users or people with simple needs. The Lumia 525 makes what was already an appealing product...More

While using a Windows Phone device as a primary smartphone is very challenging for me, I would still recommend the Lumia 525 just as readily as I did the Lumia 520 to first-time smartphone buyers, novice users or people with simple needs. The Lumia 525 makes what was already an appealing product even better, and can even serve as a more-than-capable secondary device for more advanced users. However, I would also like to see further advancement in hardware features and component quality at this price point; the Lumia 525 feels more like a half-step ahead of the Lumia 520 instead of a new-generation entry-level Lumia. Still, the Lumia 525 is solidly-built and works well, and at this price point there is really not much more you can ask for.

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User Reviews


Doubleohseven

Very fast and great performance balanced by additional features.

Great entry level smartphone under 200 USD with Windows Phone Black out of the box.

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