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Samsung SPH-M520 review

6.3/10 AVG.

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The Samsung SPH-M520 currently has an Informr score of 6.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

While you won’t find any dramatic overhauls in this latest Samsung, the SPH-M520 is a quality slider with a thoughtful design.

One new addition is “Power Vision”, which is a service offered by Sprint that offers live news and sports TV feeds, streaming radio, fast web browsing, direct access to Sprint’s music store, game downloads and inexpensive video bundles. Power Vision is integrated nicely into the SPH-M520 through a new layer in the user interface which, from the standby screen, provides seven shortcut icons that take you to email, GPS, Sprint TV, music store, etc.

Boasting a 2.1 inch 176X220 pixel screen, everything shows well and is easy on the eyes. You can adjust the brightness of the screen as well.

The Samsung SPH-M520 includes a 1.3MP camera (no flash), stereo Bluetooth, USB mass storage, the ability to backup contact lists wirelessly, and an audible caller ID which will run through your Bluetooth headset.

The exterior is a typical slider design, and the weight and dimensions make for easily handling. A volume rocker and charger port is located on the left spine, and the camera button and microSD slot are located on the right.

The SPH-M520 provides good call quality, the ability to surf the web, email, text, send multimedia tests, sync to your PC and will keep you from getting lost via Telenav (additional monthly fee).

While it would have been nice if Samsung moved the feature set further, the SPH-M520 is still an excellent slider.

Operating system
Screen Size
1+ MP

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Common Questions

Samsung released the SPH-M520 on July 24, 2007.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung SPH-M520 user manual here.

Samsung backs up the SPH-M520 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your SPH-M520 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Samsung SPH-M520's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

16 MB

Internal memory is 16 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time.

Samsung SPH-M520 Specs

Release date July 24, 2007
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
800/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 16 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.08 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Gray with white accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.2 x 5.2 x 1.3 cm (4 x 2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 78 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
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 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols Webmail
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
1+ megapixels
4x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Night mode, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung M520

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