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Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Michael Goff, May 1, 2013.
Is it worth the 150$ that it costs?
Looks like a solid phone. Nothing fancy but will get the job done.
Maybe we could get it used on eBay or under $100? Sounds like a bargain at either price, but Id maybe go with a used Lumia 920/HTC 8X over a new 521 if they were about the same price and the 920/8X were in good condition.
If there is an OS to use with low cost hardware it's Windows Phone. Buttery and smooth.
I had the Lumia 520 as a review unit, for both Windows Phone 8 and the device, for about a week and a half.
I found the phone itself to be great, apart from the rough plastic back, it didn't feel like a £100 ($150) phone. It was smooth in operation, this is partly due to how WP8 handles transitions and animations, and battery life was sufficient.
For the price, and if you aren't coming from either iOS or Android it will be a brilliant phone. If you move from the other platforms it will have a steep learning curve and a lot of apps just aren't their, either in direct form or as a substitute.
I've written a review here