Nokia have just released the latest member of the Lumia family – the Lumia 520 – for both Telstra Prepaid and Post Paid customers. This is the perfect phone for someone wanting to upgrade their older Nokia feature phone and enter the smartphone world.

The Lumia 520 Windows Phone 8 Smartphone features a 4” display, 8GB of memory (with support for up to 32GB via microSD), a 5MP camera (no front facing camera in this model) with built in “lenses” (including Cinemagraphic, Panorama and Smart Shoot). You can purchase additional lenses through the Windows Store, so long as you have a Microsoft Account.  You’ll also need a data plan associated with your mobile service if you want to download apps directly to your phone.

Once you have taken a picture you can share it instantly – swipe right and tap “share” – add the recipient’s details, and off it goes.

The Lumia 520’s 1430mAh battery provides up to 360 hours of standby time and  up to 576 minutes of talk time.

Nokia have incorporated a super-sensitive touch screen on the Lumia 520 that can be used with fingernails and gloves. Being a Windows Mobile 8 phone, the 520 has Microsoft Office built in so you can easily sync your phone with your Windows laptop.

With advanced messaging and email capabilities, the 520 allows you easy access to social networks in Phonebook, Wallet and both Family Room and Kid’s Corner.

Ease of use

I found the menu structure easy to follow. Windows Phone 8 gives you two main menu views.  The Start Screen, with its animated tiles, shows you the latest news and weather, messages received, and missed calls and much more. The Apps menu presents an ordered list of all your applications in an easy to find format. To swap between the two views, you simply swipe your finger left or right across the screen.

A common question when migrating to a new handset is how you bring your contacts across. The Lumia 520 uses the People hub to do this. Step by step instructions guide you through this process, but you should be aware that not all phones are supported for contacts migration, so it is worth checking this first.

To quote a favourite line from Monty Python’s Life of Brian – ‘we are all individuals’. The Lumia 520’s Start screen has live tiles – and you can pin your favourite apps, bookmarks, and more, to give YOUR phone YOUR personal touch. Of course, you also have the flexibility to change the theme of your phone through Settings.


  • Network: UMTS/HSDPA (850/2100) GSM/EDGE (850/900/1900/2100)
  • HSDPA: 21Mbps
  • Dimensions: 119.9 x 64 x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 124g
  • Screen: 4”
  • Talk time: up to 576 minutes
  • Standby time: up to 360 hours
  • Operating System: Windows Phone 8
  • CPU: 1Ghz Dual Core
  • Battery: 1430mAh
  • Camera: 5mp (rear only)
  • Memory: 8Gb, supports up to 32Gb microSD card
  • Blue Tick: Yes
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