Nokia’s Lumia series Smartphones have virtually served as a launch platform for a rather new mobile OS, Windows phone 8. Amidst this, it comes as a surprise that the Nokia Lumia 525, a budget-friendly phone, is touted to be one of the best-selling phones that runs on the Windows Phone 8 platform. The Lumia 525 was out and reports suggest that it is a successor of Nokia Lumia 520, a highly successful entry-level Smartphone. It is now official that the this will be launched in the Indian market. It already went on sale in Singapore, where it is priced at 198 US dollars.
The Lumia 525 from Nokia shares its design aesthetics with other Nokia Lumia phones. If you have particularly liked the looks and design of the Lumia 1020, then you are bound to love the Lumia 525 as well. This Smartphone is essentially a small-sized version of the Lumia 1020. It also features the identical vivid yellow colored back panel like the Lumia 1020. However, the 1,430 mAh battery as well as the rear cover of the 525 is detachable, unlike that of the Lumia 1020. If you are not particularly a fan of yellow color, then you can opt from four other exciting colors like black, white, red and blue.
The camera, power buttons as well as the volume rocker is suited to the device’s left –hand side. The micro-USB jack is present at the bottom of phone. The Lumia 525 packs in a 5 megapixel primary shooter. However, being a budget Smartphone, it does not come with LED flash. Also, its screen is not much impressive in comparison to contemporary low budget segment. It is a 4-inch IPS display with a 800 x 480 pixel screen resolution. As compared to Lumia 1520, the Lumia 525’s screen lacks that vibrant appeal which lures viewer from all viewing angles. The display looks drab and not exactly vibrant.
The Lumia 525 packs in the same specs as seen in the Lumia 520. Nokia has upgraded the Lumia 520 with double the RAM in Lumia 525. The integrated RAM cache of the Lumia 525 is a staggering 1 GB, which offers effortless multitasking. This Smartphone also packs in inbuilt storage capacity of 8 GB and its memory can be expanded through a MicroSD card slot available alongside.
The Lumia 525 from Nokia comes powered by a dual-core, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Nokia will also be launching the Lumia 525 with the Nokia Lumia Black update package. This will essentially include the newest version of the Windows Phone 8 OS.
The most striking aspect about the Lumia 525 is that this budget Smartphone packs in 1 GB RAM cache. This is double of 512 MB RAM cache that was available on other entry-level Lumia phones like the Lumia 625, Lumia 620 and the Lumia 520.
Some other apps included in the 525 for free are Here Transit, Here Drive and Here Maps. Nokia mentions that the Transit app is now functional for public transportation purposes in Singapore as well. However, it is still working on real-time updates of bus timings.
The Nokia Lumia 525 is running on Windows Phone 8 and will also feature the Lumia Black update. The 4-inch WVGA, 480 x 800 IPS LCD screen offers a pixel density of 235 ppi.
In comparison to the Nokia Lumia 520, there are not many changes inside as well as outside seen in the Lumia 525. For many, it is a small revision of the most popular phone running on the Windows Phone platform. The Lumia 525 will be shipped in yellow, orange, white and black colors. Users also have an option to change the color of their device, thanks to a detachable outer shell.
The Lumia 525, comes with a 1430 mAh battery back-up. Nokia claims that the phone delivers a talk time of up to 17 hours while the standby time is 336 hours. The Smartphone also boasts of a host of connectivity options like 3G, A-GLONASS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Like any other Smartphone belonging to the Lumia family, the Lumia 525 will also be including much popular navigation and location apps. Also, the Lumia 525, like other Lumia Smartphones, will pack in 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage feature.
The Lumia 525 has a 5 megapixel rear shooter without flash. There is no front camera. The primary snapper on this budget Smartphone features Panorama lens, Nokia Smart Camera Cinemagraph lens, Bing Vision apart from some other exciting options to tweak pictures, like landscape orientation, touch to focus, Geo-tagging, manual and auto exposure and some others.
Users should not be expecting brilliant pictures from the Lumia 525, as with other Lumia handsets, essentially those belonging to the higher-end segment. However, the 525’s 5-megapixel snapper does a decent job in broad daylight.
The Nokia Lumia 525 has a price tag of 198 US dollars Approx to ₹ 12000, which is quite aggressive. However, some experts are of the opinion that the Lumia 525 is certainly not the best device to experience the refreshing Windows Phone platform. Apart from Singapore, Nokia will be selling the Lumia 525 in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Some industry experts have also opined that the Lumia 525 is essentially the 520, the only change being an upgraded RAM of 1 GB. The Lumia 525 looks quite glossy in all colors while the black one has a matte finish.
However, the Lumia 525 is certainly more capable and powerful than the Lumia 520. It provides the user with complete access to the Windows game library and the Phone app and there are no worries of being confronted with any RAM restriction. The Lumia 525 also supports double-tap feature to work, which was not seen in the Lumia 520.