Nokia Lumia 525 Review: A small update to Windows Phone's most popular handset

By on February 20, 2014, 1:13 AM

Nokia has been especially successful with their entry-level range of Windows Phones, particularly the Lumia 520, which on the back of its dirt-cheap price, quickly propelled itself to be the best-selling Windows Phone.

In nearly every way, the Lumia 525 is the same as the Lumia 520, however since the 520 launched at the start of 2013 the entry-level smartphone market has changed; new hardware has been unveiled specifically for budget devices, and older parts have become cheaper. The competition is also ferocious, specifically Motorola's aggressively-priced Moto G comes to mind.

How does the Lumia 525 fit into the equation in 2014?

Read the complete review.




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Peter Farkas said:

Maybe I've missed something but why don't we see any Iphones in the battery life chart?

Guest said:

Yay, good review Tim. I can almost forgive you for the T100 review, but not really. :)

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Scorpus Scorpus said:

Maybe I've missed something but why don't we see any Iphones in the battery life chart?

TechSpot has reviewed the iPhone 5S, but unfortunately Shawn didn't run our battery test

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

I have 520 and good enough for what I need it for. So the RAM is only 512MB good enough for now until something else in a few years. Looks like you have EUR model of the item. Still I only paid $59 bucks and I am sure the new one would cost me a lot more. Smartphone unlike the tablet doesn't really need so much power to answer phone calls, get in the internet, read something from meetup or check info on item. Play a game. Dual core in this quick enough for these phone and you don't really need a Quad core on solid-state device. Interesting review.. Keep them up!.

My score on the 520 would be 89% out of 100%

Guest said:

Nice review, thank you. Ordered a 521 bundle for $75 over the weekend. Plenty for me.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

Please someone explain this to me.

My Mi2S lasts about 3 hours of screen time (full brightness).

How is it that it's common to see ~10 hours in a video playback test?

sMILEY4ever said:

Someone on techspot needs to review Lenovo p780 and that beast of a battery..

I'm still quite happy with my 520, though I regret not buying the 720.

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

520 is more than enough...

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Scorpus Scorpus said:

, post: 1383489, member: 169488"]Please someone explain this to me.

My Mi2S lasts about 3 hours of screen time (full brightness).

How is it that it's common to see ~10 hours in a video playback test?

It all depends on the CPU and modem load, two components that can use a lot of battery. The video playback test is run in airplane mode, primarily just to test display energy consumption but also to test hardware acceleration. You'll see results that are a lot shorter when using 4G/Wi-Fi.

In fact I've actually been doing other battery tests recently, and the Xperia Z1 (for example) lasts 8.5 hours for video, but around 6 hours for Wi-Fi/4G browsing, and around 3 hours when gaming.

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

Hmmm, I guess so. Usually my screen uses something like 60% of the battery with everything else using something like 5%.

What brightness are these tests at in cd/m^2? Or even just a percentage would help.

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