1. kimerran's Avatar
    Hello Devs.

    I am eyeing for Lumia 520 to be my developer device for WP8 development. (Reason: budget)

    Any pros/cons of using this device? Or alternatives.

    Thanks! :)
    09-20-2013 12:05 AM
  2. montsa007's Avatar
    Huawei phones, cheap.
    09-20-2013 12:46 AM
  3. jbigelow's Avatar
    I am eyeing for Lumia 520 to be my developer device for WP8 development. (Reason: budget)
    I'm planning on doing this too, my HTC 8X is my normal use phone but the 520 looks great for development, I'm kicking myself for not jumping on the 20 dollar price break on HSN.com unfortunately it's sold out now.
    09-20-2013 01:52 AM
  4. polomint's Avatar
    So, is the consensus that the 520 would be a decent 2nd dev device to test on. I have a 920, the gf has a 925, but I would like to see how my apps will run on lower spec devices.

    Does anyone know of some available dirt cheap wp8 phones? :)
    11-16-2013 10:04 AM
  5. xandros9's Avatar
    So, is the consensus that the 520 would be a decent 2nd dev device to test on. I have a 920, the gf has a 925, but I would like to see how my apps will run on lower spec devices.

    Does anyone know of some available dirt cheap wp8 phones? :)
    If you don't have a problems with used devices, you could probably get a decent deal by picking up a used or refurb model. (also given the varying prices, you could probably look around ebay for 620's and others)
    The 52x pretty much is the go-to device I'd say.
    Huawei also makes some solid low-end offerings, particularly the W1, although there's a newer W2 coming out.
    I'm not sure if it's cheap enough, but the HTC 8S is placed at the lower end.
    11-16-2013 12:38 PM
  6. Corepc's Avatar
    I'm not sure if it's cheap enough, but the HTC 8S is placed at the lower end.
    8s only has 4gb hd, and with OS installed only about 2gig free to work with. The 52X is a better deal hands down and can't beat the price Amazon has 520 for 79.99 today.
    11-16-2013 01:36 PM
  7. impratick's Avatar
    520 is a good phone 😊
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    11-16-2013 01:52 PM
  8. polomint's Avatar
    Excellent. I will get one from Amazon :)
    11-16-2013 01:58 PM
  9. Chris Coyle's Avatar
    I use a 520 as my development device and it works great. I also sometimes use my 920 but if it works in the 520 with 512mb it will work on the 920 fine.
    12-01-2013 07:14 PM
  10. polomint's Avatar
    I got the 520. It's an excellent phone in it's own right, I find that I'm using it more and more, :)
    12-08-2013 06:31 AM
  11. nemecek_f's Avatar
    The main advantage with Lumia 520 is that if your app will run fast on this phone then it won't have problem elsewhere. However should you plan do to stuff with front-facing camera or led you are obviously unable to test it.
    xandros9 likes this.
    12-08-2013 09:27 AM
  12. polomint's Avatar
    The main advantage with Lumia 520 is that if your app will run fast on this phone then it won't have problem elsewhere. However should you plan do to stuff with front-facing camera or led you are obviously unable to test it.
    Yes, that's true, but if I need to use any of those functions then I can test on my 920/925. Might get a cheaper one with FFC and Flash...
    12-08-2013 09:37 AM
  13. polomint's Avatar
    Its also excellent as an xbmc remote hehe
    12-09-2013 09:41 AM
  14. Chris Coyle's Avatar
    I use both the 520 and the 920. Still best to also run the store test in VS before submitting to the store. Just because it runs fine on a 512 device, doesn't mean it won't crash.
    12-11-2013 09:14 AM

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