04-11-2014 01:40 AM
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  1. Dustin Hodges's Avatar
    I got the Lumia 521 on HSN just yesterday and am so excited. Cant wait for it to ship!

    So who all here is going to or already has bought the Lumia 521. What made you choose this phone? What are your initial impressions of the device from what you've read, (and after it arrives via mail in the coming week(s), of course) what are your actual impressions of the device in your hand?
    HeyCori, 12Danny123 and Cellus13 like this.
    04-28-2013 04:18 PM
  2. Corepc's Avatar
    I have ordered mine so count me in. I wanted to move to WP8 Device, and really did not need things like (FFC, NFC, Wireless Charging which 52X does not have).

    Price was biggest factor in getting this, can't beat 150 no contract.

    Reviews so far for the 520 have been pretty good so that should give you idea of how 521 should be.

    Can't give any other impression until I get one in my hands.
    binthham likes this.
    04-28-2013 05:25 PM
  3. MetroChef27's Avatar
    I've had a Focus for quite a while and its been solid. The specs are better, its a Nokia device, and WP8 for a fantastic price point. I just don't see the point of NFC yet and wireless charging is gimmicky to me so this is a great deal for me as a consumer and a developer.
    04-28-2013 10:43 PM
  4. PeltFrelken's Avatar
    My general impression is that it's going to be a great device at a really good price point. Since the 620 & 720 are not being offered in the States, this is pretty much the only budget option. Looking forward to it!
    04-29-2013 11:09 PM
  5. peacefulberry's Avatar
    I got two for gifts. :)
    04-29-2013 11:20 PM
  6. beachhoppr's Avatar
    05-02-2013 06:41 AM
  7. squire777's Avatar
    I would have if they shipped to Canada
    05-02-2013 06:05 PM
  8. 12Danny123's Avatar
    can't you get the international 520??? to use on your carrier
    05-02-2013 06:28 PM
  9. Dustin Hodges's Avatar
    I would have if they shipped to Canada
    You can buy the Lumia 520 for just $150 from Koodo Mobile | Windows Phone Central

    Get it from Koodo. Same Cost, basically same phone (521 is the same as the 520 with added cellular frequency compatibility for T-Mobile GSM frequencies)
    05-02-2013 08:18 PM
  10. squire777's Avatar
    The problem with the 520 is that it doesn't have the AWS bands (1700/2100). The carrier I'm with basically uses the same bands as T-Mo so the phones I can get are limited. I was hoping for a budget WP8 device for the time being and the 520, 620, and 720 all don't have the AWS bands (unless they are hidden away but I haven't read anything from anyone who has unlocked any of them).
    05-02-2013 11:05 PM
  11. Dustin Hodges's Avatar
    The problem with the 520 is that it doesn't have the AWS bands (1700/2100). The carrier I'm with basically uses the same bands as T-Mo so the phones I can get are limited. I was hoping for a budget WP8 device for the time being and the 520, 620, and 720 all don't have the AWS bands (unless they are hidden away but I haven't read anything from anyone who has unlocked any of them).
    I see. that is a predicament. I didn't realize some carriers in Canada used AWS 1700/2100 (I thought that was a US thing, seeing as those bands are missing in practically any phone you buy outside of the US, for the most part, from what I have seen.).

    And no, the plain oem models of the Nokia phones don't have AWS Band support. 2100 is added for US models on ATT & TMobile, 1700 for TMobile.
    05-02-2013 11:35 PM
  12. BadIntentVG's Avatar
    I'm looking to get the Lumia 521 next Saturday! I currently have the Lumia 710, but it lags when when I'm doing heavy multitasking. Watching an HD MetroTube video while having incoming FB messages and Twitter notifications, and maybe some Zune music or a game background downloading causes the phone to stutter or freeze up sometimes. I'm hoping the 1 GHz dual core processor and WP8 in general will help that. Also there's a few apps that simply don't have a WP7 counter part. I was going to start a new thread to ask a couple questions about user experience but I'm gonna drop them in here because a lot of people interested in this phone will probably look here first anyway.

    -How often does the 512 MB RAM become a problem? I'm not much of a mobile gamer, but when I'm at work I love to kill time when I can. I know games like Spiderman won't work because of the 1 GB restriction and I've heard mixed experiences with the GBA emulator. Also, Asphalt 7 apparently keeps switching from available to not being compatible with the 520. Are there any other games or apps that don't work with the 512?

    -Snappiness. Anyone had experience with this phone lagging? Any little thing from the keyboard freezing, to the home button not responding or videos getting choppy. I know the phone looks fast and fluid in demos because the presenter isn't really doing anything. But when multitasking and downloading games, music, etc does the phone ever start slowing down?

    -How does the $30/mo Walmart plan work? I'm currently on T-Mobile's "Monthy 4g" after I bought my phone outright and pay 50-60 a month depending on how much 4G data I need. Since I almost never call anyone, a $30 plan for unlimited everything except for 100 minutes is way too good for me to pass up. How does that work since I'm already a T-Mobile customer?
    05-03-2013 03:52 PM
  13. beachhoppr's Avatar
    I have it. The phone is as fast as fluid feeling as my HTC 8x which surprising
    05-04-2013 06:07 AM
  14. peacefulberry's Avatar
    I have it. The phone is as fast as fluid feeling as my HTC 8x which surprising
    I second this....very fast!
    05-04-2013 09:01 AM
  15. vincelac's Avatar
    Color me stoked. I'll have it Tuesday or Wednesday according to HSN.
    Dustin Hodges likes this.
    05-04-2013 09:08 AM
  16. beachhoppr's Avatar
    Testing battery life. But since it uses the somewhat ubiquitous bl-5j I can always buy extra
    05-04-2013 09:29 AM
  17. Trappiste's Avatar
    2100 is a common 3G band in Europe.
    05-04-2013 10:18 AM
  18. Trappiste's Avatar
    I see. that is a predicament. I didn't realize some carriers in Canada used AWS 1700/2100 (I thought that was a US thing, seeing as those bands are missing in practically any phone you buy outside of the US, for the most part, from what I have seen.).
    2100 is a common 3G band in Europe.
    05-04-2013 10:19 AM
  19. Dustin Hodges's Avatar
    2100 is a common 3G band in Europe.
    I know this (a lot of imported phones have this band). I should of specified just the 1700 AWS. That I know isn't as common. My apologies. :)
    05-04-2013 10:30 AM
  20. cckgz4's Avatar
    Thinking about it
    05-05-2013 05:27 PM
  21. darkoman4's Avatar
    I got it. Do I really need it. No, I have 820. But just price point is so tempting and since I also have T-Mobile account beside ATT, I could use it for my business line.
    05-06-2013 10:08 PM
  22. Dustin Hodges's Avatar
    It finally arrived! :D

    Impressions:
    Lightweight (Yay! )
    Fast and clean
    Big(er) (my quantum's screen is smaller. Not to mention its heavier too)
    Battery cover I have trouble with :/
    White (Yay again! )
    Fits nicely within my hand.
    Okay camera (not like I was expecting a DSLR. Camera could improve a bit with settings change. Images are better when viewed on device.)
    A nokia (no fiddling to get Nokia Apps this time ).
    a little limited on memory (according to Windows Explorer, after getting about 1/2 my apps im already around 3.5GB left )
    binthham and xandros9 like this.
    05-07-2013 05:20 PM
  23. rmichael75's Avatar
    went to buy 2 at walmart. At 7:30 PM two were available and wanted to buy 2. 1 for me and 1 for my friend upgrading from Iphoen 3G. 8:30 when I went, only one available. So I will give this to my friend. One more addition to WP family.
    05-07-2013 08:57 PM
  24. Choorp's Avatar
    Almost ordered one when it was on HSN, but decided to wait. Good thing I did! I bought my 521 for $129 from Walmart today.

    It's been a great little phone so far!
    05-07-2013 10:24 PM
  25. Corepc's Avatar
    It finally arrived! :D

    Impressions:
    Lightweight (Yay! )

    Battery cover I have trouble with :/

    A nokia (no fiddling to get Nokia Apps this time ).
    a little limited on memory (according to Windows Explorer, after getting about 1/2 my apps im already around 3.5GB left )
    You mean featherweight even with battery in phone, still feels like wind could blow it out of your hand..

    Shell is tricky, i do not trust having to push on middle of shell to get to pop off..

    I have about 3.2 left (359 in other) after a few games(let golf 2, angry birds), ofline texas map (259mb) and apps (wpcentral, gleek, still loading up essential apps)

    My First Nokia and I love it

    going to post a personal review tomorrow on how day 1 was for me.
    05-07-2013 10:39 PM
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