1. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    How good does the wvga screen look compared to a super amoled?
    07-28-2013 10:39 AM
  2. metalchick719's Avatar
    Interesting that someone should ask this now, because my best friend just got a 521 and came over yesterday. I have a 920 and 810 and I compared all three screen against each other. Personally, my favorite is the 810's because of the AMOLED. Colors are so much deeper and just gorgeous. I prefer the 920's screen to the 521's, but the 810's is definitely the best looking. The screen on the 521 is a bit too light for my liking... Don't get me wrong, though, it's a great phone.
    07-28-2013 10:58 AM
  3. thomas wojcik's Avatar
    It's a 4 inch screen on a $100 or less phone, for me if it turns on and i can use it it's plenty good enough. To really compare it to anything else is impossible as there is nothing else this good at this price point.
    07-28-2013 12:04 PM
  4. sdc1's Avatar
    How does it compare? It doesn't. Is it acceptable on an inexpensive handset? Yes, absolutely.

    The 520/521 is what it is, an entry level handset that blows away anything else at that price point. If you have 100 to spend you'll not find a better phone.
    07-28-2013 12:10 PM
  5. calfee20's Avatar
    The screen looks fine but without the clear black polarizers outside use is not as good as the others.
    07-28-2013 12:22 PM
  6. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    As others have said, for the price of the phone, the screen is more than acceptable. I am also amazed when I read comments about the 'low resolution' 800 x 480 display. I still remember having an iPaq Pocket PC with a display that wasn't much smaller with a resolution of just 320 x 240 (ie the Nokia 521 display has FIVE times the resolution lol) yet I managed to get by and even read a couple of ebooks on it :)
    07-28-2013 04:41 PM
  7. Corepc's Avatar
    I do miss my dark black, red is red amoled screen from my old focus flash. But I am more than happy with 521 display. Hope we get display color adjustment in gdr2/amber update.
    07-28-2013 05:00 PM
  8. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    How is it in direct sun light?
    07-28-2013 08:51 PM
  9. calfee20's Avatar
    Not very good. You can just barely see the red bar to answer a call. Actually I know where it is so I can answer a call. If you shade it with your body or your hand you can navigate around your phone book to make calls but it is not nice. Before Christmas I was at a Nokia kiosk near Boston and they had a very bright booth to simulate direct sunlight and show off the clear black technology. The 920 820 and 810 were all very usable in the booth.
    07-28-2013 09:40 PM
  10. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    I have to agree about the very poor readability in sunlight, especially considerng I live in an area with a lot of bright sunlight. This is the one downfall of the phone, though for the price I can live with it for the time being. It's definitely one feature that would help push me towards the higher end phones later on, if I find Windows Phone OS still continues to agree with me :)
    07-28-2013 10:56 PM
  11. Attinder's Avatar
    Two issues with 520 screen,Sunlight readability and excessive screen smudging with fingers.
    A decent screen protector is a must.
    07-29-2013 05:50 AM
  12. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    like an anti glare screen protector?
    07-29-2013 08:41 AM
  13. Attinder's Avatar
    yes, I have a cheap matte screen protector bought from ebay for about 2$.
    07-29-2013 11:11 AM
  14. WasteSomeTime's Avatar
    I was using my focus flash today in direct sunlight and noticed the smudges and nothing else. I guess it's not going to make such a difference if i get the 521 or 520.
    07-29-2013 08:42 PM
  15. emagius's Avatar
    WVGA is a screen resolution (800x480). [Super]Amoled is a display technology (as opposed to various LCD types). The two are not mutually exclusive.

    The 520/521 uses an IPS (arguably the best type of display) LCD display, but one of relatively poor quality (worse than average viewing angles, poor contrast/black levels, poor color reproduction). WVGA resolution is much lower than what's available on today's flagship phones (it's about halfway between the original iPhone's 320x480 and the iPhone 4's 640x960; alternatively, it's half as many pixels as the iPhone 5).

    That said, it's pretty impressive for a $99/$149 phone.
    07-30-2013 11:26 AM

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