02-14-2014 11:13 PM
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  1. Cane Prevost's Avatar
    After a brief foray into the world of Windows phone I'm jumping ship for Android. I came to the 521 from iPhone 5. I didn't expect a low end model phone to match the performance of such a high end model, but in the end I couldn't make it work for me. Some of my issues are:
    Random restarts. I heard this could be due to a loose battery.
    App freezes. Happens more than I'd like.
    Unresponsive apps. Sometimes I find apps just hanging and not responding to touch. Facebook is really bad. I almost always have press buttons 4 or 5 times to get them to respond.
    Slow app loading. The phone is fairly responsive but the time it takes to load up apps is way long.
    Random shut down. Numerous times I've pulled the phone out of my pocket to find "Goodbye" on the screen. I have to remove the back and pull the battery to get it working.

    I really liked the Windows interface and contemplated just getting a better specked phone to see if it solved my main issues. The problem was that there weren't any affordable ones that had enough of a bump in specifications to make it worthwhile. Just not a cost effective solution.
    I still have 3 other 521's in my household though. I'll see how the others like theirs. My daughter seems to like it just fine so far. Moto X and Android for me.....
    02-14-2014 10:10 AM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    Goodbye!
    Sounds like your device was defective, but enjoy yourself wherever you decide to go.
    02-14-2014 10:31 AM
  3. meddyrainzo's Avatar
    After a brief foray into the world of Windows phone I'm jumping ship for Android. I came to the 521 from iPhone 5. I didn't expect a low end model phone to match the performance of such a high end model, but in the end I couldn't make it work for me. Some of my issues are:
    Random restarts. I heard this could be due to a loose battery.
    App freezes. Happens more than I'd like.
    Unresponsive apps. Sometimes I find apps just hanging and not responding to touch. Facebook is really bad. I almost always have press buttons 4 or 5 times to get them to respond.
    Slow app loading. The phone is fairly responsive but the time it takes to load up apps is way long.
    Random shut down. Numerous times I've pulled the phone out of my pocket to find "Goodbye" on the screen. I have to remove the back and pull the battery to get it working.

    I really liked the Windows interface and contemplated just getting a better specked phone to see if it solved my main issues. The problem was that there weren't any affordable ones that had enough of a bump in specifications to make it worthwhile. Just not a cost effective solution.
    I still have 3 other 521's in my household though. I'll see how the others like theirs. My daughter seems to like it just fine so far. Moto X and Android for me.....
    If you're gonna buy a low end Andriod phone then it's gonna be a similar story
    02-14-2014 10:36 AM
  4. Cane Prevost's Avatar
    Not sure that Moto X is low end. Certainly it's way above the 521 in specifications. I don't think my phone is defective because as far as I can tell I'm getting similar behavior from the other 3 in my house. I guess I was just used to the iPhone which just always worked.
    02-14-2014 11:02 AM
  5. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    Good luck and I hope you find a better phone solution. I still have my L920 I got on release and its performance is still outstanding 15 months later. You might be able to find one for a good price if you want to stay with WP.
    02-14-2014 11:06 AM
  6. kinslayer's Avatar
    Not sure that Moto X is low end. Certainly it's way above the 521 in specifications. I don't think my phone is defective because as far as I can tell I'm getting similar behavior from the other 3 in my house. I guess I was just used to the iPhone which just always worked.
    Huh...weird. I personally have a 520 but to be honest I use it mostly as my jogging music player. It never did something weird like that but maybe I just don't use it enough. My main is a 1020 which works great.

    Enjoy your next phone though :) I am sad that you got a wrong impression of WP (crashes/app freezes/etc are just not common at all).

    Anyway, we are here if you ever want to give WP another try!
    xandros9 likes this.
    02-14-2014 11:08 AM
  7. xandros9's Avatar
    Yea, my sister's 521 has been mostly fine.

    But anyways, the Moto X is still a fine device, I've been toying with picking up the Moto G or maybe an older Nexus someday
    02-14-2014 11:14 AM
  8. Genghis7777's Avatar
    I have a Lumia 520 and have never experienced your problem. I suggest you take it back to your supplier and have it replaced.

    Sent from my Lumia 520 using Tapatalk
    02-14-2014 11:18 AM
  9. Shouvik Mazumdar's Avatar
    After a brief foray into the world of Windows phone I'm jumping ship for Android. I came to the 521 from iPhone 5. I didn't expect a low end model phone to match the performance of such a high end model, but in the end I couldn't make it work for me. Some of my issues are:
    Random restarts. I heard this could be due to a loose battery.
    App freezes. Happens more than I'd like.
    Unresponsive apps. Sometimes I find apps just hanging and not responding to touch. Facebook is really bad. I almost always have press buttons 4 or 5 times to get them to respond.
    Slow app loading. The phone is fairly responsive but the time it takes to load up apps is way long.
    Random shut down. Numerous times I've pulled the phone out of my pocket to find "Goodbye" on the screen. I have to remove the back and pull the battery to get it working.

    I really liked the Windows interface and contemplated just getting a better specked phone to see if it solved my main issues. The problem was that there weren't any affordable ones that had enough of a bump in specifications to make it worthwhile. Just not a cost effective solution.
    I still have 3 other 521's in my household though. I'll see how the others like theirs. My daughter seems to like it just fine so far. Moto X and Android for me.....
    To be truthful , the problems you are facing is purely a bad device problem. I have a 520 as backup phone and another one is 1520. Both my phones work flawlessly and am some times amazed how awesome 520 handles app even though it has low specs.

    But anyways , best of luck , respect ur choice
    02-14-2014 11:20 AM
  10. mjrtoo's Avatar
    I have a 521 and a 925, both are excellent phones, a non-initiated restart occurs maybe twice in a year. The 521 is an excellent phone, and I'm also quite impressed, especially when WP 8.1 releases and you can install apps on the external memory, HUGE advantage.
    02-14-2014 11:26 AM
  11. owensdj's Avatar
    I also have a 521, which is a very low-end Win8 phone, and I've seen it outperform Android devices that cost several times as much. It's also been 100% stable and very responsive. Like other said, you most likely have bad hardware.
    02-14-2014 12:21 PM
  12. Cane Prevost's Avatar
    The random restart I've seen on 2 of our 4 phones. The slow app launch is on all of them and likely just a result of the low power of the phone. The unresponsiveness of Facebook buttons I've also repeated on all 4. I love the physical camera button on the phone and the ability to launch the camera with a physical button. It still takes longer to boot up the camera than my iPhone did though. The shutter lag is also quite a bit more. The image quality and accuracy of the autofocus is quite good though.

    I almost went with a used Lumia 920 because it looks like a phone that could fix all the quirks with the 521. Unfortunately finding one with the T Mobile bands at a reasonable price seems impossible. If Android doesn't work out then I might look to go that route anyway. This will be my first attempt at an android phone. I'm keeping the 521 as a backup in case I really hate the Android. I don't think I will though.
    02-14-2014 01:02 PM
  13. wpfan86's Avatar
    I agree with those who say this sounds like a defective device and not something related to WP8. I wish the user would at least attempt a replacement before jumping ship just to confirm, but oh well.
    02-14-2014 01:16 PM
  14. xandros9's Avatar
    I agree with those who say this sounds like a defective device and not something related to WP8. I wish the user would at least attempt a replacement before jumping ship just to confirm, but oh well.
    but it saddens me to see the stories of the unfortunate going through eight defective Palm Pres, several 928's, a couple 925's (if my memory serves me correctly)
    02-14-2014 01:47 PM
  15. BB fan forever's Avatar
    The 521's had some issues with them. Try the Nokia Lumia 925 before you jump ship. That device is amazing and it doesn't lag one bit.
    02-14-2014 04:05 PM
  16. Coreldan's Avatar
    Sounds like a defective unit, but then again I don't think this was destined to go well when you come from a 600$ phone to a 100$ phone :P
    02-14-2014 04:22 PM
  17. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    I guess the OP hasn't heard of the Icon or 1520. And seriously, comparing iPhone 5 to a low end WP budget phone? If you want a fair comparison try 1520/icon vs iPhone or any Android phone and see who comes out on top.


    Sent from my Yellow Nokia 1520 (RM-937)
    02-14-2014 04:28 PM
  18. mjrtoo's Avatar
    but it saddens me to see the stories of the unfortunate going through eight defective Palm Pres, several 928's, a couple 925's (if my memory serves me correctly)
    Sometimes you wonder how one person can have such bad luck.
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    02-14-2014 04:31 PM
  19. Cane Prevost's Avatar
    Icon and 1520 aren't available on T Mobile. The 925 was way expensive. Almost in iPhone territory. I'd have loved to get a used 920 but T Mobile ones were non existent. I liked the 521 a lot. It's a great little phone for the price. For the record I'm not trying to compare the 521 to anything else. I'm just relaying my experience with the phone. If it's just a matter of getting a bad one then I got 4 bad ones. If I got 4 bad ones then I'm not sure I want another Nokia. My guess is that I got 4 good phones with a couple of them having some glitches. Nothing awful but enough to make me look elsewhere. Unfortunately Windows phone doesn't have a mid 300 dollar price phone. You either spend less than a hundred bucks or over 500. Not much in between. If there were some good mid range options or even some used high end options decently priced I'd have likely given Windows phone another try. Maybe Moto X won't be to my liking either. Will have to wait and see. If I'm going to have to spend over 500 bucks on a phone to get something I like I'll probably go back to iPhone as I know that they just work.
    02-14-2014 04:40 PM
  20. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    So because you're stuck on a limited carrier it is Windows Phone and Nokia's fault? Yeah ok. FYI my 1520 has zero defects.
    02-14-2014 04:56 PM
  21. Guytronic's Avatar
    Why do some feel compelled to give the old "so long" on a forum?

    If Nokia ain't yer thing like you're iPhones weren't just go elsewhere and be happy.
    Nogitsune Micah and calfee20 like this.
    02-14-2014 05:23 PM
  22. maj71303's Avatar
    I go with the theory of if you have bad phone after bad phone then the common denominator is you sorry to say. Some people are just bad for certain brands of phone. LOL
    Some people don't notice it but everyone in some form have a brand that just doesn't seem to work for them.

    Just picking at ya, but have a nice trip back to what works for you.
    02-14-2014 07:50 PM
  23. mark233's Avatar
    Never buy phones that were made on Monday's? ..... just kidding.
    02-14-2014 08:12 PM
  24. eddieDOTexe's Avatar
    Good luck. Thanks for the experiment. Was fun. Hope it works out for you next time,
    xandros9 likes this.
    02-14-2014 10:01 PM
  25. distilledoreo's Avatar
    Icon and 1520 aren't available on T Mobile. The 925 was way expensive. Almost in iPhone territory. I'd have loved to get a used 920 but T Mobile ones were non existent. I liked the 521 a lot. It's a great little phone for the price. For the record I'm not trying to compare the 521 to anything else. I'm just relaying my experience with the phone. If it's just a matter of getting a bad one then I got 4 bad ones. If I got 4 bad ones then I'm not sure I want another Nokia. My guess is that I got 4 good phones with a couple of them having some glitches. Nothing awful but enough to make me look elsewhere. Unfortunately Windows phone doesn't have a mid 300 dollar price phone. You either spend less than a hundred bucks or over 500. Not much in between. If there were some good mid range options or even some used high end options decently priced I'd have likely given Windows phone another try. Maybe Moto X won't be to my liking either. Will have to wait and see. If I'm going to have to spend over 500 bucks on a phone to get something I like I'll probably go back to iPhone as I know that they just work.
    I'm not sure what your price range is, but the Lumia 925 is on sale at Newegg for 279 off contract new in box. It's basically a slimmer 920 that is compatible with T-Mobile. Here's the link. Newegg.com - Nokia Lumia 925 T-Mobile 4G LTE No Contract Smart Phone
    02-14-2014 10:15 PM
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