04-29-2013 11:11 AM
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  1. Sasakinator's Avatar
    Well it's sad to hear that the Lumia 810 is EOL and will be replaced with the smaller Lumia 521. As a WP user (have used a HD7 since 2010) I've been wanting to upgrade to a WP8 with 4G capabilities, but still under the T-Mobile $30 prepaid plan. So I was thinking, which phone is better, the 810 or 521 on T-Mobile. Special note, I only have enough wiggle room for the refurb 810 ($240) or what is looking out to be $200 for the 521. What are your opinions on which phone I should get?
    04-18-2013 08:50 PM
  2. jgbstetson's Avatar
    Depends on what's important to you. Do you use Skype? Camera at night? Do you play many games on your phone? Want wireless charging?

    Answers to these questions will help us help you :)
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    04-18-2013 09:27 PM
  3. Sasakinator's Avatar
    I've been wanting to give Skype a try. Rarely do I use a camera at night, but mostly at concerts or parties and whatnot. Games and wireless charging? Not so much. Forgot to mention that I have big hands (e.g. a Note II feels like a DS lite in my hands lol).
    04-18-2013 09:29 PM
  4. Microsoftjunkie's Avatar
    Go with the 810. It will be future app proof. It has mid to high specs, minus the screen and design. You will benefit from playing the latest games and apps.
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    04-18-2013 09:32 PM
  5. metalchick719's Avatar
    810 all the way. I have it and can say that it's a truly great phone. The 521 is a lesser phone because it lacks quite a bit of the features the 810 has, and it's an entry level WP while the 810 is considered mid-range (though internally, except for the built in storage and camera, it's just like the 920).
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    04-18-2013 09:53 PM
  6. Sasakinator's Avatar
    Go with the 810. It will be future app proof. It has mid to high specs, minus the screen and design. You will benefit from playing the latest games and apps.
    I was thinking the same thing, but wouldn't the 521 get LTE later down in its life cycle? Quick question will both models be able to support the Ultra 64GB microSDXC Class 10 Memory Cards?
    04-18-2013 09:54 PM
  7. metalchick719's Avatar
    No idea whether the 521 would get LTE at some point. The 810 does support 64GB microSDXC Class 10 cards, and I believe the 521 will as well.
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    04-18-2013 10:23 PM
  8. jgbstetson's Avatar
    I was thinking the same thing, but wouldn't the 521 get LTE later down in its life cycle? Quick question will both models be able to support the Ultra 64GB microSDXC Class 10 Memory Cards?
    wise people have said on this forum, "buy a device for what it can do today, not what it might be able to do in the future." Assume neither will get lte.
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    04-18-2013 10:36 PM
  9. Mystictrust's Avatar
    I was thinking the same thing, but wouldn't the 521 get LTE later down in its life cycle?
    Don't purchase a phone with this mindset. Ever. A couple months after the 810 launch, rumors cropped up about it getting LTE in a future update... but that turned out to be totally false. I think there may have been a few [misguided] people who purchased on the premise of getting LTE in the future... based on a rumor of course.

    And then there's the possibility that the 521's life cycle will be only 5 months as well - not enough time for them to actually update it. Since it's not an iPhone (or a Galaxy.. but mostly the iPhone), T-Mobile doesn't care about it so don't expect much beyond what you see at launch

    Sorry, I'm bitter. Get the 810. For only $40 more you're getting a whole lot more than the 521.
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    04-18-2013 10:39 PM
  10. jgbstetson's Avatar
    yes, "bitter" is the word of the day.
    Last edited by jgbstetson; 04-18-2013 at 11:20 PM.
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    04-18-2013 10:49 PM
  11. Aleksandr Gurmeza's Avatar
    I'd go with the 810. Better camera, more RAM, bigger screen, full HD video recording, front face camera, better processor, and bigger battery. Also, supposedly the 521 DOES get LTE, there isnt much of a different too be honest.
    810 will last you longer, as games and apps will require more ram and processor speed.
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    04-18-2013 11:38 PM
  12. Angry_Mushroom's Avatar
    Get the 810. It is a mid-range device vs. a entry level for the 521. Orrr... you could wait for Catwalk and see what's up there. Also I doubt the 521 will get LTE.
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    04-19-2013 03:26 AM
  13. Miscellaneous Rant's Avatar
    Plus the 810 data speed is HSDPA 42.2 Mbits, 521 is only 21 mbits. Half the speed. You want LTE until TMO introduce that LTE price on you. You a faster speed with 810, half that of LTE at dirt cheap for you $30 prepay. I'm 6'6" with big hands the 810 I have is just right size.
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    04-19-2013 06:02 AM
  14. jgbstetson's Avatar
    Plus the 810 data speed is HSDPA 42.2 Mbits, 521 is only 21 mbits. Half the speed. You want LTE until TMO introduce that LTE price on you. You a faster speed with 810, half that of LTE at dirt cheap for you $30 prepay. I'm 6'6" with big hands the 810 I have is just right size.
    well, half the maximum theoretical speed, anyway. I'm not sure how having 21 would impact speed if I only get 10 down with 42 (phoenix area).
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    04-19-2013 12:37 PM
  15. jodahav's Avatar
    The refurb 810 is a great deal. It has all the internal specs (ram, processor speed) to be a phone that won't feel too outdated if you keep it for two years. The 521 will feel old in a matter of months. When WP8.1 comes out this fall, the 521 will feel very inadequate. I would recommend either grabbing an 810 or waiting for Catwalk.
    Last edited by jodahav; 11-25-2013 at 09:44 AM.
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    04-19-2013 09:07 PM
  16. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    The 810 is the better phone - no question. Go for that.
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    04-19-2013 09:55 PM
  17. Sasakinator's Avatar
    Thank you all for the advice, sadly I believe the Catwalk will be the high-end Nokia phone everyone wants, so it will be costing me an arm and a leg. I'm going off and ordering the 810 with a 64GB. And that will end my terrible habit of carrying multiple devices in my pockets.

    Thank you all again!

    UPDATE: It seems Tmo won't let me get my hands on a Lumia 810 unless I change my plan to a $50+ plan. Sadly, I can't afford a monthly plan this expensive.
    Last edited by Sasakinator; 04-20-2013 at 12:25 AM.
    04-20-2013 12:09 AM
  18. MSFTisMIA's Avatar

    UPDATE: It seems Tmo won't let me get my hands on a Lumia 810 unless I change my plan to a $50+ plan. Sadly, I can't afford a monthly plan this expensive.
    Sorry to hear that. Unless your HD7 is broken, then I'd hold on to it a bit longer and periodically look into sites like eBay for a cheaper 810.
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    04-20-2013 05:57 AM
  19. Cybersonic's Avatar
    Thank you all for the advice, sadly I believe the Catwalk will be the high-end Nokia phone everyone wants, so it will be costing me an arm and a leg. I'm going off and ordering the 810 with a 64GB. And that will end my terrible habit of carrying multiple devices in my pockets.

    Thank you all again!

    UPDATE: It seems Tmo won't let me get my hands on a Lumia 810 unless I change my plan to a $50+ plan. Sadly, I can't afford a monthly plan this expensive.
    Maybe you can save up and buy it off contract and switch your sim over.
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    04-20-2013 06:14 AM
  20. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Maybe you can save up and buy it off contract and switch your sim over.
    ^This too.
    04-20-2013 07:17 AM
  21. golubsmith's Avatar
    Lumia 810 on the Microsoft online store yesterday for $49. No contract, but still must be a new T-Mobile account.
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    04-20-2013 10:42 AM
  22. Bobert_123's Avatar
    Sorry this is off topic, but if the 810 is so much better than the 521, why replace it with that model on tmo to begin with?
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    04-20-2013 03:59 PM
  23. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Sorry this is off topic, but if the 810 is so much better than the 521, why replace it with that model on tmo to begin with?
    T-Mobile has decided to redo their WP line up. They want a budget handset that they can sell in droves, like the 521. They probably cut a deal with Nokia to have 2 phones...one high end, one budget. The 8X would rest in the middle, probably. They must have felt the 810 wasn't selling. They won't carry too many Nokias at once because they're not the premiere partner. They still screwed the people who bought the 810 though from launch.

    Compare the specs on both. 810 is better.
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    04-20-2013 05:35 PM
  24. Sasakinator's Avatar
    I'm going to look into an unlocked model (sadly that won't be cheap and will hurt my wallet). Going to convince my folks to move over to Tmo's rate plans to get some extra oomph in getting my hands on one.
    04-20-2013 11:52 PM
  25. b23h's Avatar
    Well it's sad to hear that the Lumia 810 is EOL and will be replaced with the smaller Lumia 521. As a WP user (have used a HD7 since 2010) I've been wanting to upgrade to a WP8 with 4G capabilities, but still under the T-Mobile $30 prepaid plan. So I was thinking, which phone is better, the 810 or 521 on T-Mobile. Special note, I only have enough wiggle room for the refurb 810 ($240) or what is looking out to be $200 for the 521. What are your opinions on which phone I should get?
    Wait till the smoke clears over the 810. I have an 810 that I bought within the last month, it's a good phone. I too owned a HTC HD 7 and was using it on the $30 dollar plan. However now that they've EOL'd the 810, a lot of us are concerned whether or not T-Mobile will continue to push out updates to the phone. It hasn't had a firmware update since January.

    Unless you absolutely need to jump now, I would not suggest it. I like the phone, but if I was about to make that jump right now given the current situation, I would have likely put it off.
    04-21-2013 01:18 AM
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