01-29-2014 12:59 AM
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  1. stalemate1's Avatar
    I keep seeing reviews mention how bad the display is with colours and brightness, but is it ok for direct sun light and how bad are the "washed out" colours exactly, does red still look like read or dose it look like pink/purple or an almost indefinable light tint of red ?
    01-22-2014 02:15 AM
  2. KrisJoeEll's Avatar
    I keep seeing reviews mention how bad the display is with colours and brightness, but is it ok for direct sun light and how bad are the "washed out" colours exactly, does red still look like read or dose it look like pink/purple or an almost indefinable light tint of red ?
    Compared to others its screen is unimpressive. But keep in mind that its still a budget/entry level phone.
    Here is a video comparison of Lumias. You can clearly see the screen differences here.
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    01-22-2014 03:27 AM
  3. John20212's Avatar
    For the price of the phone the screen is decent. I had no issues using the phone watching videos on it, etc. Sure it's not as good as the screen on my 1020, but that one was 10x more expensive. The only bit annoying thing about the screen on the 520 is that it attaches fingerprints a lot more and I need to wipe it with a cloth lot more often, compared to nearly never on my 1020.
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    01-22-2014 03:32 AM
  4. stalemate1's Avatar
    Compared to others its screen is unimpressive. But keep in mind that its still a budget/entry level phone.
    Here is a video comparison of Lumias. You can clearly see the screen differences here.
    Thanks for the video but i would prefer to know how it stands against the displays that I'm familiar and comfortable with and not the high quality displays of today.

    If you were to compare it to a flagship SLCD screen from 2 years ago such as an HTC EVO 3D or sensation, or a galaxy s2...is it more or less on that level ? If so then its more than adequate for me.
    01-22-2014 06:15 AM
  5. shmsnh's Avatar
    I think the display on my 520 is good enough. I do not expect a fantastic display like the 1520, or even 920. The colors are good, and the brightness is more that adequate for me. I have faced a bit of difficulty reading under direct sunlight (even with sunlight legibility on). 520 also gets the Lumia colour profile setting, which is pretty good. The only real problem with the IPS LCD screen on Lumia 520 is that it can't support the low energy levels required for Glance screen.
    01-22-2014 06:24 AM
  6. KrisJoeEll's Avatar
    Thanks for the video but i would prefer to know how it stands against the displays that I'm familiar and comfortable with and not the high quality displays of today.

    If you were to compare it to a flagship SLCD screen from 2 years ago such as an HTC EVO 3D or sensation, or a galaxy s2...is it more or less on that level ? If so then its more than adequate for me.
    Whats your budget?
    01-22-2014 06:40 AM
  7. Cryio's Avatar
    Many reviewers tend to compare everything with top products and not products within the same price range.

    I bought my gf a L520 for Christmas. Me, being the owner of an 820, I took the liberty to compare displays. Sure, the black levels are nowhere near as deep, the screen is not great from wide angles (but who cares about this >_> ) and the brightness set to Medium makes it quite easy to use in bright daylight. The colors are good, there is no dimness to them or washing off or distortion.

    Basically it's ok! If you buy a 520, you won't have to worry about the display. Set it on High or Automatically and it will be bright enough.
    Last edited by Cryio; 01-28-2014 at 09:14 PM.
    01-22-2014 07:28 AM
  8. stalemate1's Avatar
    Whats your budget?
    as cheap as possible for a windows 8 phone. I don't want all the fancy stuff. Just a decent, quick, responsive and reliable device.
    01-22-2014 10:29 AM
  9. KrisJoeEll's Avatar
    as cheap as possible for a windows 8 phone. I don't want all the fancy stuff. Just a decent, quick, responsive and reliable device.
    If you are looking for a cheap & fast WP8 device go for Lumia 525 (almost as cheap as 520 with 1GB ram for more speed)
    If you are looking for a cheap yet better screen go for Lumia 625.
    01-22-2014 10:45 AM
  10. jimkraz's Avatar
    My wife has the L520 and she has never complained about colours, I have a L820 the colours are better but it was nearly three times the price, it's a good phone, replaceable battery, MicroSD slot, for low budget, it is hard to beat, and you can work screen with gloves on too.
    01-22-2014 11:57 AM
  11. John20212's Avatar
    Thanks for the video but i would prefer to know how it stands against the displays that I'm familiar and comfortable with and not the high quality displays of today.

    If you were to compare it to a flagship SLCD screen from 2 years ago such as an HTC EVO 3D or sensation, or a galaxy s2...is it more or less on that level ? If so then its more than adequate for me.
    If you are that concerned about the screen just go to a shop that displays them and take a look hands on. Bring your old phone and you can compare.
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    01-22-2014 12:29 PM
  12. lance5087's Avatar
    I see nothing wrong with the colors on the screen. I had a 920, I'm sure it was better but I wasn't disappointed. But the lens seems to be made of some cheaper plastic so it feels odd and needs cleaning a lot. I just got this phone till my upgrade comes and I am very satisfied. I hate apple and got tired of android. Windows is so much better.
    01-23-2014 01:03 AM
  13. stalemate1's Avatar
    If you are that concerned about the screen just go to a shop that displays them and take a look hands on. Bring your old phone and you can compare.
    I already have and every shop I went to had the device but as usual none of the 520s on display had any battery left ( no one ever bothers to charge them so ill bring my power bank external charger and go buy there-just wish I brought it before wasting my time)

    Thanks for all the replies guys.
    01-23-2014 01:52 PM
  14. stalemate1's Avatar
    I see nothing wrong with the colors on the screen. I had a 920, I'm sure it was better but I wasn't disappointed. But the lens seems to be made of some cheaper plastic so it feels odd and needs cleaning a lot. I just got this phone till my upgrade comes and I am very satisfied. I hate apple and got tired of android. Windows is so much better.
    The feel of the glass on the display does not bother me as in any case, I will get a smooth, slippery screen protector anyway.
    01-23-2014 01:56 PM
  15. John20212's Avatar
    I already have and every shop I went to had the device but as usual none of the 520s on display had any battery left ( no one ever bothers to charge them so ill bring my power bank external charger and go buy there-just wish I brought it before wasting my time)

    Thanks for all the replies guys.
    You should have just asked the sales person to plug it in for you so you can test it out, I doubt any store would refuse to do that.
    01-23-2014 02:05 PM
  16. stalemate1's Avatar
    You should have just asked the sales person to plug it in for you so you can test it out, I doubt any store would refuse to do that.
    I'd probably get the excuse: "sorry my man, the guy who charges the phones is not here today and the charger is locked away, he is the only one with the key"

    Look I'm fine using my power bank, I just need to know if the 520 uses a mini USB connector ?
    01-23-2014 03:42 PM
  17. xandros9's Avatar
    I'd probably get the excuse: "sorry my man, the guy who charges the phones is not here today and the charger is locked away, he is the only one with the key"

    Look I'm fine using my power bank, I just need to know if the 520 uses a mini USB connector ?
    It uses a standard microUSB connector
    01-23-2014 06:23 PM
  18. trivor's Avatar
    I currently own as my main phone an LG G2 and it has one of the best smartphone displays currently available - an IPS LCD panel with 1080P at 5.2". I found the Lumia 520 display to be quite nice (especially since it has decent pixel density on a 3.7" screen @ 480x800). I think it is more than adequate especially as a budget phone (they may still have them on sale at Microsoftstore.com for $60).
    01-23-2014 06:58 PM
  19. PureView's Avatar
    It's a pretty bad display. The glass and everything is very inferior to something like a Lumia 720 or 920.
    01-23-2014 07:41 PM
  20. boovish's Avatar
    It looks like garbage everywhere. Just shell out for a 620.
    01-23-2014 09:25 PM
  21. broar94's Avatar
    ^^^ agreed! The one on 620 is brighter and better and has clear black display. 520 is a bit dull(colors) in comparison but it will be better than 620 in battery life.

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    01-24-2014 12:41 AM
  22. stalemate1's Avatar
    Today I held a 520 next to my phone (htc EVO 3D) the lumia was noticeably more vibrant and brightness was about the same though clarity was a little worse but you really have to look to notice. (test was done buy viewing the same photo on both phones next to each other (sent 2 photos buy blue tooth as test samples)

    Then I went to look at a L925 and I felt that the colours in the photo were far to over saturated and didn't look natural. But boy does it make the home screen look good.

    Conclusion: the Lumia 520 display is perfect for MY needs. I was just disappointed about the blue tooth, you have to switch the blue tooth on before clicking share on the image, otherwise it doesn't show blue tooth as an option to send by. If you are wondering, you click share on android, select blue tooth and the phone will ask you if you want to turn on blue tooth, click yes and you done.

    Note: I had to go to cellc to find a 520 with battery life in it as none of the normal tech shops had a charged model.
    Last edited by stalemate1; 01-24-2014 at 10:48 AM.
    01-24-2014 10:37 AM
  23. stalemate1's Avatar
    If you are looking for a cheap & fast WP8 device go for Lumia 525 (almost as cheap as 520 with 1GB ram for more speed)
    If you are looking for a cheap yet better screen go for Lumia 625.
    The 525 isn't available in my country. http://www.mybroadband.co.za/news/sm...th-africa.html

    The battery life of the 620 is just too poor for what I need.
    01-24-2014 10:54 AM
  24. Cryio's Avatar
    So everyone here agrees that the 520 display is FINE.
    01-28-2014 09:15 PM
  25. Jobook1's Avatar
    Unless you plan on literally gluing your face on the display.... for a budget phone it will suit perfectly.
    01-28-2014 09:24 PM
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