First impressions: Nokia Lumia 525 is old wine in a costlier bottle


After having brought you our first impressions of the Lumia 1320, it’s now the Nokia Lumia 525’s turn to face the spotlight. The original 520 turned out to be a big hit for Nokia and we’ve seen countless people all over the country, rocking one. The phone had a decently sized display, ran WP8 without a hitch, featured expandable memory and most importantly, hit the sweet spot when it came to the pricing. The only thing holding the phone back in terms of app compatibility was the lesser amount of RAM and Nokia has plugged that hole with the Lumia 525.

 

Looks identical to its sibling

Looks identical to its sibling

 

Let’s get one thing clear; the Nokia Lumia 525 is exactly the same as the Lumia 520 down to the last gram. The only difference being the 1GB RAM instead of the 512MB in the old one and the rear covers now have a glossy finish rather than matte panel on the earlier model. The new phone will also feature the Lumia Black update out-of-the-box. The 525 feels exactly the same as the old one and although the new shiny covers will look flashy in a showroom, we really preferred the old matte finish.

 

The SIM and microSD card slots

The SIM and microSD card slots

 

Taking a look at some of the specifications, the Lumia 525 has the same 4-inch IPS display, 8GB of onboard storage, and supports 3G and GSM networks. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227 SoC, running at 1GHz. The rest of the specifications and features are exactly the same and you can read about the full list in our Lumia 520 review.

 

The camera quality wasn’t too hot for indoor shots but then again, the lighting was pretty bad so we won’t fault it completely.

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That pencil is supposed to be bright red.

 

We’re glad Nokia has listened to the cries of the consumers and are slowly adding new 1GB RAM-enabled handsets to mitigate the app compatibility issue. The Lumia 525 is just that, in the same way the Lumia 1320 is an upgrade for the Lumia 625. However, we once again get the feeling that the Lumia 525 doesn’t really offer a whole lot more for the Rs 2,000 premium it commands over its predecessor. Doubling the RAM is all good, but it wouldn’t necessarily make a game run smoother. It would help in loading times but we doubt much else. An upgraded chipset with a more powerful GPU would have complemented the 1GB RAM a lot better.

 

Nokia has also left out the front facing camera in the new model. These two additions would have justified the higher price perfectly, but sadly that isn’t the case. Moreover, the Lumia 520 will also be getting the Lumia Black update soon so the only difference between the two is going to be the RAM, and we don’t think that’s going to make a huge difference for an entry-level WP8 device. We’ll be doing a head-to-head comparison between the Lumia 520 and 525 soon, just to see how much of a real world difference the extra RAM really makes and if it is indeed worth the premium.

 


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