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Nokia unveiled their new entry level device, the Nokia Lumia 525 which is an upgrade (this is what they are calling it) to the current Nokia Lumia 520. It is really interesting and yet confusing to see that Nokia have given us an upgrade to the Lumia 520 since it is the main driving force for the Windows Phone and Nokia’s market share. According to recent surveys, the Lumia 520 has 25% of the Windows Phone market share and it will be interesting to see how the Nokia Lumia 525 manages to fare among it. Lets have  Lumia 525 vs Lumia 520 comparision to check out how,what Nokia has upgraded the phone.

Nokia Lumia 525 vs Nokia Lumia 520 comparision,specifications

Nokia Lumia 520

Similarities:

We are really astonished and rather have the same reaction which we gave Apple when they did not make any changes to the design and body of the iPhone when then unveiled the iPhone 5. Here Nokia has not made any changes to the Nokia 525 and it looks exactly like the 520 and if you looked both of them side by side, we bet you a 100 bucks an outside person will not be able to make out any difference among the two. It has the same polycarbonate shell with the same colours and the same screen. Now that’s disappointingly “Apple” from Nokia. 😛

Specifications:
The Lumia 525 actually in the right case is nothing different than the Lumia 520 except for the OS version and more RAM. It still has the same 4” IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels at 233 ppi. We were expecting at least a qHD display here, but guess that is fine for an entry level device. It also has the same Snapdragon S4 Dual Core at 1 GHz and Adreno 305 GPU. It still has the same 5 MP Camera that records 720p HD videos. We were expecting at least a camera capable of 1080p Full HD and a flash this time around for the camera. Also there is again the absence of a front camera on this device. Not only that, but the battery is also the same 1430 mAh battery. So consider this as a Nokia Lumia 520 only.

Comparison:
Now here is the big stuff, what makes this device newer and better than the 520. For starters there were reports that the phone used to lag a lot sometimes, so Nokia has fixed that issue by adding 1 GB of RAM in the device this time around. So now you won’t have to worry about any-more lags and also much better multitasking on the device. Now comes the biggest part of all. This device comes out of the box with Windows Phone 8 “Black” also known as the GDR3 update. Now that is awesome. It comes with all the cool tweaks and stuff on the phone like the new camera app, the great multitasking interface, the ability to lock the screen rotation as well as a new glance screen. We will check all that out next.

New Stuff:
The new GDR3 update on the Nokia Lumia 525 which brings it a whole new stuff to the phone. For starters the phone now has the new Nokia Camera App that has bundled all the camera apps of the past and all the lenses as well into one single app from where you can access all the settings of the camera as well as many customization options as well. Secondly is the Drive Mode in which you can switch off calls and texts when driving and connect your phone to the Bluetooth of the car and be hands free. Another great thing about this is the Screen Rotation lock where you can lock the rotation of the screen in either portrait or landscape mode, whichever you prefer. Also there is the multitasking menu where you can simple go to it and press the “X” on the open tabs to close apps simply. So no more hassles about pressing the back button again and again for that.

Disappointments:
We would not say that the Lumia 525 is a disappointment considering that it is well made for an entry level Lumia phone, but still we were expecting some nips and should have been upgraded. For starters a new design would have had been nice even if the screen size remained the same. The current design is awesome but a new refreshing look would have had made it easier to spot it and distinguish it from the Nokia Lumia 520. Camera could have had been better and if not then at least a VGA front camera and a flash for the back camera would have also done it. Finally the hardware specs; the RAM increase is fine, but the 1.2 GHz processor on the Lumia 625 and a bigger battery would have had sweetened the deal even better.

So in conclusion we find the Nokia Lumia 525 not much different than the Nokia Lumia 520 but in comparison there are a few differences between the two. As for the verdict, if the price range of the Lumia 525 stays nearby the Lumia 520, then the GDR3 and the 1 GB RAM is enough impetus to prefer for the Lumia 525. Also the new version of the OS even manages the battery better, so the same battery will now last about an hour more than the Lumia 520. Just a small specs recall below.

Nokia Lumia 520 specifications:

  • Display: 4” IPS LCD Capacitive
  • Resolution: 480 x 800 @ 233 ppi
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4
  • GPU: Adreno 305
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 8 GB, expandable by 64 GB using Micro SD
  • Battery: 1430 mAh
  • Camera: 5 MP
  • OS: Windows Phone 8 Amber GDR2.

Nokia Lumia 525 specifications::

  • Display: 4” IPS LCD Capacitive
  • Resolution: 480 x 800 @ 233 ppi
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4
  • GPU: Adreno 305
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 8 GB, expandable by 64 GB using Micro SD
  • Battery: 1430 mAh
  • Camera: 5 MP
  • OS: Windows Phone 8 Black GDR3.