Nokia Lumia 525 review – it is better than the Lumia 520 and still affordable

The Nokia Lumia 525 is upgraded version of Lumia 520. It is an exact replica of 520 with minor changes i.e. 1GB RAM and Bluetooth 4.0 with DLNA support. The older version the Nokia Lumia 520 comes with 512MB RAM and Bluetooth 3.0.

Lumia 525 Box pack
Inside the box you will find the handset, user guide, travel charger, data cable, 1430 mAh battery and quality earphone. The handset is available in 4 different colors.

Design, Display and OS
As mentioned 525 is the 520 with minor internal changes. Look wise there is no difference between these two models. The handset weight with battery is 121 grams and dimensions are  63.90×119.63×10.97 mm.

The power, volume rockers and camera buttons are placed on the right. There is a 3.5mm audio jack on the top side and micro USB port at the bottom.

Nokia Lumia 525 box pack

The LCD display screen is 4 inches supporting resolution of 800×480 pixels. The viewing angles are okay. Touch is extremely smooth and responsive; you can even set the touch sensitivity to work with gloves. There are light, accelerometer and proximity sensors.

The Lumia 525 runs on Windows Phone 8 OS.

Lumia 525 review and unboxing

Memory and Storage
Unlike the Lumia 520 that comes with 512MB RAM, the Lumia 525 comes with 1GB RAM. There is 8GB internal storage of which 4.37GB is available on the first boot. This single SIM handset also houses a micro SD slot (64GB card supported).

Performance
The Lumia 525 houses the same hardware that their predecessor does. It is QUALCOMM snapdragon MSM8227 dual core chipset @ 1GHz with Adreno 305 GPU.

Nokia Lumia 525 hands on

Benchmark scores
Antutu for Windows = 7639.
Multi Touch = 5 point.

Camera plus entertainment
The rear camera is 5MP that gives very good still images and the 720p video recording is also pretty good. Street light (low light) images are very good. Do check the sample images / videos at the end. The handset can play full HD videos – 1080p.

5MP AF camera on the Nokia Lumia 525 handset

Others
This handset supports single SIM, you need a micro SIM. 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked well. GPS with A-GPS/GLONASS no doubt does an excellent job we have seen this on the Lumia 520 too. Speaker sound / in call sound is very loud and clear.

Gaming
On the box pack you will find the Asphalt 8 game image, well that’s exactly what I tried. I downloaded the game and it got installed on the internal storage. There was no option to set the graphics details. Game play was smooth but graphic details are low.

Battery
The battery backup looks good. The removable battery is of 1430 mAh capacity with up to 10 hours talk time. I played the Asphalt 8 game for about 15 minutes the handset did get heated up a bit and the battery level dropped by 8%.

1430 mAh battery on Nokia Lumia 525

Verdict
Lumia 525 is a better version of Lumia 520. If your usage is not much, i.e. if it is restricted to phone calls, surfing, social networks etc. then the Lumia 520 is good enough. The 520 is currently priced at under Rs. 8100. Price difference is approx Rs. 2000.

Nokia Lumia 525 is priced at Rs. 10,300 and is definitely a better option to go for than its predecessor.

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Sample Images

Nokia Lumia 525 review video, including Gaming review Asphalt 8.

720p video shot using the Lumia 525 handset


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  1. umesh nazare says

    in lumia 525 the screen doesn’t automatically off when incoming calls are coming, then how we can protect screen frm touch during calls, is thr light sensor or nt

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  2. Muzammil shaikh says

    Sir
    can u tell me whts the battery backup of lumia 525 when working with internet for the whole day??

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  3. Manoj says

    Wrost experience with lumia 520. 1. No file manager means unable to move,copy,rename ur files. 2. Default vdo player don’t support maximum vdo file type, have yx player for vdo but its 250 rupee. 3. If i go to minimized web page its again reload means twice consume my data. 4. It have good display but when i click photo it shows blurry picture means i need a computer for see these pic at full resolution. 5. when i fast forward or rewind my music files its need long press to rewind files. I don’t find any music player in store also its don’t have any equaliser. 6. Its not sync my gmail account though i enter correctly username and pasword. 7. Its here drive is good for offline map but it not acurate alltime, when i select a place from my curent place it shows corect place but it shows 150km far road but actual distance is only 22km its too annowing. 8. lack of apps. Is it a smart phone?

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  4. nd says

    Hi Gogi,

    Please advise how to get old type of nokia t9 keyboard and have it default with lumia 525.

    Also there are few problems i.e. as below not sure how to overcome
    1. Whatsapp not having option to restrict media auto download
    2. Game play i.e. sub way surf or templerun with 1ghz dual core with 1gb ram looks like playing in older 1ghz singlecore 512 MB android phone.
    3. USB thethering seems not supported in win 8 mobile
    4.news feed setup similar to android ios in wall

    Would appreciate if get answers of above questions. . Thanks a lot in advance ! !

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  5. Lumia follower says

    Hi Gogi,

    I’m planning to buy a lumia after following it for 2-3 months now. I had a budget of Rs 12k-13k. Main features I am looking for:
    1. Upgradeability to Windows Phone 8.1 – This is more about being able to run WP 8.1 smoothly. Cant wait until May as I’ going on a tour this month end and need to carry this one along.
    2. Camera – Not so much fan but would love to shoot basic printable images even in low light conditions
    3. Screen size 4 is more preferable
    4. I’m an audio freak. – Will appreciate every bit of audio enhancements available on phone.

    Can you guide me the best phone to choose? Maybe I would have to increase the budget a little to get a better tradeoff.

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    • Gogi RanaGogi Rana says

      Hi,
      1. Microsoft has said that all phones with WP8 will get WP8.1 update.
      3. Lumia 525 = 4 inch, 620 = 3.8 inch and 720 is 4.2 inch.
      4. All Lumia models give the best audio quality.
      The cheapest is 525 and 720 is around 17k – depending on your budget. The 620 looks a bit different – curved edges.

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  6. Vijay says

    Nokia had been at Apex of phone market–then they forgot how to put good Smart phones in market and lost market share to now miniscule less than 5%. That is because their mid range phones are not fully featured. In a Indian market scenario, Nokia should have included a front cam, and a LED both for flash and even more as torchlight. Just a $ 2 in cost would have fetched them 50% more sales.

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    • sabyasachi says

      Buddy i suppose u haven’t heard of Nokia Lumia 620. Nokias are way better than Sony and Samsung. Tell me if Samsung and Sony can launch dual core handsets with 512 ram at 7800 and 1 gb ram at 9000.

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      • Infidel says

        Microsoft pays and subsidies the cost hence nokia is offering at a lower cost compared samsung or sony, for example nexus phones are subsidized by google and sold, at a reasonable price.

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  7. krisherode says

    Gogo u correct it not only good windows phone for this price 1gp ram also no competition from android mobile from reputed brand. So well done Nokia.

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