Good all-around value for the money
If you don't mind the sketchy call quality, Nokia has hit the nail on the head with its most affordable Windows Phone handset to date. It runs the newest version of Microsoft's mobile OS, has a zippy processor, expandable storage, and produces decent pictures and video.
Least expensive handset in the Lumia line-up
If you're looking for a cheap smartphone, you may have just found it. The Nokia Lumia 520 doesn't tick all the boxes on our features wishlist, but it capably handles those that are most important. Windows Phone 8 is a beautiful operating system, but it still lacks apps. If you can get past this and don't mind sacrificing some performance and connectivity, the Lumia 520 is a strong budget buy.
Build, design, price
The Nokia Lumia 520 is a great little smartphone. It delivers what Nokia is known for, with good design and build quality, despite the affordable price point. A few hardware shortcuts have been made, knocking out the flash, front camera and NFC, for example, which the slightly more expensive Lumia 620 offers.
But at this price there's little to criticise.
A better camera and more software features than you might expect for its price tag
Though it lacks 4G LTE support, the AU$179 Nokia Lumia 520 still gives you quite a bit for your money. Pricing is absolutely this phone's primary value proposition, but the essentials all seem to work, the hardware is sturdy and the camera is better than average.
This is a good buy for someone seeking a wallet-friendly smartphone off-contract.
Excellent build, Great Keypad
Available for around Rs 3300, this deivce offers excellent build quality, chic design, and user-friendly interface. 3G connectivity and a USB-port would have further sweetened the deal, but unfortunately some smart buggers at Nokia thought that these features would have been a tad too much for a phone in its price bracket. Despite these absentees, the Nokia Asha 205 is a very good phone for the price.
Affordable Windows Phone
The Nokia Lumia 610 has both its strengths and weaknesses. On one hand, you should be able to get one for about $250, as long as you do some digging around, which makes it a decent entry-level offering. On the other, you will have to accept the incompatibility of select applications and the occasional software lags caused by the smartphone's modest hardware.
Great social networking
The Nokia Lumia 610 is a great addition to the Lumia stable (and to Windows Phone in general), thanks to its incredibly low price tag. While the launch of Windows Phone Tango means that we can expect more budget handsets in the future, for now this is about as cheap as it gets.
But it's not just cheap; it's also quite good value for money. You get almost the complete Windows Phone experience, along with a solid camera, decent build quality and strong battery life.
Good social networking integration
The Nokia Lumia 610 is a budget Windows Phone 7.5 handset. Hardware cuts have been made to get the price under Â£200, but most must-have smartphone features are included. And while lag has increased, it's snappy enough to go head-to-head with similarly-priced Androids. What's less easy to forgive is the limited app and games support, which adds a bitter edge to the phone, especially as an intro to smartphones.
Slick user experience
The Nokia Lumia 610 is the baby of the company's Lumia family and aims to bring a Windows Phone device to the low-end of the market. With a reasonably sized screen and most likely a hugely competitive price point, the Lumia 610 may prove to be an excellent, entry-level smartphone.
Great battery life
On a more expensive proposition, the weak camera, capped RAM and slow browsing performance on this device would be deal-breakers. On the Lumia 610, however, they're things you can learn to live with. The handset delivers a stunning OS, good phone functionality and a healthy battery life all packaged within an acceptable design.
Good build quality
The Nokia Asha 302 is your standard Series 40 affair. It doesn't have a touchscreen, but it compensates with a physical QWERTY keyboard, trying to appease those users needing such kind of input option. In terms of hardware, Nokia has done a remarkable job. There aren't many phones at this price point that can offer such build quality. Unfortunately, this handset falls victim to its software, which is unintuitive and buggy.
Good build quality
All in all, the Asha 302 is neat little messaging phone that feels well built, has a good keyboard and decent range of features. However, its small screen makes web browsing a bit of a chore and for a similar price you can now get entry level Android handsets that are arguably easier and more fun to use.
Impressive features list
The Nokia Asha 302 is a feature phone that could give a few smartphones a run for their money with its impressive features list. For starters there's both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity so you can browse and access social networks quickly. The centrepiece of the phone is a full qwerty keyboard presented BlackBerry style beneath the 2.4 inch landscape screen. The 3.2 megapixel camera is a nice addition, though it's not quite up to the standards of high-end smartphone cameras.
Build quality feels reassuringly pricey and sturdy
The Nokia Asha 302 joins the growing band of new Series 40 handsets designed for those that love to keep in touch and use social networks on a budget. One of its standout features is its QWERTY keypad. Where would a messaging phone be without it? Here we take a look at how it performs, in our Nokia Asha 302 QWERTY keypad review.
A music player and FM radio
The C2-02 is a touch-and-type phone with a slide out keypad and a touchscreen. Combining the best of both worlds is a good concept, but the implementation is poor, with a small resistive screen making the user interface hard work. There are some good features, such as facebook & twitter apps, Nokia Maps, a music player and FM radio. But the phone is dual band only, so accessing the internet is very slow. The camera is poor, there's no GPS and the onboard memory is pitiful.
the phone sounded fairly clean, and callers had no trouble understanding us.
The Nokia E66 is a fine business phone, and a great, small alternative for users who want a slick design inside and out, paired with loads of great features. The phone has great options for business users, including Exchange server support and a robust Office suite, though not everything is as easy to use as it might be on a carrier-supported phone, and we found ourselves frequently searching for server settings, additional apps and instructions, all to get the phone working on this...
Good battery life
We appreciate Nokia's attempt to deliver an affordable smartphone but the dated Symbian^1 stands in the way of enjoying the almost full connectivity package and the 600MHz of processing power. Because of that, we feel that low-end Android handsets, such as the HTC Wildfire and the LG Optimus One, also have connectivity covered well and could be your alternative.
great battery life
The Nokia C5-03 perfect for those wishing to dip their big toe in the smartphone water but aren't yet ready for a more powerful beast. If you're not overly concerned with apps, look for ease of use and enjoy keeping up with your friends on the go and on a budget, then pick up a Nokia C5-03.
Out of the box this heavy dose of plastic is clearly evident, but it's only going to get worse with use as this finish shows up every blemish, scratch and scrape whenever the phone catches the light.
In budget smartphone territory, the Nokia C5-03's Symbian S60 OS doesn't feel as out of its depth as it did when rolling with the high-end, but it still feels way past its prime. Add the also-archaic resistive touchscreen and the Nokia C5-03 starts to sound more out-of-date than power suits and tie-dyed T-shirts. Â Â
The Nokia C5-03 is one of the best budget Symbian smartphones you can find.
The Nokia C5-03 is a nice touchscreen smartphone for those on a budget. It offers almost every standard feature and comes with a fairly good OS with limited application support. It is fast and sports a very good design. In this price range, it is a good buy. Also do check out this list of the best budget Android smartphones for more choices.
Mired in mediocrity.
Overall, we're a little non-plussed by the C5. It's an acceptable phone that's using an OS in dire need of updating - if we'd had Symbian^3 on here, it might have been a little different. But see past the battery life, and you'll realise the likes of the HTC Wildfire offer better specs, a more attractive device and at a lower cost.
Software is hopelessly outdated
With the war of the budget smart phones set to intensify in 2011, we can't see where Nokia's anaemic C5-03 fits in. There are much cheaper phones available that comprehensively outclass the C5-03, and Symbian is effectively dead. Our fingers are firmly crossed that it's one of the last such handsets we'll see from the Finnish firm.
Symbian S60 5th edition
We understand that Symbian S60 5th edition still serves a purpose in world where everyone wants a touchscreen, but not everyone can afford one. But in the UK, where weâ??re spoiled for (cheap) choice, we feel Nokia is actually doing customers a disservice by continuing to flog this creaking operating system.
Unresponsive resistive touchscreen
The C5-03 is another uninspired Nokia smartphone running the old Symbian operating system. With its unresponsive resistive touchscreen, poor camera with fixed focus, no flash and lack of adequate memory, it serves as a sad example of everything that's gone wrong with Nokia.
The controls are flat and the rubber surface provides good tactility, though the lack of separation between rows may pose a problem for users with large fingers.
If you’re after a cheap-as-chips handset as your first or perhaps second mobile, the 1680 classic is a decent choice. If you want Bluetooth, however, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
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