I have owned a Nokia Lumia 610 for many months now. It is a low-end Windows Phone 7 smartphone. This blog is littered with accounts of my complaints about the device. It is slow and can frustrate the life out of almost any user. My conclusion was that Windows Phone is a mess at the low-end. Since the advent of Windows Phone 8, however, I have reviewed only the 920 and hadn’t had my hands on a low-end phone running the new OS. Last weekend, I had the Lumia 520 in my hands for a few hours and took it through a quick spin.
The Nokia Lumia 520 runs a Dual-core 1 GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, which is way above what the 610 offers. I was hoping for a better experience. I got a much better experience. EVERYTHING is miles faster and sweeter to use. Using the Lumia 520 was almost like using Windows Phone on a a high-end device. If you have followed my complaints about the Lumia 610, you know that WhatsApp is a horrible drag on that device. On the 520, WhatsApp is a joy!
Then, there is the new microSD and USB mass storage support in Windows Phone 8. The Lumia 520 incorporates both and I used them without issues. I am not here to review the Nokia Lumia 520, as I had it for only a very brief period. I am really just surprised at the huge leap that Windows Phone has taken in the low-end between last year and now.
Were you staying off budget Windows Phone 8 smartphones because of how slow they ran on Windows Phone 7 on last year’s hardware? Things are different with the new range and you can rest your fears. Low-end Windows Phone 8 rocks nicely.