Design & Feel
The phone looks vibrant and very colorful. Though it will be challenging to identify the Lumia 520 from Lumia 525 because the design of both phones is identical right down to the size and weight and touch and feel is same.
The front of the 525 is rectangular and the phone is easy to use and handle. You’ll note here there’s no front-facing camera which is absent on this phone.
The phone has a glossy plastic cover which gives it a non-rich feel I prefer the matte finish which makes phones less slippery and easy to handle The Gorilla Glass is also missing on the phone.
The display is also same as Lumia 520. The IPS, TFT LCD panel, have a resolution of 800 x 480 while other budget phones also offer a better display with 720p.
The display offers 223 pixels per inch which are low and reading on it is not very fluid while reading text may not be comparable to devices above 300ppi but then it is a budget phone you can’t expect more. The pictures and videos we saw on the phone look good, and we were impressed with the color reproduction of the device.
We found that in the sunlight the display is outstanding and reading and doing tasks is comfortable with high display light.
Nokia has used Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8227dual core rather than using the Snapdragon 400 Quadcore which powers some of the devices around Rs.10,000. The difference in performance Vs. Lumia 520 is mostly due to the additional 512Mb ram. Lumia 525 comes with 1 GB ram which is a good move by Nokia to add enough Ram so that latest apps and games can be played.
Games like GTA San Andreas are playable on it but not buttery smooth.
The Adreno 305 GPU in the S4 is the same GPU Qualcomm uses in the Snapdragon 400. Comparing on-screen results of the Lumia 525 to the Moto G the Moto G was 16% faster despite having higher resolution and have to render a higher number of pixels. But given the price performance of is very good.
Antutu score for Lumia is 7500 which is very low compared to Xolo q800X which was almost double.
Also if you want to buy an Android phone under 10,000 check, our review of Xolo Q800 X or Micromax A120 both are an extreme value for money offering.
The quality of the camera is just about ok, not great neither bad. It uses the same camera as used in Nokia 520 it lacks optical image stabilization and no flash and missing front camera; which makes this device a no buy for people who are into clicking selfies or use Skype to have video calls. See some sample pics below taken from Lumia 525
Nokia-Lumia-525 Sample image
The battery life is average for the device considering it uses 1430 Mah Battery you may be able to use it with 3G for 2.5-3.0 hours screen time.
It is a good device with overall specs and quality in line with its price. What is great is phones build quality, reliability, ram, and CPU & GPU performance. The camera is good when we click picks in broad daylight but not as good as the other Nokia high-end phones, and we don’t expect that.
The missing front camera makes it a no deal for some customers. The phone offers good value for Money, but if you can spare more, we would recommend going with Moto-G which provides better value for money.