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Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 Hands-On

By Pierre Dumont , Feb 26, 2013 03:17 PM EST
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The Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 are available for use at the Mobile World Conference and we're here to update you with some of the first impressions.

Nokia is releasing the devices as cheaper Windows 8 products and is marketing them for consumers who want a high-end experience at a lower price.

"We are bringing elements of our high-end Lumia devices to more price points, and therefore more people," said Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

The problem is that, while the devices are outwardly similar to phones like the Nokia 920, they don't pack the same punch. That shouldn't be too much of a problem, however, in terms of basic functionality. The consensus seems to be that the two phones are a good option for the price, but the screen resolution is the main detractor.

The Lumia 520 retains the same design as the company's higher-end phones and features a decent 1 GHz processor as well as 8 GB of storage. The display only has a 4-inch 800x480 resolution, however, which really doesn't compare with the 920. You also get the 5-megapixel camera, so consumers shouldn't feel that they're being let down in terms of the number of features.

The 720 also has a low 800x480 display. The camera is slightly better than the 520, being 6.7-megapixels. It also has NFC support and the same battery as the Lumia 920.

Overall, the two devices have a great look and feel that we've come to expect from Nokia, so they could be options as long as you're willing to accept the display and lower-end features.

The Nokia 520 will be retailing for €180 and the 720 will be set at a price of €249: two good options if you're looking for a Nokia phone on a budget.

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