You may be surprised, but the budget-friendly
The Lumia 525 shares the same design aesthetic as other Lumia handsets. If you like how the
The volume rocker, power, and camera buttons are located on the left side; the Micro-USB jack is located at the bottom. It packs a 5-megapixel camera, but take note that the budget handset lacks a flash.
I wasn't too impressed with the screen, which is a 4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels. I especially wasn't impressed when it was placed next to the Lumia 1520. The display appeared sunken in, and not as vibrant. That said, you can use the display with your nails or when wearing gloves.
While the Lumia 525 has the same specs as the Lumia 520, Nokia has upgraded it with twice the RAM. It now has 1GB, which should help with multitasking. The smartphone comes with 8GB of onboard storage, and has a microSD card slot for expandability.
The Lumia 525 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and will launch with the Nokia Lumia Black update package, which includes the
Other free apps include Here Maps, Here Drive, and Here Transit; Nokia says Transit now works for public transportation in Singapore, though real-time bus times are still being worked on.
Don't expect the stellar imaging prowess of the higher-end Lumia handsets, but the 5-megapixel camera of the 525 should be able to do well in bright daylight. As mentioned earlier, there's no flash, so if you need to light up your subject, you're out of luck.
Priced at a really affordable S$249, the Lumia 525 should sell as well as the 520. I'm not too convinced if this is the best way to experience the Windows Phone platform, however, but it looks like I'm likely to be wrong about this given how well the 520 has been doing. Besides Singapore, the Lumia 525 will be available in Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East.