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Topic # 114660 26-Feb-2013 21:03 Send private message

520:
Gallery, basic specs.
1GHz Dual Core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable with microSD card up to 64GB), a 1430mAh battery. The display is a 4 inch IPS LCD running 800x480 pixels, you’ll also find the glass hardened, and with super sensitive touch capabilities (you can use your fingernails or gloves). When taking cimegraphs with your new Lumia 520 you’ll be using a 5 MP camera with autofocus, capable of recording 720p HD video at 30fps. All this in a package that is 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm that weights 124 grams.

720:
Gallery, basic specs.
4.3-inch WVGA display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM and 8GB storage with microSD support. NFC is also present, as well as wireless charging (with an optional compatible snap on shell / cover). For the photo buffs, the Lumia 720 has a HD 1.3 FFC with a wide angle lens and a rear 6.7MP shooter with a f1.9 aperture. To power all of this technology, the Lumia 720 has a 2000 mAh battery


Cool phones with the same unibody looks as the 920, but where does this leave 620 and 820. Surely if these are so similar in spec but cheaper, that is a bit of a kick in the nether regions. The 520 even looks to beat the 620 in a few areas. On the other hand, the 720 could be my perfect phone, I am already in love with the 820 and the 720 looks like a great step into windows phone 8 from my current work HD7.

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  Reply # 770745 26-Feb-2013 21:20 Send private message

Lumia 620 has NFC, LED flash for the camera and front facing camera in comparison to the Lumia 520. If I were to pick, I would have the Lumia 620, Lumia 720 and Lumia 920. Lumia 520 is for the very first time smartphone buyer who is on a low budget.

Will be buying the Lumia 720. It's that perfect phone for me.




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  Reply # 770790 26-Feb-2013 22:44 Send private message

all this for 249 Euros.







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  Reply # 771097 27-Feb-2013 15:09 Send private message

Nice, I was thinking of how to stretch to an 820, but will wait and see the pricing for the 720 when it finally arrives here. The 720 looks like my ideal phone too. Otherwise I will be picking up the ascend w1 depending on how it feels hands on.

Also thanks for filling in the blanks on the 520. Definitely misses some key features.

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  Reply # 783611 18-Mar-2013 19:49 Send private message

any one have information about release of 720 or 620 in NZ?

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  Reply # 783619 18-Mar-2013 20:10 Send private message

paulmilbank: Nice, I was thinking of how to stretch to an 820, but will wait and see the pricing for the 720 when it finally arrives here. The 720 looks like my ideal phone too. Otherwise I will be picking up the ascend w1 depending on how it feels hands on.

Also thanks for filling in the blanks on the 520. Definitely misses some key features.


The added benefit of the 820 is that it has 1gb of ram.  And if you want to game a little it might be a good idea to get the higher spec lumia, seeing as some of the next gen games will require that as a minimum.

That 720 is pretty cool though, but I couldn't wait any longer and picked up a 620.



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  Reply # 799466 15-Apr-2013 10:35 Send private message

Just received:


The new Nokia Lumia 520 arrives in New Zealand today, offering consumers a feature-rich Lumia experience, at an affordable price.

Available from Vodafone NZ and Telecom NZ this week and 2degrees in early May for an RRP of NZD $299, the Lumia 520 will appeal to consumers’ playful side, without them having to compromise on features and functionality.

The Lumia 520 follows the same design as others in the Lumia family - high-end build and materials, a super sensitive touchscreen and changeable shells.

It also offers a range of features only found in high-end smartphones including the same high quality digital camera lenses used in the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 and exceptional mapping capabilities from HERE including HERE Drive for free turn-by-turn navigation.

Nokia New Zealand’s head of sales, Scott McFarlane, said, “Today’s launch marks another significant step for Nokia in providing Lumia smartphones at every price point to appeal to the widest possible audience.

“The Lumia 520 is the most affordable Windows Phone 8 ever launched in New Zealand and we’re grateful to all the operators for getting behind it.

“We believe it will appeal to both consumers and businesses - consumers who are looking to upgrade to a smartphone and want all the bells and whistles, without the high price tag and organisations wanting to provide their fleet with a great business phone,” McFarlane said.

Key attributes of the Lumia 520 include:

• Slimline design – The Lumia 520’s slim profile is 9.9mm (0.39 inch) thick and weighs just 124g (0.27lbs).
• Screen quality - the 4-inch display boasts super sensitive touch allowing you to tap and scroll more easily with gloves or finger nails.
• Camera – access to digital camera apps such as Cinemagraph, Smartshoot and Panorama that transform the five-megapixel autofocus camera on the Nokia Lumia 520 into a fun way to capture pictures.
• Apps – access to more than 130,000 applications from the Windows Phone Store including ASB, NZ Herald and Auckland Traffic.
• Maps and navigation – access to a full suite of HERE location experiences including HERE Drive, HERE Maps and HERE City Lens for New Zealand and Australia.
• Best in business – access to the best business applications including the full Office suite – Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel - and Lync, as well as and top-class security and device management.
• Superior storage – 8GB internal memory – double most smartphones in this price category - and support for micro SD cards up to 64GB, as well as 7GB free SkyDrive storage if required.

The Lumia 520 is available in black, red and yellow from Telecom NZ and black from Vodafone NZ and 2degrees.


These will come in two versions: 850/2100 version compatable with Telecom NZ and 900/2100 version compatable with Vodafone NZ and 2degrees.






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  Reply # 799588 15-Apr-2013 12:48 Send private message

two versions?? Sounds like a backward step..




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  Reply # 799650 15-Apr-2013 14:08 Send private message

old3eyes: two versions?? Sounds like a backward step..


I suspect that it keeps the cost down. Also be aware that it does not include Here Drive+ so you are limited to New Zealand turn by turn navigation only.

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  Reply # 799652 15-Apr-2013 14:23 Send private message

Correct, it's HERE Drive, not HERE Drive+:

"...access to a full suite of HERE location experiences including HERE Drive, HERE Maps and HERE City Lens for New Zealand and Australia."

Maps for AU/NZ, now 100+ countries like HERE Drive+




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  Reply # 799654 15-Apr-2013 14:24 Send private message

It's my understanding that both are in 'beta' and will eventually be merged into the same product?

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  Reply # 799655 15-Apr-2013 14:25 Send private message

freitasm: Correct, it's HERE Drive, not HERE Drive+:

"...access to a full suite of HERE location experiences including HERE Drive, HERE Maps and HERE City Lens for New Zealand and Australia."

Maps for AU/NZ, now 100+ countries like HERE Drive+


Well that's good that it provides support for Australia and New Zealand because that will cover the majority of people's requirements, I would think.

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  Reply # 799657 15-Apr-2013 14:30 Send private message

P1n3apqlExpr3ss: It's my understanding that both are in 'beta' and will eventually be merged into the same product?


No. Here Drive+ is the premium product which includes support for worldwide maps.  Here Drive in theory is supposed to be available to owners of any windows phone, but the practical reality is that it isn't because it is only supported in certain countries, of which at least up until now, New Zealand wasn't one:
"HERE Drive Beta is also available to users of other manufacturers’ Windows Phone 8 devices in the US, UK, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Mexico." (http://www.nokia.com/nz-en/support/product/nokia-drive-plus/)

So the Here Drive that comes with the 520 may not be the same one that is available to other phone devices in the windows store.

So there may be 3 separate versions depending on your device and manufacturer: Here Drive+ with the Nokia 920,820 and 620.  Here Drive with the Nokia 720 and 520 and Here Drive for everybody else.

My understanding is that the last 2 groups will be able to purchase Here Drive+ at some stage.

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  Reply # 799660 15-Apr-2013 14:41 Send private message

As above. HERE Drive is a limited set of HERE Drive+. HERE Drive contains maps for a specific set of countries (although you can download maps for HERE Maps which doesn't do the navigation).

Once HERE Drive+ is out of beta you will be able to upgrade (for a fee) from HERE Drive to HERE Drive+ if you want to use in other countries.

Here is a good explanation of the differences and the Nokia FAQ says: 

"With HERE Drive, you get voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation instructions for the country or region to which your SIM card is registered. With HERE Drive+, you get voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation in all supported countries across the globe."

In other words, HERE Drive gives you the license for the country the SIM card is registered to (the first SIM card used in the handset) while HERE Drive+ is a worldwide license.

Also HERE Drive comes in the budget handsets, HERE Drive+ in the top of the line handsets.






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  Reply # 799705 15-Apr-2013 16:07 Send private message

Hi everyone

The Nokia Lumia 520 is now available on our site here
http://www.vodafone.co.nz/shop/mobileDetails.jsp?skuId=sku25330360

Cheers

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  Reply # 802661 20-Apr-2013 09:29 Send private message

Since I've pretty much decided to go for the Lumia 720 as my first smartphone rather than the Ascend W1, I'll re-post these questions about the 720 here:

billgates:
grant_k: I noticed on another thread that some of Noel Leeming's phones are parallel imported.  Does this mean they wouldn't have the maps for NZ installed under "Here Drive"?  If not, can you download the maps for NZ and use them offline?


Nokia Lumia 620 actually comes with Here Drive + so you get license for 100+ countries. This is the model available from Noel Leeming for $350 or from a parallel importer like expansys.co.nz fo NZ$300 incl courier. So yes on this model you can download the NZ, Australia and boat loads of other countries maps and use it offline with full voice guided turn by turn directions.

Nokia Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 come with single license of Here Drive for a country whose SIM card you insert into the device for the first time. Later on Nokia will let you upgrade to Here Drive + for these 2 handsets for a minimal fees.

I have ordered from Expansys in Hong Kong before and found the service good with prompt delivery times.  For some reason they offer Lumia 720 in Red, White or Yellow at a cheaper price than Black or Cyan:

http://www.expansys.co.nz/nokia-lumia-720-unlocked-magenta-246890/

NZ$382 is a good price, but I would prefer to buy local if the difference is not too great.

-  Would there be any issues with OTA updates on a phone from Expansys compared with a phone purchased from Vodafone?

-  Would a phone purchased from Vodafone work OK on 2 degrees or would it need to be unlocked first?

-  Given that the Lumia 520 and 720 were both announced together overseas, it can't be long until the 720 is available here.  Apart from a local warranty, are there any other advantages of buying from Vodafone compared to Expansys?





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