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# 136370 25-Nov-2013 11:10
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Need to buy the fiancee a new phone as her old LG is getting a bit long in the tooth. Thought the 520 looked like reasonable value for money and suitable for a non-techy type. Anyone got any thoughts on the device?

The 625 might be a possible alternative, but may be a bit large for her.

She doesn't really need a smartphone for much, but she likes being able to check\update Facebook from time to time and take the odd photo.





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  # 940179 25-Nov-2013 11:14
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We get a lot of them in for repair (broken screens)

I actually quite like them - well built quite quick - camera is not the best but OK for the price.

They were on sale at the warehouse a couple of weeks ago for circa $190

Remember it's not quad band so you can't go network hopping with it.

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  # 940189 25-Nov-2013 11:27
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I was looking at getting either a 520 or 625 for an employee and ended up going for a parallel imported 625. It was cheaper than a telco supplied 520 but had LTE for if that was ever required. Really nice phone and surprised by how good the camera was for such a cheap phone.

 
 
 
 


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  # 940200 25-Nov-2013 11:44
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The 520 is our standard issue non-power-user phone here. They have gone pretty well, certainly pack a punch for the price. Looks like they have recently dropped from $300 to $200 as standard. Certainly worth a look imo.

On the other hand, I've just ordered one of these for my mother's birthday: http://www.clove.co.uk/motorola-moto-g

$300 delivered, and is getting incredible reviews. Of course you have the hassle of international ordering / warranty to contend with at the moment, so take that in to account. Cheers.

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  # 940277 25-Nov-2013 12:39
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CapBBeard: The 520 is our standard issue non-power-user phone here. They have gone pretty well, certainly pack a punch for the price. Looks like they have recently dropped from $300 to $200 as standard. Certainly worth a look imo.

On the other hand, I've just ordered one of these for my mother's birthday: http://www.clove.co.uk/motorola-moto-g

$300 delivered, and is getting incredible reviews. Of course you have the hassle of international ordering / warranty to contend with at the moment, so take that in to account. Cheers.


Let us all know  what you think of it when  you get it.  I think this will have a wife acceptance factor if Telecom sells it..




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  # 940869 26-Nov-2013 10:18
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The Motorola might be a good option, that way she can stick with Android, and also get whatever pretty colour suits. (A very important feature apparently!)

$300 isn't bad for what is a fairly powerful device. Lack of LTE is a total non-issue. The fact that at best it only has 16GB and no MicroSD slot could be a bit irritating, but may not matter. Shall shortlist it I think. Will go see if I can get a hands-on with the 520 and 625. Wonder when the 525 will turn up.





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  # 940872 26-Nov-2013 10:23
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Yeah looks like a pretty cool phone. Just to let you know, I ordered the 8GB yesterday and now have a DHL tracking number, and should hopefully see it late in the week. So I'm pretty happy with the service received so far.

The storage issue can be a bit contentious, though I'm still running around with my 16GB SGS3 without any real issue. All comes down to preferences I guess :)

Will report back with anything else of interest. Cheers!

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  # 942090 28-Nov-2013 10:23
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CapBBeard: The 520 is our standard issue non-power-user phone here. They have gone pretty well, certainly pack a punch for the price. Looks like they have recently dropped from $300 to $200 as standard. Certainly worth a look imo.

On the other hand, I've just ordered one of these for my mother's birthday: http://www.clove.co.uk/motorola-moto-g

$300 delivered, and is getting incredible reviews. Of course you have the hassle of international ordering / warranty to contend with at the moment, so take that in to account. Cheers.




$199 from Vodafone mobile only


https://www.vodafone.co.nz/shop/mobileDetails.jsp?skuId=sku25330360&voucherCode=&selectionKey=mobile&menuKey=mnit1800018





 

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  # 942121 28-Nov-2013 10:48
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marlinz:
CapBBeard: The 520 is our standard issue non-power-user phone here. They have gone pretty well, certainly pack a punch for the price. Looks like they have recently dropped from $300 to $200 as standard. Certainly worth a look imo.

On the other hand, I've just ordered one of these for my mother's birthday: http://www.clove.co.uk/motorola-moto-g

$300 delivered, and is getting incredible reviews. Of course you have the hassle of international ordering / warranty to contend with at the moment, so take that in to account. Cheers.




$199 from Vodafone mobile only


https://www.vodafone.co.nz/shop/mobileDetails.jsp?skuId=sku25330360&voucherCode=&selectionKey=mobile&menuKey=mnit1800018


Telecom are offering the same deal: http://store.telecom.co.nz/mobile/personal/phone-details/nokia-lumia-520-black/prepaid

Nice to see though, it's a great phone imo.

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  # 942135 28-Nov-2013 11:07
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Vodafone Nokia Lumia 520 is available for $179 from Noel Leeming and The Warehouse.

I hoped this thread would have more detail about ease of use from someone using one as I'm looking to get one for my wife too. She also doesn't need a smartphone.  She has been put off by a bad experience with an old Android with a useless resistive touch screen that she was given. It was almost impossible for her less-precise typing to produce a readable TXT.

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  # 942155 28-Nov-2013 11:24
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Can't say I've used the 520, but the after using the 720 for a couple of months I was very impressed with it. My better half now has it and she's also very happy with it. Specs-wise it's not all that different to the 520 - screen and perhaps battery\camera are the areas where I think you might notice the difference. Though looking at sample pics from the 520 they're actually quite decent.

IMO, bang for buck it's very hard to beat the 520 @ $180 from an NZ retailer.

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  # 942200 28-Nov-2013 12:32
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The Nokia Lumia 520 accounts for over a quarter of all Windows Phone devices

Link: here

Seems to be the most popular WinPhone 8 device in the world ...
Hands on - a solid little device with a range of colours, does the job if you're not after a high-end smartphone.




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  # 942205 28-Nov-2013 12:37
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We have close to 140 Windows Phones with Nokia Lumia 520 being 60 odd out of the 140 deployed now in the organization. Had 1 DOA last week where the screen was just waaay too dim when it was turned ON and setup. Great phones for the price.




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  # 942213 28-Nov-2013 12:46
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Similar position here, and looking at the 520 from the Warehouse, which includes a 2nd case and a car charger for $179. Doesn't state anything about being SIM-locked to VF only, as I want to use it on 2D. This is to replace an aging/failing iPhone 3GS for my wife. No real lock-in to the iFruit world.

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  # 942218 28-Nov-2013 13:01
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Lumia 525 just announced...altho that won't make a difference I'm sure

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  # 942221 28-Nov-2013 13:06
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No front Cam. Screen is too reflective.
But really cheap and really stable for daily use.

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