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Nokia Lumia 525
Nokia Lumia 525

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The Nokia Lumia 525 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Good build quality for a low-end phone
  • Comes with 1GB of RAM
  • Runs the latest Windows Phone software

What's bad

  • Glossy case finish
  • No built-in camera flash
  • Limited app selection in comparison with some competitors

Nokia’s Lumia 525 replaces the Lumia 520, and while it may not offer much in terms of an upgrade, it adds improvement in the right places.

The fact that it's almost an exact copy of its predecessor is really one of the first things most people notice about it. As Roydon Cerejo of India's Tech2 puts it, the Lumia 525 is simply "old wine in a costlier bottle." It's called a doppelganger, bringing near-identical specs which include a 4-inch WVGA (480x800 pixels) touchscreen display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1,430mAh battery.

The same reviewer also notes that the phone will have the so-called Lumia Black software update right out of the box. This means that it will be pre-loaded with a lot of the stuff usually found only in the high-end Lumias, such as the ability to add folders on the homescreen, improved camera performance, and new features like Nokia Beamer and Nokia Storyteller.

To help you enjoy these improvements, the 525 comes with a full 1GB of RAM. With this, it should be possible to run most Windows Phone apps with nary a hitch.

Speaking of Windows Phone, the Lumia 525 is set to run the latest version of the smartphone OS from Microsoft by default. That puts it in the company of high-end phones from Nokia, at least as far as the software is concerned.

Of course, it's still just an entry-level model, and as such it has quite a limited feature-set overall. But it’s still thought to be a good choice for first-time smartphone buyers and those who don’t ask for much out of their handsets.

As Alvin Wong from UnleashThePhones explains, the Lumia 525 is “solidly-built and works well.” Plus, there isn’t really much more you can ask for at its low price point.

Windows Phone
Operating system
Operating system
Windows Phone
1 GHz
1 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1430 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

The Lumia 525 is a small, affordable phone with a surprisingly decent camera and plenty of attitude, but not much else going for it. When held up to similarly priced Android phones, it's hard to make a case in favour of Windows Phone, which is why Nokia has capitalised on looks and ease of use.

- Jamshed Avari, Gadgets 360

Unpretentious, effective. Two words that are at the very core of the Nokia Lumia 525's DNA. With a price tag of about $180, and the possibility of another sales frenzy à la Lumia 520, this is Nokia's new device to watch.But success is hardly ever built on just past laurels, and Nokia likely k...

- Chris P., PhoneArena

The success of the Lumia 525 hinges on its price. The budget handset is nearly identical to the year-old Lumia 520, save for a minor RAM upgrade, and so you’d expect the prices for both to be quite similar. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.The entry-level smartphone has a decent design...

- Tim Schiesser, TechSpot
Fone Arena
Fone Arena

The Lumia 525 is all about making the Lumia 520 present and future proof. Nokia has fixed one of the biggest complaints of the most popular Windows Phone, hoping it can extend the perceived lifetime of the successful device with a minor upgrade. Considering this is not exactly a successor kind of de...

- Bharadwaj, Fone Arena

While using a Windows Phone device as a primary smartphone is very challenging for me, I would still recommend the Lumia 525 just as readily as I did the Lumia 520 to first-time smartphone buyers, novice users or people with simple needs. The Lumia 525 makes what was already an appealing product eve...

- Alvin Wong, UnleashThePhones

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia Lumia 525 user manual here.

Nokia backs up the Lumia 525 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Lumia 525 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Nokia Lumia 525's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 1014 minutes, 354 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 525 Specs

Release Date December 14, 2013
Regions Available USA
Operating System Windows Phone 8

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.72 W/kg
Body: 0.79 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
4x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, White balance, Exposure, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 235 pixels
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1430 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 354 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 354 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1014 minutes
Standby Time Up to 14 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Yellow, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 6.4 x 1.0 cm (4.7 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 124 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM)
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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