Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd May 2013 18:27 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's phone chief hates to call the new Nokia Lumia 521 cheap, but the lower-priced smartphone launching in the United States is the company's boldest move yet to win mass market share from leaders Apple and Samsung. The world's largest software company has so far focused on putting its Windows Phone software into expensive, high-end devices - chiefly from Nokia and HTC. But the new model will go on sale at Walmart later this month at an unsubsidized price under $150, relatively cheap for a new phone running up-to-date software without a long-term contract." Windows Phone is racing to the bottom just as fast as Android - with the difference being that expensive Android devices do not fail to sell.
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Forget it, it will fail.
by reduz on Fri 3rd May 2013 19:07 UTC
reduz
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I have a Lumia 620, which is already cheap.

It's already slow, and the on-screen keyboard is cumbersome at that screen size (which is not small in itself, maybe the size of a Galaxy S). Added to the fact that the phone barely supports multitasking and reopens most apps you leave instead of resuming them.. It's not much competition at this point for Android.

And in general, the software is still extremely unpolished and crappy usability-wise.
The browser sucks, nokia maps sucks, mail app is confusing as hell, skype sucks (compared to Android/iOS), compatibility with Google services sucks and is full of bugs (And yes, it's MS fault, Blackberry does it flawlessly on the Z10).

The app selection in the marketplace is extremely poor and of extremely poor quality, and not even their own apps work well (Office and PDF viewer can't zoom well beyond a certain point, making it realy annoying).

Give it 2 or 3 years and it will be a decent phone, but for now it's a baby in diapers.

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