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In 2013 the best-selling Windows-powered system on this planet was… wait, the Nokia Lumia 520, actually? Really. To be honest, again then the PC market was in decline and Windows tablets by no means caught on, however neither did Windows Phone. And but this little factor was some of the common smartphones for a short time.

In the land of Windows Mobile, it took three years to get replaced – it was solely in 2016 when the 520 was edged out by the Lumia 535, its religious successor. How did that occur?

Flashback: Nokia Lumia 520

Price could be our first reply – the Lumia 520 launched in 2013 and earlier than the yr was over, you could possibly snag one for $50 off contract, down from the unique price of $100. While we’ve got first rate $100 Androids proper now, issues have been very totally different in 2013.

So, easy UI is our second reply. $100 purchased you a twin core CPU and a fairly sharp display screen, with a buttery easy UI that made even mid-range Androids really feel sluggish. That was whole lot, which solely received higher because the reductions and promotions began rolling in.

For comparability, the Moto G, a beloved reasonably priced Android from late 2013, began at $180. For much more context, Galaxy Ace 3 was $300 at launch and no, you weren’t getting a flagship chipset and 4K video digicam in your cash.

HERE Maps additionally deserves a point out. Google Maps already had offline navigation, however HERE had the higher hand in usability. Check out this characteristic comparability from 2015.

Flashback: Nokia Lumia 520

The Nokia Lumia 520 did have its limitations, although. 512MB of RAM meant it couldn’t run some apps. Still, Microsoft did its finest to enhance the cellphone over time with the Lumia Amber, Black, Cyan and Denim updates, even when a few of the options in these updates have been disabled as a result of restricted RAM.

That 512MB restrict didn’t cease an intrepid XDA developer from booting Android 7.1 Nougat on the cellphone (utilizing CyanogenMod 14.1). The cellphone even managed cut up display screen multitasking, not dangerous.

Flashback: Nokia Lumia 520

A little over a yr after its launch, the Lumia 520 had reached 12 million activations. We don’t know what number of have been offered over the cellphone’s lifetime, however it was undoubtedly some of the profitable Windows Phones on the market. And a stable suggestion for a mother and pop cellphone, it was low cost however did all the things they could want.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, the flagship Lumia lineup by no means got here shut to those numbers and the corporate pulled the plug on Windows Phone early this yr.

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