We’ve already heard from Microsoft that Windows Phone has grown a staggering 91% year on year. This explosive growth has been fuelled largely by budget Windows Phones like the Nokia Lumia 520 pictured above. The Lumia 520 is the best selling Windows Smartphone having shifted a whopping 12 million units since its release.
The popularity of the Lumia 520 has come from its attractive price point and reasonable specifications: an 800 x 480 IPS display at 233 PPI, 8GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, microSD expansion, HSDPA support and a dual-core 1GHz processor. Microsoft and Nokia have since replaced the Lumia 520 with the Lumia 630 but it remains to be seen if the replacement can prove as popular. The Lumia 630 is still limited by the same 512MB of RAM the Lumia 520 had despite the fact it is supposed to be a newer and better model.
The Nokia Lumia 520 can currently be had for around $100 in its SIM-free form in the USA, while in the UK it can be had for about £80 SIM-free.
The humble Nokia phone was once regarded as the strongest thing on the planet, the classic Nokia 3210 and similar era phones could be dropped in drinks, kicked, thrown, I even saw someone accidentally reverse a car over one and still survive with relative ease, or at the very worst a simple repair that could be done by the user was needed. Now the Nokia Lumia 520 looks set to reclaim the throne for Nokia as it stops a bullet from hitting its target.
A Brazilian military police officer was entering his parents home to have his uniform washed, only to find that his parents were being held hostage by two criminals. Upon seeing the officer’s uniform they opened fire, he fled out of harms way, only to be shot in the back pocket. The Nokia 520 took the bullet for him, had it not stopped the bullet the officer would have been shot in the butt, ouch.
The phone was completely destroyed of course, but I’m sure the owner isn’t too fussed and fortunately his arrival was still enough to cause the two criminals to flee the scene. Hopefully someone at Nokia or Microsoft will help the guy out with a new handset and hopefully the police will catch up with the two criminals that escaped the scene.
Thank you Pocket Lint for providing us with this information.