The Nokia Lumia 520 was never going to be a media powerhouse, with just 8GB of internal storage, average battery life and a 480 x 800 display it just doesn't have the chops to compete in the big leagues.
On the other hand that 8GB of storage can be expanded to potentially up to 72GB of total storage with the help of a micro SD card and while the resolution isn't amazing the screen isn't a bad size at 4-inches. For around £100 plus the price of a micro SD card you could have a satisfying little media player on your hands.
Music is handled by the 'Music + Videos' app and it's a solid player. You can filter your music by album, song or artist - which in each case will present you with an alphabetical list of your stored music complete with album images if you choose to sort by album.
You can also find all of your music from a specific genre and create playlists. It's easy to navigate and use, though does little to stand out from any other music player.
When you play music you'll find that some music controls appear on your lockscreen, letting you easily pause or skip track.
Unfortunately the same controls aren't present on the start screen, so if you leave the player you have to either go back into it or lock and then unlock your phone to actually manipulate the music.
The Nokia Lumia 520 supports a decent range of formats including WAV, MP3, WMA, and eAAC+. It can also pump music out of its tiny speakers at a surprising volume without any distortion, though there's not really any bass.
As well as either copying music across from a computer or loading up a micro SD card with it, you can also purchase music from the Xbox music store to get it sent directly to your phone.
There's a solid selection available along with fairly competitive pricing (around 99p a track for new releases).
You can get to the store directly from the player and it's easy to browse - letting you filter results by genre and then check out top tracks, new releases and more. Though of course you can also just type in a search if you already know what you're after.
On top of buying music the store also offers an unlimited streaming service for a monthly subscription. You also get access to Nokia's Mix radio, which is a real boon for a lot of people - it's free music on a cheap as chips phone.
We're currently testing this feature in more depth - but if you're heading out and deciding about the Lumia 520, then from a music perspective there's a lot on offer right out of the box.
And good news if you love an FM radio! It's going to be enabled in a few months thanks to the Lumia Amber update - in fact, most of the Windows Phone 8 range is going to be upgraded with the functionality.
Video is also handled by the 'Music + Videos' app, but it's nowhere near as fleshed out as the music experience. For a start there's no video store, which is a bit of a shame given that both Android and Apple have one. That means that you'll have to get your video content from elsewhere and copy it across to the Nokia Lumia 520 (or to a micro SD card).
Once you've got some videos on the phone they're laid out as a list with thumbnails and their titles. You tap on one to play it and then you have a few standard video controls (pause, skip and fit to screen). That's all there is to it. So it's pretty bare bones, but it gets the job done in the end.
The 4-inch screen is just about big enough to watch a video on comfortably, while the phone itself is also light and comfortable to hold for extended periods (just as long as you don't let the corners dig into your hands). The resolution and screen quality could certainly be better but in practice it actually didn't seem too bad.
The player also supports a variety of file formats, specifically MP4, H.264, H.263 and WMV. It sounds average through the internal speakers too, which is good if you HAVE to use it, though we'd advise you use headphones for richer sounds.
The biggest stumbling block in using the Nokia Lumia 520 for videos is the battery life, which plummets when watching something for an extended period.
Photos are housed in the 'Photos' app, which seems logical, and it's not a bad app either. If you tap on 'camera roll' you can see thumbnails of every photo you've taken on the handset, and then tap on one to open it.
At that point you can then scroll through the rest of your photos or tap on the three dots at the bottom of the screen to edit the current photo, delete it, save it to SkyDrive or set it as your lockscreen wallpaper.
Editing options take the form of cropping, rotating and auto-fixing and there's also a 'Creative Studio' option which lets you add colour tints to a photo, such as 'ivory' or 'jade'.
Handily it shows you a preview of how all these options will make your photo look before you commit to selecting one.
But the photos app doesn't just house pictures from your camera roll, it also syncs with Facebook and other social networks to pull photos from there.
If you've linked any social network accounts you'll find that all of your photo albums from them are present and correct under the 'albums' heading.
The 'Photos' app will also house any photos that you've copied across to the handset and as well as sorting by album you can filter photos by a specific date or search only for photos with a specific person tagged in them.