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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Introduction

The Nokia Lumia 520 came and changed the Windows Phone landscape. Nokia somehow managed to make a 4-inch device packing a powerful dual-core chip and a 5-megapixel camera, that was also extremely affordable. It was the second time the company widened the outreach of Windows Phone. The first time was with the Nokia Lumia 620.

Now, it’s time to compare the two affordable and cute, compact Windows Phone 8 handsets. Both are colorful and fun on the outside, and have identical chips inside. But could there still be a sea of difference that would tip the scales in favor of just one? Let’s find out.


Design


Both the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 620 are made out of plastic and come in different colors adding a lot of youthful energy to them. Actually, the colorful plastic shells they are nested in are easily removable and you can swap color and style easily.

Both the Nokia Lumia 520 (right) and Lumia 620 (left) are made out of plastic and come in different colors - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Both the Nokia Lumia 520 (right) and Lumia 620 (left) are made out of plastic and come in different colors - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Both the Nokia Lumia 520 (right) and Lumia 620 (left) are made out of plastic and come in different colors - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

Both the Nokia Lumia 520 (right) and Lumia 620 (left) are made out of plastic and come in different colors


The Lumia 520 is larger - it’s a bit wider and longer despite having only slightly bigger display. The one on the 520 is 4 inches in diameter, and the 620 has got a 3.8-inch screen. That makes the latter more pocketable and while both are convenient for single-handed use, the 620 is friendlier to one-hand operation.

None of them strive for a slim waistline. The 520 compensates for its larger footprint with a thinner 10mm body, while the 620 has an 11mm profile. Both are very light, around 4.4 ounces.

The two devices share the same plastic and easy to press physical buttons on the right with the volume rocker on top, a lock key in the middle and a camera button in the bottom.

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 620 (top) and Nokia Lumia 520 (bottom) - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
The sides of the Nokia Lumia 620 (top) and Nokia Lumia 520 (bottom) - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
The sides of the Nokia Lumia 620 (top) and Nokia Lumia 520 (bottom) - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
The sides of the Nokia Lumia 620 (top) and Nokia Lumia 520 (bottom) - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 620 (top) and Nokia Lumia 520 (bottom)


If we had to name a winner, we’d pick the Lumia 620, but the 520 is a close runner-up.

Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620


Display

The biggest difference between this pair of Windows Phones is the display. The rich, vibrant colors on the Lumia 620 make a striking difference when compared to the dull, dim tones on the 520.

The Lumia 520 is just not bright enough. While you can use both effortlessly indoors, outside you’d have a lot of trouble reading the display on the 520. In technical terms, the 620 has a nearly twice as bright display with its 590 nits of brightness, and the 520 only around 280 nits.

The resolution on both screens is a middling 480 x 800 pixels. That however paired with their relatively small displays makes for a good pixel density and ultimately both displays look sharp.

Viewing angles on both are comparable. An interesting technical fact is that the inferior Lumia 520 actually has an IPS screen while the 620 does not.

Summing up, we’d easily give this to the Lumia 620. It has a great display with rich, vivid colors, nothing like the disappointingly dim screen of the 520.


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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:40 2

1. icyrock1 (Posts: 306; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Both are good, cheap ways to try Windows Phone. I'm pretty impressed with Nokia being able to release these.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:41

2. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 196; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


620 obviously wins, but the 520 is prettier and more Lumia-ish in design aspect!

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 11:43 2

3. snowgator (Posts: 3303; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Nokia is serious about building their brand in developing markets, and their Asha feature phones are amazing successes in sales in theses areas. Both of these are perfect devices to fit that goal of moving these markets into affordable smartphones. The 520 is the better device for those goals, although the 620 is nice counter programming.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 11:45 1

4. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


@ the author Victor H. Regarding Browser options on Lumia and WinPho 8 - There are multiple browser options. While the default, inbuilt one is IE, there are plenty more browser apps available in the Marketplace.

Otherwise, a good review. Price parameter - 520. Build option parameter - 620.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 16:28

8. -box- (Posts: 3880; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Precisely. Nokia even offers quite a good one, Nokia Xpress, which compresses data and makes for faster, leaner browsing, great for 2- and 3G-only areas, suxh as the target developing markets in certain countries

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 14:28

5. Landmarkcm (Posts: 466; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Just went back to an Htc Radar with 7.8 & gonna return a 620 . While the 620 is a great device. The camera on the Radar is still actually better esp in lower light because of the lower aperture they put in it & BSI sensor. I think I am preferring HTC WP overall now. Funny too how the radar still has a better camera on it then the HTC 8s that came after it. Lumia 620 does have one of the loudest speakers though. Also puzzling to me they left a flash off the 520 . Always something right.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 15:03

6. amirlukmanhisyam (Posts: 42; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


If I'm not mistaken 520 doesn't have compass and NFC. You should emphasize the "add-on" software from Nokia like Here maps, drive, Nokia Xpress, etc. Drive in both have offline navigation but different license.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 15:22

7. .KRATOS. (Posts: 131; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I'm willing to try one of these, can anyone help me with my choice.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 16:31 1

9. -box- (Posts: 3880; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Skip both and get the Lumia 720. Thinner, nicer, and prettier, with a much better camera (and flash). Barring that, I'd go for the 620; despite the smaller screen, it has more goodies making it more worthwhile.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 06:11

10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


620 is good.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 07:25 1

11. hafizimtiaz (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


I guess the reviewer forgot to mention one very important aspect, Nokia Lumia 620 has free voice guided naviation over all the countries whereas Lumia 520 has this functionality restricted to a single country. This is a very important issue for those who use Nokia's superb voice guided naviation service.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 10:54

12. snowgator (Posts: 3303; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


What country is the 520 restricted to? Never heard this before.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 06:28

13. hafizimtiaz (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


Please see the last bullet under "Main Disadvantages" on the link: gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_520-review-920.php

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