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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

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Interface and Functionality

Both devices feature Windows Phone 8 which means a virtually identical experience. Windows Phone 8 is best described by the dynamic looks of ever changing Live Tiles, and a smooth overall experience. Nokia adds to that with some awesome applications like’s Nokia HERE Maps suite and Nokia Music with free music streaming by way of Mix Radio. Office comes baked right in and it’s a great productivity tool.

Both devices feature Windows Phone 8 - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Both devices feature Windows Phone 8 - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Both devices feature Windows Phone 8 - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Both devices feature Windows Phone 8 - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

Both devices feature Windows Phone 8


Speaking of Windows Phone, we ought to mention the outstanding keyboard. The typing experience is quick, fast, easy to learn.

Office comes baked right in and it’s a great productivity tool - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Office comes baked right in and it’s a great productivity tool - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Office comes baked right in and it’s a great productivity tool - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Office comes baked right in and it’s a great productivity tool - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

Office comes baked right in and it’s a great productivity tool


Windows Phone might not have all the customization options of Android, but you can pick the color of Live Tiles and the background. You can actually match the colorful back plate of your Lumia to the color of Live Tiles, a neat effect.


Processor and Memory

The Lumia 520 and 620 run on the same chip, have the same amount of RAM and the same internal storage. No wonder then that performance on both is identical and buttery smooth throughout. For tech pedants, both have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8277 with a 1GHz dual-core Krait processor and 512MB of RAM.

That amount of RAM is critical as some games require a full 1GB to start. Good news is that more and more games are getting optimized for 512MB and Temple Run is one of the latest for instance.

Both Lumias feature 8GB of internal memory of which around 4 gigs are available to the end user. Good news is you can further expand that storage via microSD cards of as much as 64GB.


Internet and Connectivity

Since we are talking Lumia and Windows Phone, browser choice on the 520 and 620 is limited to just one browser and that’s Internet Explorer. Luckily, Microsoft has polished the rough edges out of it and it is quick and easy to use. Scrolling and zooming around is smooth.

Both devices have Wi-Fi connectivity support and run at 3G speeds of 21.1Mbps on the downlink. NFC, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 round up the connectivity package.

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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:40 2

1. icyrock1 (Posts: 263; 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: 192; 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: 3159; 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: 3566; 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: 375; 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: 39; 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: 85; 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: 3566; 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: 2099; 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: 3159; 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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