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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

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Camera

Neither the Lumia 520, nor the Lumia 620 have any cameraphone ambitions. Sure, both of them feature 5-megapixel auto-focus rear cameras (the Lumia 520 lacks flash, and the 620 has a single LED flash), and those perform decent in well-lit conditions.

Comparing images from the two, we see that the 520 resolves sharper detail but has slightly dull colors on some occasions, but overall images captured on it are good, especially for its very affordable price. The 620 did comparably well. It manages to capture more vivid colors in some occasions, but also lacks a bit in detail.

Nokia Lumia 520 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 520 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 520 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 520 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 520 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 620 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 620 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 620 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 620 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 620 - Outdoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 620

Outdoor sample images


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Nokia Lumia 520

Strong - Nokia Lumia 620 - Indoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Medium - Nokia Lumia 620 - Indoor sample images - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
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Both phones capture 720p video at 30 frames per second. The footage is far from ideal - the cameras skip frames every once in a while and moving the camera fast results in an ugly wobbly effect. Sound recording, though better on the 520 giving it a slight edge here.

All in all, we’d call it a draw between the pair in terms of camera quality.

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Multimedia

The rich and vibrant colors of the Lumia 620 make it a better choice for enjoying videos on the web. Both devices however managed to easily play back AVI and MPEG files at 720p.

Both Lumia phones have the stock Windows Phone music application. It’s offers good functionality out of the box, but we definitely prefer Nokia Music - a free download on the Windows Phone Marketplace. It has great looks and offers free music streaming with Mix Radio.

Both phones have the stock Windows Phone music application - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Both phones have the stock Windows Phone music application - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Both phones have the stock Windows Phone music application - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Both phones have the stock Windows Phone music application - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

Both phones have the stock Windows Phone music application



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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:40 2

1. icyrock1 (Posts: 301; 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: 195; 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: 3188; 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: 3714; 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: 413; 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: 40; 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: 100; 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: 3714; 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: 2354; 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: 3188; 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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