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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620

Posted: , by Victor H.


Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 620
Call Quality

The ultra affordable Lumia 520 surprised us with decent call quality. We heard voices clean and loud in the earpiece, and on the other end of the line our voice was just a bit distorted.

The Lumia 620 on the other hand fared much worse. Our callers had trouble hearing our words, voices sound muffled and on our end of the line voice appears a bit dry and hissy.


The Lumia 620 and Lumia 520 both have relatively small displays that do not consume a lot of energy. Yet, they also feature modest batteries - a 1300mAh one on the 620 and a 1430mAh juicer on the 520. This will easily last you a full day and even go into the second with modest use.

The smaller screened 3.8-inch Lumia 620 will play back video longer - for 6 hours non-stop against 4.8 hours on the 4-inch 520.


The Nokia Lumia 520 and the Lumia 620 are devices that are very similar yet differ in key areas. While both are affordable the Lumia 620 is nearly 50% more expensive and it comes as no surprise that it has the far superior display. That’s a hugely important advantage and the display on the Lumia just lacks brightness and vivacity.

Yet the 520 brings a lot of little pleasant surprises. It captures decent image stills comparable with the 620, and actually beats it in terms of sound recording and call quality.

If you have the extra money, you should go with the 620 for its better screen, but the 520 is a very close runner-up and both are great value for the money.


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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:40 2

1. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; 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: 210; 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: 3604; 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: 3991; 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: 506; 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: 44; 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: 386; 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: 3991; 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: 3718; 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: 3604; 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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