Difference between Nokia Lumia 520 and Samsung Galaxy Grand

Key Difference: The Nokia Lumia 520 is a 4-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen smartphone that offers 480x800 pixels display, which offers approximately 233 ppi. The phone comes with 8 GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 64 GB. The phone offers 1 GHz on its dual-core snapdragon S4 and only 512 MB RAM, which is slightly disappointing. Samsung Galaxy Grand is a mid-range smartphone that has been launched by the Samsung Corporation. The phone sports a 5-inch capacitive touch screen with a display of 480 x 800 pixels. The phone is cased in polycarbonate plastic and is rectangular in shape with curved edges similar to other Samsung phones. The phone runs on 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and has 1 GB RAM.

Nokia is a Finnish cell phone company, well known for its superb battery power and durability of its phones, and is the only phone that has not yet integrated its smartphones with Android. Nokia has been single-handedly leading Microsoft Windows OS 8 in the smartphone market. Most of the smartphones have become a pricy accessory to own, and if people opt for a cheaper phone, they must sacrifice on some features. To make a mark in the low- to mid-range smartphone market, Nokia has announced the Lumia 520, which should be available in April 2013 in India (release dates for the rest of the world is yet unannounced) and is currently up for pre-orders on many websites. It has even reached to the second-spot following Samsung Galaxy Grand on the Indian website, Flipkart. The phone is a variant of its big brothers 820 and 920, minus some ‘flash’ features. The Lumia 520 is a 4-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen smartphone that offers 480x800 pixels display, which offers approximately 233 ppi. This is pretty good display screen for a mid-range smartphone.

The Lumia 520 is a bar phone with the straight sharp edges and is available with the standard Windows Tile layout. The phone comes with 8 GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 64 GB. The phone offers 1 GHz on its dual-core snapdragon S4 and only 512 MB RAM, which is slightly disappointing. Another let down is the lack of a secondary camera, which makes it difficult to video conferencing. The phone does offer a 5MP autofocus primary camera, with 4X digital zoom and no flash. However, the company claims to use the same digital lens that is found on the flagship. The camera offers features such as Landscape orientation, Auto and manual exposure, Auto and manual white balance, Cinemagraph lens and Smart Shoot lens. The smart shoot lens allows the user to change individual objects in the photo and replace them with objects from the other photos. For example: incase the user is taking photos of two people; however, he does not like the expression of one person in the photo, they can swap the face for another face from another photo. The phone is customizable with changeable shells. The phone has a monoblock casing with the sleep/wake button, camera button and volume buttons on the right-hand side of the phone. Nokia also offers the Windows Office, plus Nokia Music and Nokia Maps. The phone also offers many different features including 7GB free SkyDrive storage.

Samsung Galaxy Grand is a mid-range smartphone that has been launched by the Samsung Corporation. The phone sports a 5-inch capacitive touch screen with a display of 480 x 800 pixels. The phone is cased in polycarbonate plastic and is rectangular in shape with curved edges similar to other Samsung phones. The phone runs on 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and has 1 GB RAM. The phone is dual-SIM, but is also available in single SIM in some countries. The phone runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, with no words on if it can be upgraded to 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. One worth noting feature of the phone is the Multi Window, which allows users to seamlessly multi-task, without have to minimize one application and run another. The applications run side-by-side, or in this case up and down. The company has a mounted an 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front camera, par with many smartphones available these days.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Nokia website, techradar.com, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

Nokia Lumia 520

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Launch Date

April 2013

January 2013

Company

Nokia

Samsung

Size

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm

Display

4'' IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

5.0 inches, capacitive touchscreen 16M colors

Screen

480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)

480 x 800 pixels (~187 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Scratch-resistant glass

Yes

Weight

124 grams

162 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - RM-914

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-915

HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-917

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - SIM 1 only

4G Network

N/A

HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SIM 1 only

GUI

Windows Phone 8

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4

1.2 GHz Dual-core

GPU

Adreno 305

-

OS

Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Android  4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8227

-

RAM

512 MB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

Dual SIM

Internal Memory

8 GB

8 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

Up to 64 GB

Sensors

Brightness control, Orientation sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, proximity

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

GSM, WCDMA, Micro-USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

GSM 3G, HSPA-PLUS, EDGE/GPRS, HSPA+ 21/5.76Mbps, WI-FI, WI-FI Direct, Bluetooth support.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

5MP, autofocus camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

No

2 MP

Video

[email protected]

Yes, [email protected]

Camera Features

  • 1/4'' sensor size
  • Touch focus
  • Landscape orientation
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • Auto and manual white balance
  • Active toolbar
  • Full screen viewfinder
  • Geotagging
  • Automatic photo upload to web services
  • Full resolution photo and video upload
  • Cinemagraph lens
  • Bing vision
  • Smart Shoot lens
  • Panorama lens
  • Built-in digital camera lens
  • Geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face and smile detection
  • image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

None

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, GSM FR, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC+/HEAAC, eAAC+/HEAACv2, ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/ AC3/ FLAC player

Video supported formats

MP4, ASF, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, MOV

MP4/WMV/H.264/ H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery

Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery

Talktime

2G: 14.8 hours

3G: 9.6 hours

10 hours

Standby Time

3G: 360 hours

440 hours

Available Colors

Yellow, red, cyan, white/black

Black, White

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS, support and GLONASS

Java

No

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Supersensitive touch (Glove touch)
  • OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
  • Business apps
  • Document formats supported: Excel, PDF, Word, Powerpoint
  • DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
  • Security features
  • HERE Drive, HERE Maps, HERE Transit
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: nokia.com, samung.com

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