Difference between Nokia Lumia 820 and Samsung Galaxy S3

Key difference: One of the first smartphones under the brand is the Nokia Lumia 820. The Nokia Lumia 820 was first of the first phones to be developed running on Windows Phone 8. It was launched in November 2012, as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Nokia 920. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It was the company’s flagship phone for that year.

Nokia is a multinational communications and information technology corporation based in Helsinki, Finland. Nokia’s phones have been famously known as being simple and durable. In 2012, it was the world’s second largest mobile phone maker by unit sales, following Samsung. However, the sales of Nokia have been decreasing as more and more of the market shifts towards smartphones such as iPhones and Androids. In an attempt to offset their decreasing sales, Nokia tied up with Microsoft to release its own line of smartphones, the Nokia Lumia running on Windows Phone Operating Software.

One of the first smartphones under the brand is the Nokia Lumia 820. The Nokia Lumia 820 was first of the first phones to be developed running on Windows Phone 8. It was launched in November 2012, as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Nokia Lumia 920. It has a 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and a 1 GB RAM. The phone has 8 GB internal memory and an external memory expandable up to 64 GB.

Nokia Lumia 820 features an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, as well as Carl Zeiss optics. It also has a VGA secondary front-facing camera for self photo shots and video calling. The phone is available in a variety of bright colors, such as black, gray, red, yellow, white, blue, and violet. In fact, the phone comes with back panels in these colors allowing the user to change the phone’s color every few days.

The newest and most distinguishing feature of the Lumia 820 is that the phone is capable of wireless charging. However, the wireless charging mat is not included with the phone and has to be purchased separately.

However, the phone has been criticized as being chunky and heavy. Another issue with the phone, in fact all the Windows phones, is that it comes with the Internet Explorer browser built-in, which can be quite lagging at times, and the phones do not support any other browsers. Furthermore, the collection of apps available on Windows is quite limited, especially as compared to the apps available for Android and Apple.

Samsung is one of the key players in the smartphone market. Their innovative Galaxy line of phones and tablets has been making public loyal to the brand. The most popular phone of the Galaxy model is the S3. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 supports a 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU and 1 GB RAM. The S3 is available with 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to an additional 64 GB.

The phone boasts an 8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash, zero shutter lag and BSI. It also supports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera that is capable of recording HD videos @30fps. When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as an iPhone killer. It also received additional publicity because of the ongoing patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

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


Nokia Lumia 820

Samsung Galaxy S3

Launch Date

November 2012

May 2012



Samsung Corporation


123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm, 83.5 cc (4.87 x 2.70 x 0.39 in)

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm


AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED


480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)

1280x720 pixels


ClearBlack display

Corning Gorilla Glass 2,

oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating.


160 g (5.64 oz)

133 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

(HSPA 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

LTE availability depends on the market.


Windows Phone 8

TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9


Adreno 225



Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Exynos 4412 Quad



1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

8 GB

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 64 GB

microSD up to 64 GB


Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, RGB light, digital compass, proximity, gyro, barometer


Micro-USB charging connector, 3.5 mm audio connector, Micro-USB-B connector, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.



GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.


HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


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

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


Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.


microUSB v2.0

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

Yes, VGA

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI


Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization

1080p@30fps, zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus

Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization. Burst shot & Best photo, Recording snapshot, HDR.

Sound Enhancement

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats


Audio playback file formats: ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X.

Video supported formats

Video playback codecs: VC-1, H.264/AVC, H.263, MPEG-4

Video playback file formats: MP4, WMV, 3GP, M4V

Video recording formats: MP4/H.264

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p).

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery (BP-5T)

2100 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Violet

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur


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

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



HTML, Adobe Flash



Stereo FM radio with RDS


Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS



Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Personal information management features: Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Fixed dialling number, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
  • Business apps: Adobe acrobat reader free download, Lync (Corporate IM) free download, Office: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote, SkyDrive storage for documents and notes
  • Document formats supported: Excel, PDF, Word, Powerpoint
  • Sync type: Exchange ActiveSync, Windows companion app, Mac companion app
  • Sync content: Calendar, To-do list, Video, Pictures, Music, Contacts
  • Game features: DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
  • Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search
  • Maps
  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • Calendar
  • Google Talk
  • Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)


Image Courtesy: nokia.com, samsung.com

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