Difference between Nokia Lumia 520 and LG Nexus 4

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. The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone.

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.

The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure. I.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The phone also features a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

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

 

Nokia Lumia 520

Nexus 4

Launch Date

April 2013

November 13, 2012

Company

Nokia

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by LG Electronics.

Size

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)

Display

4'' IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)

768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

124 grams

139g (4.90 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - RM-914

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-915

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

N/A

No

GUI

Windows Phone 8

Pure Android

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 305

Adreno 320

OS

Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8227

Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon

RAM

512 MB

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM

Micro-SIM

Internal Memory

8 GB

8/16 GB storage

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

None

Sensors

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

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

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

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

NFC (Android Beam)

Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+

GSM/EDGE/GPRS

3G

HSPA+ 42

Wireless charging

SlimPort (TM)

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

DC-HSDPA, 42 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, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

Primary Camera

5MP, autofocus camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

No

1.3 MP

Video

[email protected]

[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
  • Touch focus
  • Geo-tagging
  • Face detection
  • Photo sphere

Sound Enhancement

None

SNS integration

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 player

Video supported formats

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

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery

Talktime

2G: 14.8 hours

3G: 9.6 hours

-

Standby Time

3G: 360 hours

-

Available Colors

Yellow, red, cyan, white/black

Black

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

No

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
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Compass
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor
  • Google Search,
  • Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: nokia.com, blogs.computerworld.com

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