Difference between Nokia Lumia 820 and Asus FonePad

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. Asus has announced the launch of newest phablet, the Asus Fonepad. The Fonepad is a 7-inch Android tablet that allows users to also make phone calls by placing the device on their ear.

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.

Asus has announced the launch of newest phablet, the Asus Fonepad. The company states that the purpose of launching this phone is to bridge the gap between the phone and the tablet, eliminating the need for the carrying to separate devices. The Asus Fonepad is practically a tablet that has phone call making capabilities. The Fonepad is a 7-inch Android tablet that allows users to also make phone calls by placing the device on their ear. Some people may find it silly to place such a huge device on their ear to make calls; for those people the tablet does allow connectivity with a Bluetooth device.

The Asus Fonepad has borrowed a bunch of features from the Nexus 7, which was also created under Google and Asus collaboration. The weight, dimension and the display are all similar to the Nexus 7; however, the company has replaced the back. The plastic-leather back of the Nexus 7 has been replaced with a slick, steel casing. The device is available in titanium gray and champagne gold colors. The phablet sports a 7-inch IPS LED backlit touch screen that allowed multitouch capability for up to 10 people. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800, which provides approximately 216 ppi density, a decent enough resolution. Under the hood, the phablet runs on 1.2 GHz single-core Intel Atom processor, making it pretty fast for multi-tasking, along with playing some high-res games. The device has 1 GB RAM.

There will be two versions of the tablet, one for Europe, the other for Asia. The launch regarding rest of the World has yet to be revealed. The European variant will have 16 GB internal storage capacity, with no rear camera. However, the Asian variant will 8 GB internal storage capacity and will house a 3.2 MP rear camera. Both the variants will house 1.2 MP front camera for video conferencing. The phablet will not support 4G capabilities. The phablet will be available with preloaded Android v4.1 Jelly Bean, with no announcements yet regarding if it is upgradeable to the newest version. The internal storage capacity can expanded up to 32 GB using a MicroSD. One of the most prominent features of the phablet is the massive battery that has been mounted on the device. The non-removable Li-Ion 4270 mAh battery allows the phone to support 32.5 hours of talktime on 3G and 751 hours of standby time. There is no proper release date for the phone, with the expected release to be around April or May 2013.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Nokia website, cnet.co.uk, the Asus website, trustedreviews.com, pcworld.idg.com.au and GSMArena.com.


Nokia Lumia 820

Asus Fonepad

Launch Date

November 2012

Expected April 2013





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

196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm


AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

7" LED Backlight WXGA IPS Panel touch screen


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

1280x800 (~216 ppi pixel density)


ClearBlack display



160 g (5.64 oz)

340 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600



Windows Phone 8

Asus UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

1.2 GHz Single-core Intel Atom


Adreno 225

PowerVR SGX540


Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Android OS v4.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Intel Atom Z2420



1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

8 GB

8/16 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 64 GB

Up to 32 GB


Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

GPS & Glonass,G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor


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

GSM, HSDPA, WCDMA, Bluetooth, USB, WLAN802.11



GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, 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

WLAN802.11 b/g/n


Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth V3.0


microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels

3.2 MP autofocus camera

Secondary Camera

Yes, VGA

1.2 MP


Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization


Camera Features

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


Sound Enhancement

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic; Asus Sonice Master audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 by Waves

Audio supported formats


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

MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player

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

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

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

Non-removable Li-Ion 4270 mAh battery (16 Wh)


3G standby time: 360 h

3G: 751 hours

Talk time

2G talk time: 15.4 h

3G talk time: 8.1 h

3G: 32.5 hours

Available Colors

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

Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold


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

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








Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

GPS, A-GPS, 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
  • SNS integration
  • 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space
  • Asus Launcher
  • MyLibrary
  • File Manager   
  • Kindle 
  • Zinio    
  • SuperNote Lite
  • App Backup    
  • App Locker
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: nokia.com, asus.com

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