This morning Home Boyz Radio ran a promotion of Nokia Lumia 520 on Twitter under the hashtag #NokoiaLumia520 that required listeners and Twitter followers of Home Boyz Radio to provide the colours that the phone come in. Sarah Chero was the first to provide the correct answer but other tweeps who were eager to win the Lumia 520 continued to tweet answers making #NokiaLumia520 a trending topic.
— Homeboyz Radio (@HomeboyzRadio) October 15, 2013
However, the topic has not gone down without Nokia Lumia 20 receiving its unfair measure of criticism from Android users who called it useless or way too pricey for its cheap make. So I have attempted to compare Nokia Lumia 520 with a Samsung Galaxy S Duos, which basically has similar specs and features. See the comparison after the tweets break.
Nokia Lumia 520 comes with a 4 inch display screen that has a 480 by 800 pixel resolution. This resolution for a 4 inch diagonal gives the Lumia 520 a 233 ppi. Similar Samsung Galaxy S Duos has a 4 inch screen with a resolution of 480 by 800 meaning same pixel density. The screen for Lumia 520 is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colours wehreas the Galaxy Duos uses the TFT variant with the same colour count. Here Duos wins due to the TFT technology since TFT, though a type of LCD, has better picture quality compared to LCD. Lumia weighs 124g whereas S Duos weighs 120g; another but insignificant plus for the S Duos.
On memory Lumia 520 wins hands down both on expandable memory and Internal memory. The Lumia 520 allows memory expansion with micro SD of up to 64GB whereas S Duos only allows expansion with a micro SD of up to 32 GB. Internally the Lumia 520 provides 8GB while the S Duos only gives 4GB most of which is used by the OS leaving the user with only 1.8GB. The only plus for S Duos on memory is the RAM which is 768MB against Lumia’s 512MB. But Lumia wins again on the data speed as it can deliver up to 21.1 Mbps on dowlink (HSPDA protocol) but the Duos is three times less with only up to 7.2Mpbs on downlink. The uplink speeds are equal at 5.76Mbps.
Next is the Camera. Nokia Lumia 520’s Camara does not even compete with the S Duos as it is way ahead. Lumia’s 5MP that boasts of 2592 by 1936 pixels is clearer by far compared to S Duo’s 5MP 5 MP that has 2592?1944 pixels with LED flash. (Click here to see the difference…at the right pane we have Lumia 520 on top and S Duos camera quality below it). Always, when comparing phones based on Camera quality, I will go for Nokia anytime. Nokia Lumia 520 is powered by Qualcomm MSM8227 Dual-core 1 GHz processor whereas the S Duos runs on Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor; basically similar processors with the same processing speed, although the S Duos is slightly advanced.
Last but not least is the battery life. S Duos 1500mAh battery promises to deliver 13 hours of talk time whereas Lumia 520’s 1430mAh promises to give you about 15 hours talk time. This might be true given the differences in display technology and background processes each phone runs.
But at price level of Kshs. 24,000 for S Duos and Kshs. 16,000 for Lumia 520 according to here and here, I think the Nokia Lumia 520 wins hands down. The only reason you would want to spend another Kshs. 8,000 in order to buy the S Duos probably is the Android ecosystem which is way superior to Windows ecosystem. The S Duos thriving on Android gives it about 20 points lead when it comes to comparison. Hey, close to 100% of those Apps on Android will never be known by you, let alone used.
Alright, here are a few positive tweets about the Nokia Lumia 520. It is indeed a great phone overall.
— sophia moragwa (@Sophiasly) October 15, 2013
So I have no complains about #Nokialumia520 may be just coz tis not an android. Zingine, unless you bought yours in river-road. Nitaelewa.
— Qui. (@Qui_SK) October 15, 2013
— PRATYUSH KR. YADAV (@superpratyush) October 15, 2013