Nokia Lumia 520 Samsung Galaxy R

Nokia Lumia 520 vs Samsung Galaxy R

Nokia Lumia 520

Reasons to consider the Lumia 520

3.5G, Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Network Significantly faster max data speeds HSDPA (21.1 mbps) vs UMTS (0.384 mbps) Higher theoretical max data transfer speeds over cell networks (around 55x faster)
Bluetooth Significantly newer bluetooth support 4.0 vs 3.0 Typically faster data transfer and lower power consumption connecting to other bluetooth devices
Screen PPI Slightly higher PPI screen 233 PPI vs 221 PPI Around 10% crisper display of text, images and video
Weight Slightly lighter 124 g vs 135 g Around 10% lighter
Samsung Galaxy R

Reasons to consider the Galaxy R

3G, Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Screen type Bright, vivid screen Super LCD vs LCD Brighter and more vivid colour reproduction
Compass Integrated compass Yes vs No Map and navigation apps know which direction you're facing even when you're standing still
App store Many more apps available Android App Market vs Windows Phone Marketplace The Android App Market has over 400,000 apps vs 55,000 (around 7.5x more)
Standby time More standby time 25.8 days vs 15 days More than 70% more standby time, less frequent charging
Screen size Slightly larger screen 4.2" vs 4.0" More than 10% larger screen


Common Pros and Cons

Compared to recent cellphones

Pros Cons
Bluetooth Recent bluetooth support
Lumia 520:4.0
Galaxy R:3.0
Thickness Thin
Lumia 520:10 mm
Galaxy R:9 mm
Multi-touch Both support multi-touch
Intuitive gestures such as pinch to zoom
GPS Have assisted GPS
Assisted GPS
Wifi Both have fairly fast wifi support
802.11n (150 mbps)
Touchscreen type Touch sensitive screens
Easy to use with your fingers
Camera resolution Capture very high resolution images
5 MP
Screen resolution High resolution screens
compatibility-score Works with many headphones
Screen PPI Sharp display of text, images and video
Lumia 520:233 PPI
Galaxy R:221 PPI
App store Both have an app store, makes it easy to add new games and programs
Lumia 520:Windows Phone Marketplace
Galaxy R:Android App Market
Internal storage More internal storage than most for storing music, photos and movies
Lumia 520:8 GB
Galaxy R:7.8 GB
Numeric keypad Neither has a numeric keypad
Its often harder to dial numbers with a touch screen or keyboard

Compared to recent smartphones

Pros Cons
FM Radio Both have built in FM radios to listen to news and music from FM stations
Listen to music from your favorite stations
Accelerometer Both include an accelerometer
Detects movement for interactive apps
Keyboard Neither has a physical keyboard
No keyboard


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Which phone do you like, and why?

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