You might think that it’s easy to identify the best Nokia Lumia phones. Surely you just take note of the way that the handsets are numbered? But as you’ll see in this rundown, it’s not that straightforward…
5. Nokia Lumia 620
The Nokia Lumia 620 guns for the budget end of the Windows Phone 8 market and so its specification is nowhere near ‘spectacular’ and closer to ‘decent’ and ‘solid’ instead. Its key features include a 3.8-inch, 480 x 800 pixel LCD, 5MP digital snapper and 8GB of onboard storage – 72GB if you plug in a 64GB microSD card. The Lumia 620 is powered by a 1GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 chip, which gives the tile-based Windows UI a good kick of speed.
4. Nokia Lumia 520
Given Nokia’s numbering system you might have expected to see the Nokia Lumia 520 appear lower than the Lumia 620. Not so. What you get down here at the lower-end of the smartphone market is a 4-inch, 480 x 800 pixel IPS LCD, 5MP camera and 8GB of internal storage (with room to boost it via a microSD slot). There’s no 4G, nor is there a sniff of NFC. But the Lumia 520 is a good-looking and lightweight handset, powered by a 1GHz dual core processor.
3. Nokia Lumia 720
By the time you get to the Nokia Lumia 720, you’ll see that Nokia has stepped up the spec in a couple of key areas. While the screen resolution is a ho-hum 480 x 800 pixels, the LCD itself is a roomy 4.8 inches. There’s an improved 6.7MP camera onboard too, enhanced with Carl Zeiss optics and a classy f/1.9 aperture lens that gives it superior performance in poorly lit conditions. No 4G and only a 1GHz dual core processor. But there is NFC and there is a microSD slot so you can expand the meagre 8GB of default memory.
2. Nokia Lumia 820
Enter the Nokia Lumia 820 and with it, the specification of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 handsets is starting to reach towards the mid-range. This model comes with 4G/LTE support, NFC and a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, albeit with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
Like many of Nokia’s Lumia line-up, the 820 comes with only 8GB of memory as standard and you’ll need to invest in a microSD card if you want to carry a big library of music, apps, videos and/or photos around with you. An 8MP digital camera (with Carl Zeiss optics) helps you take great pictures, while a 1.5GHz dual core processor provides some decent oomph.
1. Nokia Lumia 920
Top of the pile is the Nokia Lumia 920. You’re probably not surprised. It looks every inch a flagship smartphone, blessed with a 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack display that hits an HD resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. Nice. While it comes with 32GB of storage as standard, Nokia doesn’t include a microSD card slot on the 920, so there’s no option to expand it.
The 1.5GHz dual core processor might not be able to keep pace with the faster quad core chips, but the 8MP camera (with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash and PureView technology) makes up for it. As does the 4G/LTE support. It’s getting a little dated, but the 920 is still a cracking Nokia phone.
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