Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 1, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Samsung Ativ S side-by-side, which one wins? Does the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 520, outstrip the Ativ S’s screen? Does the Lumia 520 include more storage? Both of these questions (and more besides) can be resolved by checking the comparison below…

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Nokia Lumia 520 VS Samsung Ativ S
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16 or 32GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
No Yes, 1.9MP
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 70.5 x 137.2 x 8.7mm
Weight 124g 135g
Talktime 9.6 hours 15.0 hours
Standby 360 hours 218 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Connectivity

Good wireless connectivity is vital. The Lumia 520 features 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. It doesn’t include 4G. Samsung, meanwhile, has packed its phone with tech that includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. 4G support is also a no-no.
— The Ativ S wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Size/Weight

Let’s start with size and weight. The Lumia 520 measures 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm, while the Ativ S is 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7mm. The Ativ S is the lengthier of the two phones by a margin of 17.3mm, due in no small part to its massive display. Drop the two handsets on the scales and the Nokia Lumia 520 weighs 124g, while the Ativ S is heavier at 135g.
— The Lumia 520 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Camera/Video

The Lumia 520 is equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. It’s decent enough, but nothing special. Take a look at the Nokia Lumia 720 if you desire a better camera.

The Ativ S impresses with a camera that has a resolution of 8.0 Megapixels and includes autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Photos enjoy a full resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. A second 1.9MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Ativ S wins (1-2)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Display

The Lumia 520 features a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Jamming 384000 pixels into this screen size gives the Lumia 520 pixel density of 233.25 pixels per inch (PPI). Ho, and as they say, hum.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 520 features a 4.0-inch IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 233.25.

The Ativ S’s touch-sensitive, Super AMOLED display is roomier at 4.8 inches and the resolution is better too. In comparison, there are 921600 pixels onscreen, giving the Ativ S pixel density of 306.042 pixels per inch.
— The Ativ S wins (1-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Processor

As far as performance goes, the Ativ S uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon CPU, rated at 1.5GHz. The Lumia 520′s engine is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor.
— The Ativ S wins (1-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S

At this halfway stage, the Ativ S leads by 4-1, a 3-point advantage. Can the Lumia 520 fight back? The next round is all about software and will undoubtedly end in a tie…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (3-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Storage

How much storage space does each handset have? The Lumia 520 includes 8GB of storage. There are two distinct Samsung Ativ S models, offering you 16 or 32GB of storage. Plug a 64GB memory card into the Lumia 520′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 72GB. You can expand the memory of the Ativ S via the microSD slot. With a 32GB card, the maximum is 64GB.
— The Ativ S wins (3-7)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Battery Life

As an indication of battery life, the Lumia 520 weighs in with 9.6 hours of talktime; the Ativ S in comparison boasts 15.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Nokia’s phone can last 360 hours, while Samsung’s model boasts 218 hours. The Ativ S wins the round this time.
— Ativ S (3-8)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Ativ S features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— The Ativ S wins (3-9)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Ativ S wins! (3-9)

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