Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Fight!

by Jerry D on July 18, 2013

What are the important tech differences between the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Samsung Galaxy Express? Does the 4.0-inch screen on the Lumia 520, blow away the display on the Galaxy Express? How much storage space is there? Which one has the best camera? Compare the key stats of each phone in the table that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express: 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 Galaxy Express
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.5-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(207.333 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.2GHz dual core (unknown)
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1.2
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording
Front
camera
No Yes, 1.3MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 69.1 x 132.2 x 9.3mm
Weight 124g 139g
Talktime 9.6 hours TBC
Standby 360 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a TV-out

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express 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 Galaxy Express fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Connectivity

Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The Lumia 520 includes 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G though. Samsung has jammed its handset with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. You can tick 4G networking too.
— The Galaxy Express wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Size/Weight

How pocket-friendly are our two phones? The Lumia 520 measures 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm. In comparison, the Galaxy Express is 132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3mm. The Lumia 520 is the shorter of the two phones by 12.3mm. Put the two phones on the scales and the Nokia Lumia 520 weighs 124g, while the Galaxy Express is 139g.
— The Lumia 520 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Camera/Video

The Lumia 520′s 5.0 MP camera features autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The Galaxy Express’s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording) equals the Lumia 520′s. Another 1.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Galaxy Express wins (1-2)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Display

Headlining the Nokia Lumia 520 is a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The screen has 384000 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 233.25 pixels per inch – number.

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 Galaxy Express’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is a little roomier at 4.5 inches. The 480 by 800 resolution matches the Lumia 520. The pixel density of 207.333 pixels per inch here is less than the 233.25 rating given to the Lumia 520.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Processor

The spec sheets show that the Lumia 520 boasts a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor. The Galaxy Express, meanwhile, has a dual core (unknown) chip, rated at 1.2GHz.
— The Galaxy Express wins (2-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express

With five rounds gone, the Galaxy Express is out in front by 4-2. A lead of 2. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Lumia 520 has to offer in the second half.

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Software

Windows Phone 8 is the preferred OS for the Lumia 520, while the Galaxy Express runs Android 4.1.2.
— The Galaxy Express wins (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Applications

What about the number of apps available for and Android? According to the stats, the Galaxy Express has the fattest app store of the two. There are over 675000 apps on Google Play; while the Windows Phone Store has over 125000 apps available for download. There’s been no real change since half-time, the Galaxy Express is still ahead. The Galaxy Express is proving just how much better it is than the Lumia 520.
— The Galaxy Express wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Storage

This next round tackles storage. The Nokia Lumia 520 is only available in one configuration with 8GB of storage. Ditto the Samsung Galaxy Express. They both come with the same amount of internal memory built-in. Plug a 64GB memory card into the Lumia 520′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 72GB. The Galaxy Express’s overall capacity can also be increased to 40GB via its microSD memory card slot.
— The Lumia 520 wins (3-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Lumia 520 and the Galaxy Express share the points (4-7)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Galaxy Express is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a TV-out.
— The Galaxy Express wins (4-8)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Express wins! (4-8)

The Samsung Galaxy Express wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 520, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 2. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: No
The best extras: Yes

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