Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Fight!

by Jerry D on July 18, 2013

What are the real differences between the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus? Does it have a faster processor? How does the Galaxy S2 Plus’s 8.9mm-thick casing compare? All of these questions are answered in the side-by-side comparison below.

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus: 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 S2 Plus
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.3-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.2GHz dual core
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1.2
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with geo-tagging, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
No Yes, 2.0MP
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 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.9mm
Weight 124g 121g
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, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a stereo FM radio

 

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus 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 S2 Plus fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the Lumia 520 include 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. 4G isn’t supported. As for the Galaxy S2 Plus, Samsung has built it with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. No 4G here either.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Size/Weight

True pocketability is difficult to quantify but let’s look at the specs. The Lumia 520 and the Galaxy S2 Plus are 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm and 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.9mm respectively. Overall the Galaxy S2 Plus is the slimmer phone. Weigh the two phones and the Lumia 520 weighs 124g, while the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus is 121g. The Galaxy S2 Plus gets its nose in front going into round #3.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (0-2)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Camera/Video

The Lumia 520′s 5.0 MP lens features a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 plus autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Galaxy S2 Plus outclasses Nokia’s technology. It supports a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 and also includes geo-tagging, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 2.0MP.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (0-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Display

The Lumia 520 features a touch-sensitive IPS LCD display, 4.0 inches across with a quoted resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is 233.25.

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.

At 4.3 inches, Galaxy S2 Plus’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen has more room than its rival. The screen resolution is also 480 x 800 pixels. With 384000 pixels on the 4.3-inch screen, the pixel density is a dull 216.977 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (1-4)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Processor

In terms of performance, the Lumia 520′s processor is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip, while the Galaxy S2 Plus uses a dual core processor, rated at 1.2GHz.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-5)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus

At half-time, the Galaxy S2 Plus leads the Lumia 520 and has opened up a healthy 4-point lead. Of course, this deficit can be overturned. But is the Lumia 520 good enough to fight back?

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Software

Windows Phone 8 is the OS of choice for the Lumia 520, while the Galaxy S2 Plus runs Android 4.1.2.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Applications

Which software platform has the most apps? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the biggest choice of apps, choose the Galaxy S2 Plus (675000+) over the Lumia 520 (125000+). As it stands, the Galaxy S2 Plus is still on top in this fight. With such a big gap, there’s no chance of a fight back from the Lumia 520.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-7)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-8)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – 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 S2 Plus share the points (3-9)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Galaxy S2 Plus is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a stereo FM radio
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (3-10)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus wins! (3-10)

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 520, taking 7 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: Comparable
The best extras: Yes

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