Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Fight!

by Jerry D on May 5, 2013

What are the differences when you compare the Nokia Lumia 520 with the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini? Does the 4.0-inch screen on the Lumia 520, beat the display on the Galaxy S3 Mini? Which one has access to the most apps? Will you be impressed by the Galaxy S3 Mini’s 5.0MP camera? Keep reading to discover the answers to these questions…

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: 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 S3 Mini
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8 or 16GB 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, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording
Front
camera
No Yes, 0.3MP
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 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 63.0 x 121.6 x 9.9mm
Weight 124g 111g
Talktime 9.6 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 360 hours 430 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 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 S3 Mini fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – 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 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. 4G support is also a no-no.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Size/Weight

Let’s talk about pocketability. The Lumia 520 measures 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm, while the Galaxy S3 Mini is 121.6 x 63.0 x 9.9mm. The Galaxy S3 Mini is the lengthier of the two phones by a margin of 1.7mm. The Lumia 520 weighs 124g, whereas the Galaxy S3 Mini is 13 lighter and weighs 111g. The Galaxy S3 Mini leads by a point going into the next round.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (0-2)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Camera/Video

The Lumia 520′s 5.0 Megapixel camera features a full resolution of 2592 x 1944 plus autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini matches its opponent with a 5.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording. A second 0.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.

— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (0-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Display

The specs show that Nokia has built the Lumia 520 with a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive display. The IPS LCD panel has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Is this good? Bad? The resulting pixel density of this handset tells us exactly that. It’s 233.25 pixels per inch.

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 touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S3 Mini is the same size. But that’s not the end of the story… The 480 x 800 pixel resolution is the same. In comparison, there are 384000 pixels onscreen, giving the Galaxy S3 Mini pixel density of 233.25 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (1-4)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Processor

It’s a question of racing a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 against a 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9…
— It’s a tie, one point each (2-5)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

At the halfway point, the Galaxy S3 Mini leads the Lumia 520 by 5-2. Can the Lumia 520 fight back? The next round is software…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Software

Nokia’s handset is based on Windows Phone 8, while Samsung’s phone uses Android 4.1.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Applications

Comparing app stores, the situation is this. In this fight, the Galaxy S3 Mini has access to more downloadable apps than the Lumia 520. There are over 675000 apps on Google Play, compared to 125000 apps listed on the Windows Phone Store. The Galaxy S3 Mini maintains its half-time advantage. The Galaxy S3 Mini is making this look easy.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (2-7)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Storage

How much storage space does each handset have? With only one option, the Nokia Lumia 520 has 8GB of internal storage. Unlike the Lumia 520, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini comes with multiple storage options, offering either 8 or 16GB. The Lumia 520 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 72GB. While the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Galaxy S3 Mini bumps up the capacity to 48GB.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (2-8)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Battery Life

As far as battery usage is concerned, the Lumia 520 weighs in with 9.6 hours of talktime; the Galaxy S3 Mini in comparison boasts 7.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Nokia’s phone can last 360 hours, while Samsung’s model boasts 430 hours. The points in this round go to the Lumia 520.
— The Lumia 520 wins (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 Galaxy S3 Mini – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Galaxy S3 Mini is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (3-9)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini wins! (3-9)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 520, taking 7 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 1. 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: Comparable
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: No
The best extras: Yes

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