Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Fight!

by Jerry D on July 20, 2013

If you throw the Nokia Lumia 520 into a fight against the Sony Xperia J, which one triumphs? Does the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 520, trump the Xperia J’s 4.0-inch screen? How much onboard storage does it have? Time for some answers…

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J: 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 Sony Xperia J
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.0-inch Reality
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 854 pixels
(245.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 4 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, image stabilization and VGA video recording
Front
camera
No Yes, 0.3MP
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 61.2 x 124.3 x 9.2mm
Weight 124g 124g
Talktime 9.6 hours 7.25 hours
Standby 360 hours 618 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J 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. Sony Xperia J fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Lumia 520 lists 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP as the core connectivity options. There’s no support for 4G. Sony’s Xperia J, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR. No 4G in this phone either.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Size/Weight

How large are these two phones? The Lumia 520 is a neat 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm handset. While Sony’s phone is 124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2mm. The Xperia J is the smaller phone. Both phones have an identical weight of 124g. It looks like the Xperia J has the early advantage in this fight.
— The Xperia J wins (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Camera/Video

The Lumia 520′s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The highest resolution it supports is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

The two phones match each other for megapixels – the Xperia J also packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization and VGA video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 0.3MP.
— The Xperia J wins (1-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Display

Display size is key and the Lumia 520 features a 4.0-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive IPS LCD screen. When it comes down to 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.

In terms of size, the Xperia J’s touch-sensitive Reality screen is identical. With 409920 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 245.0 pixels per inch.
— The Xperia J wins (1-4)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Processor

As for CPU performance, the Lumia 520′s engine is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip; the Xperia J relies on a Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon, also rated at 1GHz.
— The Lumia 520 wins (2-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J

As we take a breather for half-time, the Xperia J has a good 2 point lead. But this fight ‘aint over. Has the Lumia 520 got the tech to win the key storage and battery life rounds?

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Software

As for the operating systems, the Lumia 520 runs Windows Phone 8, while the Xperia J uses Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
— The Xperia J wins (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Applications

Which phone wins out when app stores are concerned? Taking the raw numbers into account, Google Play beats the Windows Phone Store by 675000 apps to 125000. So the Lumia 520 gets beaten by the Xperia J in this round. The Xperia J is still leading in this fight. The Xperia J already has this battle won.
— The Xperia J wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Storage

This round is about the storage options. The Nokia Lumia 520 boasts 8GB of built-in storage. The Sony Xperia J comes in a love it or leave it 4GB model. The Lumia 520 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 72GB. Likewise, a microSD slot on the Xperia J further boosts the overall memory on Sony’s phone to 36GB.
— The Lumia 520 wins (3-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia J – Battery Life

How does the performance compare? Nokia’s spec sheet lists 9.6 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 7.25 hours for the Sony Xperia J. As for standby time, the phones can last for 360 hours and 618 hours respectively. A loss for the Xperia J.
— The Lumia 520 wins (4-6)

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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. Sony Xperia J – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Xperia J is packed with GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
— The Xperia J wins (4-7)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia J wins! (4-7)

The Sony Xperia J wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 520, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 1 and losing 3. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

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

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