Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L – Fight!

by Jerry D on July 18, 2013

What are the key differences between the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Sony Xperia L? Is the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 520 better than the 4.3-incher on the Xperia L? Does the Lumia 520 have a greater storage capacity? A more potent CPU? Carry on reading to learn the answers to these questions…

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L: 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 L
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.3-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 854 pixels
(227.907 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1
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 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode 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 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 65.0 x 128.7 x 9.7mm
Weight 124g 137g
Talktime 9.6 hours 9.0 hours
Standby 360 hours 454 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality

 

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

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L – Connectivity

The wireless options on the Lumia 520 include 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. But no 4G. The Xperia L has NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. It doesn’t have any 4G connectivity either.
— The Xperia L wins (0-1)

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

As far as pocketability is concerned, here’s how the phones measure up. The Lumia 520 measures 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm, while the Xperia L is 128.7 x 65.0 x 9.7mm in comparison. The Xperia L is the taller of the two phones by 8.8mm. Neither the Xperia L or the Lumia 520 is unwieldy. The former weighs 137g; the latter weighs a mere 124g.
— The Lumia 520 wins (1-1)

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

The Lumia 520′s 5.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. It has a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Xperia L is an improvement on the Lumia 520′s lens and also includes autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 720p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 0.3MP.
— The Xperia L wins (1-2)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L – Display

The Lumia 520 comes with a display that features IPS LCD technology. It measures 4.0 inches across and has a quoted resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Get the calculator out and the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement of this 4.0-inch display 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.

The Xperia L’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is only slightly bigger at 4.3 inches. With 409920 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 227.907 pixels per inch.
— The Xperia L wins (1-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L – Processor

In this round, it’s a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 vs. a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230…
— It’s a tie, one point each (2-4)

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

We’re halfway through this fight and the Xperia L leads by 2. But this fight is far from over. With five more points to fight over, the Lumia 520 still has a chance to win.

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L – Software

The Lumia 520 is based on Windows Phone 8, the Xperia L uses Android 4.1.
— The Xperia L wins (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L – Applications

How do the Lumia 520 and Xperia L fare in an app battle? 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 L in this round. The Xperia L stays out in front. It’s effectively all over. The Xperia L can’t be beaten.
— The Xperia L wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L – Storage

Which mobile can hold the most data? The Nokia Lumia 520 incorporates 8GB of built-in storage. The same goes for the Xperia L. They match each other for memory. The Lumia 520 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 72GB. Likewise, a microSD slot on the Xperia L further boosts the overall memory on Sony’s phone to 40GB.
— The Lumia 520 wins (3-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia L – Battery Life

The performance of these two phones will vary. But Nokia’s spec sheet lists 9.6 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 9.0 hours for the Sony Xperia L. As for standby time, the phones can last for 360 hours and 454 hours respectively. This round goes to the Lumia 520.
— 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 L – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Xperia L is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality.
— The Xperia L wins (4-7)

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

The Sony Xperia L 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: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Comparable
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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