Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U – Fight!

by Jerry D on July 18, 2013

If you set the Nokia Lumia 520 against the Sony Xperia U in a mobile melee, which phone wins? Is the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 520 a cut above the 3.5-incher on the Xperia U? Is the 5.0MP camera on the Xperia U streets ahead? What we need is a simple side-by-side comparison…

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U: 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 U
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 3.5-inch LED-backlit LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 854 pixels
(280.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8 internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection 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 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 54.0 x 112.0 x 12.0mm
Weight 124g 110g
Talktime 9.6 hours 5.5 hours
Standby 360 hours 472 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio with RDS, video light, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

 

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

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U – Connectivity

The Lumia 520 is well-specced and includes 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP connectivity. But no 4G. The Xperia U, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR. 4G also isn’t included.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

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

How big are these phones? The Lumia 520 measures 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm, while the Xperia U is 112.0 x 54.0 x 12.0mm in comparison. The Lumia 520 is the bigger phone. Drop the two handsets on the scales and the Nokia Lumia 520 weighs 124g, while the Xperia U is 110g. The Xperia U leads going into round #3.
— The Xperia U wins (1-2)

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

Nokia has built a 5.0 Megapixel lens into the Lumia 520 together with features such as autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The Xperia U also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera along with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p video recording. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.

— The Xperia U wins (1-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U – Display

The design of Nokia’s Lumia 520 features a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. There are 384000 pixels overall, which translates to 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.

In comparison, the Xperia U’s touch-sensitive LED-backlit LCD screen is 3.5 inches wide. In comparison, there are 409920 pixels onscreen, giving the Xperia U pixel density of 280.0 pixels per inch.
— The Xperia U wins (1-4)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U – Processor

In a smackdown between the 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip inside Nokia’s handset and the 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 inside the Sony phone, we call it even.
— It’s a tie, one point each (2-5)

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

After five rounds and a terrific tech tussle, the Xperia U leads by 5-2. The second half is about to start. Can the Lumia 520 power back and snatch the win?

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U – Software

Nokia uses Windows Phone 8 on the Lumia 520; Sony uses Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on its phone.
— The Xperia U wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U – Applications

What about apps? How do the Lumia 520 and Xperia U compare? According to the latest numbers, the Xperia U has the biggest app library in Google Play. It numbers over 675000 apps compared to the Windows Phone Store, which has in excess of 125000 apps. At the end of this round, the Xperia U is still out in front by 5. The Xperia U has a massive lead and has this fight wrapped up.
— The Xperia U wins (2-7)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U – Storage

The next round is all about storage. The Nokia Lumia 520 offers buyers 8GB of storage as standard. The Sony Xperia U also comes with one storage option – a 8GB model. They both have the same amount of storage space. The Lumia 520 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 72GB. The 8GB storage on the Xperia U can’t be extended, as there’s no memory card slot.
— The Lumia 520 wins (3-7)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Sony Xperia U – Battery Life

And now, a quick word about the battery life… Nokia boasts 9.6 hours of talktime for its Lumia 520, versus 5.5 hours for the Xperia U. The standby times are 360 hours for the Lumia 520 and 472 hours for the Xperia U. A defeat for the Xperia U here.
— The Lumia 520 wins (4-7)

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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 U – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Xperia U is packed with GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio with RDS, video light, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot.
— The Xperia U wins (4-8)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia U wins! (4-8)

The Sony Xperia U 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: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
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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