Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Fight!

by Jerry D on February 14, 2013

Is the Nokia Lumia 620 a better budget Windows Phone than the HTC Windows Phone 8S? Does the 3.8-inch screen on the Lumia 620, eclipse the Windows Phone 8S’s 4.0-inch display? Does it have a faster processor? Will the Windows Phone 8S’s 5.0MP camera take better photos? Discover which handset wins this mid-range phone fight in the table below…

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Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S: 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 620 VS HTC Windows Phone 8S
Display 3.8-inch LCD 4.0-inch S-LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(245.526 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 8 internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face detection and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and EDR 3.1 with A2DP/EDR
Size 61.1 x 115.4 x 11.0mm 63.0 x 120.5 x 10.3mm
Weight 127g 113g
Talktime 9.5 hours TBC
Standby 330 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, free SkyDrive storage, available in multiple colours GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, and 7GB free SkyDrive storage

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S 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 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Lumia 620 lists NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and EDR as the core connectivity options. There’s no support for 4G. The Windows Phone 8S has 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. No NFC here and it doesn’t have any 4G connectivity either.
— The Lumia 620 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Size/Weight

How large are these two phones? The Lumia 620 measures 115.4 x 61.1 x 11.0mm, while the Windows Phone 8S is 120.5 x 63.0 x 10.3mm in comparison. The Windows Phone 8S is the taller of the two phones by 5.1mm. As for weight, the Nokia Lumia 620 weighs 127g, while the Windows Phone 8S is 113g. Could the Lumia 620 be the phone to beat in this fight?
— It’s a tie, the points are shared (2-1)

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Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Camera/Video

The Lumia 620′s 5.0 MP camera features autofocus, LED flash, face detection and 720p video recording. The HTC Windows Phone 8S, meanwhile, matches its opponent with a 5.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. There’s a VGA camera on the front of the 620 for video chit-chat, which gives the Nokia phone the win.

— The Lumia 620 wins (3-1)

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Display

Display size is key and the Lumia 620 features a decent, 3.8-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive LCD screen. It has 384000 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at 245.526 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 620 features a 3.8-inch LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 245.526.

At 4.0 inches, Windows Phone 8S’s touch-sensitive S-LCD screen has more room. Like the Lumia 620, its screen has a 480 by 800 resolution. With 384000 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 233.25 pixels per inch.
— The Windows Phone 8S wins (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (4-3)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S

At the halfway point, the Lumia 620 has an early 1 point lead. But this isn’t over. Oh no. Let’s see what the Windows Phone 8S has to offer in the second half.

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-4)

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-5)

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Storage

Next round: storage. We start with the Nokia Lumia 620, which comes with 8GB of built-in storage. The HTC Windows Phone 8S is only available in a 4GB version.  Of course, the Lumia 620 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to a more capable 72GB with a 64GB memory card. The 4GB storage capacity on HTC’s phone can be expanded to 36GB via its built-in microSD slot.
— The Lumia 620 wins (7-5)

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Lumia 620 and the Windows Phone 8S share the points (8-6)

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (9-7)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 620 wins! (9-7)

The Nokia Lumia 620 wins this fight, beating the HTC Windows Phone 8S. It takes 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 1. What does this mean in practice? If you look back over the 10 rounds, you’ll see that Nokia’s phone has the best connectivity, an extra front camera and the most memory as standard.

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