Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 24, 2013

What are the tech differences when you compare the Nokia Lumia 820 with the Nokia Lumia 620? Does the 4.3-inch screen on the Lumia 820, trump the Lumia 620’s display? Is the 5.0MP camera on the Lumia 620 significantly better? Find out which phone is our best buy by checking the comparison below.

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Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620: 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 820 VS Nokia Lumia 620
Display 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 3.8-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(245.526 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face detection and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes Yes
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR 3.0 with A2DP and EDR
Size 68.5 x 123.8 x 9.9mm 61.1 x 115.4 x 11.0mm
Weight 160g 127g
Talktime 8.0 hours 9.5 hours
Standby 330 hours 330 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, free SkyDrive storage and it’s available in multiple colours GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, free SkyDrive storage, available in multiple colours

 

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 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 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the Lumia 820 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. 4G is also supported. As for the Lumia 620, Nokia has built it with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. But there’s no 4G here.
— The Lumia 820 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Size/Weight

How do these two handsets match up in terms of size? The Lumia 820 and the Lumia 620 are 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm and 115.4 x 61.1 x 11.0mm respectively. Overall the Lumia 820 is the slimmer phone. As for weightiness, the Lumia 820 is heavier than the Lumia 620, tipping the scales at 160g, compared to the Lumia 620′s 127g.
— The Lumia 620 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 820′s 8.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. It has a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. There’s also a front camera for video calling.

In this battle, the Lumia 620 takes second place. Despite autofocus, LED flash, face detection and 720p video recording, its 5.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the standards of the Lumia 820. A second 0.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Lumia 820 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Display

Nokia has built the Lumia 820 with a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive display. The AMOLED ClearBlack screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, not a patch on some of the newer screens we’re seeing. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is a poor 216.977.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 820 features a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 216.977.

The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Lumia 620 is smaller, measuring 3.8 inches. The resolution is the same. In comparison, there are 384000 pixels onscreen, giving the Lumia 620 pixel density of 245.526 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 820 wins (3-1)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Processor

Now onto the processors… the Nokia Lumia 820 is powered by a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.5GHz. The Lumia 620 has a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip.
— The Lumia 820 wins (4-1)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-2)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-3)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (7-4)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Battery Life

With a fully topped-up battery cell, Nokia says that its Lumia 820 can deliver 8.0 hours of talktime, while the Lumia 620 is rated at 9.5 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 330 hours and 330 hours respectively That’s a smackdown for the Lumia 620 here.
— The Lumia 620 wins (7-5)

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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 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 620 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (8-6)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 820 wins! (8-6)

The Nokia Lumia 820 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 620, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 4 and losing 2.
You can see where the fight was won – the Lumia 820 has the best connectivity, a better 8.0MP camera, faster CPU and a decent (if unspectacular) 4.3-inch 480 x 800 pixel display.

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