Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Comparison

by Jerry D on March 4, 2013

Is the Samsung Ativ S a better phone than the Nokia Lumia 820? Does the 4.8-inch screen on the Ativ S, eclipse the Lumia 820’s 4.3-inch display? Does the Ativ S have a greater storage capacity? Discover which handset wins this big phone fight in the table below…

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Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820: 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.

Samsung Ativ S VS Nokia Lumia 820
Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 16 or 32GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 70.5 x 137.2 x 8.7mm 68.5 x 123.8 x 9.9mm
Weight 135g 160g
Talktime 15.0 hours 8.0 hours
Standby 218 hours 330 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, free SkyDrive storage and it’s available in multiple colours

 

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 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 Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 fight plays out…

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Connectivity

The Ativ S is a 3G/HSDPA phone with added NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. But no room for 4G connectivity. In comparison, the Lumia 820 features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. It also supports 4G.
— The Lumia 820 wins (0-1)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Size/Weight

The spec sheets make interesting reading. The Ativ S is slightly skinnier than the Lumia 820 with a chassis that’s only 8.7mm thick. The Ativ S is wider, measuring 70.5mm to the Lumia 820′s 68.5mm. Neither phone is hefty. The Samsung Ativ S weighs 135g, while the Lumia 820 is 160g.
— The Ativ S wins (1-1)

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Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Camera/Video

The Ativ S comes packing a built-in 8.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing camera rated at 1.9 Megapixels.

The Lumia 820 also comes equipped with an 8.0 MP camera along with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 820 wins (1-2)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Display

As for screen size, the Samsung Ativ S features a 4.8-inch (720 x 1280) touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is 306.042 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Ativ S features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 306.042.

In comparison, the Lumia 820′s touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack screen is just 4.3 inches wide. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution loses out to the Ativ S’s display. In comparison, there are 384000 pixels onscreen, giving the Lumia 820 a low-end pixel density of 216.977 pixels per inch.
— The Ativ S wins (2-2)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (3-3)

Half-time: Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820

At the halfway point, the Ativ S and the Lumia 820 are tied on 3 points each.Which phone will triumph? Has the Lumia 820 got the best software or the biggest storage capacity?

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Software

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

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Applications

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

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Storage

And now, a storage battle. You can get the Ativ S in 16 or 32GB models. The Nokia Lumia 820 comes with one default storage option – a 8GB model. The Ativ S also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 64GB. Likewise, a microSD slot on the Lumia 820 further boosts the overall memory on Nokia’s phone to 72GB.
— The Ativ S wins (6-5)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Battery Life

Fully powered-up, the Ativ S weighs in with 15.0 hours of talktime; the Lumia 820 in comparison boasts 8.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Samsung’s phone can last 218 hours, while Nokia’s model boasts 330 hours. The points in this round belong to the Ativ S.
— Ativ S (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.

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Extras

Finally, the Ativ S also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In comparison, the Lumia 820 features GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, free SkyDrive storage and it’s available in multiple colours.
— The Ativ S wins (8-5)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Ativ S wins! (8-5)

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