Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on July 24, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 625 and the Nokia Lumia 520 side-by-side, which one comes out on top? Is the 4.7-inch display on the Lumia 625 a cut above the 4.0-incher on the Lumia 520? Does its dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon processor give it more power? These questions (and more besides) are answered below. Just scroll down a bit…

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Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520: 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 625 VS Nokia Lumia 520
Display 4.7-inch IPS LCD 4.0-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(198.511 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP No
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP
Size 72.3 x 133.3 x 9.2mm 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm
Weight 159g 124g
Talktime 15.0 hours 9.6 hours
Standby 552 hours 360 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and a stereo FM radio GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 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 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Connectivity

The wireless talents of the Lumia 625 include 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also includes 4G connectivity where available. The Lumia 520 packs 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Unlike the Lumia 625, this model doesn’t support 4G.
— The Lumia 625 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Size/Weight

Let’s talk about pocketability. The Lumia 625 and the Lumia 520 measure 133.3 x 72.3 x 9.2mm and 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm respectively. The Lumia 625 is the thinner of the two. The Lumia 625 carries more weight than the Lumia 520. Compare the two and Nokia’s phone is 159g and Lumia 520′s’ handset is 124g.
— The Lumia 520 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 625 is equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 0.3MP camera on the front for making video calls. The Lumia 520 also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera along with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording.
— The Lumia 625 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Display

The Lumia 625 incorporates a touch-sensitive IPS LCD display, 4.7 inches in size and with a resolution of 480 x 800. With its 4.7-inch display and an unremarkable overall pixel count of 384000, the Lumia 625 has a pixels per inch rating of 198.511.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 625 features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 198.511.

The 4.0-inch touch-sensitive IPS LCD screen on the Lumia 520 is 0.7 inches smaller. The screen resolution matches that of the Lumia 625 – 480 x 800 pixels. Do the math again and, with 384000 overall pixels, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 233.25.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Processor

So how fast do these phones go? Under the hood the Lumia 520 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor, rated at 1GHz. The Lumia 625′s core is a 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon chip.
— The Lumia 625 wins (4-2)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520

We’re halfway through this fight and the Lumia 625 leads by 2. But this fight’s not over. The Lumia 520 still has time to mount a comeback.

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Software

Neither phone wins this Windows Phone 8 vs. Windows Phone 8 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-3)

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Applications

It’s the Windows Phone Store vs. the Windows Phone Store and there’s no winner here. Which means… The Lumia 625 still leads. Can the Lumia 520 overturn a 2-point lead?
— The two phones share the points (6-4)

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (7-5)

Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Battery Life

As for staying power… Nokia claims 15.0 hours of talktime for the Lumia 625, compared to 9.6 hours for the Lumia 520. Standby times are 552 hours and 360 hours respectively. That’s one to the Lumia 625, nothing to the Lumia 520.
— The Lumia 625 wins (8-5)

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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 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 625 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and a stereo FM radio . In comparison, the Lumia 520 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage
— The Lumia 625 wins (9-5)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 625 wins! (9-5)

nokia lumia 625 v2 168x300 Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Nokia Lumia 520   Whats the difference?The Nokia Lumia 625 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 520, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 4 and losing 1. 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: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Comparable
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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