Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nexus 4 – Top Specs and Price Comparison

The Nexus 4 is equipped with a 4.7 inches display that has a pixel density of 318 pixels-per-inch, and it weighs 137 g. The Nokia Lumia 520 weighs less, 124 g, but it also has a smaller display of 4 inches. The pixel ratio of this device is of 245 pixels-per-inch, which is inferior to the one seen on the Google device.

While both devices have the same chipset, the Snapdragon S4 Plus from Qualcomm, they support different RAM capacities: the Lumia 520 has 512MB of RAM, where as the Nexus 4 showcases 2GB. Both handsets have 8GB of internal memory space.

We can see that the most powerful battery is held by the Nexus 4 (capacity: 2100 mAh), while the Nokia has a 1430 mAh battery unit. But what’s interesting, is that both devices can last up to 15 hours of talking time. What this means is that the Google Nexus 4 needs more power to run than the Nokia Lumia 520.

As for operating system, the Lumia 520 runs on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8, while the Nexus 4 features multiple Android versions to choose from: 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3, 4.4 and 4.4.2.

What we like

What both handsets will provide you with is a nice user interface and over all great response. The Nexus 5 shows off a very nice Android version: the Jelly Bean 4.2, while the Lumia 520 could have been equipped with a better performing OS. Also, the Nexus 4 has the gesture-typing keyboard which we cannot see featured on the Nokia Lumia 520.

Where the Nokia Lumia 520 exceeds the Google smartphone is the large number of apps you won’t see in the Google Play Store as well as some other Nokia services.

What we don’t like

Let’s see what we don’t find convenient with the Nexus 4. Well, for starters, the device does not have 4G support. On top of that, the camera sensor is poor and the photosphere is not the best when it comes to practicality. Not to say that the speaker location is not the best.

Do not worry, we have some observations when it comes to the Nokia Lumia 520 as well. The sound quality of the speaker is not what you’d expect, while the display resolution could benefit from some improvement.

Nokia Lumia 520 Pros

In what aspect the Nexus 4 is lacking and the Nokia Lumia 520 is great is in the JavaScript execution. Also, we can see FM radio, which Google didn’t feature on its handset. The portability of the device is great: it’s light and easy to carry. If you’ve always been curious about Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and what it provides, this smartphone is a great example of the additional services from Nokia and it does come at an affordable price. While the resolution of the handset is not so good, the display is very nice. The camera also presents good specs.

Google Nexus 4 Pros

Well, don’t get too hypnotized about the Nokia Lumia 520. The Google Nexus 4 does showcase a lot of great specs. For example, you can clearly see the better processor (a quad core working at 1.5 GHz) compared to the processor of the Nokia Lumia 520 (a dual core that works at 1 GHz). We’ve already talked about this earlier, but the battery has a larger capacity than the one seen on the Nokia. Now, regarding downloading speed, you can see a great difference between the two: the Nexus 4 downloads at 84 Mbps, while the Lumia 520 downloads at only 5.76 Mbps.

While the Nokia OS has its perks, the Android operating system does offer an impressive number of over 850.000, while the Windows Phone only offers a number of 120.000.

Lastly, the device does feature NFC (not seen on the Nokia) and it does come at the best price there could be for all the specs it showcases.


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