In this article we’re comparing two of the cheapest smartphones, the Lumia 525, which runs on Microsoft Windows Phone OS, with Samsung’s Galaxy S Duos 2, which is an Adroid based smartphone. The Samsung model beats its opponent in terms of operating system, but it has smaller RAM and the battery has a mediocre lifetime.
Displays, designs and sizes
The Lumia 525 looks like all of the Lumia models, but the difference is that it has a removable rear panel. On the front panel there’s the 4inches IPS LCD screen with scratch resistant glass and the supported resolution is average, at 480x800pixels with 233ppi. The images are sharp, the viewing angles are ok and the screen allows you to operate with finger nails. The device weights 124grams and it measures 119.9x64x9.9mm.
The S Duos 2 has a TFT screen with the same size, resolution and pixel density, but the body is taller, measuring 121.5×63.1×10.6mm. It’s lighter, weighting 118grams, so it feels extremely comfortable to hold in one hand. We need to specify that the phone has the power button on the right side, the volume rocker is on the left, the USC port is at the bottom, along with the built in mic. Also, the screen has only a 2-finger multitouch.
Hardware and OS
The Nokia handset is powered by a decent 1GHz dual-core processor, which is supported by a Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset and the GPU is Adreno 305. The RAM capacity is 1GB, the built in memory is 8GB, but it’s not enough for you then add a microSD card to get up to 64GB of internal storage. This phone is operating on Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OS, which is upgradeable to v8.1.
As for the Samsung model, the performance is quite good with the dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor, which teams up with a BCM 28145/28155 chipset and a Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU. The operating system is Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), but the RAM capacity is kind of low at 768MB. The internal storage has half the capacity of the memory that the Lumia 525 comes with, but it’s also expandable up to 64GB.
Both phones have 5MP cameras on the back with autofocus, but the Lumia 525 lacks LED flash and a secondary camera. However, it has 1/4” sensor size and geo-tagging and the video recording capability is at 720p@30fps. The S Duos 2 has a VGA front camera for video conferences.
Both phones have user replaceable Li-Ion batteries. The Lumia 525 has a slightly smaller battery of 1430mAh, but it manages to last 10 hours and 40minutes if you’re busy talking on 3G. The 1500mAh battery of the Galaxy S Duos 2 doesn’t impress much, because it offers only 8 hours of talktime on 3G.
The pricing for the Lumia 525 is 136 dollars and the Galaxy S Duos 2 costs only 128 dollars.
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