The Nokia X and the Nokia Lumia 520 are entry-level smartphones that attempt to woo the customer with different tactics.

The Nokia X is the first android smartphone from Nokia, whereas the Lumia 520 is the most basic offering from the Finnish company, to feature the Windows operating system.

Design

After Microsoft’s decision to purchase Nokia, the company has launched some of the finest Windows phones in the market. In fact, they have become the flag bearers of the Windows Phone OS. The Lumia 520 is a flag bearer that reaches out to the masses with a design that is appealing. The phone is not too heavy at 124 g, while it is of solid build quality. It is not surprising to see the Nokia X, coming from the stable of Nokia, feature similar design characteristics.

Display

The Nokia X may be an entry-level smartphone, but it offers a 4 inch display similar to that of the iPhone 5S. The resolution may be on the lower side at 480 x 800 pixels, but it almost eliminates the naked pixels. The Nokia Lumia 520 also uses a similar 4 inch display that employs the same IPS panel as well. Resolution is also the same. There is little to separate the devices in terms of display, although the Lumia 520 offers scratch resistant glass. It is not exactly solid Gorilla glass display, but it should be good enough to handle day-to-day blemishes.

Memory

Internal storage on the Lumia 520 is a healthy 8 GB, whereas the Nokia X offers only 4 GB. The 512 MB of RAM is present on both devices and should be enough for multitasking. Performance figures are extremely good due to the use of powerful processors in both phones. The Nokia X offers a dual core 1 GHz processor similar to that of the Lumia 520, but this processor comes from the snapdragon range within Qualcomm. Further, the Lumia 520 also uses a slightly more advanced Adreno 305, compared to the Adreno 203 present in the Nokia X.

Operating System

The android operating system used on the Nokia X is unlike the OS found in many high end android smartphones. This is because the phone uses a free version of Android that has been put through intense customization to offer a number of Nokia apps. It is possible to install Google’s Play Store and take advantage of the numerous apps on offer. The Windows app ecosystem is still not close enough to challenge the Apple Store or the Play Store, but it is growing at a frenetic pace. The Lumia 520 came with the Windows Phone 8 and it is comparable to the latest 8.1 version.

Despite comparable specs, the battery on the Nokia X is slightly larger than the 1430 mAh unit on the Lumia 520. The Nokia X uses a 1500 mAh battery.

The Nokia X represents one of the basic android phones available in the market at $130 whereas the unlocked version of the Lumia 520 retails at $105.

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