Windows Budget Phones: Nokia Lumia 620 vs. Lumia 510

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a pretty smartphone but its price tag (although not that expensive) might be too much to some. Thankfully, there are two other Windows phones that are quite good but at much cheaper prices. Meet the Nokia Lumia 620 and Lumia 510, two smartphones that thrifty anti-Android/iPhone people might like. You don’t want to buy both of course so we will see which between the two is the better one.

 

Looks

 

Hardware

Although these two phones have displays that have the same resolution, the Lumia 620 present images and texts better. This is because the Lumia 620′s display has a higher color count (16 million) than the Lumia 510 (65,000). This also means that the 620 has better color accuracy.

The Lumia 620 also has the better internal components. Its dual-core processor simply outmatches the 800 MHz Qualcomm chip on the Lumia 510. The Lumia 620 doubles the RAM of the Lumia 510 which further confirms that the former is faster than the latter.

If you are particular with storage, you might want to steer clear from the Lumia 510. It only has 4 GB of internal memory while the Lumia 620 has 8 GB. What’s more is the Lumia 510 doesn’t support microSD! That means you are stuck with that 4 GB storage while you can extend the 8 GB storage of the Lumia 620 to a maximum 64 GB.

Edge: Lumia 620

 

Software

One runs Windows Phone 8 while the other hosts Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Continuing our trend, it’s pretty clear that the Lumia 620 runs WP 8. The Lumia 510 simple does not have enough processor power and RAM to handle the newest mobile OS from Microsoft. This also tells that the Lumia 510 will never run WP 8.

Check out this Windows Phone 8 vs. 7.5 Mango video from Pocketnow:

Edge: Lumia 620

 

Battery Life

The Lumia 620 and Lumia 510 have batteries that are rated at 1300 mAh. They are not the same battery though. The Lumia 620 is tested to last up to 10 hours of talk-time while connected to the 3G network. This is equivalent to 14 hours and 40 minutes on 2G. The Lumia 510 has a shorter battery life: 8 hours and 52 minutes in 3G or 6 hours and 15 minutes on 2G.

Edge: Lumia 620

 

Connectivity

Both phones support HSPA connectivity but the Lumia 620 has better download speeds. The Lumia 510′s download speed peaks at 5.76 MB/s while the 620 can reach 21 MB/s. The Lumia 620 also supports dual-band Wi-Fi. This means it can shift to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band (if available on your network) which has less traffic and faster connection.

Bluetooth is present on both but there’s not version 4. The Lumia 620, interestingly, offers NFC. This technology allows you to use your phone like a credit card.The Lumia 510 matches this technology with FM radio (which isn’t available on the Lumia 620).

Edge: Lumia 620

 

Prices

The Nokia Lumia 620 is yet to hit US stores but reports tell us that it will be sold for an unsubsidized cost of $249. Meanwhile, the Nokia Lumia 510 can be bought for only $193. We’ll update this post as soon as any of these phones become available.
 

Specs

Nokia Lumia 620Nokia Lumia 510
Operating SystemWindows Phone 8Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Processor, RAMDual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Single-core 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A
Display3.8" 480 x 800 pixels TFT w/ ClearBlack Technology4.0" 480 x 800 pixels TFT
Storage8 GB w/ microSD up to 64 GB4 GB
Camera5 MP rear, VGA front, 720p video5 MP rear, VGA video
ConnectivityHSPA (21 MB/s DL), GSM, Wi-Fi Dual-band, Bluetooth 3.0, NFCHSPA (7.2 MB/s DL), GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
Other Features- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- 7GB free SkyDrive storage
- Document viewer
- Video/photo editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
- SNS integration
- 7GB free SkyDrive storage
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Document viewer
- Video/photo editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input

 

Conclusion

The Nokia Lumia 620 edges the Lumia 510 in all categories so it’s pretty obvious which one is the better phone. It is also the more expensive one but the price difference between the two is not that significant. Amazingly, the Lumia 620 could compete with the more expensive Nokia Windows phones if not for its average display. So if you have to decide on which between these two to buy, choose the Lumia 620.

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