Nokia Lumia 620 vs. Nokia Lumia 800

Introduction

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Since the advent of the smart phone there has always been continuous striving in the market to come up with a device which can justify both performance and appeal. Nokia has taken up this challenge in its stride by joining hands with software giant Microsoft , which has led to a range of smart phones that can perform up to par and still not look monotonously similar. The Lumia 800 is the first release of their alliance packed with impressive features and good looks on the other hand the screamingly colorful Lumia 620 forms the affordable option with its amazing features. Let’s dig deeper to find out which one is worth the money.

Design

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Nokia Lumia 800 is one interesting-looking phone derived from a solid piece of colored polycarbonate having a tabletop head and tail with rounded sides. The device feels pretty solid and durable in the hand although a little slippery owing to its nature. It is 4.59 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide and 0.47 inch thick. The polycarbonate material does not provide the fine grip when the device held in hands.  It features an 8-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and dual-LED flash, with no front camera which is disappointing.

The Lumia 620 with its five different hues appeals attention but the array of colors are unending. To enhance the handset’s customization, Nokia has also created transparent covers that change the total out-look of the device albeit it is not something entirely new with Nokia but truly it got the appealing factor. The device is quite peppy and youthful but it does not exude the class that it’s capable of; it is 4.5 inches tall with 2.4 inches in wide and sports a 5 megapixel camera on rear and VGA camera on front, which can be used for video calling.

Screen

The Lumia 800 sports a WVGA resolution of 800×480 pixels on an amazingly crisp 3.7 inches of AMOLED material that works in its favor. Nokia has effectively used its Clear Black display with a polarizing filter that helps improve visibility in direct sunlight although direct sunlight smears stand out. With Gorilla Glass incorporated into the final product, this device’s screen is as durable as it gets.

In contrast, the Lumia 620 happily inherits lucid display of the series which at 3.8 inches is more petite than what we’ve been seeing on the market. With the same WVGA resolution of 800×400 pixels, the 620 comes in the same bracket with the 800 but only smaller in screen size, the 800 is the better choice in terms of screen owing to fact that the screen size complements the resolution better.

User interface

The Lumia 800 is the first handset to support the Windows 7.5 Mango OS ever. The Mango is very lucid and swift, it features a very user-friendly and robust outlook. The first things you notice and find very feasible are the live tiles which are quite snappy and easy enough to navigate around. The Start screen is minimally customizable. As with all Windows Phones, swiping your finger down from the top of the screen shows your battery meter, signal strength, and data connection.

On the other hand, the Lumia 620 supports the much newer and ameliorated version of windows i.e. the windows 8 which comes with Internet Explorer 10, 7GB free Sky drive storage, and access to an amazing Xbox media store. There are not many exceptional changes that one would expect in windows 8 although the performance is increased and the device is much more responsive. The newly launched and ameliorated windows 8 phone takes the advantage here owing to the changes made in comparison.

Performance

The Lumia 800 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with a single core 1.4 GHz Scorpion ARM Cortex-A8 processor and Adreno 205 GPU 3D hardware accelerator. In the age of dual core performers by today’s standard, the Snapdragon still performs incredibly, especially when paired with a very efficient Windows Phone 7 operating system supported with a modest 512 MB of RAM. This is quite refreshing to see the performance of the device enhanced by the underlying OS.

The Lumia 610 which supports Windows Phone 8 made dual-core processors possible with the same support of 512 MB of RAM, and it’s good to see Nokia embracing a 1GHz dual-core chipset for this entry-level Smartphone. Moreover it comes with Adreno 305, boasting the graphic performance to the best in its class; this phone is streets ahead in performance compared with its competitor which makes it superior in this aspect.

Connectivity

Internet connectivity on the Nokia Lumia 800 can be easily made through GPRS, EDGE, 3G or Wi-Fi. There is A-GPS support in this Windows Phone device along with Bing Maps that help you navigate your way easily. The Lumia 800 supports NFC which is quite prevalent in the Lumia series.

The Lumia 620 offers seamless web integration with 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi HSDPA up to 21 Mbps and checks all the boxes for a hassle free connectivity with the inheriting NFC feature and microSD support for memory expansion, making it the best choice to pick when compared to competitor.

Value

The Lumia 800 priced around 19,000rs which is quite a nice offer when the good looks and the reliability of NOKIA is considered,  but the device is quite incomplete with a front facing camera for video calling.

Nokia Lumia 620 price is rumored to be around INR 13,000 and for that price this premium looking device with faster dual core processor and an ameliorated OS ranks the superiority over Lumia 800. Nokia 620 is for people on a budget looking for a dynamite performer.

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Written by Asif Iqbal Shaik

Asif Iqbal Shaik is a Consumer Electronics Expert with MySmartPrice, which is the best price comparison website in India. He is a computer sciences graduate and has been closely following consumer electronics space from last 6 years. He also is a technology blogger for the past 3 years.

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