Both the Lumia 620 and the Xperia J are entry-level smartphones, but which offers better value ?
Consumers have never had so much choice when it comes to buying a new smartphone. Those looking for an entry-level smartphone have a number of options including the Nokia Lumia 620 and the Sony Xperia J.
Both are priced around £160 and have a similar specification, so we thought we'd compare and contrast both smartphones to find out which offers better value !
Windows Phone v Google Android
The major difference between the Xperia J and the Lumia 620 is that the former runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, while the latter comes pre-loaded with Windows Phone 8. Both operating systems are good in their own right, but they have different strengths.
Google's Android platform is the most popular operating system in the world and consequently has a huge library of applications and games available. While, Microsoft's operating system has been praised for it's ease of use and is perfect for those new to smartphones.
Touch-Screen Displays !
The Lumia 620 has a 3.8 inch touch-screen display, while Sony's Xperia J has a slightly larger 4.0 inch display. Sony's smartphones runs at a slightly higher resolution, but they both end up having an identical PPI (246).
On paper there is very little between the two displays, but the Xperia J's display has been criticised for being too dark and having bad viewing angles. Therefore, we'd have to declare Nokia's smartphone the victor in this category.
Performance & Battery Life
The Nokia Lumia 620 has a dual-core 1 GHz processor , while Sony's mobile only has a 1 GHz single-core chip. They both come with 512MB of RAM making Nokia's smartphone the more powerful smartphone.
Things don't get any better for the Xperia J when it comes to battery-life , which was one our main criticisms of the smartphone when we reviewed it. Nokia's Lumia 620 has a smaller battery , but still delivers almost triple the talk-time of Sony's device.
Storage & Cameras !
The Lumia 620 has 8GB of on-board storage and supports microSD cards up to 64GB. While , the Xperia J has a lower 4GB capacity and only supports microSD cards up to 32GB. The figures speak for themselves with Sony's smartphone failing to compete.
Both mobiles come with a 5 mega-pixel with LED flashes and front-facing 0.3 mega-pixel snappers for video calling. However, the lens on Nokia's device is better and is the only one capable of recording 720p video.
Design is always an area where Sony shine and the Xperia J is 1.8mm thinner (9.2mm thick) and 3 grams lighter (127g) than Nokia's smartphone. While, it undeniably has the classier more premium appearance and feels great in the hand thanks to its curved design.
However, Nokia's design is fresh and vibrant and will appeal to the younger market. It's personal preference and we know that many people love the look of Nokia's Lumia range.The Lumia 620 is also available in a wide selection of colours (Black, Pink, Orange, Green, Blue, White).
The Nokia Lumia 620 is easily the better device on paper because it is a faster device, has more on-board storage, a better camera and longer battery-life. The Windows Phone 8 platform is also perfect for those new to smartphones !
Infact, we can only see two reasons for choosing Sony's smartphone with the first being preference for its understated design. While, the second would be to take advantage of the huge amount of apps and games available on the Android platform.
3G's Winner : Nokia Lumia 620 !
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