PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S II vs Lumia 520

Performance

Processing power and speed

Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com and fudzilla.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Nokia Lumia 520 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S II vs Lumia 520

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S II
1,754 ms
Lumia 520
1,444 ms
We expected the Nokia Lumia 520 to match the other mid-range and entry-level WP8 phones we've tested in terms of performance in the SunSpider and BrowserMark benchmark tests and it delivered.
Lumia 520 | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S II

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Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Store significantly more stuff 32 GB vs 8 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Faster processor 1.2 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Longer standby time (3G) 37,152 min vs 21,600 min More than 70% longer standby time (3G)
Records higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 2.2x higher def video
More battery capacity 1,650 mA·h vs 1,430 mA·h More than 15% more battery capacity
Bigger screen 4.3" vs 4" More than 5% bigger screen
Lighter 116 g vs 124 g More than 5% lighter
Thinner 8.5 mm vs 9.9 mm Around 15% thinner
Front view of Nokia Lumia 520

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Faster javascript execution 1,444 ms vs 1,754 ms Around 20% better SunSpider 0.9.1 score

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S II  vs Lumia 520 

8.8
8.0
Samsung is moving to a laser-based production method for its AMOLED displays this year, which will allow for Retina Display-like 300ppi+ pixel densities, so we are looking forward to such higher resolutions.
Galaxy S II

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S II  vs
Lumia 520 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.3" 4"
Resolution 800 x 480 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 216 ppi 233 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.1.2 Windows Phone 8.1, 8
Multitasking Yes Yes
Adobe flash support No No

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC No No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Galaxy S II  vs
Lumia 520 
Weight 116 g 124 g
Thickness 8.5 mm 9.9 mm
Size 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.5 mm 64 x 119.9 x 9.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.2 GHz 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 32 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 5 MP
Resolution 8 MP 5 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
HSPA (unspecified)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (21.1 Mb/s)
HSDPA (21.1 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (21.1 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,098 min 888 min
Talk time (3G) 540 min 576 min
Standby time (3G) 37,152 min 21,600 min
Capacity 1,650 mA·h 1,430 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S II
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Nokia Lumia 520
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