PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S III mini vs Lumia 520

Performance

Processing power and speed

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

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S III mini 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S III mini  based on its performance.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S III mini vs Lumia 520

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Lumia 520
1,444 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S III mini

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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
Front view of Nokia Lumia 520

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Nokia Lumia 520

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Faster javascript execution 1,444 ms vs 1,955 ms More than 25% better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
Better theoretical download speed 21.1 Mb/s vs 14.4 Mb/s More than 45% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S III mini  vs Lumia 520 

8.9
8.0
Outdoor visibility isn't very good, just like on most other AMOLED screens.
Galaxy S III mini

7.0
9.0
It's a great way of saving space and very useful for lumping similar apps, like games or email, together.
Lumia 520

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S III mini  vs
Lumia 520 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 4" 4"
Resolution 800 x 480 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 233 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 v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Galaxy S III mini  vs
Lumia 520 
Weight 120 g 124 g
Thickness 9.9 mm 9.9 mm
Size 63 x 121.5 x 9.9 mm 64 x 119.9 x 9.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

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

cellular

Generation 3.5G 3.5G
Networks
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (14.4 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 469.8 min 576 min
Standby time (3G) 21,600 min 21,600 min
Capacity 1,500 mA·h 1,430 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S III mini
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