Features Key features of the Xperia M  vs Lumia 520 

screen size

screen resolution

Xperia M
854 x 480
Lumia 520
800 x 480

memory

Xperia M
1 GB
Lumia 520
0.5 GB

processor

Xperia M
Dual core
Lumia 520
Dual core

camera resolution

Xperia M
5 MP
Lumia 520
5 MP

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia M

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia M

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Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
More battery capacity 1,750 mA·h vs 1,430 mA·h More than 20% more battery capacity
Longer standby time (3G) 27,216 min vs 21,600 min More than 25% longer standby time (3G)
Lighter 115 g vs 124 g More than 5% lighter
Slightly thinner 9.3 mm vs 9.9 mm More than 5% thinner
Front view of Nokia Lumia 520

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Nokia Lumia 520

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Slightly longer talk time 888 min vs 618 min Around 45% longer talk time; go days without charging
Store slightly more stuff 8 GB vs 4 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia M  vs Lumia 520 

7.3
8.0
The phone has 21.1 Mbits HSPA+ modem inside, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS radio to take advantage of the HERE Drive, Maps and Public Transit suite, which is perhaps the most comprehensive offline navigation package for a mobile you can have.
Lumia 520

6.0
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

7.0 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia M  vs
Lumia 520 
Size 4" 4"
Resolution 854 x 480 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 244 ppi 233 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 4 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 4G 3.5G
Networks
HSDPA (21.1 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
HSPA (unspecified)
HSDPA+ (21.1 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 618 min 888 min
Talk time (3G) 540 min 576 min
Standby time (3G) 27,216 min 21,600 min
Capacity 1,750 mA·h 1,430 mA·h

form factor

Xperia M  vs
Lumia 520 
Weight 115 g 124 g
Thickness 9.3 mm 9.9 mm
Size 62 x 124 x 9.3 mm 64 x 119.9 x 9.9 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.3 Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Multitasking Yes Yes
Adobe flash support No No

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Sony Xperia M
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