These two phones are at the budget end of the market fighting over entry level and student smartphone users. One is bright and garish, the other is more classic and reserved. So which one comes out best on form, display, storage, processor, and operating system?
The Form and Design
The Samsung Galaxy Ace is measured at 118.3 x 62.2 x 10.5, and the Nokia Lumia 620 very similarly at 115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm. The Nokia is slightly weightier at 127g compared to 122g.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace is not the most inspirational look on the market. It is so similar to the Galaxy Ace and it could even be mistaken for it. It’s not the most compact phone on the market either and is constructed from the usual Samsung plastic. The textured black back does raise it a little in aesthetic terms but it is not beautiful. However, it is a budget phone and so in those terms it’s not actually too bad looking and comes off okay.
The Nokia Lumia 620 challenges the assertion that it’s impossible to create a budget phone with real verve and personality. It’s brightly coloured, rounded, and curvy. In design terms it is fairly minimalist, which is more than made up for by the brightness of the colours available. Users can choose from green, cyan, orange, magenta, and yellow. If your personality tends toward the more conservative, you can opt for a white or black model as an alternative.
The design on the Nokia 620 is certainly more interesting than the Samsung, and so I give the Nokia Lumia 620 the win on the design and form.
Both of the handsets have 3.8-inch screens and 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The Nokia benefits from ClearBlack technology, which makes it better performing outdoors. Generally the picture is better on contrast and picture quality and so the Nokia Lumia 620 wins the display battle.
The Samsung device has 4GB of onboard storage and micro SD capacity up to 32GB. The Nokia 620 wins this battle with 8GB of internal memory and the ability to cater for higher capacity SD cards up to 64GB.
The Galaxy Ace 2 benefits from a dual-core processor 800MHz and 768MB of RAM. This is fairly impressive for a low level phone and is able to deal with multi-tasking, games, and most apps. With 3G, UK consumers will be able to watch Sky Sports and stream movies with this processor.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It’s RAM is lower than the Samsung, but the rest is much better. The Windows operating system on the Nokia is superbly optimised and so the processor is actually more appropriate on the Nokia Lumia 620 and performs better. So the win here goes for Nokia Lumia 620. Both are very capable in the bidget level though.
The Operating System
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but there is a patch for 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has fast performance and over 700,000 apps. The interface is smooth and intuitive providing sensible navigation through the platform.
The Windows 8 platform on the Lumia 620 is much better than Windows Phone 7 was. It’s fast, better at multi-tasking and Windows has speedily improved in the phone environment. It has around 120,000 apps but in truth there are some pretty terrible apps on Windows phone, and even some of the most common apps you expect to see are not available.
Android is currently a better platform than Windows, although Windows is doing very well. So overall, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 wins on the platform front.
The Lumia 620 comes across much better. It’s more attractive and has better internals. Unfortunately the operating system is still not as good as Android in my opinion and it has fewer apps. This shouldn’t be the deciding factor because it still is a quality budget smartphone.
The Galaxy Ace 2 is not the best in terms of appearance and onboard storage, but it does have a great display.
For me the win goes to the Nokia Lumia 620 based on the fact that it is a better handset.