Well, it is a showdown between the two budget bestsellers of the market. They are the Nokia Lumia 520 and the HTC Desire 200. With these two phones placed at such a close price range (Rs 8500-9100) it’ll definitely create a doubt among people to whether choose a budget HTC device or go for a Lumia. This comparison will help you pick your way ahead. Let’s get started.
The HTC Desire 200 sports a 3.5″ display which is small and completely navigable without stretching your thumb to its limits. On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 520 has a flashy 4″ display. The latter might hold more attraction in the age of phablets as bigger is better seems to be mantra. So I’d opt for the 4″ because it means a big enough screen size for videos, pictures and graphic-rich games.
Nokia Lumia 520=7/10 (For sheer size and clarity)
HTC Desire 200=6/10 (Only because of the slightly lesser screen size. Clarity wise, this display is head-on)
Sound and Memory:
As far as sound is concerned, Beats Audio™ beats anything you pit against it. Not only is the sound loud but the whole range of low, medium and high sounds are crisper and clearer and easily differentiable. Nokia doesn’t stand a chance in this regard. If you are a music lover, don’t hesitate to choose HTC over Nokia on this. Though the inbuilt Nokia music player boasts of a capability to play any music format you throw at it, this is not a feature that would bring down the HTC Desire as there are many music players on Android that can be downloaded to solve this issue.
Memory wise, both of them sport a 512 MB RAM which as it states should do it’s job so it’s a tie here but storage wise, the HTC Desire 200 gives only 4GB of internal storage as opposed to Nokia Lumia 520′s internal 8GB and free cloud storage of 7GB. You are carrying around 15GB of your favorite movies without even popping in a SD card. So this point goes to the Nokia Lumia 520.
Nokia Lumia 520=7.2\10 (Scores on the storage front)
HTC Desire 200=9.0\10 ( Beats Audio is the deal clincher)
OS and Processor:
To be making a direct comparison between these two is tough because they run on totally different operating systems. The HTC Desire 200 runs on the good old Android 4.0 which I personally feel is very user friendly and easy to use. On the other hand the Nokia Lumia 520 is a Windows Phone operating system which has not clicked as much as the former but now has captured a minor part of the market. The choice here would be purely based on individual opinions and comfort levels with the respective UIs. But if it is your first time with a smartphone, Android is something worth exploring and experiencing.
The HTC Desire 200 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor and the Nokia Lumia 520 on the contrary, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset. Both of them run at 1GHz so the main difference is going to be in the architecture of the processor. Clearly, Lumia 520 emerges the winner here.
Nokia Lumia 520=7.2\10 (for the processor)
HTC Desire 200=7.5\10 (only for the Android OS or it would have a lost a point)
Build and camera:
The Nokia Lumia 520 with its bold colors makes quite the fashion statement. But on the whole, the Nokia Lumia 520 is a very clean and simple slate design. The HTC Desire 200 on the other hand is a very subtle looking and keeps the color palette simple with basic black and simple white. The body has been designed very well – the front speaker grill and the back side of the phone with the dotted pattern makes it look really very elegant. The camera is also supported by a small steel ring separating it from the rest of the body.
Coming to the camera, this showdown has another tie because both of them sport a 5MP camera on the back and no secondary camera. Subsequently both of them lack a flash also so this makes them both equally same in this aspect.
Nokia Lumia 520=6\10 (For the flashy colors )
HTC Desire 200=7.2\10 (For the excellent build quality and practicality )
Connectivity and Battery:
Both the phones rest at the same level in the connectivity sector as both of them are 3G enabled, WiFi and Bluetooth equipped. But the Nokia Lumia 520 has Bluetooth 3.0 where the HTC Desire 200 has Bluetooth 4.0.
On the grounds of battery the Nokia Lumia 520 uses a BL-5J ( all of those who have the curiosity of opening up a phone as soon as you get it in your would know what this is) which is a pretty old model of a Nokia Battery. I remember seeing it last in a Nokia 5800 which was ages ago. Although the specification seems a little outdated, it measured up very well against its rival with a battery life of 9.6 hours of 3G talk time as compared the HTC Desire 200′s 7 hours and 30 minutes.
Nokia Lumia 520=4.5\10 (that low just not to change their battery)
HTC Desire 200=4.7\10 (for the Bluetooth 4.0)
I strongly feel that the HTC Desire 200 has got a better shot at the market than the Nokia Lumia 520 because of a bunch of different features like audio, OS etc. But finally let us see what the final score verdict comes to.
Nokia Lumia 520=31.9\50
HTC Desire 200=34.4\50
This indicates that the HTC Desire has measured out to be the better of the two. It is indeed a well-rounded smartphone at the price point in question, but those who are looking for a specific feature to be excellent when compared to the rest might want to fine tune their search some more.