If your old phone died and you don’t have too much money, then here are two suggestions of budget smartphones that will meet your needs. The Galaxy S3 Mini costs almost twice as much as the Lumia 520, but it has extra features. Overall, the prices of these devices reflect the reality.
Displays and sizes
Here are two smartphones with the same screen resolution – 480x800pixels. Yes, it’s kind of low, but their screens are only of 4inches. The Galaxy S3 Mini has a Super AMOLED display, while the Nokia Lumia 520 is equipped with an IPS LCD display.
If you want a very light phone, then you definitely must buy the Galaxy S3 Mini because it weights only 111.5grams and its dimensions are acceptable: 121.6x63x9.9mm. The Nokia Lumia 520 is a little heavier, weighting 124grams, while it measures 119.9x64x9.9mm.
Hardware and OS
The Galaxy S3 Mini might be “tiny”, but it’s it doesn’t run slow with its 1GHz dual core cortex A9 processor on the NovaThor U8420 chipset. There are two available variants of internal memories: 8 and 16GB, expandable up to 32GB.
The Lumia 520 has a 1GHz dual core processor which teams up with the Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset. It has only a variant of internal memory – 8GB, but it’s expandable up to 64GB.
The Galaxy S3 Mini is just another smartphone that runs on the Android Jelly Bean OS with 1GB of RAM. The Nokia Lumia 520, like most of its siblings, is running on the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OS – upgradeable to the WP8 Black, and has only 512MB of RAM.
These devices don’t offer high quality performance when it comes to taking photos, but they’re doing a decent job with their 5MP cameras (the Galaxy S3 Mini features LED flash and autofocus). Samsung’s model has also a VGA secondary camera.
The Galaxy S3 Mini’s Li-Ion battery has the capacity of 1500mAh, which allows you to talk 7hours on 3G. Nokia Lumia 520’s Li-Ion 1430mAh battery allows you to talk over 9hours and a half on 3G.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 8GB variant can be bought from amazon.com at the price of 199 dollars. The Nokia Lumia 520 costs only 110 dollars.