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Nokia Lumia 520 vs iPhone 5C – Colorful Smartphones For The Lively Fans


For a special category of phone users who want a different kind of device that can easily capture attention, companies like Nokia and Apple used colorful plastic material to cover their iPhone 4C and Lumia 520 models. You’ll feel like a teenager again, holding a device like that in your hand. But let’s explore their interior as well.


First of all, both devices have their rear panels made of plastic and come in five variants of colors (each model), but the iPhone 5C has a glossy back, while Nokia opted for a matte effect. In terms of body shapes, both models feature curved edges, but the iPhone 5C is taller and has rounded corners, while the Lumia 520 has sharper corners and instead of placing the rear camera in the upper left, Nokia chose to put it in the center.

The iPhone 5C is heavier than the Lumia 520, weighting 132grams compared to 124grams, and measures 124.4×59.2×9 mm, being thinner than its opponent, which measures 119.9x64x9.9 mm.


Both displays have the same size of 4inches, but Apple managed to obtain a resolution of 640×1136 pixels on the LED-backlit IPS LCD display, resulting a much higher pixel density of 326ppi. The Lumia 520 has a lot to learn from its rival, because the IPS LCD screen that was placed on the face of the device can’t support more than 480×800 pixels and 233ppi. However, it’s a good thing that at least it’s protected with a scratch-resistant glass. The images on this screen are not that sharp, so the advantage is in favor of the iPhone 5C, which is equipped with a Retina display.

Hardware and OS

The iPhone 5C runs pretty fast with the Apple A6 chipset that is the host of a dual core 1.3 GHz Swift processor, a PowerVR SGX 543MP3 GOU and 1GB of RAM, and according to many testers, the device performs admirably compared to other Android devices. Unfortunately, the drawback of the model is the unexpandable internal memory, which comes in variants of 8, 16 and 32GB. The iPhone 5C ran initially on iOS 7 and the users are able to upgrade to iOS 8.1.1.

The Lumia 520 runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OS, but you can try out the new 8.1 version. The device is not one of the fastest, because it features a dual-core 1GHz processor backed by an old Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset and has Adreno 305 graphics and only 512MB of RAM. Its internal storage is kind of low at 8GB, but it has an expandable microSD slot so you can get up to 64GB of memory.


On paper, the specs of iPhone 5C’s rear camera are very attractive. You’ll take photos with a 8MP shooter that features autofocus, LED flash, 1/3.2” sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, HDR and video recording capabilities at 1080p@30fps. The Lumia 520 has only a 5MP camera on the back with 720p@30fps video capture and lacks LED flash.


The iPhone 5C sports a slightly bigger battery of 1510 mAh which is non-removable and with a duration of talking time of 10hours, with 20 minutes more than Lumia 520’s replaceable 1430 mAh battery.


The price of the Lumia 520 is extremely low, only 78 dollars and the device can be purchased from Amazon. The 8GB variant of the iPhone 5C is five times more expensive.