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Which Nokia Lumia is Best for You?

The Nokia Lumia series has drawn a lot of attention from all quarters, thanks to their unique design and functions. This Buzzle article helps you choose the best Lumia device for you.
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The term Lumia is derived from the Finnish word Lumi which means snow.
Post its acquisition by Microsoft, Nokia, the once powerful brand which was synonymous with mobile phones, today, is a mere shadow of its former self. The Finns, however, had one last ace up their sleeve, just before bowing out of their solo venture into the mobile arena. The Lumia series is amongst the last offerings from the company, and one that reminds us of its glory days. This series has been hugely popular amongst the masses, thanks mainly to its fantastic design language and funky colors.

The company has over the past year or so released Lumia phones a dime a dozen. These phones tickle the fancy of users across various segments, right from basic to power users. There seems to be a Lumia phone that fits every pocket, both figuratively and literally. Their success at launching numerous variants is matched only by the Samsung Galaxy series of phones, although the Nokia undoubtedly takes the cake when it comes to build quality and trust.

If you too are amongst the many waiting to board the Lumia train, this article should serve as the perfect platform to help you pick the right phone for you. Please note that we've only considered phones which run on Windows Phone 8 and upwards as they offer a whole new user experience. Prices mentioned are against a 2-year contract.


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Nokia Lumia 920

nokia lumia 920

Dimensions 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm
Weight 185 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
RAM 1 GB
Storage 32 GB internal storage
Screen 4.5" PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
(~332 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
8 MP/1.3 MP
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 2,000 mAh Li-ion
Price Free

Pros
  • Premium build quality
  • Good camera with OIS
  • NFC support
  • Compact size
  • FM radio
  • Wireless charging
Cons
  • Comparatively small screen size
  • Non-removable battery
  • Lack of Micro SD card slot
  • Outdated hardware
  • Rather heavy for its size
  • Wireless charging using additional back cover

Editor's take
If you love the Lumia series but aren't one who wants the most powerful hardware out there, then the 920 could be your perfect launchpad. Do not, however, expect to be blown away by its performance, although it is in no way a slow device. It is a simple phone with a design that set the trend for most new Lumia phones, and goes about its business of handling most operations without making a big deal of it.


Nokia Lumia 820

nokia lumia 820

Dimensions 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm
Weight 160 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
RAM 1 GB
Storage 8 GB internal storage
Screen 4.3" ClearBlack AMOLED
(~217 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
8 MP/VGA
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 1,650 mAh Li-ion
Price 99 USD

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Great display quality
  • NFC support
  • FM radio
  • Dedicated mic for active noise canceling
Cons
  • Comparatively small screen size
  • Rather heavy for its size
  • Sub-par secondary camera
  • Outdated hardware

Editor's take
The Lumia 820 is a great phone but one that is notoriously hard to find. It has some really nice specs and comes at a price that is just right. It's a great buy for anyone who wants a standard Windows device which might not be top of the line, but is no slack either. The problem, of course, is finding one of these devices in the first place!


Nokia Lumia 620

nokia lumia 620

Dimensions 115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm
Weight 127 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 305
RAM 512 MB
Storage 8 GB internal storage
Screen 3.8" TFT ClearBlack Display
(~245 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
5 MP/1.3 MP
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 1,300 mAh Li-ion
Price 99 USD

Pros
  • Great design
  • Funky colors
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 64 GB)
  • Very pocketable and light
  • Dedicated mic for active noise canceling
  • NFC support
Cons
  • Small screen size
  • Low capacity battery
  • Low-res screen
  • Outdated hardware
  • Low RAM

Editor's take
The Lumia 620 is one our favorites amongst all the Lumia phones, mainly because of its funky colors, different take on its design language and great value for money. This is a perfect companion for any music lover, and comes with Dolby headphone sound enhancement, and Micro SD card slot expansion (up to 64 GB) to carry most of your favorite songs with you all the time. If you aren't a fan of loud colors, but want the most powerful hardware for your phone, and are not allured by a great music experience, then you would be better off opting for one of the high-end phones in this series.


Nokia Lumia 520

nokia lumia 520

Dimensions 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
Weight 124 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 305
RAM 512 MB
Storage 8 GB internal storage
Screen 4" IPS LCD
(~235 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
5 MP/NA
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 1,430 mAh Li-ion
Price 99 USD

Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Very pocketable and light
  • Dedicated mic for active noise canceling
Cons
  • Small screen size
  • Low-res display
  • Low RAM
  • No LED flash
  • No secondary camera

Editor's take
This device is the most basic phones that carries the Lumia moniker. It doesn't have a spectacular spec sheet by any stretch of imagination, but is surprisingly nifty. If you are looking for a solid phone with Windows Phone 8 experience, that has the the option to expand your phone memory (by up to 64 GB via microSD card) and you don't want to pay top dollar for it, then you might just have found your perfect device in the Lumia 520.


Nokia Lumia 925

nokia lumia 925

Dimensions 129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm
Weight 139 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
RAM 1 GB
Storage 16 GB internal storage
Screen 4.5" PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
(~334 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
8.7 MP/1.3 MP
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 2,000 mAh Li-ion
Price 99 USD

Pros
  • Premium build quality
  • Good camera with OIS
  • NFC support
  • Very pocketable and light
  • FM radio
  • Dedicated mic for active noise canceling
Cons
  • Comparatively small screen size
  • Non-removable battery
  • Lack of Micro SD card slot
  • Outdated hardware
  • Mono sound audio in video recording

Editor's take
If you want a phone without too many bells and whistles, a solid construction, and a handy camera, then the Nokia Lumia 925 makes for a great buy. It serves as a phone that can handle all the basic operations and do just a little more. Do not, however, expect to carry along your entire music library on your phone as it has just about 12 GB of user-accessible storage (the 32 GB version is a Vodafone only model).


Nokia Lumia 1020

nokia lumia 1020

Dimensions 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
Weight 158 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
RAM 2 GB
Storage 32 GB internal storage
Screen 4.5" PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
(~334 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
41 MP/1.2 MP
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 2,000 mAh Li-ion
Price 99 USD

Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Top-of-the-line camera with OIS
  • NFC support
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection
  • Powerful xenon flash
  • Dedicated mic for active noise canceling
Cons
  • Camera bulges out at back
  • Non-removable battery
  • Lack of Micro SD card slot
  • Wireless charging needs separate case
  • Slow camera interface

Editor's take
If you want an amazing feature-rich camera with phone functionality at a unbelievable price, then the Lumia 1020 is the device for you. The phone features a solid construction and a great display. If you are, however, looking for the latest power-packed CPU and chipset, you may as well look elsewhere. Also, the lack of a Micro SD card slot can be a major downer for most potential buyers of this otherwise brilliant Lumia phone.


Nokia Lumia 1520

nokia lumia 1520

Dimensions 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm
Weight 209 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330
RAM 2 GB
Storage 32 GB internal storage
Screen 6" PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
(~368 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
20 MP/1.2 MP
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 3,400 mAh Li-ion
Price 199 USD

Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Great camera with OIS
  • NFC support
  • Dolby headphone sound enhancement
  • FM radio
  • Dedicated mic for active noise canceling
  • Large internal memory
  • Large RAM
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 64 GB)
  • High capacity battery
Cons
  • Rather heavy for its size
  • Non-removable battery
  • Too large for single-handed use

Editor's take
You can't really go wrong with the Lumia 1520. This phone hits all the right notes with its hardware, without seeming like an overkill. If you are looking for a stylish and powerful Windows phone, it doesn't get better than this. The steep price point of the phone, however, could be a major turn off for most people.


Nokia Lumia 1320

nokia lumia 1320

Dimensions 164.2 x 85.9 x 9.8 mm
Weight 220 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 305
RAM 1 GB
Storage 8 GB internal storage
Screen 6" ClearBlack IPS LCD
(~245 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
5 MP/VGA
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 3,400 mAh Li-ion
Price 99 USD

Pros
  • Large screen size
  • Changeable back cover
  • Dolby headphone sound enhancement
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 64 GB)
  • FM radio
  • Large battery
Cons
  • Too large for single-handed use
  • Non-removable battery
  • Mediocre camera
  • Sub-par display

Editor's take
The Lumia 1320 is a mid-ranger with some great features and design. It is more of an upgrade on the 620, and packs a faster processor and more RAM. Multimedia is undoubtedly its forte, which ought to make it quite a hit amongst amongst the younger generation.


Nokia Lumia 625

nokia lumia 625

Dimensions 133.2 x 72.2 x 9.2 mm
Weight 159 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 305
RAM 512 MB
Storage 8 GB internal storage
Screen 4.7" PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
(~201 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
5 MP/VGA
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 2,000 mAh Li-ion
Price NA

Pros
  • Dolby headphone sound enhancement
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 64 GB)
  • Great battery life
  • FM radio
  • Dedicated mic for active noise canceling
Cons
  • Low-res display
  • Non-removable battery
  • Low RAM
  • Mediocre speaker output

Editor's take
The Lumia 625 is a budget phone with surprisingly good features at the price point. If you are looking for a basic phone which can handle simple tasks and work at hours on end, on a single charge, then the 625 is just the phone for you.


Nokia Lumia 720

nokia lumia 720

Dimensions 127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm
Weight 128 g
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 305
RAM 1 GB
Storage 8 GB internal storage
Screen 4.3" PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
(~217 ppi pixel density)
Camera
Primary/Secondary
6.1 MP/1.3 MP
OS Windows Phone 8
Battery 2,000 mAh Li-ion
Price NA

Pros
  • Dolby headphone sound enhancement
  • Decent camera performance
  • NFC support
  • Very pocketable and light
  • FM radio
  • Dedicated mic for active noise canceling
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 64 GB)
Cons
  • Comparatively small screen size
  • Non-removable battery
  • Low RAM
  • Outdated hardware

Editor's take
The Lumia 720 makes for a very worthy substitute for the aging 820, and brings in a lot of new features to the table. If you are looking for a mid-range phone which gives you plenty of bang for the buck, then this phone should suit you nicely. On the downside though, the low RAM limits the abilities of this wonderful phone.

As you might have noticed, there is little to pick between most of these phones, and ultimately, these are mere numbers and stats. The best way to decide on any phone would be to get a hands-on feel of it. All these phones are great by themselves and have a solid construction that we've come to expect and love of all Nokia devices.

Disclaimer: Prices mentioned are against a 2-year contract and are subject to change according to offers and locations.
Which is your favorite Nokia Lumia phone?
Lumia 920
Lumia 820
Lumia 620
Lumia 520
Lumia 925
Lumia 1020
Lumia 1520
Lumia 1320
Lumia 625
Lumia 720
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Published: December 7, 2013
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