Nokia Lumia 620 vs Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

Vs Paul Briden 12:10, 3 Jan 2013

It's a budget battle this time round with Nokia's Lumia 620 squaring up to the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

We compare two low-cost handsets with the Windows Phone 8-based Nokia Lumia 620 taking on Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy Ace 2.


Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 - 118.3x62.2x10.5mm, 122g

Nokia Lumia 620 - 115.4x61.1x11mm, 127g

In terms of looks the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 doesn’t exactly inspire. That’s because it’s barely changed from the original Galaxy Ace and is very much part of the ‘old guard’ of Samsung’s designs.

The Ace 2 is short but not exactly compact as it’s both thick and a little on the wide side. The bezel around the display is quite thick and the device is made from typical Samsung plastic, which isn’t exactly great, though it does have a textured back panel which helps somewhat.

All that said, it’s a budget model, so compromises have clearly been made to keep costs lower. Taking that into consideration it’s not a bad little phone really, it’s just not amazing either.

However, the Nokia Lumia 620 is proof that it’s possible to create a low-price smartphone with personality.

Like the rest of its Lumia cousins it has a brightly coloured plastic bodyshell, although in this case it’s closest to the Lumia 820 in that the back panel is removable and can be swapped out.

The shape is quite rounded and curvy but features-wise is fairly minimalist which works in its favour, together with the bright colour choices of green, orange, cyan, magenta and yellow. There’s also white and black if you’re after something a bit more conservative.

There isn’t a lot more to say about the Lumia 620’s design as the back panel pretty much wraps around everything except for the display and capacitive controls, although there is a slightly bulky black bezel either side of the touchscreen. The Lumia 620 is also the thicker of the two devices at 11mm.

We have to say that the Nokia Lumia 620 is far more appealing than Samsung’s Galaxy Ace 2.

Winner – Nokia Lumia 620


Both handsets have pretty much the same display setup with 3.8-inch LCD touchscreens at a 800x480 pixel resolution and 246 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

For budget handsets that is reasonably sharp and should deliver decent visual quality.

However, the Lumia 620 does have a trick up its sleeve in the form of Nokia’s ClearBlack technology, meaning it’s a more viable choice for outdoor use and has richer colour, better contrast and generally superior picture quality overall.

Winner – Nokia Lumia 620


Samsung’s handset has 4GB of built-in storage and microSD capability for cards up to 32GB, but the Nokia Lumia 620 has a better setup with 8GB onboard and support for high-capacity cards up to 64GB.

Winner – Nokia Lumia 620

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