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Published on February 12th, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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Budget Windows Or Budget Android? The Sony Xperia U Vs. The Nokia Lumia 820

Looking for a decently priced mobile phone doesn’t have to be a nightmare. There are actually plenty of reasonable affordable phones on the market; you just have to know which one you want. And one of the most important decisions you can make is which operating system to have. Android phones are extremely popular, given that they tend to be fast, sleek and easy to use. Windows phones have a slightly worse reputation, mostly because older versions of the Windows operating system were unreliable and clunky. However, newer Windows phones are actually pretty good devices and can definitely hold their own against Androids. We took the Sony Xperia U (and Android phone) and put it to the test against the Nokia Lumia 820 (a Windows phone), to find out exactly how they compare. They’re both mid-range, affordable devices. But which one is the better buy? Keep reading to find out who came out on top…

What Makes the Nokia Lumia 820 So Great?

There are a lot of great features on the Nokia. It is the faster phone. It comes running a 1500 MHz processor, rather than the slower 1000 MHz one on the Xperia, making it more powerful and snappier. It also has double the RAM of the Sony, meaning that it’s more responsive and better able to handle multi-tasking or running more than one process at a time. The in-built camera on the Lumia is much higher resolution than the one on the Xperia, being 8 MP as opposed to the 5 MP cam on the Sony. This makes for photos that are better quality and have more fine detail. The camera on the Nokia also shoots video in full HD. The Lumia has the larger screen, measuring in at 4.3 inches as compared to the 3.5 inch display on the Xperia, which makes all the difference when you’re reading web pages or emails. There’s also a lot more internal storage on the Nokia, which comes with 8 GB of memory, rather than the 4 GB on the Xperia. That means you can store double the amount of videos, music and photos on your device. All in all, the Lumia is a great little package.

What the Sony Xperia U Has to Offer…

Despite having the smaller screen, the Xperia does have a higher quality display. It has ten per cent higher resolution and thirty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch), making for picture quality that’s brighter, clearer and better defined than that of the Lumia. And being an Android phone gives it a couple of advantages too. Firstly, you’re connected to the Android App Market, which makes finding, downloading and installing new games and programmes easy and convenient. Secondly, you can run multiple applications at the same time, chatting on Skype whilst browsing the internet, for example. The Nokia can’t do this. The Xperia also comes in slightly smaller and lighter than the Lumia, but since it has such a smaller screen, this isn’t really too surprising.

The Best Buy Is…

The winner of our little competition has to be the Nokia Lumia 820. It has a larger screen, more memory and is faster and more powerful. But the Sony Xperia U is a great little device too. A bigger screen is the way to go though.

Phil Turner has spent months comparing Android, Windows and iPhone 5 Deals. He is slowly drawing up a shortlist of phones for himself.

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