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Nokia Lumia 820 Vs Samsung Ativ S: powerhouse portables clash

Published by Mike Browne October 12, 2012

Nokia Lumia 820 Vs Samsung Ativ S: powerhouse portables clash

Published by Mike Browne October 12, 2012

The Samsung Ativ S pre-order has begun at just under £400 for this Windows Phone 8 device but how does it compare against the mainstream Nokia Lumia 820? Find out as we put powerhosue mid-range portables to the stat clash.

Windows Phone 8 looks set to be made official later this month, so we hope to start seeing devices such as the Nokia Lumia 820 and Samsung Ativ S begin to appear shortly afterwards. The Samsung Ativ S may dwarf the Nokia Lumia 820 in screen size terms, 4.8-inch to 4.3-inch respectively but where Nokia clearly has the edge is in the use of the super-sensitive touchscreen, so you can access the screen with a gloved hand, a fingernail or even a pen nib, something you won’t find from any other smartphone on the market.

Be the first to own the Nokia Lumia 820

When it comes to performance, they both share the same core tech specs. So, you’ll find a 1.5GHz dual-core processor supported by 1GB of RAM powering both the Nokia Lumia 820 and Samsung Ativ S. This is more than enough to give your new Windows Phone 8 smartphone plenty of operating speed.

The Samsung Ativ S has a clear advantage when it comes to storage, packing in 32GB of internal memory, there may also be a budget 16GB version in the offering. The Nokia Lumia 820 by contrast has 8GB of internal storage but as both sport a microSD card slot you can add a further 32GB to the mix.

The Samsung Ativ S clearly has the edge in terms of size and weight and even manages to pack in a larger size battery, but you won’t find wireless charging like that offered by the Nokia Lumia 820 via interchangeable shell.

Nokia clearly has a better strategy when it comes to offering the user more. Nokia location-based services are an integral part of the Windows Phone 8 experience, so even the Samsung can now have a better mapping experience, but Nokia is going further with new enhanced Nokia Maps, Nokia Transport and Nokia City Lens features that make the mapping experience on the Nokia Lumia 820 simply miles ahead of the opposition.

Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 for the style and tech conscious

With the buzz around Windows Phone 8 hotting up it’s great to see that Nokia has some real competition out there to keep it on its toes. The Samsung Ativ S will no doubt appeal to those who need a large screen but we have a sneaking feeling that that Nokia Lumia 820 will have more fans simply due to the more flexible nature of its design and features.

What do you think, Nokia Lumia 820 or Samsung Ativ S for your cash? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below.

Device Name

Nokia Lumia 820

Samsung Ativ S


4.3-inch OLED, Gorilla Glass, ClearBlack, super sensitive touch for nail & glove use, 800 x 480 pixels, 217 ppi

4.8-inch 720 x 1280 px  Super AMOLED


1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4

1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4

Main camera:

8-Megapixel, Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED Flash


Front facing camera:




8GB + 7GB SkyDrive, MicroSD

32GB mass memory + 7GB SkyDrive, microSD slot

Operating System:

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8

RAM Memory:







Qi wireless charging with shell, Nokia City Lens, Bluetooth 4.0

Bluetooth 3.0, Samsung Hub




HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100

LTE: 800/900/1800/2100/2600



HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100


123.5 x 68.5 mm x 10.7mm

137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7mm





1650 mAh

Li-Ion 2300 mAh


Black, White, Red, Yellow, Purple, Cyan and Grey

Silver, Black

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