Nokia Lumia 625 vs. Samsung Galaxy Grand


mobile_shutterstock_130782974The Nokia Lumia 625 already has stiff competition from other in-house phone siblings like the Nokia Lumia 720, Nokia Lumia 620, Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 820. But before the mid-range smartphone can carve out a niche for itself, it has to go up against the Samsung Galaxy Grand from the house of  South Korean conglomerate: Samsung.

In One Corner: The Nokia Lumia 625

The Lumia 625 comes with gentle curves that give it a sensuous appeal. It has a semi transparent case that can be swapped at the owners will from one color to another adding excitement and variety to this versatile phone. It has a beautiful 4.7” scratch- resistant screen giving more space for watching videos, playing games and using other apps. The 4G connectivity gives it more speed allowing speedy downloading. Movies can be watched without interruption and playing games is a lot more enjoyable with 512 MB of virtual memory.

One can text, call and send photos with Viber, an app that has been adapted to the phone. As it’s packed with MS office and Outlook, working and connecting with friends is no longer a hassle. Food-for-the-soul music comes free with the Lumia 625 in the form of a 6 month Nokia Music subscription and Here maps is a great companion to explore unknown corners of any city. The Nokia Lumia 625 price in India is INR 13,794 at the moment.

The Tried And Tested: Samsung Galaxy Grand

Measuring 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm and weighing 162 grams the Samsung Galaxy Grand has comfortable contours, meaning it’s neither too big nor very small but snugly fits into one’s pocket. The phone is swanky with its 5 inch TFT touchscreen that has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The Samsung Galaxy Grand has a sound system which includes MP3, WAV ringtones and an easily audible speaker. The Grand comes with numerous impressive options including 8 GB internal memory plus a micro SD card slot that supports up to 64 GB. It is a high speed phone with a download Packet Access of 21 Mbps and Upload Packet Access of 5.76 Mbps.

The regular features it shares with all other Galaxy phones are v4.0 Bluetooth with A2DP, LE and EDR. The Samsung Galaxy Grand captures incredible pictures of up to 3264x2448pixels with its 8 mega pixel camera, with autofocus and LED flash for maximum sharpness and vibrancy. The image and video editor, a document viewer and organizer are other distinctive features of this phone. The Galaxy Grand camera has the entire Google components like Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube, and Picasa. Anyone using this Galaxy Grand cannot thank the manufacturers enough for the predictive text input which speeds up typing and texting. The voice memo, voice dial, and other voice commands can even do away with tedious typing. The Samsung Galaxy Grand is fitted with a Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery, and this high quality battery gives up to ten hours of talk time, with up to 440 hours on standby, which is a great asset during a power crisis. In India, it is priced at INR 16, 507/-.

The Battle between the Titans  

As both the phones are star products on their own merit both of them are vying for a similar position in the smartphone market. The Nokia Lumia 625 price which is lower than Samsung Galaxy Grand gives it a first round advantage.

Both shoot high resolution HD movies but neither have a numerical keypad. The Lumia 625 is sleek compared to the Galaxy Grand. The Grand has a faster rate of data transfer than the Lumia 625. Both support multi touch while the Grand has a larger screen than the Lumia. Both have assisted GPS and fairly fast wi-fi and the Lumia has the advantage of a high resolution screen of 800×480 pixels.

The Grand has an 8 MP camera but the Lumia 625 has a 5MP one. Both have touch sensitive screens, built in FM radios and include an accelerometer to detect movement for interactive apps. Both have dual core processor but the 625 has Windows 8 as its operating system of choice while the Grand operates on Android.

The screen technology of the 625 is LCD, while the Grand is TFT. Both are smart in their appearance although the Nokia 625 is sleeker and smarter with dimensions of 5.24×2.84×0.36. The Grand is slightly plump – its dimensions being 5.65×3.03×0.38 inches. Although the Grand is a whole 5.0 inches in size the Lumia 625 is 4.7 inches – another advantage over the Grand in terms of portability.

Which will most people opt for? 

Given the details of specification and features of both the devices and after making a rough comparison between them it is still not easy to decide which one of the two powerfully built phones one should go for. If your wallet is the factor then the Nokia Lumia 625 price ( places it a cut above the Grand.

– Ashwin Nair


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