Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 520

Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 520

The world has gone wild with Motorola’s latest budget smartphone, the Moto G. So how does this £130 handset stack up against the current favourite, the Nokia Lumia 520?


When it comes to specs, the Moto G has a 4.5-inch screen, making it bigger than most other budget smartphones, including the 4-inch Lumia 520.


Under the hood the Moto G has a rather impressive quad-core 1.2GHz processor, which we only usually see on much more expensive mid to high range smartphones. The Nokia Lumia, on the other hand, has a dual-core 1GHz processor, which seems a little puny in comparison!

Operating System

As you would expect from a Google-owned company, the Moto G features Android 4.3, which, to date, is the most recent version of the operating system outside of Nexus devices. This means that Moto G owners can make the most of all the same features and functions as the more expensive range of Android smartphones.

However, the Nokia Lumia 520 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its operating system, with the device making up one of Microsoft’s successful Windows Phone range. Windows Phone 8 offers a totally new user experience, with dynamic blocks which display your apps, photos, messages and latest social media updates, all on your phone’s home screen.

This is a difficult one to compare; there are criticisms that the Windows Store offers less in the way of apps, though the majority of the most popular social media, photo editing and messaging apps are available on the Lumia 520. Both operating systems are easy to use, so it really comes down to which side of the Google/Microsoft wall you want to sit!


Both devices offer a 5MP rear-facing snapper, making the battle between them ever tighter. Although the picture quality of both phones is really very similar, the Lumia 520 doesn’t offer a front-facing lens or a flash, which, for Skypers or night-time photographers, this could be a deal-breaker.


Moto G and coloured cases

The Moto G in many ways looks just like any other budget Android smartphone. However, one key difference is the availability of coloured cases which just snap onto the back of the phone. These are available in seven vibrant shades, and allow you to customise your phone like in the good old days.

Nokia Lumia 520 family

This is also a feature that the Nokia Lumia 520 offers too; like most Lumia devices, the 520 comes in yellow, red, blue, white and black. Although you can’t change the colour of your Lumia 520, I like the fact that the entire phone exudes colour rather than it restricting it to the case.

Also, the Nokia Lumia 520 is slightly lighter and slimmer than the Moto G; measuring 9.9mm thick, it beats the Moto G’s rather bulky handset which comes in at 11.6mm thick. The Nokia device also weighs almost 20g less than the Moto G, so if having a dinky phone is important to you, you might be swayed towards the Lumia 520.


When it comes to price, both devices are also neck and neck with only a fiver between them. The Nokia Lumia has a SIM free price tag of £134.99, whilst the Moto G can be found for £129.95.

Mobile phone deals also offer similar packages with Nokia Lumia 520 deals starting from £10.50 per month, whilst Moto G deals will set you back just 50p extra, from £11 a month.

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

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