Nokia has recently announced its Lumia 510 smartphone which is though yet to be available in India and is expected to be priced less than Rs 11,000. Many would already have started fascinating about the newcomer but before you make up your mind, read this comparison of Lumia 510 with an old giant – the Samsung Galaxy Ace – which has been in the market for a long time and has been regarded as the best seller of Samsung as well. Also, Galaxy Ace S5830 is available for around Rs 11,000 now-a-days, thus it is quite apt to compare these two smartphones.
Look and Build
The Nokia Lumia 510 comes in 120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5 mm dimension and is 129 grams in weight. It has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480×800.
The Galaxy Ace S5830 has also similar dimension (112.4 x 59.9 x 11.5 mm) and has 113 grams weight. In this body, Samsung has fitted a 3.5 inch display. Clearly, the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is smaller than the Lumia 510.
Also, Nokia is providing the Lumia 510 in White, Cyan, Black, Red, Yellow colours while when it comes to the Galaxy Ace, choice is limited to only Black and White.
In this section, the Samsung Galaxy Ace has definite edge over the Lumia 510. In the Samsung smartphone, you get 256 MB of RAM as in Lumia 510 but the former has expandable memory of 32 GB while in the Nokia smartphone, only 4 GB of internal memory slot is available without any additional storage provision.
But with Lumia 510, one would get 7 GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage facility which is definitely compensates the absence of expandable storage slot to some extent.
Both the handsets come with 5 megapixel autofocus camera without any secondary (front) camera support. Also, unlike Lumia 510, the Samsung Galaxy Ace has LED flash. However, the Galaxy Ace’s camera can capture videos only in 24 FPS (frames per second) while the Lumia 510 can record videos in 30 frames per second.
There is a 1300 Li-Ion mAh battery in the Lumia 510 which, according to Nokia, provides standby time of upto 739 hours on 2G network or 653 hours on 3G network. This battery provides a talktime of six hours on 3G or 8 hours of talktime on 2G networks.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace has a 1350 Li-Ion mAh battery that provides 11 hours of talktime of 2G and six hours and 30 minutes of 3G network. The Galaxy Ace has also good standby time of 640 hours and 420 hours on 2G and 3G networks respectively.
Samsung Galaxy Ace has plenty of connectivity features such as WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G micro USB, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The Nokia Lumia 510 too has WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, micro USB etc but not the DLNA feature.
Processor and operating system
Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 has an 800 MHz ARM 11 Qualcomm MSM7227 processor. Lumia 510 too has an 800 MHz processor. The two has also 256 MB RAM, so in terms of speed, the two seems nearly equal but the final verdict can only be given once we have the two side by side.
It is also quite difficult to give a head on comparison of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS of the Nokia Lumia 510 smartphone. However, Android lovers would go straight to the Samsung handset but if you are the newcomer in the smartphone world than you can check out the USPs of each of these operating systems before choosing one.
Of course, Android has an overall edge over the Windows Phone operating system by virtue of its sheer number of applications and games that are available on the Google Play Store meant for Android. But Windows has its own share of pluses. For example, its Live Tiles user interface has been praised by many. Also, being from Microsoft itself, the Windows Phone operating system has better synchronization ability with many Microsoft features found on PCs and may get more with time.
Sadly, both the smartphones are less likely to get the future operating system updates from their respective makers.
Both the brands are quite strong in the Indian mobile phone market. And looking at the specification sheet also, the Lumia 510 and the Galaxy Ace S5830 seems almost equal. However, the Nokia Lumia 510 has several features in its favour that stands it out in this comparison. First and foremost is the Nokia Drive (Nokia Maps) application which is undoubtedly the best navigation application in India. Besides, Nokia offers several services like Nokia Life Tools with its handsets that are unrivaled.
Moreover, the Nokia Lumia 510 is a brand new handset and has thus uniqueness freshness to it. The handset is expected to made available in India this Diwali. Simply saying, the Nokia Lumia 510 is bigger, newer and fresher while the Samsung Galaxy Ace is an old horse with good track record.
Check our Compare Mobiles section to see a comparison of these handsets’ detailed specification sheet.