Nokia Lumia 720 Review

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he last of phones from the 1st stream on Windows Phone 8 phones by Nokia is the Lumia 720. It fits perfectly between the Nokia Lumia 620 and the Nokia Lumia 820 with a 6.7 MP Primary Camera having Carl Zeiss Lens which was missing in the 620 along with the widest front facing camera of the whole Lumia lot. The 720 also has a super sensitive screen which allows you to use it with gloves or finger nails. Only disappointment would be the 512 MB RAM just like 520 and the 620. Nokia has done a lot of thinking to put this phone right in the middle of already released 620 and 720 and personally would say they succeeded.

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Hardware

A lot of work today has been done on the phone’s hardware. Nokia has introduced their thinnest smartphone in the Lumia series by releasing the Lumia 720. Just like all the phones in in Lumia series, they come in different colours- Red, Yellow, Cyan, White and Black. It also comes with option of wireless charging back panel! The 2,000mH battery is the strongest battery power in the line-up of all the existing Lumia. The design is more squarish like their older brothers 920 and 820.

Display

The 720 has a 4.3 inch IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with 217ppi density which is very low for a 4.3 inch screen. It does have the clear black display and has better lighting over the screen when compared to 520. The Nokia Lumia 620 still has the best screen when you compare 520, 620 and 720. The screen is super sensitive, which allows you to use it wearing gloves or using your finger nails. It has screen resolution of 480×800 pixels. It is not an HD screen, some might be very disappointed to know this. But for affordable smartphones, WVGA is the way. The opposing Nokia’s 520 and 620, HTC’s 8S all have WVGA screen with sizes varying from 3.8 inch screens to 4.3 inches.

Memory

The issue on since release of 620 to 520 and now to 720, just 512MB of RAM! These days almost all the apps on WP store, especially games demand “minimum” of 1GB of RAM, which makes all these budget smartphones (520,620 and 720) a waste for gaming. Even Temple Run needs 1GB of RAM on WP8 to run. The phone carries a 8GB of internal storage and with microSD expandable upto 64GB! Like always, Microsoft offers you free 7GB of data on Sky Drive. To move data around you have Bluetooth support as well as NFC.

Software

Lumia 720 software
Nokia Lumia 720 runs on the Windows Phone 8 OS. People who are too tired of operating the iOS and Andriod since they forever, windows phone 8 will be your perfect getaway. It is so unique an operating system and so simple that you can not help but love it. It comes with lots of features you do not find in other mobile OS. You get the best of Drive, Maps and Music by Nokia’s own drive, maps and music apps now called HERE Drive, HERE Maps and Nokia Music. Nokia Music is a very unique mobile music app, when you are connected to your data service or the wifi, you can swipe from your now playing to know more about the artist, discover their photo, new albums, their latest tweet and lots more. It comes for a free subscription for a limited period and I am sure after using it, you will be ready to pay for it as well. The Windows Phone 8 arena in apps is growing very fast. By the end of the year they did not have a YouTube app (they did but that just opened their web page), Instagram, Temple Run, just endless list of necessary apps that were present elsewhere but within no time, they have grown so fast that now the WP app market is booming and there are tons of new applications uploaded there every day.

Camera

Lumia 720 camera
As earlier mentioned, unlike 620 but like 820, the 720 has a Carl Zeiss camera lens. The camera captures image of 6.7 Megapixels which is fairly decent for a Rs.18, 000 phone. You get all the camera features like those in Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, the Panorama, Smart Shoot, Nokia City Lens and also gives you the best of low light capture capabilities. The real hot topic is the front camera which is a 1.3 MP camera, it can capture things very wide, wider that 920’s front facing camera. The quality of photos was pretty amazing, much better than that of 620 and HTC’s 8X. My disappointment is in video recording, it only records video @720p. For phone of such a price, you expect 1080p capture. The front camera is capable of recording 720p video unlike that in Lumia 620.

Performance

With the same Qualcomm’s 1Ghz dual core processor along with 512MB RAM, I wont say it can do wonders competing in terms of performance. But, it is enough if you want to use your general day to day apps because WP8 along with this processor works flawlessly. We still haven’t experience any major lag issues in any of the WP8 devices. They are stunning if you are not a hardcore gamer.

Final Thoughts

If you like photography, then this is your phone at a special price. If you are going to spend major part of your time on the phone gaming then this is not but but for browsing and watching videos, the 4.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive display is your thing. If you live in a country or place where it is cold through most part of the year, the super sensitive screen will help you work on it with gloves. It is quiet a good performer for its price range and we do recommend this phone if your budget is around 17,000-19,000 INR.

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2013, February
Status Available. Released 2013, April
BODY Dimensions 127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm, 78 cc (5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 in)
Weight 128 g (4.52 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
– ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Dolby headphone sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class B
EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 6.1 MP, 2848 x 2144 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features 1/3.6” sensor size, geo-tagging
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8227
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors White, Red, Yellow, Cyan/Black
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BP-4GW)
Stand-by (2G) / Up to 520 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 23 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 13 h 20 min (3G)
Music play Up to 79 h

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Review Overview
  • Design7
  • Performance7
  • Camera9
  • Software9
  • Features8
  • Value for money8
Total Score8.0

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Sinha

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