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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 720

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The Lumia 720 is the costlier device and you’d expect its fancy 6.7-megapixel camera with the widest aperture ever on a smartphone (f/1.9) to blow the modest 5-megapixel shooter of the 520 out of the water. Moreover, the cheaper 520 does not even have flash nor a front facing camera like the 720.

Now look at the actual images, though, and you’d be surprised to see that images on the 520 often times look better than those of the 720. Thing is the Lumia 720 takes more detailed images, but it just behaves odd. It would either wash out colors in certain conditions or blow them up with a yellowish tint while in similar conditions the 520 yields much more pleasing and realistic colors.

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Nokia Lumia 720

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In low light conditions, though, the wide aperture on the 720 takes its toll and images on it look much better with a pleasingly low amount of noise while the 520 struggles with noisy shots.

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Both phones capture video at 720p and 30 frames per second, but footage on the Lumia 720 is more detailed and moving the camera around does not induce the jello effect in the footage (like on the 520). The 520 on the other hand lacks detail and overall video quality is inferior. Sound capture is a bit muffled on the 520, while the 720 records much cleaner sound.

All in all, we would not name a definite winner here, but we ought to say we were pleasantly surprised with the camera of the 520 that performed well for its class.

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Multimedia:

The larger screen of the Lumia 720 comes to its big advantage for watching videos, images or reading. It’s clearly the more suitable device for media as the 520 is just not bright enough and lacks the vivid colors. Both devices play back AVI and MPEG videos at 720p with ease.

The stock Music application is good covering all basic music needs, but we recommend getting Nokia Music, a free download on the marketplace. It’s an awesome application that both plays back music stored locally, and comes with a free music streaming service called Mix Radio, great for music discovery.

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Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 720
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Nokia Music - Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 720

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posted on 28 Jun 2013, 08:12 4

1. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


It's Lumia 720 all the waaay!

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:56

10. vincelongman (Posts: 624; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The Lumia 720 is the best looking Lumia IMO

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 08:17

2. Apple.Android (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


I tried selling my lumia920 at eBay, but no one is willing to pay good price! And no one wants to buy my phone! It went for cheap, but I didn't sell it. So I'm stuck with this phone which hardly has no games and apps! Also the menu and ui is in a totall mess jumble. Everything is every where!
I don't see the point of buying these two phones! You're rather better of getting the Limia 920 or the Lumia 925. It has more features!

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 08:32 1

3. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1618; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


These lumia comparisons are the most pointless thing ever the numbers basically tell you who will win.....

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 12:44 1

13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


...BUT WHEN pa POSTS BIASED CAMERA COMPARISONS IN FAVOR OF SAMSUNG OR POSTING A BUNCH OF NEWS ABOUT GALAXY VARIANTS, IT'S OK, RIGHT?

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 12:45

14. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


ups, sorry for capslock..but at least maybe thanks to high words you'll get the point

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 08:48

4. rms.max (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


PA. I want : Lumia 720 vs Galaxy s3 mini..& Lumia 520,620 Vs Fame,young

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 09:12 4

6. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


720 vs S3 mini = Tie
520, 629 vs fame, young = Lumia wins (Android will lag surely on single core processor)

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 15:35

9. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


*620.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 03:52

11. justsayit (Posts: 112; Member since: 09 May 2013)


not really, my two year old LG Optimus One, just single core 600mhz, run smoothly,
lag? just can seen on hd games (mostly higher than 50mb games)

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:34

12. Sondae (Posts: 181; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Nokia Lumia 720 for me.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 21:59

15. Md123 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


Ok Can youtube work on nokia lumia 720 without wifi just with data sim pleas i want the answer very fast because my dads birthday is next week if youtube can without youtube i will buy it for his pleas fast answer pleas pleas pleas pleas pleas pleas pleas pleas pleas pleas

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