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Nokia Lumia 720 Review

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The camera of the Nokia Lumia 720 is pretty weird. It's neither 5MP, nor 8MP. It's a 6.7MP shooter with an LED flash. The Windows Phone 8 camera interface takes the middle ground between the simplicity of something like iOS, and the richness of Android, for example. What this means is that there are standard settings like ISO, exposure and white balance, but don't expect anything too fancy. Of course, that could be a good or a bad thing, depending on the type of user that you are.

The camera interface of the Lumia 720 - Nokia Lumia 720 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 720 - Nokia Lumia 720 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 720 - Nokia Lumia 720 Review
The camera interface of the Lumia 720 - Nokia Lumia 720 Review

The camera interface of the Lumia 720

At first, we were pleasantly surprised by the lush colors and decent sharpness visible in the Lumia 720's photos. It was then that we noticed the crazy amount of noise in the sky, and keep in mind that the images were taken in a beautiful spring day, without a single cloud in the sky. Obviously, the 720's camera is far from perfect, but we do enjoy the photos it captures, as they have good contrast, nicely-saturated colors and decent amount of detail. Sure, there's quite a bit of noise, but that's not a deal-breaker in our opinion.

As we said, Nokia had to cut some corners, and one of them is related to the camcorder functionality, as the Lumia 720 can only record 720p video. Generally, the recorded video is OK, once again treating us to jolly colors, nice contrast and so on, though it's not the sharpest one, as you can imagine.

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The Lumia 720 is not the ideal phone to watch movies on, but it gets the job done. With a 4.3” WVGA display, the watching experience is by no means bad, but you might want to look for something with a bit more resolution (and size), if you plan on watching a lot of stuff.

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the loudspeaker that the 720 is equipped with. Although it's covered by just a single, small grill on the back side, it's actually very loud, and remarkably clean, if listened to on a moderate volume setting.

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posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:26 42

1. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Wow a 9/10 That is something unexpected :)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:40 34

4. Emily1985 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

It is an excellent device.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 12:38 2

32. djcody (Posts: 100; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)

Excellent?? Very good one but far away from excellent. Why slow HSPA speed 21mbps, and low res screen. 42speed and 720p screen can make this phone excellent mid range. I like battery size and camera even isn't a 8 Mp, don't needed to make right pictures.

posted on 03 May 2013, 12:03 1

46. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

Will just like ray s said they needed to make the phone as cheep as possible

posted on 05 May 2013, 23:09 1

47. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Yup, definitely worth the money. 9/10 for this mid-range is well justified.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:49 6

6. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)

It's the best WP8 Lumia yet.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:13 15

11. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

your nickname describes your comment...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:16 19

17. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

This is not the Best Lumia ... This is one of the best with affordable price tag...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:25 7

19. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)

People seem to forget the tag line : "Everyone can't have the same opinion." Anyways I rate it higher since its possibly better than any similarly priced android device which the 920 isn't. 920 does have some advantages over its other rivals, noticeably a super-sensitive screen and camera but its not quite as miles ahead of the competition when you'd buy a $600+ device. On the other hand, this for $350ish is better than any other phone in my opinion and so the best lumia running wp yet.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:11 8

24. StreetNerd (Posts: 819; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

its not the best Lumia but its the best mid range device...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 13:03 3

33. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

What about nexus 4, in USA you can buy it very cheap and it is way better than this. And you get android :)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:41 17

14. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

May be unexpected... but deserving....

Cheap (price) and Best (in this range)......

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:21 7

18. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

9/10 for a Device with a 480 x 800 pixels screen...
Hello there! We are in 2013! -.-

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:54 12

23. windroid (unregistered)

Starting from 2012, people start seeing much better and now they need full HD in a 5 inch screen.

The old days a 720p was enough for (>) 26 inch TV screen, now 1080p in 5 inch... the phone got 9 out of 10 because the resolution it has is enough if you don't use a magnifying glass to text message.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:53

29. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

yes i know... the NExt is 2014..... (so what?))!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 20:59

55. Apian (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)

I think Phone Arena have a Problem with Sony..

Manufactur by Sony never get 9 rating...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:33 19

2. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 217; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)

I tried it out in a store yesterday. The UI is silky smooth and the phone looks gorgeous. Buying this as my second phone. Will also help me familarise with the Windows OS. (presently S3 user)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:34 20

3. murati (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)

Hehe, one of the cons is Windows Phone 8 is not particularly fun? For real i don't know what does that mean but for me WP8 is more than fun, because it is WORKING, not like some andorid mashines :) I like the 720, we will see price in my country and than decide.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:15 11

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3866; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Been waiting for this review...
I'm considering this for WP8 or the new Sony SP for Android!

posted on 05 May 2013, 23:11

48. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Been considering the SP too and I like Sony designs but it costs twice than this.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:36 3

21. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 590; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)

Windows Phone 8 might not be the most fun (whatever "fun" means) but it is certainly the least frustrating. I've tried all of the Smartphone OS's (except BB10) and WP is the only one that never tempted me to throw the phone into a brick wall.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:42 23

5. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

hahaha please Ray S, you don't like Windows Phone 8 but still give it a 9 out of 10??
I think the OS is one of the inportant things on a phone....

Enjoying my Cyan Lumia 920 !

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:54

7. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

all the new mobile review is 9 9 9 9 ! what a silly web site !!!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:09 9

10. MultiYouTroll (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Apr 2013)

If I can find a mobile review with a score less then 9, will you get off this website?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:35 11

20. windroid (unregistered)

Last Reviews:
Nokia Lumia 720 Review : 9
Samsung Galaxy Young Duos Review : 6
Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review : 7.5
LG Lucid 2 Review : 8
HTC First Review : 7.5
Nokia Lumia 520 Review : 8
Acer Liquid E1 Review : 6.5
Sprint Force Review : 6.5
Samsung Galaxy S4 Review : 9.3
Samsung Galaxy Fame Review : 7.5
Kyocera Torque Review : 8.5
HTC One Review : 9.1
12 reviews, 3 in the 9 point mark

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 06:55

8. buraini (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

The score denies the words...same goes to Lumia 920..got 9 out of 10..but the reviews seem to bash Lumia 920 is not a good phone... =..=

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:34 7

13. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

The phone itself is pretty good. If you want to name any shortcomings, then most of them are due to the OS itself (and that points the finger at Microsoft), instead of Nokia. But WP still have a long way to go; the current age of WP is only equivalent of 2.3GingerBread of Android.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:43 9

15. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

One can expect great things out of a legendary and previously, a brand owned by majority of the world. So do they, so they bash it down in words but they have to give the phone the score it deserves because it would be unjust to post personal score instead of professional ones in this case,

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 07:06 11

9. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

wp8 is not that bad. i just brought a lumia520(one of the sibblings of lumia720).i just say WOW.. We wont find any phone at this price point with this specs, thumbs up for nokia.
And as for wp8, it is very easy to use and very smooth. even though the store lacks a lot of apps, dont get me wrong it does have almost all important apps and they are well designed to match the os .
So don't fall for bad comments from crazy fanboys about windows phone.
I am not saying it is better than android, in my opinion android is way ahead of wp and ios, in terms of features. but i think average user doesn't care about feature counts.
In the end, its about personal preferences some choose android some choose wp and some choose ios. each os have its own pros and cons.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:07 10

16. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

WP8 isn't fun to use? Hmm, I wouldn't go that far. I find it more of a "joy" to use compared to Android, but I still prefer android for customizability and just being more versatile in general. But I feel a certain "flow" when I use WP8 that I don't get while using Android. Idk, I've always liked WP. It's definitely a good OS for md-rangers like this one.

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Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia Lumia 720

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera6.7 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches
(127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm)
4.52 oz  (128 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 23.4 hours talk time

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