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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 720

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia Lumia 720
Call Quality:

Call quality on both devices is good. The Lumia 720 gets the upper hand as our callers reported hearing our voice in its natural tone, cleaner than on the 520 which tends to twist voices a bit.

The earpieces on both are good but not great - the voice of our callers sounded a bit dry and hissy.


The Nokia Lumia 720 has a much larger 2000mAh battery and it’s no surprise that it easily lasted a full day and into the second. With more ascetic use, you could get two or even three days out of it.

The 520 on the other hand features a 1430mAh battery that will also easily last a full day in most circumstances, and may get into the second.

Quoted longevity is nearly 80 hours of music playback for the 720 versus around 60 for the 520. The 720 would also last 8.3 hours of continuous video while the 520 would only withstand 4.8 hours of non-stop video.

Let’s once again mention that the Lumia 720 supports wireless charging via a snap on cover that you have to purchase additionally.


Ignoring the huge price gap between the two devices for a moment, it would be an easy win for the Nokia Lumia 720 - it’s got sleeker looks, longer-lasting battery and a brilliant display.

In reality, though, price matters and that’s why we ended up very impressed with the cheaper device, the Lumia 520. Yes, it has a dim display that makes it very hard to use outdoors, and yes it lacks some features like NFC, but it compensates for that with extremely capable hardware, smooth performance throughout and a very decent camera.

Finally, putting the pair in the general context of smartphones, we ought to give credit to Nokia for managing to pull two well-balanced devices for the masses. Objectively, the Lumia 720 is better, but in reality Nokia innovates more with the Lumia 520, a well rounded device at a surprisingly low price, and finally a capable fighter against an onslaught of cheap Androids.


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posted on 28 Jun 2013, 08:12 4

1. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

It's Lumia 720 all the waaay!

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:56

10. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; 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: 1635; 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)


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: 95; 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)


posted on 29 Jun 2013, 03:52

11. justsayit (Posts: 256; 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: 291; 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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