Nokia Lumia 720 Review
What? If you've been expecting our enthusiastic tone to continue through the Interface part as well, you're in for a small disappointment. Not because there's something wrong with the Lumia 720 itself, but because we're simply treated to the same old Windows Phone UI, which is different from the competition, but not necessarily in a good way.
The Nokia Lumia 720 runs Windows Phone 8, so you have a full home screen of differently-sized Live Tiles to enjoy. As always, the whole OS is based around a number of hubs, such as Office, Music+Video, Games, People and so on. If you haven't seen a Windows Phone device before – these hubs are basically big, advanced applications that house various functions and options of similar type.
Overall, Windows Phone 8 is an OK operating system. It gets the job done, although the assortment of third-party applications in the Store is still light-years behind those of the iOS App Store and Android Play Store, though Microsoft is making progress. The WP 8 user interface looks good in all of its simplicity and uniform layout, but we have to admit that we can hardly find anything that it does better than its competitors. Yes, it does things differently, but does that make it better than iOS or Android? No. The Live Tiles look good, but do they look better than iOS's icons or Android's widgets? Not really. In the end of the day, Windows Phone 8 is a good operating system that is still struggling to find an area where it can be better than its rivals.
onscreen QWERTY keyboard is a joy. Windows Phone 8 has a very convenient keyboard layout, and the phone is just the right size. Our only complaint with regards to the keyboard is that the landscape one doesn't take up the full width of the screen, which would have made typing even easier.
The Hotmail email application works very well. You can easily switch between all email, only the unread mail, flagged or urgent. We had absolutely no problems with the the setup of various types of accounts, but one thing we'd like to see Microsoft do is to come up with some form of easy switching between inboxes, because right now you either have to work with a unified inbox, or return to the homescreen and open a new inbox from there.
Processor and Memory:
The facts that the Lumia 720 is a mid-end smartphone and runs Windows Phone mean that we shouldn't expect any wonders in the specs field. Leaving any surprises for some other time, the Lumia 720 comes with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset, clocked at 1 GHz. The GPU is the Adreno 305, while the RAM is no more or less than 512 MB. While these figures might seem scary to some Android smartphone users, we should note that the Nokia Lumia 720 runs very smoothly, without any performance issues. The handset should have no problem running the more demanding applications out there.
The handset comes with 8 GB of internal memory, which is a good amount for such a phone, but it also offers a microSD card slot for additional store.
Internet and Connectivity:
Internet Explorer in Windows Phone 8 is a wonderful browser. Thankfully, it continues to keep this status valid in the Nokia Lumia 720, as the handset delivers a great browsing experience. The only thing that hampers the experience here is the low resolution, which makes smaller text somewhat difficult to read. It's not such a big deal, though, and if you aren't too picky in this respect, the Lumia 720 will serve you well. Things like scrolling and zooming are executed very well with minimum delay.
Connectivity-wise, the smartphone should be able to achieve HSPA speeds of 21.1 Mbit/s down and 5.76 Mbit/s up in optimal conditions, which means that you'll never be able to reach them, but you knew that already. There are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 on board as well.