Nokia Lumia 720 Review

Call quality:

Nokia has been doing a pretty good job when it comes to call quality with its phones, and thankfully, the Lumia 720 is not an exception. The earpiece certainly isn't the best one we've heard, but it is above average, with a decent loudness and likeable quality. The microphone is not quite as good, but it's still average at least.

As we said in the previous section, the loudspeaker is definitely one of the better ones we've heard with its loud and clear tones, so it's perfectly well-suited for conversation.

Battery:

Equipped with a 2000mAh battery, the Nokia Lumia 720 is sure last through at least two days of moderate use. If there's one advantage to Windows Phone, it's that the platform is very well optimized in terms of system resource requirements. About 13 hours of 3G talk-time or 21 days of stand-by is what the 720 should be able to deliver, which is a pretty decent result.

Conclusion:

We didn't see this one coming, but here it is - Nokia has come up with a wonderful mid-range smartphone. But don't imagine some kind of crippled experience when we say “mid-range.” The Lumia 720 is a very well-rounded smartphone with an appealing design, good camera and speakers, as well as an excellent screen. Sure the resolution can't match the HD wonders we have in premium smartphones, but it's not that bad.

The Windows Phone 8 platform is the Lumia 720's biggest weakness. The operating system isn't bad, but we're just having a bit of a hard time convincing ourselves that it has something more to offer than iOS or Android. If you don't mind it, though, we see absolutely no reason why you shouldn't pick the Lumia 720, especially when it comes at such a great price.

Nokia has covered pretty much all price points with its Lumias, with the 520 and 620 being even cheaper, but if you plan on going that way, keep in mind that you are going to get what you're paying for. We also don't encourage you to purchase the Lumia 820, because it simply lacks the finesse of the 720. Yes, it has a slightly better processor and a bit more RAM, but specs don't really matter much when real-life performance speaks otherwise.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 8.0.10211.204, Firmware: 1030.6409.1311.0001

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Pros

  • Likeable design
  • Great screen quality
  • Good battery and speaker

Cons

  • WVGA resolution is outdated
  • Windows Phone 8 is not particularly fun

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

8.8
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