Review: Nokia Lumia 720; the Mid-Range Beast

| May 31, 2013 | 31 Replies

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Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, as is the case with my Lumia 720 trial device; which should now be faring the seas on the way back to the mystical Nokia Connects headquarters in London. Thankfully I was able to sum up my thoughts about the phone in a moderate 6 minute video review:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ28coaz2R4

For those of you who prefer written content, I’ll cut to the chase; the phone is the most beautiful Lumia (or other) device I’ve ever had the pleasure of handling so far (my opinion of course), the screen shames all other 480p displays and even the iPhone’s retina display, the design is *just* right. Performance wise it’s a mixed bag, delivering the same consistent lag free and smooth usage we’ve come to expect from WP8; however the phone struggles when resuming some apps (the whole OS will continue to run buttery smooth, but sometimes apps will get stuck on the resuming screen, or just take an abnormally long time to resume).

The verdict is as I expected it from day one, I love the phone and I’d switch my 920 out for it in a heartbeat…. if it had the same processor/RAM.

In case you missed them here’re a couple of videos I posted along the way comparing the Lumia 720 to the 920 (plus one that I forgot to post; the speaker comparison).

Lumia 720 Unboxing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9ELEhGei_s

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Lumia 720 vs. 920 Hardware Comparison:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02Zi8DKntak

Lumia 720 vs. 920 General performance & Boot Speed Comparison:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_W0oUlmvNs

Lumia 720 vs. 920 Speaker Performance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30ky7g7cybk

Lumia 720 vs. 920 Rear/Main Camera:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noEq7ZCVi_M

Lumia 720 vs. 920 Front Facing Camera:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zOVY9FNRls

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Category: Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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Hey, my name's Ali- Currently a fifth (and final) year Dental Student from Chicago; studying in Jordan. I love all sorts of gadgets almost as much as I love my cookies! Be sure to follow my Twitter handle @AliQudsi and Subcribe to my Youtube for the latest videos - no pressure. Thanks.
  • Siliconsub

    It is so sad that the Nokia Lumia 720 is only on O2 in the UK, and at £300. Even Amazon unlocked is cheaper. I always dreamed of getting the 720 after the 710 came out (weeks after I bought my 500, worst moment of my life) and the dream will never be realised.

    sigh…

    • kRaKeN

      I feel ur pain bro :(

    • Sean

      No it’s also on Virgin mobile and sold on Ebay i got one for £180 new off UK seller on Ebay

  • arg0

    I really don’t understand why Nokia shot themselves in the foot by releasing the Lumia 720 with IPS display instead of AMOLED. They KNEW they were about to release always-on clock and notifications! Now the Lumia 720 will not benefit fully from these functions and I’m sure this will upset quite a few buyers.

  • Mike

    Friend, just use manual focus for your videos.;)

    • http://aligonemobile.blogspot.com/ Aliqudsi

      I wish, but it’s difficult when you’re using both hands (like comparisons and unboxings) :/

  • Jules

    Some Tips and Tricks pls, ( im still a Nokia N8 user :P )

    My bro just got a lumia 720 ,

    1)whatsapp is installed , and some photo apps. but i feel the battery life is kind of bad.

    2)do i have to always go to the settings to ON the WiFi ??

    • Krishna

      You can download “quick settings” app from store, this will enable you to add shortcut tile to Bluetooth, Wifi etc.

    • arts

      you need to charge the phone a few times for the batttery to show its full potential.

    • John

      Whatsapp drains battery a lot, so unless your brother use it a lot, i suggest deleting it

  • D Harries

    Cue for an extra edition 721 with 1Gb of RAM

  • arwin11

    I’m using my trial Lumia 720 in posting this… 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀

  • JGrove303

    Ali, do I spy a Nintendo 3DS on your desk? I hope you are playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate!

    • http://aligonemobile.blogspot.com/ Aliqudsi

      That you do. XL version too :) Got it for the sole purpose of Pokemon X/Y but it came with Mario Kart 7 installed, then I got hooked on Luigis mansion and Mario 3D land… also for some reason I bought Green lantern(looks to be the crappiest game in history, but it was $6 :D ) and lego undercover…. BUT once I finish those I’ll check out Monster Hunter :D

  • http://www.91mobiles.com/nokia-lumia-720-price-in-india Julia

    Nokia Lumia 720 a powerful Smartphone with following features :

    Display : 4.3 inches, WVGA IPS Super Sensitive Touchscreen, Aspect Ratio – 15:9
    Display Features : Multi-Touch Screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
    Sensors : Orientation sensor, Ambient light sensor
    Camera : Rear : 6.7 MP Camera (2848×2144 Pixels) with Auto Focus and LED Flash, Front : 1.3 MP Camera (1280×960 Pixels)
    Zoom : 4x Digital Zoom
    Video : 4x Video Zoom
    Battery : 2000 mAH

  • http://www.goldoos.com Houston

    NL 720 battery life, so so sturdy, performance very very good, pricing very much like give away. Nok group Thank u soooooooooooooooooooooooo very much. More nd More of such

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    wow eos wit 720 battery life, will b superb

  • LeBron

    IS it worth to buy this phone @such price? and what about battry life and does whatsaap drains a lot battrey Coz i am deadly whatsapp user… plz tell assap ..thnq

  • LeBron

    how is the body of it… if it falls from the pocket will it cause damage to gorilla screen , body…. ?
    and does it over heats of charging?

  • Gurpal Singh

    i bought a new lumia 720 and in 15 days it had a problem in screen where even without touching the screen, it starts functioning and continuously starts opening and closing the apps all on it’s own. i took it to mobile store where from i bought the set, they refused to replace the device. i took it to Nokia care faridabad, they attended it but the problem persisted. they also refused to change/replace the device and now have taken the device for repair. in the first month if a 18k device has to be repaired, customer is left with the frustration of using the repaired and fixed device from the first month itself. After all i have not purchased a local dirt cheap chinese phone. one deserves better policy from Nokia. i am thoroughly dissatisfied with both NOKIA and MOBILE STORE. as retailers you cannot wash your hands off like that. should exude some responsibility on the product you are selling. come on after all it is not a vendor/hawker standing in shani or mangal bazaar but are behaving exactly like that.

  • Sam

    Bought this beauty in yellow last week, it’s really amazing,very smooth,excellent screen quality,superb battery life,excellent camera,good speakers and above all killer looks.

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  • raj dolakia

    Bought this beauty in yellow last week, it’s really amazing,very smooth,excellent screen quality,superb battery life,excellent camera,good speakers and above all killer looks. and moreover i got this from MYDEAL247 one of the best online retail marketing company

  • suhas

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  • Exodus

    Hey, Is it true, I heard it has issues with volume rocker key…The volume rocker key does not works when playing the music without headphones on…Also, while playing music or video one cannot seek the video…as compared to other phone, you need to use the fast forward or backward key to seek the video…Any updates if this is bug or just some issue…

  • Jhay-are

    my problem in my lumia 720. they not having a sounds output in speaker.. onli in headset cant i heared the music of phone call,.. what are they causes?? harware problem??

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  • Christy Root

    Thanks for sharing the review and really I appreciate your work. I really never thought of buying any of the Nokia Lumia handsets but after hearing a lot about Nokia Lumia 720, I really bought one from Prepaymania last month itself and since than I’m in love with this device. Once again thanks for sharing.