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Nokia Lumia 720 – Hands On

By Kevin Thomas on 18th April 2013

The Nokia Lumia 720 arrives in stock this week so its a good time for our "hands on" article while we make final preparations for our full Lumia 920 review.


The Nokia Lumia 720 was officially unveiled in late February and is the latest addition to the Nokia Lumia series of Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The Lumia 720 comes in yellow, red, cyan, white and black with the red being an exclusive with O2. It arrives in stock this week with retailers and should prove to be a popular alternative to the flagship Lumia 920.


The Lumia 720 slots bang in the middle of the Lumia series with the Lumia 520 and 620 below it and the Lumia 820 and 920 heading up the range. We looked at the complete Nokia Lumia series of smartphones here and highlighted the merits of each model.


Nokia Lumia 720 – the physical stuff

The Lumia 720, is in fact, the thinnest and lightest of the range with a depth of just 9mm and a weight of 128 grams. The full measurements are 127.9 x 67.5 x 9mm.


The Nokia Lumia 720 comes with the same polycarbonate unibody design as the rest of the range and has the same display screen size and display resolution ( 800 x 480 ) as the Lumia 820. Gorilla Glass 2 is included as is Nokia Clearback Technology for use in bright conditions.


Nokia Lumia 720 – the power within


The Lumia 720 comes with a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of on-board memory. This is more than adequate to run Windows Phone 8 at optimum speeds including multi-tasking. Luckily, there is also a microSD slot which can accommodate up to a 64GB card and you also have access up to 7GB of Skydrive Cloud space for your personal use.


Nokia Lumia 720 - the snapper


The Lumia 720 comes with a 6.7 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens featuring a sensor ratio of 1 to 3.6 and an aperture size of f/1.9. So fear not, this is not simply a 6.7 megapixel camera, it is boosted by leading Carl Zeiss technology which means that it may well be equivalent to a 12 megapixel camera with standard optics.


In addition you get the Back Side Illuminated feature which assures normalised results for both daylight and low light conditions. Video capture is provided at HD resolution of up to 720p for up to 30 frames per second.


Nokia Lumia 720 – the battery figures


Nokia list some impressive battery life figures. The battery itself is a 2000mAh battery which cannot be removed. Nokia quote figures of over 13 hours talktime when on 3G with a standby time of 520 hours and around 80 hours of music playback. The company also say that up to 13.5 hours worth of mobile web browsing is possible when using WiFi.


Wireless charging is possible with a Qi wireless charger and a Wireless Charging Shell. It seems 3 of the most popular accessories for the Lumia series of smartphones is the Car Charging Holder, the Charging Cover itself and the Nokia Wireless Charging Stand.


Nokia Lumia 720 – Nokia Maps and Nokia Collection


HERE Maps is probably the most important App that comes pre-installed on the Nokia Lumia 720. HERE Maps comes with LiveSight and you can easily load all the businesses, shops and restaurants nearby and it works indoors too. It also comes with directions and reviews for what interests you. Other useful Apps are Nokia Music, Nokia Mix Radio, Nokia Gig Finder, Smart Shoot, Erase Feature, WhatsApp and StyleSaint plus many more useful ones in the 50 that come pre-installed.


Nokia Lumia 720 – Review


Our Nokia Lumia 720 Review is currently being arranged so head back soon to see how this mid-range Lumia stacks up against the flagship Lumia 920 and the budget Lumia 520.


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