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Nokia Lumia 720 review

The keystone to Nokia's Windows Phone 8 onslaught

Maps

Nokia has its own mapping solution now and it's no surprise the Lumia 720 comes with Here Maps and Here Drive Beta pre-installed and ready to roll.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

On firing up Here Maps - and waiting a couple of seconds for the app to load - the Lumia 720 usually took less than five seconds to pin point our location and we were able to pan and zoom quickly with relatively smooth transitions.

Obviously if your internet signal isn't particularly strong you'll find the 720 takes a little longer to render the maps, but for the most part we had a fluid mapping experience.

It's not quite as well rounded as Google Maps on Android, but you can view public transport and traffic layers, as well as get directions to and from locations around the world.

Another bonus of Here Maps is the ability to save maps to the handset, allowing you to view them when your internet connection isn't available - perfect if you're travelling aboard.

Downloadable maps are also great when you're using the Here Drive Beta satellite navigation app, as the Lumia 720 won't need to rely on your mobile connection to display the map on screen.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

Once again the sat nav function is perfectly workable and does a good job of getting you from A to B - although it's not quite as feature packed as Google's offering.

The large display on the Lumia 720 helps when it comes to viewing maps and using the handset as a sat nav, giving you a good amount of information on screen at one time and although the clarity might not be quite as good as some of its rivals, it still works well.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

Apps

Windows Phone handsets tend arrive with far fewer apps pre-installed than their Android rivals, with manufacturers restraining from going too overboard before the phone has even hit your hand.

This trend continues with the Nokia Lumia 720 as it doesn't even have the almost obligatory Facebook and Twitter apps pre-installed, although a short trip to the Windows Phone store will quickly sort that out.

The Windows Phone Store is growing every month and while it's still some way off offering the vast swath of apps you get in Apple's App Store and Google Play, a lot of favourites now reside here.

It's pretty easy to navigate round the store with the layout working in a similar way to the sideways scrolling motion you get in the native Windows Phone apps. A decent number of apps are free, while paid-for options start from $0.99/£0.79/AU$0.99.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

In terms of what is included out of the box there is of course the standard things such as Alarms, Calculator and Calendar alongside the other stock apps we've mentioned throughout this review.

One of the big draws of Windows Phone is the inclusion of the mobile Microsoft Office suite and OneNote on all handsets as standard - giving you access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your phone.

It's great if you need to make a quick change ahead of the meeting, or read an important document on the way to work - although the screen size can hamper more vigorous editing efforts.

There's also a handy PDF Reader present on the Lumuia 720, which we found was perfect for downloading and viewing pub menus from the internet.

You can search PDFs for a specific word or phrase, place a bookmark in the document and share it via SkyDrive - all from within the app.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA
SAR Value0.76 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, WCDMA 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution6.7 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time23.40 Hour
Product Model720
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)128 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, EU RoHS, REACH, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density217 ppi
Height127.9 mm
Width67.5 mm
Depth9 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time520 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 720 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon S4
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Orientation Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part NumberA00010598
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing Information

Sleek, light and bright. Stand out from the crowd.

With its slimline unibody design, bright colours and vibrant screen, the Nokia Lumia 720 is guaranteed to turn heads. But it's not just a pretty face. It has extra long battery life and a touch screen that works even with gloves or long finger nails. You can also charge it wirelessly by clipping on a Wireless Charging Cover.

Talk face-to-face with video calling.

The Nokia Lumia 720 boasts an HD front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens that's perfect for squeezing all your friends into one shot, as well as for chatting on Skype. Have fun with the front-facing camera and Lumia exclusive digital lenses, like Glam Me, which allows you to take self portraits and add the star treatment by whitening teeth and tanning your skin. Picture perfect every time.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 720 Smartphone
  • Micro USB Charger
  • Battery
  • Charging and Data Cable
  • Stereo Headset
  • Quick Guide
  • SIM Door Key
Limited Warranty2 Year