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Nokia Lumia 720 review

The keystone to Nokia's Windows Phone 8 onslaught

As you'll already have gathered the Nokia Lumia 720 comes running Windows Phone 8 - the latest mobile-based instalment from software giant Microsoft.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

Windows Phone is getting better with each iteration and while it may not be quite hitting the heights of Android and iOS, we feel it could be there soon.

What you do get is a platform which works pretty much identically on whatever handset it's on, unlike Android which can arrive in many modified personas - some of which are better than others.

At least this means you know what you're getting when you pick up a Windows Phone and if you've used one in the past you'll have no trouble when it comes to picking up the Lumia 720.

Nokia tries to make the experience more of its own however by adding various additional features such as Nokia Music, camera smarts and its own mapping and navigation solutions - but more on those later.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

The lock screen on the Lumia 720 is the same as any other Windows Phone device, requiring you to slide up to access the phone - however there's more going on here then just a simple unlock mechanism.

Along the bottom of the screen you'll be able to see how many new texts, Facebook notifications, emails etc you have received on your shiny new Lumia 720.

If you dive into the settings menu you can also have the lock screen background changed to shots from your Facebook gallery, while also displaying details from an app such as the calendar or Twitter.

Get past the lockscreen and you're greeted with the old Live Tile formation, giving you up to the minute information from key applications without having to open them.

Hold down on a tile and you'll be able to move, resize (three sizes available) and unpin (read: delete) it.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

The 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM is plenty for Windows Phone 8 to operate on and we were able to navigate round the Lumia 720 smoothly without any hint of slowdown - making for a pleasing experience.

Slide from right to left and you'll enter the app list where you can quickly get a Live Tile back on your homescreen by holding down on an app and selecting the pin option - it's all very easy.

Apps are arranged in one long alphabetical vertical list, which can become a little cumbersome if you download lots, although a quick tap on the magnifying glass to the left of the list will allow you to search an app by name to save you scrolling for years.

There's no pull down notification bar or quick settings here - something which now exists not only in Android but also iOS 6 and BlackBerry 10.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

This makes manipulating things such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and the sort a little more laborious as you need to jump into the main settings menu, which admittedly you can pin as a Live Tile to your homescreen.

A bugbear of ours with Windows Phone 8 is the fact it hides your phone signal, battery and Wi-Fi connection icons in the top bar by default, requiring you to tap the top of the screen to have them displayed for a couple of seconds, before they hide away again.

More frustratingly in some applications you can't access these details at all, meaning you're left wondering why Facebook has stopped working - is it the phone? Have you lost signal? You just don't know.

Windows Phone 8 isn't a feature packed as Android, nor is it as polished as iOS, but running on the Nokia Lumia 720 it gives you a perfectly serviceable and straightforward smartphone experience.

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