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Nokia Lumia 720 review

The keystone to Nokia's Windows Phone 8 onslaught

Battery life

There's a 2000mAh battery house inside the Nokia Lumia 720 and we found it did an excellent job - comfortably keeping us going for a whole day.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

Nokia reckons you can get up to 520 hours of standby time or 79 hours of music playback from the 720, and while these figures are a little unrealistic you shouldn't worry.

With moderate usage we were able to eek out two days use from the Lumia 720 before it started pining for the charger - which is pretty impressive in today's smartphone world where the nightly charging ritual is now common place.

For those more hard core users you should still be able to see out a whole day, as we were able to browse the web, fire off a number of emails, check our variois social networks and fire some rather irate birds at farmyard animals without dashing for the plug before bedtime.

We've found that the Windows Phone operating system seems to be less power hungry on the whole and coupled with modest processor inside the handset it all adds up to a more power efficient package.

The only dampener on the battery side of things is the fact that it's locked away inside the unibody design of the Lumia 720, meaning you can't pop it out to hard reset the phone, or swap a dead one for a fully charged spare.

Connectivity

Connectivity wise the Nokia Lumia 720 comes well equipped with Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and A-GPS all stuffed inside its smooth, plastic shell.

You can share your mobile internet connection with up to eight other devices using your Lumia 720 thanks to the wireless hotspot function found within Windows Phone 8 - which is handy if you quickly need some web access on your tablet or laptop and are out of Wi-Fi range.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

You'll also find a USB 2.0 port on the bottom of the handset and let's not forget the microSD slot on the left of the 720, allowing you to build on the mediocre 4GB of internal storage with cards up to 64GB in size.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

A USB cable is included in the box so you can hook the Lumia 720 up to your computer, or to the plug also provided in the box to charge the handset.

Nokia has also given the Lumia 720 NFC contactless smarts, allowing you to pair your device and share information with other compatible phones and accessories with just a tap.

Wireless charging is one of Nokia's hot topics at the moment, and while the Lumia 720 can't be charged wirelessly straight out of the box you can purchases a special case which will give it the cable free smarts.

The case hasn't gone on sale quite yet, so we're not sure how much it will set you back or if it's worth getting, but we'll update this review once we know more.

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