Nokia Lumia 720 review

The keystone to Nokia's Windows Phone 8 onslaught

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The Nokia Lumia 720 isn't blessed with superfast 4G connectivity, meaning you'll have to resort to a 3G connection if you fancy roaming outside of a Wi-Fi connection.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

In terms of actually viewing the web on the Lumia 720 you've got just one option - Internet Explorer (IE).

IE is an unfussy offering giving you all the basic tools required for surfing the world wide web, but none of the added extras you find on other operating systems.

If you're making the switch from Android or iOS you'll note there's no URL bar at the top of screen, with Microsoft opting to stick it at the base instead. Why? We're not quite sure, but it's not really a problem and you'll get used to its placement pretty quickly.

It's accompanied by a reload button, but any other controls are hidden away in the menu - which can be accessed by tapping the three small dots to the right of the URL box.

From the menu you can open up any number of tabs, allowing you to surf more than one website at a time - but unfortunately there's no easy way to jump between these tabs, or see how many you have open.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

This slows the browsing experience down a bit and is rather frustrating if you need to jump between several tabs quickly.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

You'll also a find favourites, browsing history and settings in the menu - the latter of which gives you a variety of options including changing the default search engine from Bing to Google.

Over 3G load speeds tended to hover around the four to six seconds mark for mobile sites, while content heavy sites were a bit more of a struggle taking around 15 seconds to fully appear - although we could pan around after about 8 seconds.

In some extreme cases we found that content rich sites could take up to half a minute to fully render on screen, so you may want to stick to mobile sites when using the Lumia 720 out and about.

Popping onto a half decent Wi-Fi network saw load times reduced by a few seconds for both mobile and desktop sites, which is to be expected.

Nokia Lumia 720 review

As the Nokia Lumia 720 comes equipped with a 4.3-inch display there's plenty of real estate to play with when it comes to browsing the web, which makes viewing sites and reading articles far easier.

You can tell the screen on the Lumia 720 does suffer a little thanks to its resolution, with images not looking as clear, and text not quite as sharp. It certainly doesn't make things unreadable, but if you take a second to stop and look you will notice the slight lack of quality.

There's no text reflow built into Internet Explorer though, so once you've zoomed in to read an article you'll find yourself feverishly sliding sideways as well as down to read all the text.

For those of you who are still avid Flash fans then there's disappointment in store for you here as the Lumia 720 doesn't support the dying format, meaning various websites and videos simply won't work.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
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 Address
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