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The time has come for me to review the leading in cheap phones with obscure OS'.
The Lumia 720 is a nice phone. I got a black version, so it was very modern- looking. The touch-sensitive glass covers the whole front side of the phone, and even though it's a Corning Gorilla Glass screen, I still managed to scratch it very easily. The back side has a camera and a flash with a weird hole on the side of it, a speaker on the bottom left (which I would often put my finger on while holding the phone horizontal which would muffle the sound), three metal connectors for wireless charging (which I didn't try since I haven't got a wireless charger). The top side has a SIM card slot and a headphone jack. The left side has a SD card slot, while the right side has a camera button, a power button and a volume rocker.
Lumia 720 has a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512mb of RAM, a 4.3" screen with a resolution of 480x800 with the 217 pixels per inch. It also has 8GB of total storage, of which only 4.7 GB is available to the user. The processor is mediocre, the RAM is really small, which I think is a bad thing. Windows Phone 8 didn't slow down as Android does, but it still had trouble with apps. There are Samsung phones with 768mb RAM for as low as 115â'¬ new, unlocked. The screen is mediocre as well, and it's not even 16:9 aspect ratio. It's visible in sunlight, but then again, I had Samsung phones that had a display as clear as paper in direct sunlight. You can still see the pixels and it's not noticeable while watching movies but is when reading text.
The build quality is not great, the front panel wasn't laying flat on the phone and it would stick out a little bit on the side. The body of the phone itself is very good; it's firm and doesn't flex anywhere. The SIM card slot is really bad quality, I had a feeling it would break any second, as was the SD card slot. The charging port was horrible. Not only did it not hold a Micro USB cable properly, but it also only worked with the official, Nokia branded cables. My generic Micro USB cable would fall out, as would a Samsung Galaxy branded Micro USB cable. Also the phone had a bad DATA pin in the Micro USB connector, so it wouldn't connect with the PC sometimes.
The phone came full of bloatware, not only Nokia branded apps that clone Microsoft apps (looks like Nokia stole this from Samsung's horrible Touchwiz practice), but also apps for football, metro, my mobile operator (it installed automagically when I first turned on the phone).
It comes with Windows Phone 8, which I hope to review soon.
Nokia's apps weren't that good, except maybe Here Maps, Camera and Music. The phone wouldn't lag at all and had fast and fluid transitions between screens and apps.
The camera is really good, almost unbelievably good for a middle-range phone. It has a good flash, it can focus on tiny details and it can zoom pretty well, enabling me to read banners from far away photos.
Its 6.7 megapixels with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, a F1.9 aperture and LED flash and autofocus.
The pictures are sharp, and even in low light conditions without flash details can be differentiated. It amazingly doesn't have that trademark Nokia green- pixel noise like on other Nokia phone's cameras and the pictures aren't ghostly.
It has a good battery. A really good battery. It can hold a charge for 2 days of medium use (a hour total of listening to music with headphones, a few pictures taken, Internet use and always on Wi-Fi). A minimum is a day; no matter what I do I couldn't make it last less than a day.
The battery is 2000 mAh and can't be replaced by the user.
The phone is good, and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a decent Windows Phone device.
It however isn't perfect and I'm not satisfied with it.
One important thing is not to update to Windows Phone 8.1 as it'll ruin your phone. USB connection starts having problems, the battery is going to last only a day, the phone will often freeze and reboot, and it'll start to slow down a lot. Also the Camera doesn't work at all in Windows Phone 8.1 probably due to driver problems.
This post was last updated on February 16th, 2020.