Nokia Lumia 720: an affordable Windows Phone 8 handset with great specs

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    Nokia Lumia 720

    Though there are some minor issues with it, nonetheless Nokia Lumia 720 is an affordable Windows Phone 8 handset with great specs and features

    Nokia Lumia 720 is among mid-range handsets from Finnish smartphone company and is doing pretty well in markets across the world. The handset sits in between Nokia’s Lumia 620 and Lumia 820 and is being loved by Windows Phone 8 fans across the world.

    The handset has been well received in the market due to the fact that it is reasonably priced and comes with rather good features and specifications in its price range. But to be true, the handset is facing tougher competition from a handset of its own stock, Nokia Lumia 620 that despite coming with smaller body comes with better display.

    Nokia Lumia 720 comes with 4.3-inch 800 x 480 display. To be true its smaller sibling with 3.8-inch display size also has 800 x 480 resolution giving Lumia 620 better pixel density per inch.  Pixel density per inch for Nokia Lumia 620 is 246 while for bigger and more expensive handset like Lumia 720 it is 217ppi. But this is the only disappointment when it comes to Lumia 720 and in every other respect it seems great.

    Nokia Lumia 720

    To be true, Nokia Lumia 720 was designed with the aim of bridging the gap between Lumia 820 and the budget-friendly Lumia 620, carries a price tag of at Rs 17,990. Towing the line of its expensive siblings, Lumia 720 sports the same Fabula design language. To help the user have a better grip, the handset sports a polycarbonate uni-body with curved edges including the screen that is curved around the edges, thereby making the transition between the display and body appear seamless. The look also makes the handset look lot slimmer.

    The handset comes many choices to people when it comes to color. The Finnish company’s love for color is evident via Lumia 720, which is available in Red, Yellow, White, Cyan, and Black. While Cyan and Black are in a matte body, the rest of the lot sports a glossy finish, much to the delight of the customers who dig funk. The handset features the usual set of capacitive keys including Windows (Home), Back, and Search on the screen  while the Volume rocker, Lock button, and camera key are on the right side. A 3.5 mm jack is placed at the top along with a micro-SIM slot that can be pop-opened easily. The left side slot houses a microSD card. Further the device is having three contact points for the snap-on wireless charging covers, which at present are not available for the  Indian market.

    As far as specifications are concerned, the handset comes with 4.3-inch IPS LCD protected by Gorilla Glass and comes with a resolution of 800 x 480. Its screen offers a bright display even in the sun owing to the presence of Nokia’s ClearBlack technology. The screen is not only bright but also enables wide viewing angles. Lumia 720 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1 GHz dual-core CPU and Adreno 305 GPU, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB internal storage extendable upto 64 GB via microSD card.

    The hnadset comes with one of the best camera in its class. The main feature of Lumia 720 or rather the point is highlight is the rear  6MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and an aperture of f1.9, the widest aperture available on a smartphone  at present. Thus the images that are clicked using Lumia 720 comes out to be brighter and sharper. The wide aperture helps in low light scenarios as compared to the similarly priced Android competitors. It also has a 1.3 MP F/2.4 wide angle front camera that is helpful in video calling. The device has varied connectivity options including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Tethering and NFC. The phone is backed by a 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery that lasts upto 6 hours and 40 minutes when fully charged. With such affordable and great handsets Nokia’s future looks secure.