Lumia 720 - my future recommendation?

by Volker Weber

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Wednesday I had the chance to play with the Lumia 720, one of the phones Nokia introduced in Barcelona. I need to use it for a week or so before recommending it, but so far I think you will get most of the 920 experience for a fraction of the cost. And it is much lighter than the flagship device. You won't get optical image stabilization, and it does not have LTE. But the photos that came off the cameras were brilliant. The front facing camera is very wide angle so you can fit four people into one photo when held at arm's length. The main camera sports a 1.9 aperture Zeiss lens.

With the body being a lot thinner and lighter, it holds really nicely in your hand. I am looking forward to trying it out once it does become available next quarter. Actually, I am hoping for next month.

Comments

Looks very promising. In fact, all these Lumias attract me very much. Will free some space to install Win8 along with the SDK next week...

Martin Kautz, 2013-03-09 22:06

Irgendwie schnappt die Requestdrossel zu, wenn ich vom iTelefon poste?

Martin Kautz, 2013-03-09 22:17

I am eagle-eyeing the Lumia 720 as well - I think this is going to be a killer device. The current Lumia lineup is so impressive - if this does not sell bucketloads, nothing will.

Hubert Stettner, 2013-03-10 06:45

Was mich wundert: das Cover ist wechselbar, aber der Akku ist es laut der techn. Daten nicht..(?)

Dieter Schmidt, 2013-03-10 08:18

Siehst Du die drei Kontakte? Es gibt ein Nokia CC-3064 Charge Cover. Das umfasst das Unibody-Gerät und bietet Qi Wireless Charging. Wenn Du Wechselakkus willst, dann musst Du ein 620 oder 820 nehmen.

Volker Weber, 2013-03-10 09:11

Habe in Barcelona zwei Vergleichsfotos mit 920 und 720 gemacht: Das vom 720 war schärfer. Mir persönlich gelingen trotz Bildstabilisierung mit dem 920 weiter verwackelte oder unscharfe Fotos. Insofern ist die "traditionelle" Kameratechnik im 720 vielleicht sogar besser. Telekom-Kunden sollten aber kein Handy ohne LTE kaufen, für die anderen ist's egal.

Christian Just, 2013-03-10 11:19

Für den Preis dürfte das Gerät wirklich sehr interessant sein.
Allerdings gefällt mir nicht, dass die kleinen Lumias nur 512MB RAM haben. Wird das denn nicht schnell zu wenig, wenn man ein paar Apps und/oder ein paar Webseiten im Browser geöffnet hat? Oder ist Windows Phone 8 wirklich so schlank, dass noch genügend Arbeitsspeicher frei ist?
Der etwas langsamere Prozessor ist schon in Ordnung, aber dem Lumia 720 hätten sie wenigstens noch 1GB RAM spendieren können (beim Lumia 520 ist für den Preis natürlich nicht mehr drin als 512MB).

Manfred Wiktorin, 2013-03-10 12:42

Test driving a Lumia 920 at the moment, and it's like... vroom, vroom... wow. Especially compared to a Samsung Galaxy S Duos with a buggy Android implementation. Ironically, the Exchange sync doesn't work on this windows phone. The company server requires SD card encryption and the phone's OS can't tell him there's no such card. The 920 is a little too large and heavy for me, though. Is the 820 an alternative, too? Don't fully understand the differences in the technical specs.

Joerg Richter, 2013-03-12 23:00

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