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DanCooper

How would you change the Lumia 720?


Just like the Star Trek movies, we’ve mostly preferred the even-numbered ranges of Nokia Lumia handsets to the odds. We heaped praise on the 620, for example, with equal vitriol being poured onto the 520 that nestled beneath it. The 720 suffered the same fate when we reviewed it, finding that no matter how gussied-up the outside was, the low-power internals were an instant turn off. But what about you? It’s likely that plenty of you only had room in your budget for this device, so was the experience as bad as you’d expected?

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jones23

must change
  • double the ram to 1gb: things got better with 8.1, but still often apps don't save their state during multitasking
  • fix the yellow tint of the camera: incredibly annoying post processing error
nice to have
  • up the display resolution to 720p and the camera to 8mp
  • small cpu upgrade
keep
  • battery life
  • touchscreen that can be used with (regular) gloves
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MBNaveed

It already has a high sensitivity setting for the touchscreen
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korg

The last 2 are to KEEP.
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korg

Great list.

I also wished:
- the volume button lasted longer (mine broke 2 times during the first year)
- the headphone jack was at the bottom
- Engadget did not waited so long to create these "how would you change" articles
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deadflowers

Lumia 720 does what I expect for phones--very nicely.
I mean, I can't see why I need to play Unreal-powered-visually-impressive (yeah, as a handheld title) on my mobile phone.
Phone is for calling, texting/SNS, browsing some web, on-the-go services like weather/map/transit, and maybe taking some pics.
And hey, 720 can handle them.

WP8 is absolutely beautiful, runs smoothly on this less-powered device, and most importantly (IMO) for a mobile OS, consumes less battery than its rivals.
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mcn31l

This was my first experience with Windows Phone. As I was not sure how it would work out, I bought this off plan so that I could dump it if I did not like the OS. Oh how I was wrong doubting this phone and WP. My 720 does everything that I require. It is not a powerhouse but I never expected it to be.

The size is great and fits into my hand quite well. I find that the material used works very well and the phone is comfortable to hold.
It could use a little more internal memory as I have had one app crash often and this is most likely a result of the limited capacity. Generally speaking, not much else I use is bothered by it.
The camera works well and the software (using WP8.1) provided/downloaded is very easy to use.
Battery life is fantastic, although considering I am not what I owuld call a heavy user, having to charge every few days may not be typical for some.
I currently have an iPhone 4 for work and my previous phone was a HTC Desire HD. Neither of these phones comes close to my 720 in terms of what I need to do.

Owning the 720 means that I will be going WP next time as I find the OS quite useful and I prefer the look and feel of WP compared to the others. I would have purchased the 920 but I have become accustomed to the Glance screen and now I will only choose a phone that supports this... perhaps the 830 when it is released?
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MBNaveed

Ram. RAM RAM RAM> Everything else is virtually perfect for the price range this phone is in. Had it since its released and its still running strong. Only upgrading cuz RAM. RAM DAMMIT RAM.
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KalanTheShaman

The only way that a Windows phone will be a success is for the full version of Windows to be on it.
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KalanTheShaman

4GB RAM
7" AMOLED DISPLAY 2K
128GB STORAGE
MICRO SD UP TO 128GB +
INTEL 64BIT PROCESSOR
TWO SPEAKER JUST LIKE HTC M8
FULL WINDOWS WITH UPGRADABILITY TO WINDOWS 9

A PHONE THAT IS TRULY A PC
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cavehomme

  1. As the 5 and 6 series, must have a replaceable battery, essential for business users, no idea why you would leave this out, I always carry a spare battery in my C7 and E72 that I can just pop in immediately if necessary, no need to wait and waste business time.
  2. Dual SIM card slot, we need this in a higher end phone. More business users want their business SIM and personal SIM in the same phone so that they do not need to carry 2 phones, or else spend hours each month reconciling personal calls from their business phone monthly statement.
  3. Longer battery life
Not necessarily for 720, just the future direction of all Nokia/MS business phones....
  1. Hardware key for phone stop / start (as C7, E72, etc)
  2. Flashing LED on front to alert for incoming SMS are missed phone calls (as C7, E72, etc)
  3. Ideally at least one model with a slide out hardware keyboard such as E7, etc. Many people really cannot type out emails on a screen and need a keyboard for accuracy and speed, PLEASE! Stop all trying to copy Apple for goodness sake!
  4. We don't all want massive screens, not all of us have handbags, we have trouser pockets and a 3.5" or 4.0" screen is maximum!!!
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cherish

First in all my days of life experience in mobiles (I'm just 16 yes old) I have seen mobile change in the next generation of them like for example ( g2 to g3 ) people always dream new always when a new phone hits the market so I would suggest that why wouldn't you change the context of lumia itself and bring a new visuals like having a wireless headphones and removing the same old design of windows and replenish it with a crunch of not formal but frenzy look you can also give a option to them to choose if they want a formal windows or home style windows look .... For now I guess this is enough my brain doesn't stop answering the questions pls send some more interesting questions like these from rohi ( a teenager mobile geek)
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kumadare

Display
-same screen size
-more pixel density (>300 ppi)
- corning gorilla glass 3

Memory

-16 Gb internal
-1 Gb Ram

Data
-add LTE

Camera

- 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
- 2 MP, secondary

CPU

-Improved CPU and GPU

Battery

-at least 2200 mAh
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Maciek1988

Easy. If it had optical image stabilization I would have bought it already. No need to change the internals, I think.
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