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Little more than a pretty face

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Nokia's Lumia 720 is a very desirable handset on the outside, but lackluster insides make it hard to justify the price.

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Critic reviews

7.7
8 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    6.9
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Camera
    7.4
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.6
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.2

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User reviews

7.8
4 reviews
7.0
Engadget Apr 19, 2013

We imagine Nokia's attempting to place the 720 as a mid-range device, but what's fundamentally wrong with the handset is that it represents slowly aging hardware in a pretty dress, with a few catchy slogans attached.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 17, 2013

Theres a lot to like about the Nokia Lumia 720. As a device, the design is fantastic and the build quality is great. It might not be the slimmest, or boast the greatest specs, but it is a nice comfortable phone to use day-to-day.

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8.0
PC Advisor Apr 29, 2013

We really like the Lumia 720. Nokia has made a well-balanced smartphone which could be exactly what Windows Phone 8 needs. It offers decent performance at a more than decent price.

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8.0
SlashGear Apr 18, 2013

In some ways, the Lumia 720 is everything we’ve asked for from Nokia. It’s slickly designed and has superlative battery life, the camera out-performs rivals in the same price bracket, and the screen – though lower resolution than we like – is a nice compromise of size ... and clarity.

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8.0
TechRadar Apr 19, 2013

We really like the Nokia Lumia 720, it's a great all round smartphone and while it doesn't do enough for us to love it, we would seriously recommend it.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jul 1, 2013

The Lumia 720 has a bold design, good native apps and nice handling. The only main drawback is the screen. The rival HTC 8X's display is better, even though it's older than the Lumia 720. It's a mystery (and a shame) Nokia didn't give it more attention.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Apr 30, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 720 is a good-looking phone that offers the snappy performance you can expect of a Windows Phone 8 device. We’d like to see it sell a little under its standard retail price thanks to its ageing screen technology, given a more bitter edge by the still-limited apps ... selection.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 25, 2013

Hold it in-hand and you'll immediately notice its weight is evenly distributed, so it doesn't register as heavy, despite its 2,000mAh battery.

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Gizmodo Feb 25, 2013

Overall, then, the 720 seems like a decent choice for casual phone users: it looks nice, feels zippy enough for light work like browsing and Facebook, and offers a winning little camera to boot.

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PC Mag Feb 25, 2013

Once again, the high-quality build and bright colors are very Nokia ... It has a 4.3-inch, curved glass Clear Black display, but again, the resolution is on the low side, at just 800-by-480 pixels. And since this display is larger than the 520's, it's actually less sharp.

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Ars Technica Feb 25, 2013

The form factor feels very good. It's light and comfortable, and retains the quality feel that the other Lumias have. With a higher spec, in particular a better screen resolution, this would be the must-have Lumia.

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CNET Asia Feb 25, 2013

The Nokia 720, considered to be at the higher-end of the lineup, feels more like a midrange device. It does, however, have some great imaging features bundled.

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T3 Feb 25, 2013

It's also pretty lightweight, tipping the scales at 128g although we did find that it hand the tendency to slide out of our hand when we were trying to photograph it.

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phoneArena Feb 25, 2013

The viewing angles are excellent and there's barely a reflection under the expo light, meaning it should perform well outside, too, since the display looks sufficiently bright.

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TechRadar Feb 25, 2013

The Lumia 720 doesn't have the high end features we've come to expect from the more expensive Lumias but it does have a decent spec sheet for something that's bound to be available on next-to-nothing contracts.

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TrustedReviews Feb 25, 2013

Although it’s more of a tweak of the Lumia 820 than a revolution, the Nokia Lumia 720 makes a lot of the right moves. The most important of the lot is price.

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BGR Feb 25, 2013

Picking up the Lumia 720, you can’t help but be impressed by the care Nokia took with building a budget phone. The phone’s body has the smooth contours and the same compact unibody design that made the flagship Lumia 920 such a solid device.

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PocketNow Feb 25, 2013

The Finnish phone maker maintained the general design guidelines we’re already familiar with from previous Lumia phones, however, tweaking them further with subtle changes.

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8.0
MuraliNunna MuraliNunna

For a buyer contemplating to buy a smartphone which is not android/iOS based, windows phone 8 is afresh whiff of air in the smartphone landscape. Such a fresh os when married with the kind of sturdy hardware that Nokia produces, brings forth the Lumia line which takes us back to the days when the...

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8.0
mcn31l mcn31l

This is a great mid range product that is both easy to use and a good fit in the hand. Unlike most reviewers, I don't have huge requirements on app selection so for my purposes, the Ecosystem is good.

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