May 4, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 720 Journal Part 1: Beyond Dreams

Back in Mobile World Congress 2013 when Nokia announced the Lumia 720, I thought to myself, did somebody from the company read all my geek fantasies and financial adversities because they just herald a phone that reasonably addressed both, a phone with equitable specs that could make a poor geek happy.

Geek specks lists includes 4.3 inch IPS LCD screen with ClearBlack Technology, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display that’s highly sensitive to touch that even gloves or any pointed material could be used on it, a Dolby enhance sound system, NFC, better camera aperture compared to that of Nokia Lumia 920, a wide angle lens front facing camera, Dual core processor with Adreno 305 GPU, among others, at a fair price that’s half to the current aforementioned flagship.

These were all though paper specs that mostly negates in actually living me with so much questions in mind like how good the built quality is, its level of screen vibrancy and brightness, the smoothness and fluidity of its interface, the camera performance, the limitations to the phone’s 512MB RAM, battery performance among others. Being a cut below the flagship 920, I expected a lot of differences in hardware and software performances nevertheless, but up to what extend did the cut went through, that you need to find out as the journal progress.

And so without further ado ladies and gentlemen, the rolling of the most up-keep and complete blow by blow account of the phone beyond dreams exposing everything with no holds barred, best fitted for potential buyers, competitors and angry mobs. Enjoy!


At a glance, the phone had the typical Nokia Lumia visage; stylish, dark screened and attractive. The screen’s deep black color brought about by the ClearBlack display technology prominently stands out upfront conforming very well to the white side borders.

Holding it in the hand was a different ball game compared to Lumia units I’ve tried before; it’s noticeably light at 128g (Lumia 920 had 185g), thin at 9mm and handy with a 67.5mm width accommodating a 4.3” inch screen that gives a perfect grip. Further boasting the hand grip impression was the phone’s back cover which was glossy high grade polycarbonate allotting a classy effect overall and the curve sides adding more thinness to it. Nonetheless I find the thinness and weightless weird and distracting since I was used to heavy and moderately thick ones. As I’ve mentioned in my Nokia Lumia 920 hardware review, I had this particular perspicacity of getting alarmed if I can’t feel the weight and thickness of the phone on my pocket. It’s a psychological trick that I might or might not overcome, these I need to find out as the trial week progress.

When it comes to toughness, the phone feels arguably solid in the hand with its unibody close design. It doesn’t squeak anywhere or feel plastic-ky vulnerable like the Samsung Galaxy S3, though I find weightlessness again distracting that somehow affected my toughness impression to it, another of my mental perturbations.

As mentioned earlier, the phones width gave me perfect grip but besides that, the right width also allows me to navigate the phone effortlessly and text normally in one hand in any given situation without effortlessly extending my thumb to reach the phones left side, though texting was not as easy as T9 or as comfortable as SWYPE but at least. I also find the phone’s length suitable and pocketable, it’s not short that it affects the tile size nor long that it’s awkward to look like the iPhone 5.

I also like the fact that Nokia added a microSD slot on it since it could boast the phones memory capacity up to 64GB. The microSD card slot is being securely locked on the phone’s left side, a lock mechanism that I’m beginning to adore among Lumia phones because it adds to its unyielding character.

The phone had a curve glass display but it was barely noticeable as oppose to its effective implementation on the Nokia N9. It was supposed to give a satisfying swiping effect but I could hardly felt it in the phone. Perhaps it’s not curve enough?

Very noticeable as well on the hardware side of things is the huge battery reserve of up to 2,000mAh, the biggest perhaps among the phone range but needs to be proven otherwise. It promised a 520hours of standby time, up to 23 h 20 min (2G) /13 h 20 min (3G) of talk time and 79 hours of music.

Wrap Up

So far so good hardware-wise, it had some minor weaknesses - mostly psychological on my part, but definitely overwhelming overall. For me, the phone had all the right measurements and dimensions except thickness and weight, the right built quality, the right hardware side specs at the right price. Right phone I’d say to sum it all up so far.

More thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 720 coming up as the Journal progress. For the meantime enjoy these early images of the phone taken on its elder brethren the Nokia Lumia 920. Enjoy!

The Nokia Lumia 720 Journal Part 2: Beyond Illusion
The Nokia Lumia 720 Journal Part 3: Beyond Glimpse
The Nokia Lumia 720 Journal Part 4: Camera and Beyond (Day Shots)
The Nokia Lumia 720 Journal Part 5: Camera and Beyond (Night Shots)
The Nokia Lumia 720 Journal Part 6: Camera and Beyond (Video Test)
The Nokia Lumia 720 Journal Part 7: Beyond Apps
The Nokia Lumia 720 Journal Wrap Up: Beyond Compare, The 7-2-0 Reasons To Consider


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