HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Fight!

by Jerry D on April 17, 2013

What happens if you set the HTC Windows Phone 8X against the Nokia Lumia 720? Which one wins? Does the 4.3-inch screen on the Windows Phone 8X, outperform the Lumia 720’s display? Is its dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor any good? Which one of the two has the better camera? All of these questions are answered in the comparison below…

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HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

HTC Windows Phone 8X VS Nokia Lumia 720
Display 4.3-inch S-LCD 2 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(341.628 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 16GB internal, no expansion slot 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 6.7 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.1MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR 3.0 with A2DP
Size 66.2 x 132.4 x 10.1mm 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm
Weight 130g 128g
Talktime TBC 13.3 hours
Standby TBC 520 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage and Beats Audio GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage

 

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 fight plays out…

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Connectivity

Good wireless connectivity is vital. The Windows Phone 8X features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR. It also has 4G. In comparison, the Lumia 720 features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G in this model though.
— The Windows Phone 8X wins (1-0)

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Size/Weight

How thin do you like your phones? The Lumia 720 is slightly skinnier than the Windows Phone 8X with a chassis that’s only 9.0mm thick. The Lumia 720 is wider, measuring 67.5mm to the Windows Phone 8X’s 66.2mm. The Windows Phone 8X is heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 130g. The Lumia 720, meanwhile, weighs 128g.
— The Lumia 720 wins (1-1)

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HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Camera/Video

The Windows Phone 8X comes packing a built-in 8.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 2.1MP camera on the front for making video calls.

In this battle, the Lumia 720 grabs a draw with a camera that includes autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, an advanced f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. A second 1.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (2-2)

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Display

As for screen size, the HTC Windows Phone 8X features a 4.3-inch (720 x 1280) touch-sensitive S-LCD 2 display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is an excellent 341.628 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The HTC Windows Phone 8X features a 4.3-inch S-LCD 2 display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 341.628.

You’ll have noticed that the Lumia 720′s touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD screen matches its opponent for size. It boasts a lower resolution than the Windows Phone 8X, however, namely 480 x 800 pixels. With 384000 pixels on the 4.3-inch screen, the pixel density is a dull 216.977 pixels per inch.
— The Windows Phone 8X wins (3-2)

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Processor

As for the two processors, inside the Windows Phone 8X there’s an dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chip, rated at 1.5GHz. The Lumia 720 boasts a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor.
— The Windows Phone 8X wins (4-2)

Half-time: HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720

After five rounds, the Windows Phone 8X leads by 4-2. With a software battle coming next, we’ll be looking for the Lumia 720 to start winning some more points.

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Software

Neither phone wins this Windows Phone 8 vs. Windows Phone 8 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-3)

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Applications

It’s the Windows Phone Store vs. the Windows Phone Store and there’s no winner here. Which means… As it stands, the Windows Phone 8X is still on top in this fight. The Windows Phone 8X has surely got this fight in the bag.
— The two phones share the points (6-4)

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (7-5)

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Windows Phone 8X and the Lumia 720 share the points (8-6)

HTC Windows Phone 8X vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Extras

Finally, the Windows Phone 8X also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage and Beats Audio. In comparison, the Lumia 720 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage.
— It’s a tie, one point each (9-7)

BPF Verdict: The HTC Windows Phone 8X wins! (9-7)

The HTC Windows Phone 8X wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 720, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Comparable
The best extras: Comparable

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