Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – And… Fight!

by Jerry D on March 9, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Apple iPhone 5, which one wins? Is the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 720 better than the 4.0-incher on the iPhone 5? Does its dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor have more oomph? You’ll find the answers to these questions in the table and tit-for-tat comparison that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5: 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.

Nokia Lumia 720 VS Apple iPhone 5
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.0-inch Retina
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
640 x 1136 pixels
(326.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.2GHz dual core Apple A6
Software Windows Phone 8 iOS 6
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
6.7 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 1.2MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm
Weight 128g 112g
Talktime 13.3 hours 8.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 225 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope, Siri digital voice assistant

 

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 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 Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Connectivity

Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The Lumia 720 includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G though. But NFC… The iPhone 5, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G networking is also supported. But no NFC…
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Size/Weight

How do the two combatants measure up? The Lumia 720 is slightly fatter than the iPhone 5 with dimensions of 9.0mm versus 7.6mm. The Lumia 720 is broader, measuring 67.5mm to the iPhone 5′s 58.6mm. Neither phone is hefty. The Nokia Lumia 720 weighs 128g, while the iPhone 5 is 112g. The iPhone 5 hits the front going into the next round.
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 720′s 6.7 MP camera features autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 1.3 Megapixels.

The iPhone 5 boasts more raw megapixels and defeats the Lumia 720 with a camera package that features an 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama mode, HDR and 1080p video recording. Another 1.2 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-3)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Display

Headlining the Nokia Lumia 720 is a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The screen has 384000 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 216.977 pixels per inch – a far from impressive number.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 720 features a 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 216.977.

At only 4.0 inches, the iPhone 5′s touch-sensitive Retina screen has less room.  But the resolution is higher and with a grand total of 727040 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a terrific 326.0 pixels per inch.
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-4)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Processor

How fast are these two handsets? The specs reveal that the iPhone 5 uses a dual core Apple A6 CPU, rated at 1.2GHz. The Lumia 720′s engine is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor.
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-5)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5

With five rounds gone, the iPhone 5 is out in front by 5-1. A big lead of 4. The second half is about to start. Can the Lumia 720 mount a fight-back?

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Software

The Nokia Lumia 720 is built around Windows Phone 8 (good), while the iPhone 5 runs iOS 6 (way better).
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-6)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Applications

What about the number of apps available for and iOS? According to the stats, the iPhone 5 has the fattest app store of the two. There are over 700000 apps on Apple’s App Store; while the Windows Phone Store has over 125000 apps available for download. Looking at the overall scores, there’s been no real change since half-time, the iPhone 5 is still ahead, proving just how much better it is than the Lumia 720.
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-7)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Storage

The fight now switches to storage. The Nokia Lumia 720 is only available in one configuration with 8GB of storage. While the Apple iPhone 5 rocks up with a spec sheet that lists 16, 32 or 64GB variants. Of course, the Lumia 720 also features a microSD slot, which supports cards up to 64GB. This will boost the overall storage to a roomier 72GB. Unlike its rival, the iPhone 5 is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage options remain 16, 32 or 64GB.
— The iPhone 5 wins (1-8)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Battery Life

How long will the battery last? the Lumia 720 boasts 13.3 hours of talktime according to Nokia, while the iPhone 5 is rated at 8.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 520 hours and 225 hours respectively. A loss for the iPhone 5.
— Lumia 720 (2-8)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (3-9)

BPF Verdict: The Apple iPhone 5 wins! (3-9)

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