Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 21, 2013

If you judge the Nokia Lumia 720 against the Blackberry Z10, which one is technically the best? Is the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 720 more advanced than the 4.2-inch screen on the Z10? What’s the processor like? How fast is it? Is the 8.0MP camera on the Z10 significantly better? Get the answers to these questions below…

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10: 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 Blackberry Z10
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.2-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(355.476 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Blackberry 10
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
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, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
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 65.6 x 130.0 x 9.0mm
Weight 128g 135g
Talktime 13.3 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 300 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Blackberry Maps and an HDMI out

 

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 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. Blackberry Z10 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the Lumia 720 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. 4G isn’t supported. The Z10 has NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. More importantly, it supports 4G too.
— The Z10 wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Size/Weight

The size battle plays out like this. The Lumia 720 has dimensions of 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm; the Z10 is 130.0 x 65.6 x 9.0mm. The Lumia 720 is the bigger handset of the two. Weighing 135g, the Z10 is 7g heavier than the Lumia 720, which weighs 128g. We have a leader. But is the Z10 good enough to stay in front?
— It’s a tie, the points are shared (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 720′s camera boasts a 6.7 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, a f/1.9 (large aperture) lens that lets in more light than a traditional camera, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The highest resolution it supports is pixels. Oh and there’s also a 1.3MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The Blackberry Z10 beats its opponent for raw megapixels with a higher-spec 8.0 Megapixel camera that also includes autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 2.0MP.
— It’s a tie, the points are shared (2-3)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Display

Display size is key and the Lumia 720 features a 4.3-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD screen. When it comes down to pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a far from impressive 216.977.

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.

The Z10′s touch-sensitive LCD loses the size battle. The screen is only slightly smaller at 4.2 inches. With 983040 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a terrific 355.476 pixels per inch.
— The Z10 wins (2-4)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Processor

In the smaller CPU vs CPU fight, the Lumia 720′s chip is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227, while the Z10 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.5GHz.
— The Z10 wins (2-5)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10

Five rounds down, another five to go and the Z10 has opened up a solid 3-point lead. But this fight is far from over. With five more points to be won, the Lumia 720 still has a chance to win.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Software

Windows Phone 8 comes installed on the Lumia 720, while the Z10 comes with Blackberry 10. We rate Microsoft’s OS higher than Blackberry’s software, so…
— The Lumia 720 wins (3-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Applications

Does the Blackberry software on the Z10 win the app-war? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the biggest choice of apps, choose the Lumia 720 (125000+) over the Z10 (105000+). The Z10 maintains its half-time advantage. With two points separating then, the Lumia 720 needs a strong finish.
— The Lumia 720 wins (4-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (5-6)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Blackberry Z10 – Battery Life

Next: battery life. Nokia says that its Lumia 720 can deliver 13.3 hours of talktime, while the Z10 is rated at 10.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 520 hours and 300 hours respectively That’s a smackdown for the Lumia 720 here.
— The Lumia 720 wins (6-6)

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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. Blackberry Z10 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 720 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Z10 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Blackberry Maps and an HDMI out
— The Z10 wins (6-7)

BPF Verdict: The Blackberry Z10 wins! (6-7)

The Blackberry Z10 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 720, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 3. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

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

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