Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Smackdown!

by Jerry D on March 9, 2013

If you put the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Google Nexus 4 side-by-side, is there a clear winner? Does the 4.3-inch screen on the Lumia 720, beat the display on the Nexus 4? How fast is the dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor inside? Is the 8.0MP camera on the Nexus 4 significantly better? Find answers to these questions in the side-by-side comparison that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4: 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 Google Nexus 4
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.7-inch True HD IPS
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(317.66 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.2
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8 or 16GB 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, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G No No
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 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1mm
Weight 128g 139g
Talktime 13.3 hours 15.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 390 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and TV-out

 

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 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. Google Nexus 4 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – 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. Google’s Nexus 4, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. No 4G in this phone either.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Size/Weight

How do the two phones match up? The Nexus 4 is a bit taller than the Lumia 720 with dimensions of 133.9mm versus 127.9mm. The Nexus 4 is wider, measuring 68.7mm to the Lumia 720′s 67.5mm. Neither the Nexus 4 or the Lumia 720 is unwieldy. The former weighs 139g; the latter weighs a mere 128g. The Lumia 720 gets its nose in front going into round #3.
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-1)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 720′s 6.7 MP lens features autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, an f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 1.3MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The Nexus 4 KOs the Lumia 720 with an 8.0 Megapixel lens (3264 x 2448 max resolution), plus features such as: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.3MP.
— The Nexus 4 wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Display

The Lumia 720 features a touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD display, 4.3 inches across with a quoted resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a cruddy 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.

Nexus 4′s touch-sensitive True HD IPS display is better, measuring 4.7 inches. The 768 x 1280 resolution and the pixel density of 317.66 here beats the 216.977 rating given to the Lumia 720.
— The Nexus 4 wins (2-3)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Processor

How speedy are the two combatants? The specs show that the Nexus 4 uses a quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, rated at 1.5GHz. The Lumia 720′s core is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip.
— The Nexus 4 wins (2-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4

At the halfway mark, the Nexus 4 has opened up a good 2-point lead. But there are some big rounds coming up, including storage and operating systems. Can the Lumia 720 pull it back?

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Software

The Nexus 4 runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), the Lumia 720 uses Windows Phone 8.
— The Nexus 4 wins (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Applications

Which software platform has the most apps? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the biggest choice of apps, choose the Nexus 4 (675000+) over the Lumia 720 (125000+). As it stands, the Nexus 4 is still on top in this fight. With such a big gap, there’s now no chance of a fight back from the Lumia 720. This fight is as good as over.
— The Nexus 4 wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Storage

This part of the fight focuses on storage capacity. The Lumia 720 kicks off proceedings with 8GB of internal storage. The Nexus 4 offers you a choice of different storage capacities, namely 8 or 16GB. The Lumia 720 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 72GB. Google didn’t build an expansion slot into the Nexus 4, so 8 or 16GB is all you get.
— The Nexus 4 wins (2-7)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Battery Life

How long will the phones last? Nokia says that its Lumia 720 can deliver 13.3 hours of talktime, while the Nexus 4 is rated at 15.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 520 hours and 390 hours respectively The Lumia 720 loses this round.
— The Nexus 4 wins (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. Google Nexus 4 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 720 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Nexus 4 features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and a TV-out.
— The Nexus 4 wins (2-9)

BPF Verdict: The Google Nexus 4 wins! (2-9)

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