Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 26, 2013

There are questions we should ask when comparing the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Nokia Lumia 510. Questions like… Is the 4.3-inch screen on the Lumia 720 classier than the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 510? Is Lumia 720‘s Windows Phone 8 operating system exciting? Does the 5.0MP camera on the Lumia 510 deliver the best results? Get the answers to these questions below…

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510: 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 Nokia Lumia 510
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.0-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 7.5
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 4GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
6.7 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 64.9 x 120.7 x 11.5mm
Weight 128g 129g
Talktime 13.3 hours 8.5 hours
Standby 520 hours 653 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, stereo FM radio and free SkyDrive storage

 

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 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. Nokia Lumia 510 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Connectivity

The wireless options on the Lumia 720 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. But no 4G. Nokia’s Lumia 510, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR. No 4G in this phone either.
— The Lumia 720 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Size/Weight

Let’s put the two phones side-by-side… The Lumia 720 is a neat 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm handset. While Nokia’s phone is 120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5mm. The Lumia 720 is the smaller phone. Tipping the scales at 129g, the Lumia 510 is weightier than its opponent. The Lumia 720 weighs 128g. The Lumia 720 has the early advantage in this fight.
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-0)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 720′s camera boasts a 6.7 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calls.

In this round, the Lumia 510 comes off second best. Its 5.0 Megapixel lens (with autofocus, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording) falls short. The highest resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels.
— The Lumia 720 wins (3-0)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – 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 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.

At only 4.0 inches, the Lumia 510′s touch-sensitive LCD screen has less room. The 480 by 800 resolution matches the Lumia 720. The pixel density of 233.25 here beats the 216.977 rating given to the Lumia 720. But overall…
— The Lumia 720 wins (4-0)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Processor

As for the speediest CPU, the Lumia 510 uses a Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon CPU, rated at 800MHz. The Lumia 720′s engine is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor.
— The Lumia 720 wins (5-0)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510

At the halfway mark, the Lumia 720 has opened up a good 5-point lead. But there are some big rounds coming up, including storage and operating systems. Can the Lumia 510 pull it back?

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (7-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Storage

This round looks at storage. The Nokia Lumia 720 boasts 8GB of built-in storage. The Nokia Lumia 510 comes in a love it or leave it 4GB model. The Lumia 720 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to a dizzying 72GB. The 4GB storage on the Lumia 510 can’t be extended, as there’s no memory card slot.
— The Lumia 720 wins (8-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 510 – Battery Life

How does the performance compare? Nokia’s spec sheet lists 13.3 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 8.5 hours for the Nokia Lumia 510. As for standby time, the phones can last for 520 hours and 653 hours respectively. So the Lumia 510 loses this one.
— Lumia 720 (9-2)

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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. Nokia Lumia 510 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (10-3)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 720 wins! (10-3)

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