Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 26, 2013

Which is the best Lumia phone for you? The Nokia Lumia 720 or the Nokia Lumia 520? Does the 4.3-inch screen on the Lumia 720, best the Lumia 520’s display? What’s the storage capacity like? Does the Lumia 520 include the best all-round camera? All of these questions are answered in the table below…

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520: 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 520
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.0-inch IPS 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 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
6.7 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP No
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 3.0 with A2DP
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm
Weight 128g 124g
Talktime 13.3 hours 9.6 hours
Standby 520 hours 360 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage

 

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 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 520 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Connectivity

The Lumia 720 is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA chipset, along with NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G in this phone, however. Nokia has jammed its handset with 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. 4G isn’t supported here either.
— The Lumia 720 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Size/Weight

Neither of these phones is particularly large or weighty. The Lumia 720 measures 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm. In comparison, the Lumia 520 is 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm. The Lumia 520 is the shorter of the two phones by 8.0mm. As for weight, the Nokia Lumia 720 weighs 128g, while the Lumia 520 is 124g. See the graph below for an at-a-glance view of the differences.
— The Lumia 520 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Camera/Video

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

Unfortunately for the Lumia 520, it boasts a slightly poorer specification, specifically a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The maximum resolution of the camera is 2592 x 1944 pixels. No Carl Zeiss optics here. 
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Display

The Lumia 720 boasts a touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD display, measuring 4.3 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Packing 384000 pixels into this 4.3-inch screen results in a far from impressive pixel density of 216.977 pixels per inch (PPI). But this is to be expected with more budget handsets.

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.

In contrast, the 4.0-inch touch-sensitive IPS LCD display on Nokia’s 520 phone is smaller. 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 (3-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (4-2)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520

Halfway through this fight, the Lumia 720 has opened up a useful 2-point lead. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Lumia 520 has to offer in the second half.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-3)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-4)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Storage

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

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Battery Life

How long will the battery last? According to the stat sheets, the Lumia 720 boasts 13.3 hours of talktime, while the Lumia 520 is rated at 9.6 hours. Standby time is rated at 520 hours and 360 hours respectively. The Lumia 520 drops this round and the point goes to the 720.
— Lumia 720 (8-5)

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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 520 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 720 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Lumia 520 features GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. Which means…
— The Lumia 720 wins (9-5)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 720 wins! (9-5)

The Nokia Lumia 720 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 520, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 4 and losing 1.
The Lumia 720 has the best connectivity (NFC tipped the balance here), a superior 6.7MP camera, plus a sharper 4.3-inch display (even though the PPI is lower). It should also have the best battery life if Nokia’s data is to be believed.

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