Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on July 23, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Nokia Lumia 625 side-by-side, which one wins? Does the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 720, trump the Lumia 625’s 4.7-inch screen? Is its processor quick? Are we impressed by the Lumia 625’s 5.0MP camera? These questions (and more besides) are answered in the comparison table that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625: 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 625
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.7-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(198.511 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon
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, f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 72.3 x 133.3 x 9.2mm
Weight 128g 159g
Talktime 13.3 hours 15.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 552 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and a stereo FM radio

 

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 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 625 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Lumia 720 comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G, however. Nokia’s Lumia 625 comes with 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP as standard. It also enjoys a 4G speed boost.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Size/Weight

How pocket-friendly are our two phones? The Lumia 720 and the Lumia 625 measure 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm and 133.3 x 72.3 x 9.2mm respectively. The Lumia 625 is 0.2mm fatter than the Lumia 720. The Lumia 625 is slightly tubbier than the Lumia 720, weighing in at 159g. The Lumia 720 is 31g lighter at 128g. The Lumia 720 leads going into round #3.
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-1)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Camera/Video

Nokia has built a 6.7 Megapixel lens into the Lumia 720 together with features such as autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 1.3MP camera on the front.

The Lumia 625′s 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording) is no match for the Lumia 720′s. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 720 wins (3-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Display

The design of Nokia’s Lumia 720 features a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD screen, with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. There are 384000 pixels overall, which translates to a lowly 216.977 pixels per inch.

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 touch-sensitive IPS LCD screen on the Lumia 625 is a little bit bigger, measuring 4.7 inches. The 480 x 800 pixel screen resolution is also identical. With 384000 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a forgettable 198.511 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Processor

As to which phone has the best processor, the Lumia 720′s core uses a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip, while the Lumia 625 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon processor, rated at 1.2GHz.
— The Lumia 625 wins (4-3)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625

At the halfway point, the Lumia 720 leads the Lumia 625 by 4-3. Of course, with five more points to fight for the Lumia 625 isn’t beaten yet. Time to move onto the next round: software…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Software

Neither phone wins this Windows Phone 8 vs. Windows Phone 8 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-4)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Applications

It’s the Windows Phone Store vs. the Windows Phone Store and there’s no winner here. Which means… At the end of this round, the Lumia 720 is still out in front by 1. This is still a tight contest.
— The two phones share the points (6-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (7-6)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 625 – Battery Life

And now, a quick word about the battery life… Nokia boasts 13.3 hours of talktime for its Lumia 720, versus 15.0 hours for the Lumia 625. The standby times are 520 hours for the Lumia 720 and 552 hours for the Lumia 625. That’s Lumia 625 1, Lumia 720 0.
— The Lumia 625 wins (7-7)

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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 625 – 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 625 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and a stereo FM radio.
— It’s a tie, one point each (8-8)

BPF verdict: It’s a tie! (8-8)

Neither phone wins this match-up. But the Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 625 are very different phones. The 720 is lighter, looks better and has a superior camera. The 625 feels chunkier, but has a slightly faster processor and a better battery life. The 625 should also be significantly cheaper. Not bad for a 4G phone. Here’s a summary of how this fight panned out.

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Lumia 720
The best camera: Lumia 720
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Lumia 625
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Comparable
The best battery life: Lumia 625
The best extras: Comparable

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