Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 2, 2013

Nokia Lumia 720 vs Nokia Lumia 820. Which phone wins if you do a side-by-side comparison? Is the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 720 better than the 4.3-incher on the Lumia 820? Does the Lumia 820’s 8.0MP camera make the grade? All of these questions are answered in the comparison below…

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820: 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 820
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 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, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, 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 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 68.5 x 123.8 x 9.9mm
Weight 128g 160g
Talktime 13.3 hours 8.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 330 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, free SkyDrive storage and it’s available in multiple colours

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 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 820 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Connectivity

The innards of the Lumia 720 come packed with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G though. As for the Lumia 820, Nokia has built it with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. There’s also 4G connectivity where carriers support it.
— The Lumia 820 wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Size/Weight

Modern design favours light and slim handsets. So how do these two fare? The Lumia 720 and the Lumia 820 are 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm and 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm respectively. Overall the Lumia 720 is the slimmer phone. Checking on weight, the Lumia 720 weighs 128g, while the Nokia Lumia 820 is 160g. See the graph below for an at-a-glance size/weight comparison.
— The Lumia 720 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 720′s 6.7 MP lens features a maximum resolution of 2848 x 2144 pixels plus autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, an improved f1.9 aperture for better low-light photos, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 1.3 Megapixels.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Lumia 820 is superior to the lens on the Lumia 720. It also includes an array of features including: autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 820 wins (1-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Display

Nokia has built the Lumia 720 with a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive display. The IPS Clearblack LCD screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is a below average 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 Lumia 820′s touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack screen is exactly the same size as Nokia’s handset. There’s no difference in the resolution. With 384000 pixels on the 4.3-inch screen, the pixel density is a dull 216.977 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Processor

Processor vs processor next – the Lumia 720′s chip is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227, while the Lumia 820 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.5GHz.
— The Lumia 820 wins (2-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820

We’re halfway through this fight and the Lumia 820 leads by 2. Of course, this deficit can be overturned. But is the Lumia 720 good enough to fight back?

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Software

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

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Applications

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

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Storage

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

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Battery Life

How long will the phones last? Nokia says that its Lumia 720 can deliver 13.3 hours of talktime, while the Lumia 820 is rated at 8.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 520 hours and 330 hours respectively The Lumia 820 loses out in this part of the fight and there’s all to play for heading into the final round…
— Lumia 720 (6-7)

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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 820 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (7-8)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 820 wins! (7-8)

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