Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 3, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Samsung Ativ S side-by-side, which one comes out on top? Does the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 720, outshine the Ativ S’s bigger 4.8-inch screen? Does the Ativ S’s skinny, 8.7mm-thick chassis catch the eye? All of these questions are answered in the side-by-side comparison below.

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S: 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 Samsung Ativ S
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 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 16 or 32GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
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, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 1.9MP
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 70.5 x 137.2 x 8.7mm
Weight 128g 135g
Talktime 13.3 hours 15.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 218 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S 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. Samsung Ativ S fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – 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. The Ativ S has NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. It doesn’t have any 4G connectivity either.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Size/Weight

How do these two handsets match up in terms of size? The Lumia 720 measures 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm, while the Ativ S is 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7mm in comparison. With its bigger display, the Ativ S is the taller of the two phones by 9.3mm. Measure the weight of the duo and the Lumia 720 weighs 128g, while the Samsung Ativ S is slightly heavier at 135g. The Lumia 720′s balanced size and weight gives it the lead going into round #3…
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-1)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Camera/Video

The Lumia 720′s 6.7 MP lens features a maximum resolution of plus autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, an f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calls.

The Samsung Ativ S beats its opponent with an 8.0 Megapixel camera that also includes autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is higher at 1.9MP.
— It’s a tie! (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Display

Display size is key and the Lumia 720 features a 4.3-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD screen. It has 384000 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at a poor 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 Ativ S’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen is bigger, a whopping 4.8 inches to be exact.  The resolution is also better than the 720. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of Samsung’s screen is 306.042. Nice.
— The Ativ S wins (3-3)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Processor

As far as the performance of the two phones is concerned, the Lumia 720′s engine is a reliable 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip; the Ativ S relies on a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, rated at 1.5GHz.
— The Ativ S wins (3-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S

At the halfway point, the Ativ S has a solid one point lead in this battle between Windows Phones. But this fight is far from over. With five more rounds to go, the Lumia 720 still has a chance to win.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (5-6)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Storage

Which mobile can hold the most data? The Nokia Lumia 720 has an internal storage capacity of 8GB. The Ativ S, meanwhile, is a bit more versatile and comes in 16 or 32GB versions. As the specs show, the high-end Ativ S features a maximum 32GB of internal storage, while the standard Lumia 720 features 8GB. That said, the Lumia 720 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 72GB with a 64GB card. The 32GB storage capacity on Samsung’s phone can also be expanded. It will soar to 64GB via the built-in microSD slot.
— The Ativ S wins (5-7)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Ativ S – Battery Life

Comparing the battery life, Nokia’s spec sheet lists 13.3 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 15.0 hours for the Samsung Ativ S. As for standby time, the phones can last for 520 hours and 218 hours respectively. The Ativ S also takes the round here.
— The Ativ S wins (5-8)

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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. Samsung Ativ S – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 720 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Ativ S features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— The Ativ S wins (5-9)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Ativ S wins! (4-9)

The Samsung Ativ S wins this match-up. It roundly thrashes the Nokia Lumia 720, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 1. Despite the Lumia’s f/1.9 aperture lens, the Ativ S beat off the Nokia challenge with a 4.8-inch 720 x 1280 pixel display, speedier processor, better storage options and the best battery life.

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