Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Fight!

by Jerry D on April 14, 2013

If you trick the Nokia Lumia 720 into a stat-fight with the Samsung Galaxy Express, which phone is left standing? Does the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 720, outgun the one on the Galaxy Express? How much onboard storage does it have? How quick is the processor? Does the Galaxy Express’s 5.0MP camera make the grade? These questions (and more besides) are answered below. Just scroll down a bit…

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express: 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 Galaxy Express
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.5-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(207.333 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.2GHz dual core (unknown)
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1.2
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB 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 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 1.3MP
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 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 69.1 x 132.2 x 9.3mm
Weight 128g 139g
Talktime 13.3 hours TBC
Standby 520 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a TV-out

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express 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 Galaxy Express fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – 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. The Galaxy Express has NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. More importantly, it supports 4G too.
— The Galaxy Express wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Size/Weight

How do the two phones match up? The Lumia 720 has dimensions of 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm; the Galaxy Express is 132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3mm. The Galaxy Express is the bulkier handset of the two. As for weightiness, the Galaxy Express is heavier than the Lumia 720, tipping the scales at 139g, compared to the Lumia 720′s 128g.
— The Lumia 720 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Camera/Video

The Lumia 720′s 6.7 MP lens features an array of goodies such as: autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. Photos taken with the camera will have a resolution of pixels. For video calls and self portraits, there’s also a front-facing camera (1.3 Megapixels).

Despite autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording, the Galaxy Express’s 5.0 Megapixel camera drops points here. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.3MP.
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Display

In terms of screen size, the Nokia Lumia 720 incorporates a 4.3-inch (480 x 800) IPS Clearblack LCD display. It has 384000 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at an unremarkable 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 Galaxy Express’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is a teeny bit larger, measuring 4.5 inches on the diagonal. The screen resolution matches that of the Lumia 720 – 480 x 800 pixels. Do the math again and, with 384000 overall pixels, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a ho-hum 207.333.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Processor

As far as performance goes, the Lumia 720′s core uses a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip, while the Galaxy Express uses a dual core (unknown) processor, rated at 1.2GHz.
— The Galaxy Express wins (3-3)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express

Halfway through this fight, the Lumia 720 and the Galaxy Express have 3 points each. There are five more rounds to go and all to play for. Next up, software…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Software

The Galaxy Express runs Android 4.1.2, the Lumia 720 uses Windows Phone 8.
— The Galaxy Express wins (3-4)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Applications

As far as apps are concerned, which phone has the best choice? In this case, if you want the smartphone with the biggest choice of apps, choose the Galaxy Express (675000+) over the Lumia 720 (125000+). The Lumia 720 now trails going into round #8. It looks like the Lumia 720 is going to lose this fight.
— The Galaxy Express wins (3-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Storage

Now where were we? Ah yes. Storage. The Lumia 720 includes 8GB of storage. The Samsung Galaxy Express offers exactly the same. Neither one comes out on top. The Lumia 720 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 72GB. The 8GB storage capacity on Samsung’s phone can also be expanded to 40GB via the built-in microSD slot.
— The Lumia 720 wins (4-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Lumia 720 and the Galaxy Express share the points (5-6)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy Express – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 720 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Galaxy Express is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a TV-out.
— The Galaxy Express wins (5-7)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Express wins! (5-7)

The Samsung Galaxy Express wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 720, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 3. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: No
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: No
The best extras: Yes

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