Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 22, 2013

If you set the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus against one another, which one triumphs? Does the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 720, defeat the one on the Galaxy S2 Plus? Does the Lumia 720’s storage capacity impress? Is the Galaxy S2 Plus smaller, lighter or thinner? Get the answers to these questions in the table that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus: 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 S2 Plus
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.3-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.2GHz dual core
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1.2
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 8.0 Megapixels with geo-tagging, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 2.0MP
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 66.1 x 125.3 x 8.9mm
Weight 128g 121g
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, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a stereo FM radio

 

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus 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 S2 Plus fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Connectivity

Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The Lumia 720 includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G though. Samsung’s Galaxy S2 Plus comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP as standard. There’s also no 4G here.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Size/Weight

How big do you like your phones? There’s not much of a gap between the two – the Lumia 720 is 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm; Samsung’s phone is 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.9mm. Overall, the Galaxy S2 Plus is smaller. As for weightiness, the Lumia 720 is heavier than the Galaxy S2 Plus, tipping the scales at 128g, compared to the Galaxy S2 Plus’s 121g. Looks like the Lumia 720 is already behind in this fight…
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – 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 calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 1.3 Megapixels.

The Galaxy S2 Plus beats its opponent with an improved 8.0 Megapixel lens with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus geo-tagging, autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, image stabilization, face/smile detection and 1080p video recording. Another 2.0 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (1-3)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – 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 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.

You’ll have noticed that the Galaxy S2 Plus’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen matches its opponent for size. The 480 x 800 pixel resolution is the same. In comparison, there are 384000 pixels onscreen, giving the Galaxy S2 Plus a low-end pixel density of 216.977 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-4)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Processor

Pitting the processors against each other, the Lumia 720′s processor is a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip, while the Galaxy S2 Plus uses a dual core chip, rated at 1.2GHz.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (2-5)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus

At the halfway stage in this match-up, the Galaxy S2 Plus leads by 5-2, a 3-point advantage. Of course, the Lumia 720 isn’t beaten yet. There are still more points to be won, starting with round #6, software…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Software

Samsung’s phone is based on Android 4.1.2, while Nokia’s hardware uses Windows Phone 8.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Applications

In a battle between Windows Phone and Android, which has the best app store? According to the stats, the Galaxy S2 Plus has the fattest app store of the two. There are over 675000 apps on Google Play; while the Windows Phone Store has over 125000 apps available for download. The Galaxy S2 Plus stays out in front. It’s effectively all over. The Galaxy S2 Plus can’t be beaten.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (2-7)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-8)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – 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 S2 Plus share the points (4-9)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus – 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 S2 Plus is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and a stereo FM radio.
— The Galaxy S2 Plus wins (4-10)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus wins! (4-10)

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 720, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 4 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: Comparable
The best extras: Yes

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