Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Fight!

by Jerry D on April 15, 2013

If you urge the Nokia Lumia 720 into a tech-fight with the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, which one wins? Is the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 720 better than the Galaxy S3 Mini’s? How fast is the dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor inside? Does the Galaxy S3 Mini include the best all-round camera? These burning questions (and more besides) are answered in the table below.

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: 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 S3 Mini
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8 or 16GB 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, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 0.3MP
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 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 63.0 x 121.6 x 9.9mm
Weight 128g 111g
Talktime 13.3 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 430 hours
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 and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 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 S3 Mini fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Connectivity

The Lumia 720 is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA chipset, along with NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G in this phone, however. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Mini comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 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 S3 Mini – Size/Weight

How do the two combatants measure up? 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 121.6 x 63.0 x 9.9mm. Overall, the Galaxy S3 Mini is smaller. Checking on weight, the Lumia 720 weighs 128g, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is 111g. The Galaxy S3 Mini is leading after the first two rounds. But can it hold on?
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (1-2)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Camera/Video

The design of the Nokia Lumia 720 incorporates a 6.7 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of and autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, f/1.9 (large aperture) lens, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. There’s also a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat/Skype.

Despite its autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording, the Galaxy S3 Mini’s 5.0 Megapixel package loses out in this round. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Display

So which screen is better? The Lumia 720 boasts a IPS Clearblack LCD panel, which measures 4.3 inches across teh diagonal and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. By our calculations, this means that there are 384000 pixels overall, which translates to a below average 216.977 pixels per inch measurement.

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 4.0-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S3 Mini is 0.3inches smaller. The screen resolution is also 480 x 800 pixels. With 384000 pixels on the 4.0-inch screen, the pixel density is 233.25 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-3)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Processor

1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 vs. 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9…
— It’s a tie, one point each (4-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

As the bells dings for halftime, the Lumia 720 and the Galaxy S3 Mini have 4 points each. So this fight will be decided in the second half as we compare software, apps, storage, battery life and extras.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Software

The Nokia Lumia 720 is built around Windows Phone 8, while the Galaxy S3 Mini runs Android 4.1.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (4-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Applications

Which OS is the most popular with developers? According to the stats, the Galaxy S3 Mini 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. After leading at half-time, the Lumia 720 now trails. A victory for the Lumia 720 now looks unlikely.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (4-6)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Storage

Let’s move on. The Nokia Lumia 720 has an internal storage capacity of 8GB. The Galaxy S3 Mini, meanwhile, is a bit more versatile and comes in 8 or 16GB versions. In this round, the 16GB of memory in the Galaxy S3 Mini beats the 8GB capacity of the Lumia 720. Of course, the Lumia 720 also features a microSD slot, which supports cards up to 64GB. This will boost the overall storage to a roomier 72GB. The Galaxy S3 Mini’s overall capacity can also be increased to 48GB via its microSD memory card slot.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (4-7)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Battery Life

Juiced up to full capacity, the Lumia 720 boasts 13.3 hours of talktime according to Nokia, while the Galaxy S3 Mini is rated at 7.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 520 hours and 430 hours respectively. The Galaxy S3 Mini drops the round.
— The Lumia 720 wins (5-7)

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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. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – 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 S3 Mini is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (5-8)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini wins! (5-8)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 720, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 2. 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: No
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Comparable
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: No
The best extras: Yes

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