Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – Fight!

by Jerry D on April 13, 2013

If you challenge the Nokia Lumia 720 to a spec-scrap with the Sony Xperia J, which phone wins the day? Is the 4.3-inch screen on the Lumia 720 noticeably better than the Xperia J’s? Does it boast a nimbler mobile processor? Does the 5.0MP camera on the Xperia J deliver the best results? All of these questions are answered in the table below…

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J: 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 Sony Xperia J
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 4.0-inch Reality
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 854 pixels
(245.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 4GB 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, image stabilization and VGA 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 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 61.2 x 124.3 x 9.2mm
Weight 128g 124g
Talktime 13.3 hours 7.25 hours
Standby 520 hours 618 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J 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. Sony Xperia J fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – 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. As for the Xperia J, Sony has built it with 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard. No 4G here either.
— The Lumia 720 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – Size/Weight

Modern design favours light and slim handsets. How do these two fare? The Xperia J is the slimmer of the two phones with a depth of 9.0mm. The Lumia 720 is wider, measuring 67.5mm to the Xperia J’s 61.2mm. The Lumia 720 is beefier than its opponent, weighing 128g. In contrast, the Xperia J weighs 124g.
— The Xperia J wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – Camera/Video

The Lumia 720′s built-in camera has a resolution of 6.7 MP, plus features that include: 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 Xperia J, meanwhile, has a lower-spec camera – a 5.0 Megapixel model with a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels, plus autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization and VGA video recording functionality. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 0.3MP.
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – 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 Xperia J’s touch-sensitive Reality loses the size battle. The screen is only slightly smaller at 4.0 inches. Compared to its rival, the number of pixels onscreen is 409920 and so the pixels per inch (PPI) rating is 245.0.
— The Xperia J wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – Processor

This round pits a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip against a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor.
— It’s a tie, one point each (3-3)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J

At the halfway mark, the Lumia 720 and the Xperia J have 3 points each. Will the Lumia 720 win the next round? Or will the Xperia J grab the lead instead? Seconds away, round #6…

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – Software

Sony’s phone is based on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), while Nokia’s hardware uses Windows Phone 8.
— The Xperia J wins (3-4)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – Applications

Does the Windows Phone software on the Lumia 720 win the app-war? Taking the raw numbers into account, Google Play beats the Windows Phone Store by 675000 apps to 125000. So the Lumia 720 gets beaten by the Xperia J in this round. The Xperia J has completed a dramatic comeback and now leads by 2. Believe it or not, this fight could still go either way.
— The Xperia J wins (3-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – Storage

Storage. Which phone comes out on top? The Nokia Lumia 720 is only available in one configuration with 8GB of storage. The Sony Xperia J also comes with one storage option – 4GB. The Lumia 720 naturally wins the internal storage battle with 8GB, compared to 4GB on the Xperia J. Plug a 64GB memory card into the Lumia 720′s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 72GB. Likewise, a microSD slot on the Xperia J further boosts the overall memory on Sony’s phone to 36GB.
— The Lumia 720 wins (4-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J – Battery Life

With a full charge, Nokia’s spec sheet lists 13.3 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 7.25 hours for the Sony Xperia J. As for standby time, the phones can last for 520 hours and 618 hours respectively. So the Xperia J loses this one.
— The Lumia 720 wins (5-5)

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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. Sony Xperia J – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 720 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, a digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Xperia J is packed with GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, a digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine picture processing.
— The Xperia J wins (5-6)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia J wins! (5-6)

The Sony Xperia J wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 720, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 1 and losing 4. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

Xperia J 153x300 Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia J   Fight!The best connectivity: No
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: No
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Comparable
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: No
The best battery life: No
The best extras: Yes

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