Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U – Fight!

by Jerry D on April 13, 2013

Does the 4.3-inch screen on the Lumia 720, trump the Xperia U’s display? How much memory does the Lumia 720 have? And is it enough? How does the Xperia U’s 12.0mm-thick design compare? All of these questions are answered below…

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Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U: 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 U
Display 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD 3.5-inch LED-backlit LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
480 x 854 pixels
(280.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, no expansion slot
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, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection 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 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm 54.0 x 112.0 x 12.0mm
Weight 128g 110g
Talktime 13.3 hours 5.5 hours
Standby 520 hours 472 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 with RDS, video light, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

 

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

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Lumia 720 comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G, however. Sony has jammed its handset with 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR. 4G isn’t supported here either.
— The Lumia 720 wins (1-0)

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

The Lumia 720 is the wider of the two, measuring 67.5mm to the Xperia U’s 54.0mm. The Lumia 720 is the taller handset, measuring 127.9mm to the Xperia U’s 112.0mm. Tipping the scales at 128g, the Lumia 720 is weightier than its opponent. The Xperia U weighs 110g.
— The Xperia U wins (1-1)

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

First, let’s examine the Lumia 720, which packs a 6.7 Megapixel camera ( pixels) with extras that include: autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, a superior 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.

Unfortunately for the Xperia U, it boasts a poorer specification, specifically a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p video recording. The maximum resolution of the camera is 2592 x 1944 pixels. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 720 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U – Display

The Lumia 720 boasts a touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD display, measuring 4.3 inches and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Packing 384000 pixels into this 4.3-inch screen results in a cruddy pixel density of 216.977 pixels per inch (PPI).

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.

In contrast, the 3.5-inch touch-sensitive LED-backlit LCD display on Sony’s phone is only 0.8 inches smaller. The pixel density of 280.0 here beats the 216.977 rating given to the Lumia 720.
— The Xperia U wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U – Processor

1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 vs. 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9…
— It’s a tie, one point each (3-3)

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

As the first half comes to a close, the Lumia 720 and the Xperia U have 3 points each. Which way will this fight go? Has the Lumia 720 got the specs to win it?

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U – Software

In the battle of the OSes, the Lumia 720 is based on Windows Phone 8, while the Xperia U uses Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
— The Xperia U wins (3-4)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U – Applications

Question: does the Lumia 720′s Windows Phone software win the app-battle? According to the latest numbers, the Xperia U has the biggest app library in Google Play. It numbers over 675000 apps compared to the Windows Phone Store, which has in excess of 125000 apps. The Xperia U has turned it around and now leads going into the next round. With two points separating then, the none needs a strong finish.
— The Xperia U wins (3-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U – Storage

This round revolves around storage. With only one option, the Nokia Lumia 720 has 8GB of internal storage. The Sony Xperia U offers one version too, with an 8GB capacity . Both the Lumia 720 and the Xperia U are equally matched. The Lumia 720 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 72GB. Unlike its rival, the Xperia U is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage options remain 8GB.
— The Lumia 720 wins (4-5)

Nokia Lumia 720 vs. Sony Xperia U – Battery Life

With a full battery, Nokia boasts 13.3 hours of talktime for its Lumia 720, versus 5.5 hours for the Xperia U. The standby times are 520 hours for the Lumia 720 and 472 hours for the Xperia U. Zero points for the Xperia U in this section of the fight.
— 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 U – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 720 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Xperia U is packed with GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio with RDS, video light, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— The Xperia U wins (5-6)

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

The Sony Xperia U wins this match-up. Just. 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:

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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