PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Lumia 720 vs Lumia 520

Performance

Processing power and speed

BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Lumia 720
n.d.
Lumia 520
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com and techradar.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Nokia Lumia 720 

PhoneRocket recommends the Nokia Lumia 720  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Lumia 720 vs 520

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Lumia 720
1,438 ms
Lumia 520
1,444 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Lumia 720
1,625
Lumia 520
1,140

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nokia Lumia 720

Reasons to consider the
Nokia Lumia 720

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Faster web browser 1,625 vs 1,140 Around 45% better BrowserMark score
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
More battery capacity 2,000 mA·h vs 1,430 mA·h Around 40% more battery capacity
Longer standby time (3G) 31,248 min vs 21,600 min Around 45% longer standby time (3G)
Bigger screen 4.3" vs 4" More than 5% bigger screen
Higher resolution front camera 6.7 MP vs 5 MP Around 35% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Longer talk time 1,404 min vs 888 min Around 60% longer talk time; go days without charging
Thinner 9 mm vs 9.9 mm Around 10% thinner
Front view of Nokia Lumia 520

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Slightly sharper screen 233 ppi vs 216 ppi Around 10% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly lighter 124 g vs 128 g Around 5% lighter

Reviews Word on the street

Lumia 720  vs 520 

9.0
8.0
One thing we really appreciate about this ClearBlack LCD display is that it is easily visible when viewed outdoors.
Lumia 720

8.0
9.0
It's a great way of saving space and very useful for lumping similar apps, like games or email, together.
Lumia 520

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Lumia 720  vs
520 
Type Super IPS LCD2 Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.3" 4"
Resolution 800 x 480 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 216 ppi 233 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Windows Phone, 8 Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Adobe flash support No No

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 + LE Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Lumia 720  vs
520 
Weight 128 g 124 g
Thickness 9 mm 9.9 mm
Size 67.5 x 127.9 x 9 mm 64 x 119.9 x 9.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 0.5 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 6.7 MP 5 MP
Resolution 6.7 MP 5 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
HSDPA (21.1 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (21.1 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,404 min 888 min
Talk time (3G) 804 min 576 min
Standby time (3G) 31,248 min 21,600 min
Capacity 2,000 mA·h 1,430 mA·h
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