Features Key features of the Xperia L  vs Lumia 720 

screen size

Xperia L
4.3"
Lumia 720
4.3"

screen resolution

Xperia L
854 x 480
Lumia 720
800 x 480

memory

Xperia L
1 GB
Lumia 720
0.5 GB

processor

Xperia L
Dual core
Lumia 720
Dual core

camera resolution

Xperia L
8 MP
Lumia 720
6.7 MP

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia L

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia L

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Much bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 120,000 apps More than 7x more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Slightly higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 6.7 MP Around 20% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Side view of Nokia Lumia 720

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Nokia Lumia 720

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Longer talk time 1,404 min vs 510 min More than 2.8x longer talk time; go days without charging
Lighter 128 g vs 137 g More than 5% lighter
Slightly more battery capacity 2,000 mA·h vs 1,750 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity
Slightly longer standby time (3G) 31,248 min vs 27,216 min Around 15% longer standby time (3G)
Thinner 9 mm vs 9.7 mm More than 5% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia L  vs Lumia 720 

6.5
9.0
One thing we really appreciate about this ClearBlack LCD display is that it is easily visible when viewed outdoors.
Lumia 720

7.0
8.0
There's no text reflow built into Internet Explorer though, so once you've zoomed in to read an article you'll find yourself feverishly sliding sideways as well as down to read all the text.
Lumia 720

Overall

7.2 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia L  vs
Lumia 720 
Size 4.3" 4.3"
Resolution 854 x 480 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 227 ppi 216 ppi

hardware

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

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 6.7 MP
Resolution 8 MP 6.7 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ Unknown 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

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

battery

Talk time 510 min 1,404 min
Talk time (3G) 546 min 804 min
Standby time 29,952 min 30,240 min
Standby time (3G) 27,216 min 31,248 min
Capacity 1,750 mA·h 2,000 mA·h

form factor

Xperia L  vs
Lumia 720 
Weight 137 g 128 g
Thickness 9.7 mm 9 mm
Size 65 x 128.7 x 9.7 mm 67.5 x 127.9 x 9 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.2.2 Windows Phone, 8
App store Android Market Windows Phone Marketplace
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 120,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0 + LE
Sony Xperia L
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