Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Bet­ting big on the Mi­crosoft’s Win­dows Phone plat­form, Nokia has been con­stantly re­fresh­ing its Lu­mia lineup with smart­phones across all price brack­ets. Its lat­est, the Lu­mia 720 is a mid-range Win­dows Phone 8 smart­phone with a uni­body de­sign that re­minded us about the smooth, solid built of the Lu­mia 800. The smart­phone has a straight line de­sign with a 4.3-inch dis­play and three touch keys at the front. Al­though the dis­play res­o­lu­tion is low at 800x480p res­o­lu­tion, Nokia’s ClearBlack tech­nol­ogy saves the de­vice with blacks look­ing much bet­ter than in any other de­vice. The back has a slight curve on the top as well as the bot­tom with the cam­era placed to­wards the top. Since the back can’t be re­moved the mi­cro–SIM slot and mem­ory card slots have to be opened us­ing a pin. Run­ning Win­dows Phone 8, the Nokia Lu­mia has got the stan- dard tile based user in­ter­face. It has also got an im­proved lock screen that can pull up­dates from any app. Un­like power hun­gry An­droid smart­phones, WP8 de­vices run smoothly on a lower pro­ces­sor. Hence, the Lu­mia 720’s 1Ghz dual-core pro­ces­sor with 512 MB RAM is good enough for reg­u­lar use case sce­nar­ios, ex­clud­ing heavy graphic games.

The high­light of the Lu­mia 720 is its 6.7 MP cam­era with Carl Zeiss lens. The cam­era also has an F1.9 aper­ture which is the widest in smart­phones. So im­ages are im­pres­sive with de­tail and real-life colours. The cam­era has many shoot­ing modes such as sport and night like in com­pact cam­eras. The sound out­put was above aver­age. The non-re­mov­able 2000 mAh bat­tery gave us more than a day on above aver­age us­age. The price tag makes the Lu­mia 720 a very af­ford­able smart­phone.

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