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First impression review: Nokia Lumia 520, Lumia 720

Ankit Tuteja | http://ibnlive.in.com/byline/Ankit-Tuteja.html

Updated: March 20, 2013, 4:18 PM IST
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First impression review: Nokia Lumia 520, Lumia 720
The new Lumia phones seem to have a huge potential to help Nokia gain back its Indian market share lost to rivals.

New Delhi: Unveiled last month at the Mobile World Congress, Nokia has now announced the launch of its new Lumia smartphones - Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 - in India. The Lumia 520 is the most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 720, on the other hand, is a feature-rich mid-range smartphone.

According to Nokia, the Lumia 520 will be available in the Indian market from early April, while the Lumia 720 will hit store shelves in mid April. The company has priced the Lumia 520 at Rs 10,500, while the price of Lumia 720 in Indian currency has not been annoucned yet.

Nokia says the Lumia 720 will be priced about 249 euros before taxes. So, we can expect the phone to be priced somewhere around Rs 20,000.

Lumia 520

Given its price, the Lumia 520 offers a spate of features. The phone runs Windows Phone 8 OS, and has a 4-inch IPS LCD WVGA display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels. The touchscreen is responsive and navigation is smooth. In fact, it has a supersensitive touchscreen for nail and glove use. The display produces good colours and has decent viewing angles. The phone has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with no flash, but it captures quality snaps. The phone lacks a front camera.

The Lumia 520's back panel is removable, and the phone comes with changeable shells. The Lumia 520 is light in weight and is comfortable to hold. Under the hood is a 1GHz dual-core processor which is believed to allow users to play games with high-graphics, smoothly. It has 512MB RAM and a 1430 mAH battery.

Lumia 720

The Lumia 720 is a mid-range Windows Phone 8 Lumia device, which has a slightly bigger screen than the Lumia 520. The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch clearblack WVGA LCD display; its screen is also supersensitive for nail and glove use. It has a curved glass and a deep black display. Nokia says the phone comes with Gorilla Glass protection. The phone is light and is designed in such a way that it is comforable to hold.

The phone has a 6.7 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens at the back. Nokia says, by striking a balance between a wider aperture, pixel size and sensor size, it found 6.7 megapixel a sweet spot. According to the company, the phone has a relatively wider aperture for low-light performace. It has a 1.3 megapixel front camera. The phone takes quality pictures and has good viewing angles.

The phone looks stylish and features wireless charging. Unlike the Lumia 520 that comes with changeable shells, the Lumia 720 is unibody, but it gives you an option to add wireless charging with a snap-on wirless charging cover. The phone comes packed with a 2000 mAh battery. It also has a 1GHz dual-core processor.


Both the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 come with various interesting features. The Smartshoot feature allows you to remove unwanted elements from the picture simply by tapping. The Burton app allows user to create a sequenced photo by choose different frames from a video recording.

The Lumia 520 and 720 have 8GB mass memory and their memory can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. The non-expandable memory has always gone against the company's success. Now, it seems that the company has learnt from its past msitakes. Both phones have 512MB RAM, and they come with 7GB of free SkyDrive storage.

The new Lumia phones seem to have a huge potential to help Nokia gain back its Indian market share lost to rivals.

First Published: March 20, 2013, 4:18 PM IST
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