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HindustanTimes Wed,16 Apr 2014

Technology

Let’s not judge a book by its cover
Govindan Kishwar , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 27, 2013
First Published: 16:55 IST(27/8/2013)
Last Updated: 01:32 IST(28/8/2013)
Nokia Lumia 720

The competition in the Indian smartphone market has never been higher. With the flurry of android devices, and the increasing popularity of the iPhone, manufacturers are looking to give more for less. Nokia, having gained back some momentum with the original Lumia series, has a new Lumia phone that will definitely make choosing a phone that little bit harder. The 720 boasts of a nice 4.3 inch screen, but size is where the smiles stop. At just 217ppi and a resolution of 480x800 pixels, the screen is not something that will wow you but is certainly adequate for video watching.

The 720 has a 1 GHz dual core processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal memory that is expandable to 64GB via a micro SD card. The camera on the Lumia is probably one of the best you will find in this range. With its 6.1 Megapixel Carl Zeiss lens, it does the job well, even in low light and is loaded with a lot of camera apps and tools to get you that perfect shot. With a host of MS Office apps like Word and Powerpoint, this could be just the phone to make those quick excel sheets. But this is where the fun stops. While Nokia has made an excellent phone with classy looks, a sturdy design, the Windows OS keeps it from reaching its potential. While it runs smoothly like most Windows phones, the app store feels bare. It does not compare to the abundance of apps on the Google play store or the Apple app store, and the OS will feel boring after a while.

Verdict
With a 1 GHz dual core processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal expandable memory, the camera on the Lumia is probably one of the best in this range. But in spite of the classy looks and the sturdy design, the Windows OS keeps it from reaching its potential.


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