Clash Of The Lumias: 720 versus 920

Nokia Lumia 920 - 720

I know what you are going to say: “How can you pit the mid-range Lumia 720 against the flagship Lumia 920?” Don’t say it. Just bear with me. If you have followed this blog since 2008, you know very well that I am a flagship person. All other things being equal, nothing beats a flagship. The flagship has all the bells and whistles and is the most powerful wrestler in the ring. Yes; what I am doing now is pitting a middle weight champion against the heavyweight champion. Not fair; right? Perhaps. In the Windows Phone universe, the 920 is unmatched in terms of what it can do and how well it does it. There is just no contender. So, why – why in the names of the gods of mobile do I find the Lumia 720 so irresistibly attractive that I feel like it is the Lumia I should be using instead of the 920? Why? How does that make sense?

Why would I feel like giving up the Lumia 920’s superb camera with PureView technology and Optical Image Stabilisation, the bigger, more detailed and more sensitive display (768 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches, at 332 ppi pixel density), larger internal memory (32GB), and the larger RAM (1GB) for the Lumia 720 with a smaller less detailed, less sensitive but very good display (480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches at 217 ppi pixel density), half the RAM, and smaller 8GB internal memory (though option of microSD card is there)? Both displays feature Clear Black technology and Gorilla Glass 2 though.

How does that even make sense? Maybe because the Lumia 720, being smaller, fits snugly in my hand and is lighter? But can that be all? Whatever it is, something tells me that perhaps I am just spoilt for choice. It is not everyday that one has two absolutely great Lumias to play with. When one is spoilt for choice, one can bicker over whether he prefers Corn Flakes over Golden Morn or vice versa. The truth is that I have found both Lumias superb devices and would live with either. Still…. Oh, bother! Just colour me spoilt rotten.

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Your Call

But, here is the question for you – If money is not an issue, which of the two Lumias will you go for – the 920 or the 720?

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

10 thoughts on “Clash Of The Lumias: 720 versus 920

  • Jun 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm
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    Please let me have the 920. I’m currently playing with the Lumia 900 (AT&T) with FM radio. this phone is simply beautiful.

  • Jun 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm
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    Oh come off it Mr. Mo! I mean, it’s like, you know, free me now. Lumia 920 any time t, place p, occasion o. 920 has it. Das all. Except one does not know the difference. But for someone who is phone savvy? It’s 920 over 720 any time.

  • Jun 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm
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    The 720 just looks so good, its a real good phone for a person that just wants to try out WP8

  • Jun 27, 2013 at 12:59 am
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    512mb of ram is equivalent to 1gb ram on android. Wp os is less hungry. Although the major let down being you won’t be able to run some app due to ram limitation with most of them being games. But I feel with time most of those games/apps will be optimized for 512mb ram. Recently temple run just got updated to support 512 ram after being for 1gb devices. It’s up to the developers to optimize their apps. Take nothing out of windows phone, its got a consistent smooth UI.

  • Jun 27, 2013 at 1:00 am
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    I wanna ask mr. mobility, between glossy white and matte colors, which is preferable?

    • Jun 27, 2013 at 5:16 am
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      Hello Charles,

      That is a question of personal preference, really. One might also need to have a feel of both in the hand to decide.

  • Jun 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm
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    Good news! A Lumia 521 that is just announced by Microsoft. Hear Steve Ballmer:

    After talking about two high-end smartphones from Nokia, he picked up a Nokia Lumia 521.

    He said, “It too is a beautiful product. This product will be sold outside of the United States. Primarily in countries where the phone operator do not subsidize, that is they do not reduce the price of the phone. But this phone will be sold for just over $150, which is really quite amazing for a product that’s this beautiful, this gorgeous, and at this kind of inexpensive price.”

    Catch that? It’s a $150 smartphone that runs a full, current version of the Windows Phone operating system. ( If Apple rolls out a low-cost iPhone, most people think it will cost at least twice as much.)”

    I thnk I will wait for this affordable beauty to arrive Nigeria.

  • Jun 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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    Lumia 520 is already in Nigeria sells for around 29k, its the same as 521

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