Too hot to handle

It’s love at first sight from the moment you hold the Nokia Lumia 720. It’s light, fast and stylish. The user interface is great — messages, emails, music, updates on your friends, etc — is organised on the home screen.

The specifications are good too: 512 MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, supports 64 GB external memory, 1 GHz Qualcomm dual core processor backed by a graphic processor which is at par with most phones in this range, 4.3-inch display with 217 ppi pixel density and the touch works perfectly.

The 6.7-megapixel-rear camera is good, and the touch focus is easy to use. It comes with features like Smart Shoot (helps you select best shot from multiple shots) and Panaroma, which are fun.

Despite the fact that Windows mobile phone apps can’t match to the diversity of Android or iOS apps, the phone itself comes packed with most of the apps you may need like the Office 360, which easily beats every other text editing apps in the market, the Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, Hike, Glam Me, etc. The Wi-Fi hotspot lets you connect eight devices at the same time, and offers wireless charging. And it offers an amazing talk-time of 13 hours, the best in the category.

But, the Lumia 720 has issues. First up, the camera struggles in low light conditions. Pictures are often blurred when viewed in original size. The Here Map can’t find most places in Mumbai. It lacks a pre-installed PDF reader. The hands-free is awful; the mic is great, but earpieces hurt and sound isn’t decipherable in noisy places.

The worst aspect is that the phone heats up abnormally during charging and hangs up with a static image of an electric bolt and a machine wheel. The only way to bring it back to life is to reset the phone by holding the lower volume and power button together for 10 seconds. Well, yes. The Lumia 720 is a good phone packed with a superb text editing software and cool camera features, but before you put your money on this, our suggestion is to check other phones in the same price bracket including the Sony Xperia L, which offers more RAM, and hopefully a better hands-free or better if you don’t mind paying another seven grand, the Google Nexus, which is now available on 

Nokia Lumia 720
Performance: Satisfactory
Value for money: Strictly okay
Design or Display: chic
Price: Rs 18,990

Options under 19K
Sony Xperia L (Android, to be launched soon)
Micromax A116 Canvas HD (Android)
XOLO X1000 with HD display (Android)
HTC A620E 8S (Windows 8 phone)

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