Difference between Alcatel One Touch Idol and Nokia Lumia 720

Key difference: The Alcatel One Touch Idol is the official mobile partner for the movie Iron Man 3. It features a 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. The display has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK 6577+ and a 512 MB of RAM. The Nokia Lumia 720 is one of the newest phones that are similar to its flagship Lumia 920. The Lumia 720 comes with 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 512 MB RAM.

Alcatel-Lucent is a global telecommunications equipment company based in Paris, France. It is best known for providing telecommunications solutions to service providers, enterprises, and governments around the world. In addition, they also focus on fixed phones, mobile phones, converged networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services.

Among its many series of phones, one is the Alcatel One Touch, which is an Android based smartphone series. Some of the newest phones under the series are the Alcatel One Touch Idol, Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra and Alcatel One Touch Idol X.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol features a 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. The display has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels.  The screen is Dragon Trail Glass and has an oleophobic coating. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK 6577+ and a 512 MB of RAM. The phone has a 4GB internal storage and an expandable external storage up to 32GB.  It also features an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED Flash. The phone also has a 2 MP secondary front-facing camera.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol is the official mobile partner for the third installment in Marvel’s Iron Man movie series. It will be featured in the movie Iron Man 3. Furthermore, the phone weights in just below 110g, which the company claims makes it the lightest smartphone in the market yet. However, to get this weight the company has had to use a lighter plastic which many say makes the phone feel cheap.

Nokia is a popular Finnish phone company and has been previously known for durability and increased battery life of phones. When it entered the smartphone market, it teamed up with Microsoft Windows for mobile and has been launching phones with their OS. The Nokia Lumia 720 is one of the newest phones that are similar to its flagship Lumia 920. The little brother is quite similar in looks and many features, lacking only the strikingly high price tag. Nokia has recently announced a number of low- to mid-range phones to try and capture the masses. The phone is being touted as one of the best phones for its price range. The phone sports a 4.3-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, with approximately 217 ppi, which is a decent enough screen resolution. The phone comes with the standard Live Tiles format from the Windows 8.

The Lumia 720 comes with 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage space that is upgradeable to 64 GB. It also offers Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for protection purposes. The phone is available with a 6.7 MP primary camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and LED flash. It also has a 1.3 MP secondary camera with a resolution of 1280 x 960. The company offers many camera features such as touch focus, landscape orientation, auto and manual exposure, auto and manual white balance, still image editor, full screen viewfinder, Cinemagraph lens, Bing vision, Smart Shoot lens and panorama lens. The Smart Shoot lens allows the users to merge two different photos to create a perfect shot, which comes handy, if you don’t like having to tell people pose in front of the camera.

The phone is slick and thin bar phone with slightly curved edges. The phone sports a 3.5mm jack on the top, with camera button, volume button and the sleep/wake button on the right hand side. The back also three tiny holes for a Wireless Charging cover, which fits on the back of the device. The phone is customizable with changing shells, making it easier to mix and match the phone with various different colors. The phone has been announced for the Australian market, with launch dates yet to be released for the rest of the world.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Alcatel One Touch website, the Nokia website, techradar.com and GSMArena.com.


Alcatel One Touch Idol

Nokia Lumia 720

Launch Date

Q2 2013

April 2013





133 x 67.5 x 7.9 mm (5.24 x 2.66 x 0.31 in)

127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm


IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.3” IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen


540 x 960 pixels, 4.66 inches (~236 ppi pixel density)

480 x 800 pixels (~217 ppi pixel density)


Dragon Trail Glass – Oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass 2


109 g (3.84 oz)

128 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network




Custom UI

Windows Phone 8

CPU speed

Dual-core 1 GHz

1 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor



Adreno 305


Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Microsoft Windows Phone OS 8


MTK 6577+

Qualcomm MSM8227


512 MB

512 MB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM - Optional dual SIM


Internal Memory

4 GB / 13.3 GB (dual SIM version)

8 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 32 GB (dual SIM version)

Up to 64 GB


Accelerometer, proximity, E-compass, G-sensor

Orientation sensor, high brightness mode, sunlight readability enhancements, Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity, compass


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct Hotspot, USB Moden Tethering: Plug and Play, Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP, Micro USB 2.0 high speed, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Micro-SIM, EAP, Dual SIM Dual Standby

GSM, HSDPA, micro-USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC.


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.


HSDPA/HSUPA 7.2Mbps downlink 5.76Mbps uplink

HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band; Wi-Fi hotspot


Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP


Yes, microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

6.7 MP Auto focus with two-stage capture key camera

Secondary Camera

2 MP

1.3 MP 1280 x 960 pixels camera.


[email protected]

[email protected]

Camera Features

Autofocus, LED flash, HDR, face and smile detection, touch focus, panorama, 3d photo, burst mode, digital zoom

Carl Zeiss optics, LED Flash, Touch focus, Landscape orientation, Auto and manual exposure, Auto and manual white balance, Still image editor, Full screen viewfinder, Geotagging, Backside-illuminated image sensor, Automatic photo upload to web services, Full resolution photo and video upload, Cinemagraph lens, Bing vision, Smart Shoot lens, Panorama lens

Sound Enhancement



Audio supported formats

AAC, AAC+, AAC enhanced, WB AMR, MP3, Midi, eAAC, WMV

ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

Video supported formats

H.263, MPEG4, H.264

MP4, ASF, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, MOV

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery



3G: 520 hours

Talk time

2G: 7.2h

3G: 3.2h

2G: 23.4 hours

3G: 13.4 hours

Available Colors

Silver, Slate, Pink, Red, Green, Blue

White, Red, Yellow, Cyan, Black


SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM





Stereo FM radio with RDS

Internet Radio


Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS


Yes, via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Cloud music offline playback
  • Cloud music playback
  • Graphical equalizer
  • Location and navigation apps
  • Security features
  • Supports Excel, PDF, Word, Powerpoint
  • Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
  • Business Apps

Image Courtesy: alcatelonetouchidol.com, nokia.com

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