Difference between HTC First and Nokia Lumia 720

Key difference: HTC First is the first phone that will be released running on the Facebook Home user interface. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz Dual-core Krait and a 1 GB 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 and 8 GB internal storage space that is upgradeable to 64 GB.

In today’s world, social networking is more important that air of water. Some people might be able to get through without food, but not without checking their Facebook accounts at least a few times during the day. Facebook realizing the important part it plays in people’s social lives and recognizing the need for Facebook integration on mobile phones, has collaborated with HTC for new Facebook phone: the HTC First.

HTC First is the first phone that will be released running on the Facebook Home user interface. This isn’t the first time that HTC and Facebook have collaborated. HTC has previously launched the ChaCha, Status, and Salsa, all of which had special Facebook integration, beyond the normal app. However, the HTC First will be the first to actually have a user interface (UI) based on Facebook.

The Facebook Home UI will consist of Cover Feed which will use the home screen and lock screen to show content posted by friends on Facebook, as well as notifications from other apps. It also has an overlay over any and all apps, which allow users the ability to message others via Facebook or SMS, without leaving the app. The lock icon on the lock screen will show the profile picture of the user.

The HTC First also offers the users the ability to turn off the Facebook Home UI, in case they choose to. When Facebook Home is disabled, the phone will revert to stock Android, in this case Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The phone will also be the first smartphone to include Instagram, recently-acquired by Facebook, as a pre-loaded app.

The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz Dual-core Krait and a 1 GB of RAM. The phone will come with as in-built memory of 16 GB and no external memory. The phone also has an embedded Li-Po 2000 mAh battery.

The phone has a 4.3 inch Super LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The primary camera on the phone is a 5 MP with BSI sensor and a 1.6 MP front-facing secondary camera, also with BSI sensor.

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 HTC website, the Nokia website, techradar.com, theverge.com and GSMArena.com.


HTC First

Nokia Lumia 720

Launch Date

April 2013

April 2013





126 x 65 x 8.9 mm (4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 in)

127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm


Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.3” IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen


720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)

480 x 800 pixels (~217 ppi pixel density)



Corning Gorilla Glass 2


123.9 g (4.34 oz)

128 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 850 / 1900



Facebook Home UI

Windows Phone 8

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait

1 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.


Adreno 305

Adreno 305


Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Microsoft Windows Phone OS 8


Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400

Qualcomm MSM8227



512 MB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

16 GB

8 GB

Expandable Memory


Up to 64 GB


Gyro sensor, Tri-axis Accelerometer,

Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

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


  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC capable
  • Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a//b/g/n
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port
  • GSM
  • micro-USB
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • NFC



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



HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


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

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


Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP


Yes, microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

6.7 MP Auto focus with two-stage capture key camera

Secondary Camera

1.6 MP BSI front camera (ultrawide angle)

1.3 MP 1280 x 960 pixels camera.


1080p Full HD video recording


Camera Features

  • BSI sensor
  • F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
  • Auto focus
  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face detection
  • 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

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Speaker with built-in amplifier IC (support 2.55V)


Audio supported formats

.aac, .amr, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

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

Video supported formats

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

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

Battery Capacity

Embedded rechargeable Li-Po 2000 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery



2G: 23.4 hours

3G: 13.4 hours

Talk time


3G: 520 hours

Available Colors

Black, Black/White, Black/Blue, Black/Red

White, Red, Yellow, Cyan, Black


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

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






Internet Radio


Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS, Digital compass

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS


Yes, via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Social Network Device
  •  Dropbox (25 GB storage)
  • SNS integration
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • 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: htc.com, nokia.com

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