The mid-range smart phone segment is seeing most of the buzz these days. Gadgets in this segment are now coming with excellent display quality and many other features like NFC which were till now found only in high end smart phones. Leading handset makers too have released lot of new models in the segment. First came the Samsung Grand Quattro and next came the updated version of LG Optimus L7. The Nokia Lumia 720 was also there in the market for sometime before the Quattro and Optimus L7 II were released. In this post, I will compare these three hot smart phones in the segment to make your choice easier.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro vs LG Optimus L7 II vs Nokia Lumia 720:

Design and Display

All the three gadgets look good with decent looks. But, it is the Nokia Lumia 720 which stands out with its polycarbonate unibody design. It is also the slimmest of the lot with a thickness of just 9 mm. LG too has bought lot of improvements to the design to its Optimus L7 II. Glossy front and a brushed rear along with its rounded edges bring it lot of opulence. It is the Galaxy Quattro which disappoints with a rather normal design which is now used in most the Galaxy series of smart phones. Displays of all the three gadgets have their own USPs. While the display of Galaxy Grand Quattro is bigger than the other two at 4.7 inches, the display of Lumia 720 is protected Corning Gorilla Glass and features a unique ClearBlack technology which makes it easier to view the content even under bright lighting conditions. Optimus L7 II has a relatively low end display than the other two. But, the IPS (in-plane switching) technology give it better viewing angles. Screens of all the three smart phones have the same 480 x 800 Pixels resolution.

Processing Speed and Memory

Galaxy Grand Quattro beats the other two with its superb processing power. It works on a 1.2 GHz quad core processor when compared to the 1 GHz dual core processors powering the Optimus L7 II and Lumia 720. Galaxy Grand also has full 1 GB of RAM under its hood. This makes it better at multitasking and while handling resource intensive apps. Both the Galaxy Grand Quattro and Optimus L7 II runs on the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS which make them compatible with most of the latest apps on the Play Store. Lumia 720 too runs on the latest Windows Phone 8 OS whose Live tiles give more functionality than the Android OS. While making the Lumia 720 unique, the Windows Phone 8 OS also poses problem in the form of the limited number of apps available to it.

Both Galaxy Grand Quattro and Lumia 720 have 8 GB of internal memory while the Optimus L7 II  has just 4 GB of memory.  Memory can anyhow be expanded by another 32 GB for the Quattro and L7 II (64 GB in the case of Lumia 720). As a major of chunk of internal memory will be eaten up by the OS and other pre installed software, 4 GB of internal memory will not be sufficient for people who want to store a significant quantity of data in their phones. If you want to go for Optimus L7 II, be ready to shell out more for extra memory.

Camera

Both the Lumia 720 (6.7 megapixel) and the Optimus L7 II (8 megapixel) have higher resolution cameras than the Galaxy Grand Quattro (5 megapixel). But, it is the camera of Lumia 720 with its Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and HD video recording capabilities that comes out as the winner. Lack of HD recording is a serious miss for both Galaxy Grand Quattro and Optimus L7 II.

Connectivity and Battery

All the three phones have basic connectivity options like Bluetooth, WiFi, and micro USB. Lumia 720 is slightly ahead of the other two with support for NFC. Galaxy Grand Quattro and Optimus L7 II have Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) support which is missing in the Lumia 720. Inclusion of Dual SIM feature in Lumia 720 would have made it more appealing for younger customers.

Conclusion

Samsung has done an excellent job of bringing a high powered mid range smart phone like Galaxy Grand Quattrowith all the desired features. Other than minor issues like poor design and low powered camera, the phone beats its competition head on. Nokia Lumia 720comes second with its unibody design, and better quality camera. But, Lumia 720 is a strict no no for heavy app users due to its Windows Phone OS. As far as the Optimus L7 IIis concerned, it fails to stand out in any aspect other than its cheaper price. LG needs to further pull up its socks if it serious of improving its market share in this segment.

Specifications

Model

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro

LG Optimus L7 II

Nokia Lumia 720

Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core 1 GHz Dual Core 1 GHz Dual Core
OS Android 4.1.2 (Jelly  Bean) Android 4.1.2 (Jelly  Bean) Windows Phone 8
Display 4.7-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen  4.3-inch WVGA Touchscreen  4.3-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
RAM 1 GB 768 MB 512 MB
Storage Capacity 8 GB 4 GB 8 GB
Camera  5 Megapixel 8 Megapixel 6.7 Megapixel
Battery 2000 mAh 2460 mAh 2000 mAh
SIM Type Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) Single SIM (GSM)
Dimensions 70.7 x 133.3 x 9.65 mm 66.6 x 122.2 x 9.7 mm 67.5 x 127.9 x 9 mm
Weight 144 grams 120 grams 128 grams
Price Rs. 16,299 Rs. 14,990 (US$ 302) Rs. 18,094 (US$ 375)