Nokia Lumia 735 Review
Share life uncropped
When a statement such as ‘share life uncropped’ is made we can be assured that the camera package on the Nokia Lumia 735 has a few surprises instore.
Designed specifically for selfies and Skype video calling I was immediately intrigued by this mid-range smartphone, so let’s find out what the whole story is in my Nokia Lumia 735 review.
As an extremely affordable smartphone we have to leave our dreams of a metal body behind but with this said I do like the curvaceous sides that create a comfortable form when the Lumia 735 is held in the hand.
The colour range provides a choice that will match any personality, be that flamboyant or reserved, with orange, green, black and white variants. This Nokia phone is also pretty light at 134 grams and at only 8.9mm thick this is one of the more practical smartphones that you could own today.
Nokia also has a reputation for including brilliant screens and this is the case with the Nokia Lumia 735. The 4.7-inch HD display boasts 720 x 1280 pixels which gives us a pixel depth of 316 pixels per inch.
The real beauty of the screen though is its sunlight readability enhancements with ClearBlack technology and if your mobile phone normally has a rough life then there is scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass protecting that high-definition display.
Stepping away from all things visual we find a memory card slot for boosting the 8GB internal memory up to 128GB. Nokia also provides 15GB of free cloud storage with OneDrive should you wish to backup your files and photos.
There is a mid-range 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor powering the Lumia 735 with 1GB RAM and whilst this is far from the fastest processor on the market you will find absolutely minimal lag times as the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system is designed in a way that is light on processing power.
Phone Set Up
The Windows operating system brings with it a home screen that is populated with Live Tiles and on this latest version you can now personalise the look with your own background image.
Getting to grips with the Nokia Lumia 735 doesn’t take long as you discover the Action Centre where you can see all notifications. By now you will already have found the Nokia Stereo Headset that is included in the box so you could set some tunes playing whilst you visit the app store.
The Windows app store has loads of downloadable apps to discover such as BBM where you can start chatting with BBM BlackBerry users, immersive gaming with Dragons Adventure World Explorer or FIFA 14 and TV streaming with 4oD.
If you wish to pay with your smartphone then you can also set up NFC secure payments on the Nokia Lumia 735.
I found it a pleasant surprise that there was so much to discover on this Lumia phone and this applies to both personal and professional features. There is a connectivity option for any situation when you want to go online with 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi powering Internet Explorer 11.
Navigational assistance is provided by HERE Drive+ with free offline HERE Maps and Here Transit for public transportation routing. This turn-by-turn navigator works both in-vehicle and on-foot.
Professionals will be delighted to find Office apps like Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote pre-installed and Adobe Reader is available as a free download. Email clients include Outlook, Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail while instant messaging is taken care of with Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Twitter, MySpace or Yahoo! Messenger.
On the entertainment side of things you can enjoy gaming via the XBox-Live Hub whilst bass thumping sounds can be found with Xbox Music and MixRadio. You can tweak the bass and treble with the graphical equaliser and superb clarity is assured with virtual surround sound.
Camera & Video
Nokia’s ‘share life uncropped’ statement is tested here and I have to say that it does deliver in a big way. The front-facing full HD 5MP camera has a wide-angle lens that really is supreme when it comes to taking group selfies or making a video call with Skype.
It is a shame that Nokia didn’t include a dedicated shutter button in the design but this is soon forgotten when you start playing around with the Nokia selfie app that can make you look thinner and reduce your wrinkles!
The main rear-facing 6.7MP camera also has a few surprises instore with a wider aperture than that on the iPhone 6. If you are a Mac owner then you won’t have any compatibility issues as the Lumia 735 comes with Nokia Photo Transfer for Mac built in.
There are many other imaging tricks to play around with and these include 4x digital zoom, 1080p Full HD video recording at 30fps, video streaming and there is a countdown beeper for the rear-facing camera should you wish to take a selfie at 6.7MP.
The 2220mAh battery on the Nokia Lumia 735 holds up well and will deliver up to 25 days standby, 22 hours talk time, 60 hours of music, 9 hours of video or 10.5 hours of web surfing via Wi-Fi.
In the box you will find a standard USB charging cable but there is also a free wireless charging shell included for those who wish to buy the wireless charger.
My overall opinion is that Nokia has done a good job with the Lumia 735 when it is compared to other mid-range smartphones. It’s pricing will also make it a popular offline handset choice or pay as you go option.
Written by: Michael Brown