Nokia plans to launch five new series of Windows Phone smarphones which will virtually address all categories of users, from the low-end Lumia 530 phone that has a low price to the top smartphone Lumia 930 for those who expect best performances.
Nokia Lumia 735 belongs thus to the mid-range segment of the Company’s portfolio, but it is promoted as the ideal phone for selfies.
Above all, Lumia 735 has proved it is a smartphone with a high quality construction, able to meet most requirements on multimedia applications and services, all at a price suitable for a wide range of buyers.
Unlike Nokia 730, this model has the additional 4G connectivity. It is basically a mid-level smartphone for users looking for a Windows Phone equipped terminal with good quality construction, good performance and at an appropriate price.
Nokia Lumia 735 keeps the design philosophy adopted by top models. The phone has a simple and elegant design, which allows it to be easily handled. The front is dominated by its 4.7” diagonal screen, but the frame around it is quite noticeable. The back cover is made of plastic; it provides a good grip and does not attract fingerprints even after a long use.
For this model, Nokia has opted for an AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 4.7″ which offers a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, corresponding density of 312 pixels per inch. The chosen resolution is more than adequate for Windows Phone and the size of the screen, even when reading long texts in browser.
In addition, the screen quality is high: the colours displayed are a bit saturated, since we are talking about AMOLED technology, but are well represented and have good contrast. Also, the visual angles are excellent, so that there are few things that can be criticized about the display.
Hardware and software
Inside the case is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset which has a Cortex A7 quad-core processor tuned at 1.2 GHz, Adreno 305 graphics board and 1GB RAM. If we talk about Android these specifications might be considered average at best, but on Windows Phone it is doing remarkable.
The operating system is fluent, so that we did not encounter any lags in the homescreen and neither while running the applications list. And this continues to be true in testing the applications, including a rather demanding Here Maps.
In addition to applications, Nokia Lumia 735 runs games very well too. Many of those which are well known do not include all the features you get for the versions on other platforms, but titles like Subway Surfers or Asphalt 8: Airbone running without interruption or lag.
The experience is all the more enjoyable as the speaker had a good sound quality. Even at high volume, the sound is clear and strong, although close to the maximum level it starts to get a bit distorted. In terms of multimedia, Nokia Lumia 735 is mostly handling its tasks decently.
Music is reproduced with precision through the dedicated audio player that provides basic options for volume and running back and forth. In turn, the videos are run on their own application and with one exception which will be discussed a little later, are also working properly.
If you like to store music and games on your phone, you may need to get a microSD card. The 8GB of internal memory is sufficient for the great mass of users which are limited to a range of applications and a few games, but the 3.4 GB of memory available for the user might prove insufficient for some people.
The internet connection is done fast via Wi-Fi, which has a strong signal even at a rather large distance from the router. Data connections are also fast: if you have a 3G, you’ll be able to download up to 42 Mbps, while the 4G connectivity will provide speeds up to 150 Mbps.
At the official presentation of the new Lumia 735, Microsoft insisted that the phone is suitable for selfie lovers and tests with the camera convinced us of this.
There is even a special application called Lumia Selfie which is benefiting from a simplified interface to achieve selfies, but is not limited to the front camera, as it can be used with the back side sensor as well.
The front camera has a 5 megapixel sensor and therefore the quality of the selfies is very good, all the more because Lumia Slefie includes a face editing function which can be done directly on the photo.
The same front camera can be used for viceochat sessions on applications like Skype and supports a resolution of up to 1080p.
Surprisingly the main camera only has a 6.7 MP sensor with autofocus and LED flash, but the picture quality is decent for this price segment: the colours are fairly well represented and the noise is relatively reduced. The camera’s interface is interesting and intuitive, similar to that found on any other Lumia device and which allows the modification of many parameters even though the results are good on automatic settings as well.
The smartphone has a Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 2200 mAh. Far from impressive, the battery is large enough to generate a regular autonomy of a day under normal use conditions, including voice calls, browsing the internet, checking emails, playing 15-20 minutes of games and various multimedia activities.
An important aspect is that the phone loses very little power when in standby, so it can easily withstand more than a day if not used intensively. The autonomy parameters are good for this price segment, especially since almost all smartphones, except those which can incorporate large 3,000 mAh battery must be recharged almost daily.
We do not like that:
Considering the price segment to which it is addressed, there are very few negative things to be said about Lumia 735.
One of them not even related to the phone itself, but it is related to WP 8.1 operating system: the three touch keys located below the screen are now no longer visible unless swiping from bottom to top. This is quite disturbing while running applications and requires a period of adjustment.
Another thing is the absence of the hardware button to activate the camera, without lighting the screen beforehand. If the camera is used intensively at certain times, for example during a mountain trip, you will find it more difficult to start the camera. The disposal of the button is surprising especially since it was one of the elements that differentiate Windows Phone from Android.
Finally, the battery takes about three hours to a full charge, which is significantly more than for ordinary smartphones.
We like the Nokia 735 because:
The design and the construction are that of an elegant and solid premium smartphone.
The AMOLED screen has exceptional levels of black and white.
This model provides very good performance relative to a more than decent price.
Nokia Lumia 735 is more than an inspired choice for a smartphone with Windows Phone. In fact, in terms of value for money, it is a more appropriate choice than the Nokia Lumia 830, which costs about $ 450, but using the same hardware platform and bringing only minor improvements of the camera and internal memory.
With the new Lumia 735, Nokia (or rather Microsoft) created an attractive smartphone with Windows Phone capable of running almost any type of content.
With good quality construction, a good screen and a strong enough platform, the phone also stands out with the quality of the photos taken with the front camera and gets a normal amount of autonomy.
If we add the pluses and highly attractive price of this model we can conclude that the Lumia 735 is a smartphone with a quality-price rapport which is very good for those who want a medium level product.
They are all available if you accept the disadvantages of the Windows Phone platform, one that is not yet mature enough to provide a diverse range of applications (like Android) but things change surprisingly quickly.