If you’re looking for an affordable and capable mid-range smartphone and you also don’t have a bone to pick with the Windows Phone OS, a good choice for you might be the Nokia Lumia 735. It was launched back in September 2014 and brings with it some capable specs, which include a 4.7 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 400 chipset, LTE, wireless charging (through its back cover), NFC, a user-replaceable 2,200 mAh battery and more. Also worth mentioning is that the Lumia 735 has a sibling, the 730, which has dual-SIM support, but doesn’t have a wireless charging cover, and these are the only differences between the two. Keep reading and find out more about their offerings, as everything that I’m going to cover about the following characteristics and package of features is available for them both.
The Nokia Lumia 735 stands at 134.7 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm and has a weight of 134 grams. As you’ll probably notice from the pictures, it features a simple and minimalist design that strongly resembles with its predecessors’, as it consists in a rectangular shape with sharp edges which is already a classic among other Lumias. The build quality is excellent, as the phone is made from high quality materials (polycarbonate and Gorilla Glass 3 for the screen) and is very well put together. If you’re in need of a solid handset, this one would be happy to offer its services.
Managing the device is also a piece of cake, as it sits comfortable in your hand and will slip easily into almost any pocket.
The frontal side of the Lumia 735 is occupied by a 4.7 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 312 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The ClearBlack display will please your eyes with some beautiful and vibrant colors, excellent contrast, very wide viewing angles and a great sunlight legibility. I was expecting nothing less, to be honest, as every Nokia display that I came across so far was great.
In terms of software, the Lumia 735 comes loaded with the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, which has the latest Denim update. The user interface is minimalist and elegant, consisting in the already known resizable live tiles which now look better than ever, as most of them become transparent when you set a background image. The start page features folder support, so you can group your shortcuts however you want.
Swiping down from the upper side of the display will bring you to the Action center, which holds your notifications, a row with four customizable quick toggles and a Settings shortcut.
The 8.1 update also brought, among other features, a personal assistant known as Cortana. It can perform searches, answer questions, plan trips, find places, follow commands (such as making a call, setting an alarm, sending a message), offers traffic information and can even tell jokes or sing a little song. Although it’s a little inferior to its other competitors (Google Now and Siri), keep in mind that it’s a Beta version. Nevertheless, it does a great job for a newbie.
At the hardware section, the Lumia 735 is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The handset is a very good performer and will please anyone who’s not looking for flagship performance and wants something for average smartphone tasks.
In its connectivity backpack, the Lumia 735 carries support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, tri-band LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and LE, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.
For taking photos, the Lumia 735 offers a 6.7 MP snapper with autofocus that relies on a Carl Zeiss lens and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. The camera application is easy to use and offers support for manual settings that adjust the white balance, ISO, focus, shutter speed and more. The Lenses offer you even more freedom of improving your shots and you can download and choose between a lot of them from the dedicated menu. The camera will produce some very good still shots, with accurate colors, good contrast and a fair amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is able to produce some smooth and good looking 1080p videos @30 fps.
There’s also a 5 MP front-facing camera on board for making video calls. Or taking “selfies”.
Some other handy features that come on board the Lumia 735 and might interest you are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, an FM Radio, HERE Maps and HERE Drive+ for navigation, which offers voice-guided support and works offline too, the Microsoft Office suite for managing document files, a very capable Internet Explorer 11 for surfing the web and much more.
The Nokia Lumia 735 holds a 2,200 mAh replaceable battery inside and will stay alive for a little over two days if used moderately.