Camera

Selfies look pretty good with its 5-megapixel front camera, while its rear 6.7-megapixel can deliver some decent shots as well.

The Lumia line has never been afraid to gloat about the megapixels in its cameras, evident in class-leading things like the Lumia 930, 1020, and 1520 to name a few. With the Lumia 735, however, it’s been graced with a 6.7-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. That figure is undeniably miniscule in comparison to the stuff we’ve seen, but as a general rule of thumb, never base a camera’s performance solely on that.

Running the Lumia camera app, it’s the same style and layout we’re familiar with seeing on past devices. Although it appears simplistic by nature from the onset, sliding the on-screen shutter key to the left reveals its full manual mode – where every parameter can be modified, including the focus and shutter speed. A shocking revelation, though, is that it doesn’t offer the Rich Tone capture (HDR) we’ve fondly come to like.

Despite that, the Lumia 735 isn’t bad of a thing to use when lighting is abundant in the scenery. Sure, it doesn’t deliver the great depth of detail that other phones muster up, which means that cropping photos later on is totally out of the question, but it still generally composes photos that are likeable. Colors appear a bit overblown under artificial lighting, and even more, it’s strangely washed out looking in direct sunlight.

Unfortunately, you’ll want to refrain from using it for low light photography, since details are pretty much non-existent. And it doesn’t help either that it’s noisy with its overall production. What about its front-facing wide angle 5-megapixel camera, since it’s touted for being a selfie camera? Well, we’re actually quite pleased by the results – where it produces enough detail and accommodates a wide area of the scenery.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 735 9.9
No data
408
370
Microsoft Lumia 640 4.5
No data
293
277
Huawei P8 lite 3.1
6.3
520
425

Capable of shooting videos in 1080p or 720p, its quality is simply too dull to make it a standout hit. Not only that, but there are other distracting characteristics with its video capture – like its slow focus adjustment and the heavy artifacting elements that appear when there’s significant movement by the camera.


Multimedia

Playing videos is not a problem, it’s just the subdued look of the screen that lessens the experience.

When it comes to music, we have two options to choose from – the usual Xbox Music app or MixRadio. Both handle the task of playing music, as they both employ Windows Phone’s Modern UI design style. For the most part, we’re content with the speaker’s audio quality, as it churns out 76.4 dB of power. More than capable of echoing in smaller rooms, it’s nice that the speaker never sounds too strained or irritating – there’s just a pleasant balanced consistency to it.

Nothing makes videos come to life on a smartphone than an OLED display, which is what’s found here with the Lumia 735. In addition to being able to smoothly play all sorts of 1080p videos, the vibrant colors and glow of the panel captures our full attention. Now, the only thing missing with the experience is just some sort of multi-tasking element.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 735 0.656
Microsoft Lumia 640 0.615
Huawei P8 lite 0.26
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 735 76.4
Microsoft Lumia 640 68.7
Huawei P8 lite 79


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15 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Have been using this as my second phone for a while. Surprisingly, i enjoyed it more than i expected. Sharp screen and fast web browsing. I don't play games much on phone so this served me really well. Money well spent there. Can't wait for WP10.

7. waddup121 unregistered

sweet review!

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's predecessor, the Nokia Lumia 720, scored 9/10 in their review. Then this device gets 7/10,how?

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Like how galaxy ace should get better score than galaxy s2 just because it is actually a better phone? Lol

3. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Wtf haven't you review this phone before isn't 735 the same 730. And also it's outdoor readability is great as good as flagships like S6 930 and iPhone. And antutu for WP is not the same with Android results should not be compared.

4. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well don't know about this 735 but my Lumia 730 takes pictures twice as fast maybe even more so are you sure you know how to take a picture?

5. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

stop arguing.my 3310 can do better

6. gaming64 unregistered

The 3310 is not a smartphone.

13. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yep, it's a superphone :p

9. NitishNK

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

F**k PA. You should know that the AnTuTu BMs are different for WP and Android. And coming to the brightness of this phone... its too much bright even at the lowest level, they should have kept that even lower. While using it at night, eyes just cant tolerate. Now coming to the camera, it has got one of the best cameras,. The reviewer does'nt know how to take shots. I bet even flagships will fail to compete with its camera performance. I compared it with a samsung galaxy s4's 13MP camera. Poor Galaxy's camera just failed to compete with that of 730's. Flagships would fail to compete with its night photography. Just have a look at the samples here. bloggernitish.blogspot.com . Some of them were screenshots that of exposure and that traffic (shutter speed) section. Rest you can easily identify its own shots. 7.5 was just too much less for a device of this kind. It has no such problem like crappy build quality of Moto G or poor signal reception like Zenphone and a number of others to name, then why the f**k 7.5?? Its closest competitor is Moto G 2.0..... 730/735 has got a better display, better camera, better battery life, better build quality, only chipsets are all same. So which one is better?? Then how the f**k, 730/735 gets poor score than Moto G??

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah PA not only review this phone twice but it sucks at both camera speed is more than twice from the real think and also the sunlight readability of this phone is among the flagships like S6 and iPhone 6 the brightness is not everything.

11. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

I don't have this device but I did pick up a lumia 640 for free & really enjoying it. Sadly though John V is missing the mark in his reviews.. It seems he really does not like WP & will find anything to have some negative that's really not true! Case in point & he rated the db output as lacking on the 640 & it's just not true! It is surprisingly loud! & gets even louder with the nice equalizer I was pleased to find. Other sites like GSMarena & phonescoop gave the 640 much higher marks in sound, screen, and camera etc then here. It's fine if you dont like the platform but again I think it's said when you just can't trust the reviews here because of your bias.

12. icesick06

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I use this phone as a daily driver now. Went from a Galaxy S5 to this. I am amazed at the price point to performance ratio. The phone just simply works. Yeah there are a few things here and there that I would like to see get better but given that Windows 10 is right around the corner, I believe a lot of those wants will be filled. I was an early adopter to Windows phone 7 but shortly after switched back to android as there were many things that needed to be done to get the OS up to snuff. I can honestly say they've been putting in the work to make these phones great. Now lets get people talking about it and maybe well begin to see phones moved off carrier shelves. Ive been into my local Verizon store many times and when you mention Windows phone, they just cringe. Have you even tried it? I bet 90% of salesmen/women have not even really used the phone. Just my two cents.

14. NitishNK

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

Landmarkcm and icesick06, well said. I have been using it since last 6 months. At First, I felt that i have spent some extra bucks but as the time passed and i installed some amazing apps one by one, got a good connection and i realised that the choice was right. I had a 32 Gb card inserted in the device. Right now, I have over 50 games and around 200 apps installed on the device. I wonder if u can do the same on an android device. When, learnt using its camera (it took me some time), i realised that i have got much more than the bucks i spent. Just loved the experience with the WP OS given that u get updates without any problem. The reviewer John V, has given less marks because of stereotyping of the device. Had he used the phone with all the necessary apps and spent a few weeks, I bet he would not have given less than 9. You just cant give marks based solely on bench marks. Real world performance does matter.

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Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

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Lumia 735
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 6.7 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2220 mAh(17.7h 3G talk time)

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