Microsoft Lumia 735 Review

Call Quality

Phone calls are handled decently, so you can generally expect audible tones.

After using the Lumia 735 for several phone call conversations, our experience is generally favorable – so definitely above average. Voices through the earpiece are succinct in tone, which makes it relatively easy to comprehend in noisy conditions. Likewise, the experience is similar on the other end of the line, as our callers describe clear and audible tones. With the speakerphone, however, it tends to exhibit I pitchy sound.

Battery

Nothing extraordinary, its battery delivers average results.

Endowed with a 2200 mAh battery cell, it’s not extravagant by any means, but despite that, we find its battery very much average – to the degree of getting us through one-day of normal usage. Adding more to that, our battery benchmark test reveals a total mark of 7 hours and 24 minutes, which is more than acceptable in our book for a device of its caliber.

While it takes approximately 149 minutes to get it charged back to full capacity, we’re more astounded that it features built-in wireless charging as an alternative to the usual wired connection.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 735 7h 24 min (Good)
Huawei P8 lite 5h 30 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 735 149
Huawei P8 lite 136
Microsoft Lumia 640 196

Conclusion


We all thought that the Microsoft Lumia 640 would be the posterchild for the affordable segment of the Windows Phone camp, especially when its presence was in full force during Mobile World Congress 2015. After checking out the Microsoft Lumia 735, however, we have a change in heart because this feels more like a fitting candidate. Aesthetically, we adore the classic Lumia styling, as it features removable rear casings that are available in an assortment of color ranges – conjuring up an upbeat, cool design.

In the US, it’s currently available for purchase via Verizon Wireless, where it recently received a drop in price to $29.99 on-contract – down from the initial $79.99. That’s pretty valuable considering it’s a compact, decently performing Windows Phone. Going the off-contract route instead? Well, it’s still pretty competitive at $192. For those on a budget and who prefer the tight Microsoft integration, the Lumia 735 is reasonable choice.

Software version of the review unit: Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2



Pros

  • Affordably priced at $30 on-contract or $192 outright
  • Compact size
  • Removable casings
  • Great for taking selfies
  • Built-in wireless charging
  • Sharp looking screen

Cons

  • Sluggish performance with heavier tasks
  • Not really fast at taking photos
  • Weak display brightness output

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

9.1
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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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