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Nokia Lumia 730 Review

Nokia Lumia 730

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Interface and Functionality

Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim is the most mature version of Microsoft’s platform, with improvements to camera and stability, but it still lacks the apps.

The phone sports Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update on top. Windows Phone is a platform that remains visually largely unchanged from its inception, and Windows Phone 8.1 on the Lumia 730 is no exception to this rule.

You have the typical animated Live Tiles, a suite of core Microsoft apps, and all the improvements from the 8.1 update: the Action Center with quick toggles and all your notifications, the Cortana voice assistant, the ability to set wallpapers, and all the nice added functionality to the lockscreen that is now fully customizable by developers.

Basic functionality is well covered: Microsoft includes a solid phonebook that integrates deeply with Facebook, you have one of the fastest virtual keyboards out there, and free Office on board is a nice addition. HERE Maps with free offline maps and navigation has also long been one of the hidden advantages of the Windows Phone platform, and even though we now have the app in beta on other platforms, it’s still nice to have the best optimized version of the app on Windows Phone.

Then, you have the former Nokia (now - Lumia) apps and Lumia camera, which has become faster with the Denim update. Lumia camera gives you a full manual ride with control over shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and manual focus.

Even though Windows Phone is constantly growing, though, we still feel there is a sore shortage of apps. Recently, Chase withdrew its mobile banking app from Windows Phone because of ‘lack of interest’, and many other apps are missing or underdeveloped (Viber, one of the most popular VoIP/IM clients, for instance, does not register incoming voice calls when the app is not running). Still, the app situation is worst when it comes to games that often come late or never to the Windows Phone platform.

Processor and Memory

With Snapdragon 400 and 1GB of RAM, the Lumia 730 features the same specs as many of its Android rivals, but performance is not butter-smooth and app loading times are long.

The Lumia 730 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 system chip, a quad-core SoC with clock speeds reaching up to 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, and an Adreno 305 GPU. The Snapdragon 400 is one of the most widespread chips for affordable devices, and we’ve already seen how it performs on Android.

Unfortunately, we are seeing quite a bit of lag on the Lumia 730. Windows Phone is still tediously slow with opening apps, and this does not even touch on more CPU-intense tasks. Seeing a screen freeze for a few seconds at the loading stage is a common view, and we’re also often seeing dropped frames.s

Looking at actual performance benchmarks, we’re seeing very typical Snapdragon 400 scores, on par with the performance of the Moto G (2014 edition), for instance, an Android phone that runs on the same chip.

We’ve already mentioned that the lack of games is an issue on Windows Phone, but those that are available do tend to run fairly well. You can’t expect much from a mid-range chip - it will handle most games (even Asphalt 8), but frame rates might be a bit lower than ideal.

One serious issue with the Lumia 730 is the scant 8GB of internal storage that you get. This is not enough storage for even the most conservative of users. Luckily, you have a microSD card slot that you can use to expand memory by up to 128 gigs.


Internet and Connectivity

The Lumia 73x gets served in two versions: the dual SIM Lumia 730 and a 4G LTE single-SIM Lumia 735.

The Lumia 730 features Internet Explorer as the browser of choice. On mobile, it is a fairly fast browser, and one of just a few that have their address bar at the bottom, within easy reach of the fingers. Loading up web pages is zippy, and surfing the web, zooming in and out, and scrolling around happen with a very slight stutter, but nothing too irritating.

In terms of connectivity, we should once again point out the difference between the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735. The Lumia 730 is a dual SIM model that does not support 4G LTE connectivity, while the Lumia 735 sports a single SIM card, but does have 4G LTE. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. Both versions of the phone come with an NFC antenna and full NFC functionality.

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Nokia Lumia 730

Nokia Lumia 730

OS: Windows Phone 8.1
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) OLED
Camera6.7 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.30 x 2.70 x 0.34 inches
(134.7 x 68.5 x 8.7 mm)
4.60 oz  (130 g)
Battery2220 mAh, 22 hours talk time

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