Nokia Lumia 730 Review
posted by Victor H. / Jan 28, 2015, 9:41 AM
Call quality is good on the Lumia 730. Voices in the earpiece come out very loud, so you’d have no problem making calls in even noisier environments. Clarity in the earpiece is not perfect, there are slight distortions, but those are minor issues that don’t get much in the way of understanding your caller.
On the other end of the line, the situation is a bit better with a bit cleaner sound.
The Nokia Lumia 730 sports a 2,220mAh battery that can be easily removed by the user. Quoted talk time is 17 hours on 3G, which is above the average, while official stand-by time ratings are for 25 days.
Our initial impressions are that the phone has very good battery life, easily lasting us a full day, and when not using the phone too much even two days off the charger.
The Nokia Lumia 730 lives up to the promise of being a great phone for those who like to take selfies. It’s not just that, though: with one of the best designs among its peers and an improved camera app it is a good phone overall. On the downside, Windows Phone just does not feel as snappy as Android does on a similar configuration, and you’d see apps loading too long too often. We’re also not perfectly happy with the default display color mode on the Lumia 730, which comes with overblown, unreal colors. Luckily, those who care about accurate colors have the option to fine tune the screen to their liking.
At a price of $320 (€200 in Europe), the market is filled with rival Android phones, though. The Motorola Moto G (2014 edition) is a cheaper phone with a larger, 5” screen that offers the same Snapdragon 400 chip with a much smoother performance, and access to the richer Android ecosystem. Then, if you prefer a larger display, you can get the excellent HTC Desire 816 for around the same price, and you get a 5.5” 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 system chip, and a very capable 8-megapixel camera. Next, if you care about great design, you need to look no further than the iPhone 6-like Blu Vivo Air with its 4.8” 720p AMOLED display, and an equally capable MediaTek chip. Finally, you also have the LG G3 s, a 5” 720p phone with a Snapdragon 400 SoC. It’s a good performer with its physical keys on its back, which adds an interesting twist to usability.
If you feel an attraction for Microsoft’s Live Tiles and Windows Phone on the whole, though, and have an affinity for selfies, the Lumia 730 is a device that has more pros than cons. Microsoft is also promising to upgrade it to Windows 10 in the future, so you probably should not be worried about updates as much as someone owning an Android phone would.
- Stylish design
- Great selfie camera
- Good battery life
- Lumia Denim update makes capturing images faster
- HAAC mics for better audio recording
- Display is not well calibrated by default: overblown, unreal colors
- Windows Phone feels stuttery, with long loading times
- Only 8GB of internal storage
- Loudspeaker sounds awful: hissy and distorted
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This 7.5 and the 830 got 7 ?? You must have drunk vodka
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 9:45 AM 11
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its the price difference, more like price to features ratio, otherwise everything would get a 4,5 if they were relative to devices like note 4(expensive )
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 10:17 AM 2
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Simply 730 gives more bang for your buck unlike 830. For that much of a price difference all you get is better camera (?), 8 more gigs for storage and a metal frame. Everything else is basically the same - even battery capacity.
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 10:32 AM 3
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MS send a cashiers cheque recently? Did these just come out, idk wp is not my thing but it seems odd to suddenly be front an center? Three sudden reviews of 2014 phones?
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 9:48 AM 0
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"The Motorola Moto G (2014 edition) is a cheaper phone with a larger, 5” screen that offers the same Snapdragon 400 chip with a much smoother performance [...]" Seriously? You should see my Moto G, 4-8 f*****g seconds for home screen to respond after closing the browser or other Google Apps (with task manager empty)... you must redefine "smoother performance".
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 10:22 AM 1
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There might be something wrong with your Moto g. I own a 2013 edition (16gb). It is very fast and reliable and multitask better. Are you using any task cleaning apps or the default one?
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 11:42 AM 0
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This seems to be a good entry level smart phone for Windows smart Phones fans to use as a backup smart phone This is interesting it appears that Microsoft is replacing all it's Nokia lumia branded smart phones. Please realize that the last 3 NEW! smart phones that Microsoft's smart phone division has released are Microsoft Lumia BRAND! smart phone. the question is when will Microsoft stop Manufacturing the Nolka Lumia 730/735 smart phones and replace them with The newer Microsoft Lumia BRAND Smart phones with the same or better specs
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 11:33 AM 0
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WOW! That's ultra fast, PA. How could you review this phone so early? It's just unveiled and you already write a review? Hope, you guys weren't using the Internet Explorer! :P Bought this phone 3 months ago in October after reading reviews from 3 or 4 sites with PA missing. Don't know what made you guys review this now? I am quite happy with this phone. Its beautiful both from inside and outside. I don't know your criteria, but Lumia 830 deserved 8 points there.
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 11:46 AM 0
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can't say surprised or not L730 is one of the best smartphones with price to value ratio and then WHAT? 7.5 i expected a rating of 8.5 like the moto g and when was a nano sim a con!!!!!
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 12:22 PM 1
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What really? Even though it's cheaper, the screen is better, better front facing speakers, better OS, etc... on and on... c'mon.
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 3:04 PM 0
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So, let's put all the pros of the moto g aside for a better Lumia review? So dumb. lol You say as if the camera was like milestones ahead. The Moto G takes pretty good pictures. The pics will only look as good as the crappy Lumia screen lets it.
posted on Feb 02, 2015, 1:25 PM 0
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THis review is a poor review I have ever seen, I have been using Lumia 730 for 3 months,and no issues. The camera app opens very quick and the clartiy is good. The loudspeaker is one of the best in this price category. Call quality is good too.. ANd the battery is awesome,,comes even for 2 days of normal usage. I work as a customer executive .And many compalints i get is for Moto g and asus zenfone mainly due to lagging and poor call quality. And moto Gets issues with poor battery as well as heating issues. ,,I think phonearena should consider changing this person who revied the phones here in phonearena,,
posted on Jan 28, 2015, 11:39 PM 0
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"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" It's just not true. Maybe there is a problem with your review unit. I use a nokia lumia 730 myself and I didn't find any lag or stutter in the phone. Everything on the phone runs seamless. The only times the phone lags is when you try to open any improperly-made third party apps, which are just duplicates or spurious apps. Even the android phones struggle, when running spurious third party apps. For the system apps or reputed third party apps, the lumia 730 ran smoothly and perfectly. Also, windows phone uses a lot of smooth transitions and animations to mask any lags. So, you can't list it out as a con. And by the way, the seamless integration of the phonebook with facebook in the "people" hub is just amazing; one of the best i have ever seen.
posted on Jan 02, 2016, 8:05 AM 1
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i m using lumia 730 since a year ... no issue yet ....!! Dont know how these people got so much issue.......!!! mine hand Set after Year Working Best .....no issue about lag or apps opening ....!! May be these people Dont know How to operate or keep mobile to operate in better Way.......!! Those who Suffer they should Hard reset and should update firmware to latest........... and onlyproblem is that Windows phone have some limitation ..... i m sure in future will be fixed my microsoft Updates.................!!!
posted on Jan 03, 2016, 8:37 AM 0
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- 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(17h 3G talk time)