Since I got the Lumia 735 a couple weeks ago I’ve been using it as my daily phone day in, and day out. Not just because I’ve gained an unhealthy addiction to snapchat (and sending pictures of my face that aren’t hopelessly pixelated); but because I genuinely liked the phone.
The last time I felt this way about a phone that wasn’t a flagship device was towards the 735’s predecessor; the Lumia 720, and to me that means that Nokia and Microsoft have created a solid follow-up to a spectacular original product.
*For a comprehensive look at all the aspects of the Lumia 735 check out the video review, and see the relevant videos posted at the end of this article*
The Lumia 720 itself was a great product, but it never actually had a major selling feature going for it (besides design and price), now with the Lumia 730 & 735 Nokia fixed that by adding a spectacular 5 MP front facing camera. The camera takes some of the most detailed selfies I’ve ever seen, in fact they might be a bit too detailed for someone with skin as unhealthy as mine. The wide angle lens is also a wonder, getting everything around you in the shot without having to stretch your arm halfway across the room.
Performance wise the Lumia 730 & 735 are paired with a 1 GB Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz, along with an Adreno 305 GPU; although they’re not the best the market has to offer, they’re certainly more than enough for these two devices. The phones run almost flawlessly on them, with few to little resuming screens and stutters; except for the occasional app that refused to play nice, but that was usually due to some poor coding skills by the developer.
Should I buy this phone?
Yes… yes you should.
The Lumia 735 is *the* perfect midrange Windows Phone, it has little to zero compromises, an excellent price tag (€219 for the 735, €199 for the 730), and brings the best front facing camera I’ve ever seen.
“But wait, what if I don’t care about selfies”? Doesn’t matter, you’d still be making a mistake if you didn’t seriously consider this phone amongst your options; and in case you are a “selfie addict” this is the phone for you (provided you don’t want to drop ~$600 on a flagship device).
*P.S. – Dear Nokia/Microsoft; for the love of god, please use the same front facing camera in all your upcoming high-end phones, Love Ali.
Lumia 735 Front Facing camera test:
Lumia 735 Main Camera Test:
Lumia 735 Gaming Test:
Lumia 735 Performance test: