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Nokia Lumia 735: Budget smartphone for the selfie generation

Oct 23,2014 0 Comments

Nokia Lumia 735: Budget smartphone for the selfie generation

Nokia Lumia 735: Budget smartphone for the selfie generation. Nokia is coming to the end of the road as a name in phone making, and the brand will likely get subsumed into owner Microsoft in the not too distant future. With Nokia phones already well and truly part of the Windows Phone stable, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Lumia 735 runs Windows Phone 8.1. Nor will its general looks be any surprise — it is a straightforward Nokia monolith.

But there are some pleasant surprises under the hood that lift this budget handset above the ordinary. A 5 megapixel wide angle front camera for taking high quality selfies is Nokia’s own selected highlight, but Cortana, Microsoft’s much talked about digital assistant, is also here, making a belated arrival in the UK to join Apple’s Siri.

Then there’s the fact that this is a 4G handset, sports NFC and can handle wireless charging (if you buy the stand). The presence of an FM radio is nice too, and music fans can take advantage of the rather fabulous perennial favorite of mine Mix Radio for streamed music on the go.

That’s a neat set of features for a budget handset, and they’re accompanied by the usual suspects Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Wi-Fi doesn’t run to 802.11ac, though — you just get b/g/n support, but that won’t trouble most of us.

The back of the Lumia 735 is made from grippy polycarbonate, and the backplate wraps around all four sides bringing the color scheme into the edges and to the front of the handset. That didn’t matter much with the black handset I was sent, but if you prefer white, orange or — my favorite — green as your phone’s color, then it matters a lot. The frame of bright color round the front and sides of the phone looks great — and is rather distinctively Nokia Lumia.

It is a bit tricky to get the back off this phone, and a little sticker on the rear tells you to use your fingers rather than a sharp implement to do this. The point of a knife will make unsightly divots in the shell, and indeed the knife might slip and cut you. There’s a definite knack to getting the backplate off the phone, and if you are keen on swapping out memory cards you’ll want to master it, as there’s a microSD card slot under the backplate as well as the slot for your nanoSIM and a removable battery.

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