Microsoft Lumia 735 Review: Key Features
At first glance, you might not think much about a smartphone from Microsoft when giants like Apple, Google, and Samsung are throwing punches in the ring. That shouldn't dissuade you from taking a closer look at the Microsoft Lumia 735, however.
Arguably the best Window's phone released yet, the Lumia 735 is fast, optimized, and comes with a mobile-friendly version of Windows 10. Exclusive to Verizon, the extremely affordable price tag is attractive, too. A budget smartphone that looks and feels great, the Microsoft Lumia 735 is a solid choice for Windows fans and those who want a change of pace from the iPhones and Galaxies out there.
Dubbed "The Selfie Phone" that must mean the camera is good right? The ultra-wide 5-megapixel front-facing camera is definitely superb. The wider camera lens allows for more light to pass through and more of the world around you to fit into the shot.
Lumia is known for loading several powerful and unique photo shooting and editing tools with their phones, and the Lumia 735 is no exception. Thanks to the Lumia Selfie app (which is preloaded onto your device), you can easily snap, edit, and share photos and 1080p videos. The rear camera clocks in at 6.7-megapixels which is decent for the cheap price. For the professional phone photographer, however, you might find better luck with a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.
If you own a PC with Windows 10 on it, you're likely familiar with Cortana, the bubbly little AI akin to iPhone's Siri or Google Assistant. A voice-controlled personal assistant is nothing new, especially when it comes to mobile phones, but Cortana is certainly more of a welcome face when it pings you than the others.
It's a little strange that just seeing that floating circle bobble up and down seems more friendly and approachable than the faceless avatars of iPhone or Google. Of course, that could just be me. Regardless, Cortana does everything you'd expect a phone AI to do: she screens your calls, keeps track of your day, reminds you to pick up milk, and generally makes your life easier.
There are a few hitches to the Lumia 735, however. Although Windows 10 is arguably the best mobile operating system on a phone to date, it means you're locked out of some of the key perks that come with Apple's App Store or the Google Play Store. You won't have access to either app marketplace, meaning the Lumia 735 is short on games, tools, and widgets you might be using on your current phone.
You still have your essential and most popular apps, but expect regular updates to come slower than other devices. In addition, the 720p HD display is rather unimpressive compared to more modern smartphones. Considering the affordable price, a higher-resolution screen might not be your priority, however.
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