Specs summary


The Nokia Lumia 730's screen is 4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

6+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 6+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2220 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 1320 minutes (2G), 1020 minutes (3G), 630 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

If you're looking for the best combination of low-cost hardware and high-productivity software, the Lumia 735 has you covered in spades.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Provided you're open to using Windows Phone, the Lumia 735 is an easy choice for a budget smartphone: It's well-made, fast and takes photos you'd (usually) be happy to share.

- Jon Fingas , Engadget 

Reviews summary

Based on 20 reviews

What's good  

  • Comfortable grip
  • Removable battery
  • MicroSD card support
  • Dual SIM support
  • Wide angle front camera lens

What's bad  

  • Weak low-light camera performance
  • Limited on-board storage
  • Weak gaming performance
  • Lack of apps

With the recent purchase of Nokia by Microsoft, many have wondered how the Lumia series will hold up without it’s famous name. As the last handset to be released under the Nokia label, does the Nokia 730 go out with a bang or simply fizzle? Let’s check out the reviews!

If you’ve seen a Nokia handset, then you know what to expect from the design of the mid-tier Lumia. Strong lines, clean surfaces and a refined yet minimal approach are something you will either love or hate. Most reviews found the design of the phone to be stellar, with little flex or give in the body and a nice firm grip. Engadget hailed the phone as “one of the most comfortable phones I've held in a while.”

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The collection of colored cases available don’t just add visual flair. While the phone looks like a unibody design, the rear cover is removable to allow access to the battery, microSD slot and SIM card slots. The 730 is also a dual SIM model, allowing for greater flexibility. Reviews noted that the covers slide on and off easily, while still holding firmly in place during use. One note mentioned by many reviews is the finish on the orange cover. While the other covers feature a matte finish, the orange uses a gloss finish that is prone to fingerprints and scratches.

The body houses a 4.7-inch, 1,280 x 720 AMOLED screen. Typical of these screens, reviews noted great contrast and color saturation. While not as high as some flagship devices, the screen also features a pixel density that is quite high for the mid-tier market. Nokia’s ClearBlack technology accents the AMOLED display, allowing for improved contrast is sunlight. The technology appears to work well with GSM Arena calling the display “among the best in bright light.”

Powering the phone is Windows Phone 8.1 and a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM. All reviews noted that performance with basic tasks was snappy and smooth. Engadget says, “You'd be hard-pressed to tell that this wasn't a flagship just by steering through the basic Windows Phone interface.” Unfortunately, many reviews also noted a lack of power for 3D games or other processor intensive apps. GSM Arena summed up performance well, stating, “offers pleasing performance that would be more than enough for non-power users.”

To store your apps, music and videos, the phone offers 8GB of internal storage. NDTV notes that “Around half of the 8GB of internal storage space is used by system files.” If you plan to use your phone heavily, taking advantage of the microSD card support is almost essential. Fortunately, the phone supports cards up to 128GB in size, allowing for plenty of expansion possibilities.

Marketed as a phone for selfies, the Lumia 730 sports a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle 24mm lens. The rear-facing camera is 6.7MP and offers a LED flash for better shots in low light. Reviews on the camera were average across the board. Many noted a lack of performance in low-light situations unless you’re willing to dig in and tweak camera settings. However, all reviews applauded the included Lumia Camera app for its intuitive controls and wide range of options.

Overall, reviews of the final Nokia handset are positive. While it won’t compete with flagship models, it was never intended to. While it might not do everything, reviews indicate that what it does, it does well. NDTV called it “a perfect mid-range phone” while TechTree summed up the phone best, saying, “It won't top any benchmark tests, but it does offer features that are actually useful.”

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)

Digital Trends

Perfect for the casual user, but it’s limited for the power user

from Digital Trends

The Microsoft Lumia 735 is a nice phone for the money, but it’s tough to recommend something that just launched in the U.S. so long after it was released. If it’s a Windows Phone you want, you’d be better off with a Lumia 640 XL for $57 more on AT&T or the Lumia 950, which is coming to AT&T soon, sports Windows 10, and includes flagship specs. It has a bigger 5.7-inch display and a better camera. However, if you’re stuck with Verizon Wireless, the Lumia 735 is your only option for a Windows phone.

Still not sure whether you want to be in the Micros... Full review


A decent option for those looking for a low- to mid-tier device

from Brighthand

Save for a camera that surprises simply by virtue of the fact that it’s not as low-level as the rest of the phone, there isn’t much that’s special about the Lumia 735. But that’s not the point. The sort of audience this phone is targeting isn’t looking for special. It’s looking for simple, and it’s looking for cheap.

The Lumia 735 manages to fulfill at least one of those criteria; while the Windows Phone OS is pretty straightforward and user friendly, this particular handset could stand to be a little cheaper than its retail price of $300... Full review

Phone Scoop

Performed well, especially for a mid-range handset

from Phone Scoop

The Lumia 735 from Microsoft is a solid phone. It performs well across the board, and offers a balanced feature set. The hardware is put together well. The attractive screen is sized just right, meaning the 735 is comfortable to hold and use. Call quality on Verizon's network was excellent, data speeds were decent, and the battery did a commendable job. Some people will like that the 735 has a removable battery and supports memory cards.

Windows Phone 8.1 may not be for everyone, but it’s a fine smartphone platform and covers the basics well. The 735 offers plenty of optio... Full review


A good middle-class smartphone with comprehensive set of features

from Notebookcheck

Microsoft's Nokia Lumia 735 is a very good middle-class smartphone. The phone is ships with an up-to-date OS, offers plenty of performance, supports LTE and features good cameras as well. Although the chassis is made from polycarbonate, the overall as well as the build quality are impressive.

The 8 GB of internal storage provide less space than expected, since less than 3 GB are actually usable. At least expansion is easy via a MicroSD card with a capacity of up to 128 GB. Speaking of expectations: the shipping box contains only the power adapter, which is stingy considering the... Full review


A good middle-class smartphone with decent cameras on both sides and a comprehensive set of features

from Notebookcheck

Microsoft's Nokia Lumia 735 is a very good middle-class smartphone. The phone is ships with an up-to-date OS, offers plenty of performance, supports LTE and features good cameras as well. Although the chassis is made from polycarbonate, the overall as well as the build quality are impressive.

The 8 GB of internal storage provide less space than expected, since less than 3 GB are actually usable. At least expansion is easy via a MicroSD card with a capacity of up to 128 GB. Speaking of expectations: the shipping box contains only the power adapter, which is stingy considering the... Full review


Stylish design, great selfie camera but Windows Phone feels stuttery

from PhoneArena

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... Full review


Battling it out in the crowded mid-range

from TechSpot
The Nokia Lumia 735 is a fairly decent phone that does well in many areas. The Lumia 735 is well designed, the materials used make the handset feel great in the hand and look nice as well. It doesn't venture far from the standard Lumia design, and as far as I'm concerned that's a good thing because not every mid-range device is tough, dependable and also reasonably stylish. Ideally this handset would be a little slimmer and more compact, but it is what it is... Full review

Just don't call it a selfie phone

from Pocket-lint

Sitting alongside its Lumia 830 stablemate in terms of power, the Nokia Lumia 735 mixes things up in the camera department, making a case for the presence of these two similar devices. Camera performance from both front and back snappers is good, even if the Lumia Selfie app is currently flawed.

However, the Lumia 735 is available for just over £200 SIM-free, meaning it's something of a bargain, and if anything raises the question over the value of the Lumia 830. At that price, the performance is fitting - although we daresay that similar spec Android devices are faster fo... Full review


Ending on a high note

from NDTV

The Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM is a polished smartphone. We would, in fact, go as far as to state that this phone is the best Windows Phone alternative to the dependable Moto G (2nd Gen). It has a pleasing design, good cameras, consistent overall performance and great battery life. We believe that Microsoft has a winner on its hands with the Lumia 730 Dual SIM.

For those who are happy with Microsoft's smartphone ecosystem or just getting started with smartphones, the Lumia 730 Dual SIM is a perfect mid-range phone. For people who are already entrenched in Android or iOS or who nee... Full review


Hits the right balance between manageability and screen real estate

from GSMArena

Microsoft is doing well to shake things up in the Lumia lineup. A couple of devices shown at IFA in September have hit the shelves and, the software boost courtesy of Lumia Denim aside, the lineup is being updated in the right place. The upgrades are even slightly overdue perhaps - busy adding a tablet and a couple of phablets to the lineup, along with dual-SIM support and cheap screen real estate, Nokia and Microsoft somehow overlooked the midrange.

The Lumia 720 went nearly two years without an upgrade and it was by no means a phone that deserves such treatment. OK, this maybe... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 7, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.5 W/kg
Body: 0.96 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2220 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 540 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 630 minutes
3G Surfing Time 510 minutes
4G Surfing Time 510 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1320 minutes (2G)
1020 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Green, Orange, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.5 x 6.8 x 0.9 cm
(5.3 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
(4.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 316 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, ClearBlack
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Nokia Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 6+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (OneDrive, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp, Foursquare)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia Lumia 735

Nokia Lumia 735 is the LTE version, uses only one nano SIM card, and weighs more at 134 grams.
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