After the successful takeover of the Nokia mobility, Microsoft has announced three smartphones straight from the Microsoft Lab. All these three smartphone represents Microsoft depth in smartphone engineering. With these three smartphones launches Microsoft has been successful in adding new dimension to the Lumia line-up. In this quick review article, we will analyze the Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 735 Dual SIM.
Microsoft Lumia 830
With a 8.5 MM thickness and 150g weight, the Lumia 830 is “the lightest and thinnest Lumia” ever. The parent company Microsoft is marketing it as the best Lumia from the joint effort of the Nokia Lumia team and the Microsoft Mobile Lab. According to media reports, the smartphone is expected to hit the Indian market with a price tag of 24,999/-.
The Lumia 830 runs on the latest Windows Blue 8.1 Operating system and has ability to follow the future upgrade in the OS. It has a 5 inches HD IPS display with 16 million colours and 296 ppi pixel density. The display is protected by the latest corning gorilla glass 3, features “Double Tap to Wake-up” option.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 400 quad core processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz alongside 1GB RAM and a 3.8 V 2200 mAh battery. With a 16 GB user memory inbuilt, the Lumia 830 is most affordable flash ship smartphone, as claimed by the Microsoft.
While the Nokia Camera is on board, the 830 is crafted with a 10 MP Pure View visual recorder along with LED flash and 4X digital ZOOM. For camera enhancement it features the Carl Zeiss optics and home made optical image stabilizer. Taking a step further, we find an unusual three mic embedded to record distortion free 5.1 HD surround sound while camera is rolling.
The Microsoft left no stone unturned in packaging of the Lumia 830. It has been spice up with MS's popular products such as Office 365, Hotmail, Skype and Bing search. Dolby Audio player, mix Radio, internet Radio, FM Radio comes from Nokia pocket while Xbox users get extra with an option to stream live music from the Lumia 830.
The Microsoft's flagship is loaded with five sensors, including the motion sensor Gyroscope which confirms its affair with gaming.
|Features||Single SIM, GSM, Nano, Windows Operating system|
|Screen||5 inches, IPS LCD, 294 PPI, HD, Corning Gorilla Glass v3|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.2 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400; GPU: Adreno 305|
|Memory||1GB RAM, 8 GB Memory, 128GB SD card Support|
|Camera||10 MP[P], 1MP[F], LED, ZOOM, FHD Recording|
|Battery||2200 mAh, 25 Days Standby|
|Connectivity||OTG, DLNA, NFC, 3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB, FM|
|Body||150 gram [W], 8.5 mm [Th]|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Light, Magnetometer, Proximity|
Microsoft Lumia 735
The single SIM Lumia 735 has vivid screen and better pixel density than the Lumia 830. It has a 4.7 inches IPS HD display with the resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels and depth of the pixel is 316. The super sensitive touch-screen is protected by the corning gorilla 3, making it durable against dust and scratch. The Display features OLED and Nokia's ClearBlack , which are the latest in the display technology. The OLED is the enhance version of LED display technology.
Alike the Lumia 830, It packs in a quad core snapdragon 400 processor, and 1 GB RAM as well as 8 GB user memory. It is powered by a 2220 mAh battery, which can keep it alive for 25 days on the 2G network. The 6.7 MP auto focus camera features ZEISS optics, LED Flash, and 4X digital zoom that can shoot 1080P HD video. For camera enhancement, it features Nokia Camera, and Refocus with Panorama Lens. For 3G video calling, the device features a 5 MP camera reside at top of screen, capable to record HD video.
For the audio entertainment, the Lumia 735 features FM, Internet Radio, Mix Radio, Xbox Music and an audio player with sound equalizer. With a single nano SIM, it offers NFC, BT 4.0, Wi-Fi, and USB 2.0 connectivity. It does not have the Gyroscope motion sensor. Therefore, we cannot expect much as far as the gaming is concerned.
Microsoft Nokia 730 Dual SIM
It is a dual SIM variant of the Lumia 735 with the similar specification. The Microsoft is marketing it with a “selfie smartphone” tag.
Windows phone have always been criticized for their low end specs, which never match the price. However, Microsoft did something extraordinary with the launch of the Lumia 730 in September of 2014. This phone comes with a great number of upgrades over its predecessor, the Lumia 720. There is something more to tell about the Lumia 730. It was the last phone to be launched under ‘Nokia’ branding since Microsoft acquired this Finnish mobile phone maker. Currently, this phone is available for the price of 12,499 INR on Flipkart.com.
The Nokia Lumia 730 comes with a really attractive design. Its back panel is made of plastic, but gives a soft and premium feedback. The back panel is removable and its unique wrap around design gives a unibody feel.
This phone boasts a 4.7 inch OLED display. Its HD resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels translates into a high pixel density of 318 ppi. Thanks to the Organic LED panel that produces true black colors. Contrast ratio and viewing angels are great. You will not find any sort of problem on the display of this phone. Moreover, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 provides it protection from scratches resulting from daily use.
It is a selfie focused smartphone that boasts a 6.7 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP camera on the front. The Lumia 730 comes with two camera apps. The default camera app does not provide much capability, but it is good for newbies. The Lumia camera app, however, provides a much powerful interface that includes option to manually set the focus point, shutter speed and ISO. Picture quality of both the rear and front cameras is decent considering the price point.
Performance (Storage, Benchmarks and Everyday Usage)
The Nokia Lumia 730 has got 8 GB of onboard storage that can be expanded up to a whopping 128 GB using a micro SD card. For all your multi-tasking needs there is a 1 GB RAM on this smartphone. A quad-core 1.2 GHz processor (Snapdragon 400 chipset) might be normal for an Android phone at this price, but when it comes to Windows devices, it is truly an exception. Additionally, there is an Adreno 305 GPU for handling the graphic intensive tasks.
This phone performs average on the benchmarking front. In AnTuTu it gets a score of 11999. WP Bench gives this phone a decent score of 231.71.
You will not find any lags or stutters on everyday usage. All the apps open pretty fast and run smoothly.
This Windows smartphone leaves behind many Android smartphones on the connectivity front. It comes with dual SIM slots and also supports 3G networks. The main attraction here would be its NFC capability. All other basic connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB are present on this phone.
There are four sensors on this phone including Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer and Ambient Light Sensor.
The Lumia 730 is powered by an average size 2220 mAh battery. Remember, it is not an Android phone. This is why the manufacturer is promising a talk time of 22 hours on 2G and of 17 hours on 3G.
The Nokia Lumia 730 runs on Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. There are many useful features on this operating system. The navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen is disappeared whenever you open any app. There are bunch of apps that come preloaded on this phone. These apps can create problem for some, but for many they will prove to be of much utility.
- 7 inch HD display with OLED panel.
- 2 GHz quad-core processor.
- Storage is expandable up to 128 GB.
- Great design.
- 5 MP selfie camera.
- Windows Phone 8.1.
- Decent battery life.
- There are some glitches in interface.
For those who love Windows Phone platform, there can’t be any other smartphone at this price point. You get a sharp display, fast processor and a great selfie camera. However, if you are a person who puts performance on the top of his list then you should be looking for an Android alternative.
|SIM||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Windows OS|
|Screen||4.7 inches, OLED, IPS LCD, 312 PPI, HD, Corning Gorilla Glass v3|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.2 GHz, Snapdragon 400; GPU: Adreno 305; 1GB RAM, 8GB Memory|
|Camera||6.7 MP[P], 5MP[F], LED, ZOOM, FHD Recording|
|Battery||2220 mAh, 25 Days Standby|
|Connectivity||OTG, DLNA, NFC, 3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB, FM|
|Body||130 gram [W], 8.7 mm [Th]|