Since buying this phone, I didn’t consider it necessary to review it but I think now I should do it after spending nearly six months with it (and developing some cracks along the back cover).
The Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM and the Nokia Lumia 830 are probably the last phones with the Nokia logo emblazoned on their back covers. Both are affordable phones for the average person the only difference being that the Lumia 830 is an affordable flagship phone whereas the Lumia 730 is just an affordable dual SIM phone with an awesome front camera. Other differences between the two phones is that the 830 has Dolby® Digital Surround sound and support for glance screen whereas the 730 hasn’t.
The phone itself:
Firstly, the phone itself. It is a large phone (exact size is not necessary, hardly anybody measures it) with physical buttons only on the right side of the device. It has no other physical buttons other than the volume rocker and the power button. There is a micro-USB port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top. Over to the back side, it has a camera, a LED flash, a microphone and a loudspeaker. The back covers are available in four different colours, bright green, bright orange, dark grey and white. I have the bright green one and believe me, the green is very vibrant. The edges are curved on the sides which gives you a comfortable feeling in your hand. But it is hard to use single-handedly.
The Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM has a 4.7″ 720p OLED display along with Nokia’s ClearBlack technology. ClearBlack prevents reflections which means improved readability in sunlight. I have tried it out and faced no problems even in the brightest of days and even in direct sunlight. There are on-screen buttons for back, home and search rather than physical buttons (like that on the 830). But the on-screen buttons can be hidden as per our choice. The glass is very easy to clean and a single wipe from a soft cloth removes all the smudges and fingerprints from it.
Performance-wise this phone is superb. In short, it never lags (hasn’t yet in my usage) and never crashes. It rocks a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 1.2 GHz quad-core processor which is not at all slow. It has 1 GB of RAM which means you’ll never be short of memory. You can run high-end games like FIFA and Halo. It has 8 GB of internal storage and expandable storage upto 128 GB and also 15 GB of online storage on OneDrive. At some point of time if you are short on phone memory, you can also install new apps on the SD card or even move your installed apps to SD card. The battery is replaceable and is a massive 2220 mAh.
This is the field where the 730 really shines. It has a 6.7 MP back camera with Carl Zeiss lenses and a 5 MP front camera especially designed for clicking selfies. Both the cameras are capable of recording 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. What else do you need? A flash? There is a LED flash just beside the back camera which works very well in low light conditions. Many of the photos that I upload here on my blog as a part of weekly photo challenges are shot by this phone (and some by my previous phone, the Lumia 520). You can have a look at those.
The camera also includes burst photography which is very similar to iPhone’s burst shot. As long as you keep pressed the camera button, it will click burst images which you can sort later on. All the burst images are captured at full resolution so there is no loss of quality. It helps me a lot in capturing moving objects.
Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM comes with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 a.k.a. Lumia Denim preinstalled. It is a superb OS although not quite mature but with the upcoming Windows 10, it will have the power to run as a full PC. Windows Store is now full with all the popular titles like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Windows Phone is somewhat hard to operate if you are migrating from an Android or an iOS but once you get the hang of it, you will be able to use it blazing fast.
Other essential things include Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS and Wi-Fi. HERE Maps comes integrated with the phone which provides truly offline map navigation. You need to download the maps once and then you can use it offline. It includes Internet Explorer 11 which is counted as one of the most secure browsers in the world. Cortana can help you in any situation and you can play jokes with her.
This phone is pretty rigid which is the trend with all Nokia phones. It has surived about 4-5 waist height drops and 2-3 full height drops (I did not drop it intentionally, of course).