The Nokia Lumia 730 was launched in September, 2014 and featured as a specially designed smart phone for the purpose of taking selfies. The 5 MP wide-angle front shooter delivers excellent performance, which performs above-par compared to other smart phones in its price segment.
The Nokia Lumia 730 features a 4.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, which is backed by Clear Black display technology, that provides a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset clocked to a 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. Similar to other Lumia smart phones, this phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. The Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana is also available, which serves great. The phone comes with an 8 GB of internal memory, while the memory can be expanded up to 128 GB by its users using the Micro SD card slot which is provided in the phone. The 6.7 MP rear camera boast a Carl Zeiss optic lens, which is also assisted by an LED flashlight. The front shooter is provided with 5-MP. HD Video recording is done by the camera at frames like 1080p@30fps. The phone seems to take inspiration from Lumia 720 as it also has the same rectangular design and glossy appearance. The phone is handy with its dimensions as 5.30 x 2.70 x 0.34 inches. Weighing 130 grams, the phone can be carried easily. The 2200 mAh Li-Ion battery provided in the phone promises a stand-by time up to 600 hours and a talk time up to 17 hours on 3G networks.
The use of Clear Back technology in the display provides a well-balanced screen. The sunlight legibility is also good, but the only problem with the screen is that it attracts a lot of fingerprints. The Windows 8.1 running on the phone works great, but then again you shall miss the freedom an Android UI offers along with the huge range of apps in the Play Store. The processor seems to work great when the OS is not crowded with background applications, but there might be few episodes of system hanging and screen freezing for a few seconds when playing heavy games and it appears rarely. The premium feature of this phone is its front camera that can take wide angled selfies, thus making this phone a must have for selfie lovers. The rear camera works well, but some noise seems to creep in images clicked in low lighting conditions, thus making them grainy. The battery lasts for a day-and-half with average usage.
The Phone finds stiff competition from Lenovo A6000 Plus, Moto G (3nd Gen) and Apple iPhone 5s. When compared to Lenovo A6000 Plus, the Nokia Lumia 730 has a better camera and, while comparing to Xperia E4 Dual SIM, the phone has more battery life and better front camera.
The Nokia Lumia 730 serves best for users searching for a decent Nokia phone that has great camera (both front and back) and huge battery life, thus making it a perfect travel partner.