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Monday, November 17, 2014

Gadget of the Week - Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM

Recently, Microsoft announced it will ditch the Nokia name in the Lumia smartphone range.
This is after Microsoft acquired the Nokia mobile division.

Nokia's story with phones is certainly a most interesting one. Back in the day, Nokia was the preferred brand  with Motorola and Samsung a distant second and third respectively. The tables have since turned and Apple and Samsung are now at the top.

Don't we all remember Nokia's inspiring Fourth Screen commercial?



This week, our weekly gizmo is the Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM, a smartphone that according to Microsoft, is made for selfies.
Lumia 730 is among the very last devices that will bear the Nokia name. Others are the Nokia Lumia 635 and Nokia Lumia 735. After this, it'll just be Microsoft Lumia.


Where it stands out

Lumia 730 has an uncompromising 5MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens. It is designed specifically for Skype calls and selfies. Given the huge size of these photos, Microsoft offers 15GB of free storage on OneDrive.

In addition, is has a 4.7 inch Corning Gorilla glass 3 'ClarBlack' OLED display, a microSD card with 128GB capacity, 1080p video recording, a HTML 5 browser and FM radio. The battery is a removable 2200mAH Li-Ion battery.
Connectivity speed is 21.1Mbps  DL and 5.76Mbps UL.
Lumia 730 Dual SIM has a quad core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU processor. Internal memory is 8GB with 1GB RAM. This phone runs Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update.

See all specifications.




Expert Reviews

The Digit review highlights the phone's bright display and impressive battery life. It then concludes with the following verdict:
The Microsoft Lumia 730 does the job that it was built for very well and then some. The phone is not the best that you can expect, but it is still one of the better Lumia devices that you can buy right now. It has good cameras on the front and back and will fit users who use their phones for basic mails, social networking and of course, selfies.

The Indian Express calls Lumia 730 Dual SIM a treat for the selfie addict.
This phone is a good buy for its price and if you’re okay with the Windows OS and not having all the apps an Android device would give.  The camera simply blows you away and will be a favorite with selfie addicts. The Moto G only outscores the Lumia on built-in memory, marginally bigger screen and the perceived higher resolution camera. On the whole, this device is a good mid-range phone


This phone is a good buy for its price and if you’re okay with the Windows OS and not having all the apps an Android device would give.  The camera simply blows you away and will be a favorite with selfie addicts. The Moto G and only outscores the Lumia on built-in memory, marginally bigger screen and the perceived higher resolution camera. On the whole, this device is a good mid-range phone. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/mobile-tabs/nokia-lumia-730-dual-sim-review-a-treat-for-the-selfie-addict/#sthash.YA7U7lFg.dpuf
This phone is a good buy for its price and if you’re okay with the Windows OS and not having all the apps an Android device would give.  The camera simply blows you away and will be a favorite with selfie addicts. The Moto G and only outscores the Lumia on built-in memory, marginally bigger screen and the perceived higher resolution camera. On the whole, this device is a good mid-range phone. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/mobile-tabs/nokia-lumia-730-dual-sim-review-a-treat-for-the-selfie-addict/#sthash.YA7U7lFg.dpuf
User Opinions

Arkajyoti Misra shares this on NDTV Gadgets.
Microsoft finally seem to have got it right. This seems to be a very good phone if the price is kept around 16-17K INR. It has the usual "Nokia Reliability", coupled with the new Windows 8.1 (which is far better than the previous version). It ships with Lumia Denim out of the box, which includes Live Folders(which looks brilliant, constantly showing you all the information you need through the live tiles). It also features a 720P OLED 4.7 inch display which is an upgrade over the previous Lumia 720. The only downside I can see is its inability to capture 4K videos (Snapdragon 400 can't do that), and the absence of wireless charging (which was present in the Lumia 720). 

Aravind Ekanath on Amazon India is impressed!
Having powered with quad core snapdragon 400 along with 1GB of RAM,this phone makes the perfect mid range smartphone...In terms of camera,it's packed with 6.7 MP carl Zeiss optics which has a great clarity than that of 8MP exmor lens..It's worth the every penny of your buy..

Gautam says this on GSMArena.
Excellent phone! I got mine yesterday....and have been utilizing the same to its full capacity i.e. dual sims, whatsapp, fb, twitter, instagram, instasize, 2 emails accounts, mix radio...lumia selfie, main camera....and the device is just too good. No lags, no crashes....smooth functioning totally recommended.

Pricing and Availability

Being a very recently announced device, there is no listed price on Amazon or the Microsoft web site.
There is still no update on when the Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM will be available in Kenya.


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