I've had an iphone for the longest time, in fact my current iPhone 5 is coming up on 3 years, which is pretty impressive if you ask me! I love Apple products, my current and previous laptops have been Macs and I genuinely love how apple products work and look. So when Microsoft got in touch and asked if I'd like to get involved in their #LumiaVoicesTrial campaign with a 2 week trial of the Nokia Lumia 735* I was a bit hesitant. Firstly, you might be wondering, Microsoft? Nokia? Well Microsoft recently brought Nokia and therefore the Lumia is a Windows phone.
As my iPhone is on it's way out (the battery life if terrible) I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to test out something different and see if I could be converted away from my trusted apple products! When the phone arrived I was immediately drawn in by the colour, a super bright orange, you definitely wouldn't loose this in your handbag! The size of the phone is bigger than what I was used to but I was surprised to find I actually really liked the size, it's also very slim and lightweight and sits nicely in your hand. I do think it is slightly too big but as 'bigger is better' seems to be the trend with smartphones these days I can understand the size.
The windows interface of the Nokia Lumia was something totally different to what I was used to so it definitely took some adjusting! I actually quite like the layout, as you can move around the apps, change the size of them and move some off your main screen and just have them in the main menu section. My main problem with the Nokia Lumia was both the lack of available apps (no snapchat?!) in comparison to iPhones, as well as the basic nature of the apps that were available. They just felt like they didn't flow as well as possible, for example YouTube didn't have a specific app it was just accessed via the mobile website. I also found notifications didn't come through as quickly as my iPhone and in some cases didn't come through at all!
Something I loved about this phone was definitely the camera. Labelled as the perfect selfie phone the Lumia 735 has a 5MP front face camera, compared to the iPhone 5’s 1.2MP front facing camera this is pretty impressive. The back camera is 6.7MP and takes some pretty great shots, like the one of Bumble my kitten below. The photos are great quality, rich colour and the Lumia Creative Studio lets you edit and add a filter. I'd definitely recommend this phone to someone wanting to get some great photos and selfies!
Overall I found the Nokia Lumia 735 to not fit exactly what I wanted. It felt like I needed an upgrade to get it where it needs to be to compete with other smart phones. More and better designed apps are needed, it needs to be faster and more responsive. However I do think the interface works well, the camera is great and the handset itself is nice. At around £140 this phone is considerably cheaper than most other smartphones, especially the iPhone! The price definitely makes the phone more appealing, and I think with just a few improvements this phone would be a really great contender and something I'd consider breaking my loyalty with Apple for!
Do any of you have a Nokia Lumia phone I'd love to know your thoughts? Or are you an Apple lover like me?
*Microsoft sent me the Nokia Lumia 735 for 2 weeks to trial and review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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