Which New Nokia Would You Rather? The Lumia 830 or the Lumia 735?

This morning at IFA, Microsoft unveiled their new flagship model, the Lumia 830. Running Windows Phone 8.1, with the Lumia Denim update, the 830 has built-in Qi wireless charging, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, a 10 megapixel PureView camera, and a really sleek aluminum body with a colored polycarbonate peel-off back. Best of all? User removable battery and expandable memory.

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I had some hands-on time with the 830, and I have to tell you that the phone is solid. I liked how it felt in hand, and with its 5″ screen, it is big enough without being too big.

The 830 has 8GB internal memory, and it includes 15GB OneDrive cloud storage, but most importantly — it is microSD expandable up to 128GB (yay!!).

You can read more about the Lumia 830’s specifications by downloading this data sheet (.PDF format).


Also introduced were the Lumia 730 (Dual SIM) and the 735. These two also run Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim. Made specifically for selfies, they each have a 5 megapixel wide-angle front facing camera.

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These phones have solid polycarbonate unibodies, and they feel reminiscent of other Lumias such as the 900 or 920 without the bulk and weight. Instead, they are incredibly light.

One of the cooler things about the 730 and the 735 are their accessories — *smart inductive charging mats and speakers in matching colors, which should prove popular with the selfies-loving crowd.

*I say the mat is smart because it can sense when your phone needs charging, and it will glow to let you know. It will also blink when you’ve missed a call, SMS, or an email.

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You can read more about the Lumia 730 and 735’s specifications by downloading this data sheet (.PDF format).

So, are you in the market for a new Windows Phone? If so, which one are you interested in? The Lumia 830, 730, or 735?


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Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct smaller.com; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.