Save for a camera that surprises simply by virtue of the fact that it’s not as low-level as the rest of the phone, there isn’t much that’s special about the Lumia 735. But that’s not the point. The sort of audience this phone is targeting isn’t looking for special. It’s looking for simple, and it’s looking for cheap.
The Lumia 735 manages to fulfill at least one of those criteria; while the Windows Phone OS is pretty straightforward and user friendly, this particular handset could stand to be a little cheaper than its retail price of $300 off-contract. To put this into perspective, I paid only $60 more for the vastly superior – at least from a hardware standpoint – second-generation Moto X, also off-contract.
But while you could do better for the price, you could also certainly do worse. Impressive battery life and a decent display put the Lumia 735 above some of the entry-level competition, so don’t completely write it off if you’re in the market for a lower end phone.