By Rich W Woods
This comparison is actually a request, although it would have come eventually anyway. The Nokia Lumia 735 and the Amazon Fire Phone are two of the three phones that I am reviewing right now. The Amazon Fire Phone actually came out pretty similar to the Nokia Lumia 830, so it seemed fair to compare it to the Nokia Lumia 735.
I have always been a fan of the Amazon Fire Phone. I think it’s an innovative phone that didn’t get the credit it deserved. I am also more impressed with the mid-range Nokia Lumia 735 than I rightfully should be. It’s super light and it follows a sleek design language.
Amazon Fire Phone vs Nokia Lumia 735: Specs
|Amazon Fire Phone||Nokia Lumia 735|
|Processor||2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800||1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400|
|Display||4.7″, 720p, 312 ppi, LCD||4.7″, 720p, 312 ppi, AMOLED|
|Body||139.2×66.5×8.9 mm, 160 g||134.7×68.5×8.9 mm, 134 g|
|Camera||13 MP, 4128×3096, 2.1 MP Front||6.7 MP, 2848×2144, 5 MP Front|
|Video||1080p – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps||1080p – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps|
|Storage||32/64 GB||8 GB, Expandable to 128 GB|
|RAM||2 GB||1 GB|
|Battery||2400 mAh||2200 mAh|
There is not much to go on here. The Amazon Fire Phone is a flagship and the Nokia Lumia 735 is a mid-range, so of course the Amazon Fire Phone has a more powerful processor and more RAM. They do have the same resolution, size, and pixel density, although the Nokia Lumia 735 has a better display because it’s AMOLED.
Amazon Fire Phone vs Nokia Lumia 735: Rear Camera
The resolution of the rear camera on the Amazon Fire Phone is almost twice that of the Nokia Lumia 735 but I’ll let you in on a little secret. Resolution is the least important spec in a smart phone. A 720p display is less than 1 MP, 1080p is less than 2.1 MP, 1440p is less than 3.7 MP, and 4K UHD is less than 8.3 MP. The resolution of the photo is higher than the resolution of the display, assuming that the user takes a 4:3 photo with the Nokia Lumia 735.
While the Amazon Fire Phone has a higher resolution camera than the Nokia Lumia 735, the Lumia 735 has something that the Amazon Fire Phone does not: a Carl Zeiss lens. It is not Pureview, although Pureview typically takes a higher resolution image and oversamples it down to a lower resolution image. I’ll be looking forward to comparing the Nokia Lumia 735 to the Nokia Lumia 1020 (stay tuned).
Aperture literally means the opening of the lens. If you were comparing it to your eyeball, it would be the pupil (I know I say this in every comparison, along with the stint about resolution). A smaller aperture results in a larger depth of field, meaning the background of the image will be more focused. For example, f/8 will have a larger depth of field than f/2. The difference between the Amazon Fire Phone and the Nokia Lumia 735, f/2 and f/1.9, respectively, is negligible; however, f/1.9 is the largest aperture I have ever seen in a smart phone.
Another important factor is software. In fact, when it comes to smart phone cameras, software is more important than hardware. Amazon tried to go the Apple route with the Fire Phone. They gave almost no manual controls. The problem with going the Apple route is that if you’re going to lock it down, it has to be so good that the user will have no need or want to change it. The jury is still out on that.
The Nokia Lumia 735, like all Lumias, use the Lumia Camera app, also known as Nokia Camera and Lumia Camera Classic. They are virtually the same app but it depends on which firmware you’re running. The Lumia Camera, or Lumia Camera Classic, or Nokia Camera app give the user control over focus, white balance, ISO, brightness, and shutter speed.
Please note that in order to enlarge the image, click or tap the image. To view the full size image, there is a link in the gallery.
|Amazon Fire Phone||Nokia Lumia 735|
I’m going to have to give this one to the Nokia Lumia 735, although it’s close. One thing that I have noticed about the Amazon Fire Phone is that it tends to be tough to get a really good focus on something. It would really do great to have a manual focus like the Nokia Camera, or Lumia Camera, or Lumia Camera Classic app has.
Another problem, which is a problem that I see on all too many Android phones, is glare. Many people like to talk about low light performance; however, not enough people talk about bright light performance, which is an issue in all too many smart phones. The one photo of the orange flowers says it all. The Amazon Fire Phone has more of a glare than the Nokia Lumia 735 does.
The Amazon Fire Phone has a fantastic camera; however, it would be great if it had a couple manual settings. Also, there is a weak selection of camera apps in the Amazon AppStore. The user does, however, have the option of sideloading a camera app from the Play Store.
Amazon Fire Phone vs Nokia Lumia 735: Front Camera
While the rear camera of the Amazon Fire Phone is almost double the resolution of the Nokia Lumia 735, just the opposite is true of the front camera, which is 5 MP on the Nokia Lumia 735 and 2.1 MP on the Amazon Fire Phone, which works out to exactly 1080p.
I must apologize for this but I must change the order of the photos. There is a bug in WordPress that makes me put certain pictures on certain sides, depending on their resolutions. Unfortunately, the Amazon Fire Phone had to be on the left for the rear camera and the Nokia Lumia 735 will have to be on the left for the front camera.
I have to give this one to the Nokia Lumia 735 as well. The Amazon Fire Phone zooms in on the image too much. Also, it screws up the lighting. My eyes look too dark.
Amazon Fire Phone vs Nokia Lumia 735: Video
Both the Amazon Fire Phone and the Nokia Lumia 735 have the exact same video capabilities, which are 1080p at 30 fps when you do it in the rear and in the front. So, I’ll quit bullshitting you. Here’s some samples.
Amazon Fire Phone 1080p 30 fps
Nokia Lumia 735 1080p 30 fps
Amazon Fire Phone Front Camera 1080p 30 fps
Nokia Lumia 735 Front Camera 1080p 30 fps
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