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Review: Huawei M735

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As far as touch phones go, they can't get much smaller than the Huawei M735. Its diminutive dimensions make it an ideal companion. It is made mostly of plastic. While they aren't the highest quality materials, they manage to avoid feeling cheap. The edges are rounded and smooth and the M735 is very comfortable to hold in your hand. The 735's small stature and smooth shape mean it slips into and out of pockets easily, and is light enough that you can put it there and forget about it for a while.

The front face of the M735 is mostly consumed by the 2.8-inch touch display. Beneath the touch display, the M735 adds physical send/end keys, where are separated by a d-pad. The buttons have a nice shape and feel to them, and travel and feedback is spot-on. The d-pad is great. It has the perfect outer ridge and the travel and feedback of the directionals, as well as the center select key, are all perfect. My only complaint concerns the d-pad's size; it is about the size of a dime. Were it the size of a penny, it might be a hair better.

There are no controls on the left or bottom edges of the M735, but you will find a stylus tucked into the bottom left corner. The stylus is there because the M735 has a resistive touch panel. The stylus is easy to pry out, though I feel it might eventually not fit snugly enough and could fall out and get lost. The volume toggle is placed on the right side of the M735. I had no problems finding it with my thumb, but travel and feedback were on the mushy side. A dedicated camera button is placed below the volume toggle. It is a single-stage button. It has good travel and feedback, but I'd prefer if it were a bit easier to find. It is too flush with the surface of the M735. The microUSB port and 3.5mm headset jack are both on the top of the M735.

In order to get at the microSD card slot, you have to remove the battery cover. Thankfully, the slot can be accessed without removing the battery.

 

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