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Review: Huawei M735

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Screen

The M735's 2.8-inch resistive display packs in a disappointing 240 x 320 pixels. The low-rez screen may help to keep the retail cost of the phone under $99, but users will notice pixels everywhere. Text, icons, graphics, etc., are all fuzzy around the edges where the pixels stand out. In addition to a poor pixel count, it is also a bit too dim for my tastes. Indoors it is fine when the brightness is cranked up, but outdoors the M735 is practically useless. The combination of glare and light washes out the display completely.

Signal

In and around my town, the M735 almost always showed a zero signal count. Calls and SMS/MMS messages zipped through with no problem, though, and the M735 didn't drop any calls during my testing period. Since the M735 supports only 1xRTT data, data sessions were frustratingly slow and often timed out.

Sound

The M735's ringtones and alert tones are not nearly loud enough. It will be easy to miss calls in any environment with even modest amounts of background noise. The one saving grace is that the vibrate alert is especially strong. It will dance across any smooth surface when the vibrate alert is set on. You'll notice the vibrate alert in your pocket long before you hear the M735 ring. Call volume in the earpiece, thankfully, is quite loud. It's not painfully loud, but loud enough that you'll be able to hear conversations in most environments. The problem isn't the volume, however, it's the quality. Call quality was downright terrible. Calls were fraught with noises, hissing, volume irregularities and dropping out entirely for several seconds. The speakerphone is loud, but suffers from the same quality issues. The Huawei M735 is not a good phone for making phone calls.

Battery

The battery does a good job of providing power to the phone. From a full charge, the M735 easily lasted through two and a half days. During my testing period, charging it every other night was more than sufficient to keep it powered up.

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