Microsoft's long-expected "selfie phone" is ready to flood Instagram accounts with endless duck faces and mirror abs. The Lumia 730 features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera — pretty good compared to the 1.2-megapixel and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras of the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5, respectively. Still, there are some cameras on the market that pack 5 megapixels. Not many, however, have a wide-angle lens, perfect for fitting all your famous celebrity friends in a selfie at the Oscars. There is also no need to open the camera and then choose the front-facing option; instead, the dedicated selfie app launches the front-facing camera right away, automatically focuses on any pouting faces in its field of view, and lets users edit photos with colorful filters. The phone also features teen-friendly features like colorful, swappable back shells and a low price point. It's currently being sold in western Europe for 219 euros ($290) with plans to eventually sell it around the world.
--- Keith Wagstaff
First published September 4 2014, 7:47 AM