Lumia 635by Nokia

  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 635
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VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
71%
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PROS

  • The Lumia 635 adds 4G connectivity to a budget device.
  • The phone has expandable storage and a removable battery.
  • Cortana is a personal assistant that gives Siri and Google Now a run for their money.

CONS

  • The 4G functionality causes battery life to take a dive compared to the nearly identical Lumia 630.
  • The screen's picture quality is OK for a device of this price, but it could be better.
  • The camera's photo quality isn't up to snuff when compared to comparable budget devices.
Nokia's Lumia 635 is a budget device with budget specifications: 8 GB storage, 4G LTE connectivity, a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 512MB or 1GB of RAM, and a 1,830 mAh battery. The outside shell comes in colors, following Nokia's neon color palette. The 4.5-inch screen makes the 635 easier to hold than the now-standard large-screen smartphones. The 635 was the first device to run Windows Phone 8.1, which includes Microsoft's personal assistant Cortana.
NameLumia 635One (M8) for WindowsLumia 735Lumia 830OneTouch Fierce XL
ManufacturerNokiaHTCNokiaNokiaAlcatel
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List Price$100$480$192$380$139
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But with a 4.5-inch display, it's small in relative terms only. In fact, I'd probably say that the Nokia Lumia 635's screen is very close to…

But with a 4.5-inch display, it's small in relative terms only. In fact, I'd probably say that the Nokia Lumia 635's screen is very close to optimal in terms of the balance between single-handed usability and widescreen media clarity.

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Its 8GB of advertised storage actually translates to half that at 4.82GB out of the box, which isn’t a whole lot. Thankfully, its microSD sl…

Its 8GB of advertised storage actually translates to half that at 4.82GB out of the box, which isn’t a whole lot. Thankfully, its microSD slot is on-hand to supplement its capacity.

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70%

The first is that the battery life isn't all that great – there are plenty of other phones out there with more stamina. The second is the de…

The first is that the battery life isn't all that great – there are plenty of other phones out there with more stamina. The second is the design, which can make the phone tricky to hold. Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/nokia-lumia-635-review#zDzCuailJx41HKIq.99

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The Lumia 635 has no front-facing camera. That means no selfies and none of the built-in Skype video chat that Windows Phone supports.

The Lumia 635 has no front-facing camera. That means no selfies and none of the built-in Skype video chat that Windows Phone supports.

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Indeed, on my drain test, the 635's battery level had dropped from full to only 36 percent remaining after three hours of streaming Netflix …

Indeed, on my drain test, the 635's battery level had dropped from full to only 36 percent remaining after three hours of streaming Netflix with the screen on full.

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Windows Phone 8.1 takes some getting used to. Microsoft’s aesthetics aren’t for everyone and unfortunately, there’s very little you can do t…

Windows Phone 8.1 takes some getting used to. Microsoft’s aesthetics aren’t for everyone and unfortunately, there’s very little you can do to change the overall look of the operating system.

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It's a budget phone and it shows. The majority of the Lumia 635 is wrapped in a white plastic shell. It's not pretty, but it's functional, o…

It's a budget phone and it shows. The majority of the Lumia 635 is wrapped in a white plastic shell. It's not pretty, but it's functional, offering a sure grip.

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It has the same less-than-HD 4.5-inch screen as the 630, which delivers a resolution of 854x480 pixels (214ppi). It's not super-sharp but fo…

It has the same less-than-HD 4.5-inch screen as the 630, which delivers a resolution of 854x480 pixels (214ppi). It's not super-sharp but for most tasks the lack of HD resolution isn't too much of a hindrance -- pictures, videos and web pages tend to look a little softer, but not overly lacking in detail.

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Inside is a 1.2-GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip, which is no slouch. Still, don’t expect to run high-performance apps.

Inside is a 1.2-GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip, which is no slouch. Still, don’t expect to run high-performance apps.

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Ultimately, the Lumia 635 is a mixed bag.

Ultimately, the Lumia 635 is a mixed bag.

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On the back is a 5-megapixel camera that’s decent. It’s no award-winning beast, but it works for the basics.

On the back is a 5-megapixel camera that’s decent. It’s no award-winning beast, but it works for the basics.

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On the software front, the 635 has Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, and all that that entails — Cortana, the useful new notification and a…

On the software front, the 635 has Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, and all that that entails — Cortana, the useful new notification and action centre, the TouchFlow keyboard, and the separate volume for notifications and calls that seems to be puzzlingly popular.

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