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Nokia Lumia 635 - When Less Equals More

Nokia Lumia 635 - When Less Equals More
Lumia 635 is one of the first devices to pioneer Windows Phone 8.1 with the addition of 4G functionality. Surfing the web has become second nature to most smartphone users and having access to blazing speeds became an indispensible element in our lives. Once you experience 4G speeds, there is simply no turning back. It’s good then that Lumia 635 delivers content in a blink of an eye on a Windows Phone platform without emptying your pockets. If you are out hunting for a new phone, read our review before making your choice.

Nokia Lumia 635


In terms of design, Lumia 635 is unmistakably a member of Nokia family. At first glance, one would think it features a light and elegant unibody design, but the back cover pops off to reveal a replaceable battery and two slots; one for a microSIM card and one for a microSD memory card. On the front is a 4.5 inch screen with plenty of space on the sides. Above the display are Nokia’s logo and a speaker located really close to the edge. Below the screen you will search for capacitive Windows Phone buttons, but they have been replaced by virtual ones displayed directly on the screen. The screen itself is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 so you don’t have to worry about keys and coins in your pocket. Dimensions come out at 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm and it weighs 134grams. Build quality is exceptional like with any Nokia we’ve ever reviewed and as a bonus you get a few different color options to express your individuality.
 

Nokia Lumia 635


The 4.5 inch IPS LCD screen featuring ClearBlack technology doesn’t seem much on paper, boasting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels and having 218ppi density, but thanks to the nature of Windows Phone 8.1 interface, everything looks clear-cut and sharp. You will have to give your best in order to spot some pixelation; otherwise the screen is quite bright and has very solid readability outdoors and from wider viewing angles. Unfortunately ambient lighting sensor has been omitted so you will have to adjust brightness manually.
 

Nokia Lumia 635


Nokia Lumia 635 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz, which despite having only 512MBs of RAM, enables particularly smooth operation and a user interface without any hiccups or twitching. All apps were perfectly smooth once they loaded up. Loading times would be faster if a tad more RAM was available, but overall performance was not compromised. Windows Phone makes the best out of available resources and squeezes out every ounce of performance from the hardware. It goes to show how excellent optimization can sometimes play a bigger role than sheer firepower. 8GBs of internal memory opposed to the standard 4GB in this segment is a definite plus. You can even expand it further via a microSD card up to 128GBs.
 

Nokia Lumia 635


Lumia 635 has a single camera with a 5-megapixel sensor which supports 720p video at 30fps. Photos and videos look good in decent lighting conditions. In addition to the standard WP camera, at your disposal is Nokia’s own software offering more options and shooting modes. Different modes allow you to trigger bursts with several shots in a row, remove moving objects, choose the best photo in a series, choose the best facial expression, select action photo mode and blur the background. Pulling the virtual shutter button to the left opens up a circular menu with settings such as ISO, white balance, exposure, etc. Standard shooting mode allows you to apply tools such as Bing Vision and Nokia Cinemagraph or ones you subsequently install.

Besides being affordable and having Windows Phone 8.1, Lumia 635 features 4G connectivity finally bringing you up to speed. It is solidly constructed, comes in interesting colors, and glares with charm only Nokias have.

 


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