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Microsoft Lumia 535 - Beautiful - Inside and out

Microsoft Lumia 535 - Beautiful - Inside and out
Making smartphones isn't easy and no one knows that better than Microsoft. Some time ago, Microsoft set its targets on conquering the smartphone world with a product line called Kin. Unfortunately it was launched just as the battle between iOS and Android was heating up, so not many users paid attention. Kin had some strong points such as ease of use, but Androids and iPhones of the day offered so much more, not to mention design which was totally overlooked by Microsoft. Lesson learned, Microsoft went on to acquire Nokia in attempts not to make the same mistake twice. How is that reflected in their latest products? Well let’s take a look!

Microsoft Lumia 535

Good news is that unlike Kin phones, Lumia 535 doesn’t look and feel like a toy. Microsoft has been wise to retain Nokia’s iconic rectangular shape combined with rounded-out edges. Over the years, Lumia series became widely recognizable in the smartphone world and is praised for quality, ergonomics, and simplistic yet captivating design. Colour options range from orange, black, grey, green, and white to cyan. Having more options gives users freedom of expression to which we aren’t used to with other products. We liked this artistic freedom back when Nokia was around and we will continue to like it. Having a 5-inch screen, Nokia is a bit on the larger side having dimensions of 140.2 x 72.4 x 8.8 mm and weighing 146 grams, but it is nothing out of the ordinary.
Microsoft Lumia 535

Display-wise, Microsoft opted for a 5-inch IPS screen pushing out 540 x 960 pixels ultimately leaving you with a 220ppi density. Some of you might get disappointed that it isn’t at least 720p, but there is nothing to worry about as Windows Phone looks good even on lower resolutions.  Lumia 535 more than makes up for it in outdoor performance. Stick it outside and you’ll be left with unbelievable clarity compared to other budget offerings. Gorilla Glass 3 is there to ensure you don’t scratch or brake the screen easily.
Microsoft Lumia 535

Keeping the cogs turning is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 with four cores clocked at 1.2GHz alongside Adreno 302 GPU and 1GB of RAM. With Windows Phone 8.1 on-board, this setup proved to be quite sufficient for everyday tasks such as browsing the web, checking up on social media, checking emails, etc. Even though budget phones aren’t mobile powerhouses, some light gaming can be done on the go as well. More demanding 3D titles are going show signs of struggle however simpler games are playable without any issues. Loading times can take a second longer here and there, but it’s nothing unusual for an entry level device. Internal memory comes in at 8GB with the possibility to expand it via a microSD card.

Microsoft Lumia 535

We were quite surprised to find out that Lumia 535 comes with two 5-megapixel cameras. It’s highly unusual to see a budget phone sporting so many pixels for a selfie cam. Camera upgrades didn’t end there either, seeing that it received LED flash along with autofocus which previous generation of Lumia needed badly. All the upgrades have done their job so Lumia 535 can finally take detail rich and clear shots. Besides having more detail, images are characterized by more accurate colours, better sharpness and better balance overall. Front wide-angle sensor allows for spectacular selfies with your friends.

It seems that Microsoft really learned a lesson with Kin. Instead of trying to change Lumia into something totally different, it kept all the good parts while focusing on improvements. The fruit of their labour is affordable, good looking, and ready to showcase the charms of Windows Phone to a much wider audience. If you are looking for simplicity and affordability, Lumia 535 is a true champion! 

 


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