NOKIA LUMIA 635

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Nokia did not break any new ground with the de­sign of the Lumia 635; in fact, it looks like ev­ery other Lumia de­vice be­fore it. It is also dressed in true Nokia’s fashion style with a range of col­ors in­clud­ing bright yel­low and bright orange plus the clas­sic white and black.

As the rear shell is re­mov­able, you can change the color ac­cord­ing to your mood or pref­er­ence. How­ever, re­mov­ing the rear cover re­quires a lit­tle more ef­fort than usual; we rec­om­mend start­ing from the top right cor­ner.

The mi­croSD and mi­croSIM card slots are not hot-swap­pable; this means you have to shut down and re­move the bat­tery be­fore you can ac­cess the slots. It has 8GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, but it is the only other phone to sup­port mem­ory cards up to 128GB, so you’ve got great ex­pan­sion pos­si­bil­i­ties.

The glossy plas­tic shell makes the phone ex­tremely sus­cep­ti­ble to fin­ger­prints and smudges, and does not con­trib­ute to a re­as­sur­ing grip if you hap­pen to have sweaty palms. Still, for sin­gle-handed use, it is not very heavy at 134g.

The Lumia 635 houses a 4.5-inch ClearBack IPS dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion of 854 x 480 pix­els. In this as­pect, the Lumia 635 slips be­hind the com­pe­ti­tion in terms of screen size and qual­ity, but you get what you pay for, and at its price point, still very at­trac­tive. De­spite its propo­si­tion as an en­try-level model, the Lumia 635 is one of the first few phones to ship with Win­dows Phone 8.1. You get Ac­tion Cen­ter, a swipedown no­ti­fi­ca­tion panel that has long ex­isted on Google An­droid and in­tro­duced in Ap­ple iOS 7 last year. Ac­tion Cen­ter can be ac­cessed from any app in­clud­ing the lock screen, and al­lows you to cus­tom­ize up to four quick set­tings.

Even though there’s just 512MB RAM, Win­dows Phone 8.1 is a much bet­ter op­ti­mized OS, and along with a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz pro­ces­sor, the Lumia 635 de­liv­ers a smooth user ex­pe­ri­ence with snappy an­i­ma­tions and nav­i­ga­tion.

The Lumia 635 only sup­ports LTE CAT 3 speeds of 100Mbps (down­load) and 50Mbps (up­load), which is a step down from the LTE CAT 4 sup­port in com­pet­ing phones.

Af­ford­able. Ships with Win­dows

Phone 8.1. Low res­o­lu­tion dis­play. Glossy

tex­ture.

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