Nokia Lumia 635 review, rating and latest UK deals and offers
The Nokia Lumia 635 is the 4G variant of the Lumia 630 and brings the latest version 8.1 of the Windows Phone operating system and 4G connectivity to those on a budget who do not want to break the bank
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Nokia have introduced a new Windows smartphone to incorporate the latest Windows 8.1 operating system and 4G LTE technology, and it arrives in the form of the Lumia 635
4.5 inch tiled icon screen
3.2 megapixel camera
Interchangeable coloured covers
Windows Phone 8.1 operating system
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by Mike Leader
Like Samsung, Nokia seem to have settled on two basic designs, the squared off look and the rounded corner look and as you can see this one fits into the latter category.
The polycarbonate shell is aesthetically pleasing, feels firm and solid and perhaps more importantly feels as if it will survive a drop or two to the floor.
This may be important as being an entry-level handset, it's likely to be a favourite among younger users and just might be in for a little above average rough and tumble.
Bright and colourful - even before you switch it on!
It's a great phone for youngsters too who will love the bright colours both of the interchangeable covers, with bright dayglow yellow, green and orange available as well as the regulation black and white.
The screen matches the bright sharp colours of it's casing, while the 4.5 inch screen size puts it alongside the iPhone 5s in terms of it's dimensions, so no inferiority complex issues here!
In fact screen off, with it's colorful covers it looks very much like a slightly larger version of the iPhone 5c at first glance.
Strong and clear 4.5 inch screen
Of course you do not get the iPhone's Retina level resolution but the 850 x 480 pixel count offers you a creditable 221 pixels per inch for a handset at this price point.
The IPS screen is sharp even in sunlight and at wide viewing angles which gives you bright strong colourful pictures and clear text, and compares well alongside Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style and Sony Xperia E1, which both have a 4 inch screen.
The blocky style of Windows on mobile phones also means that a lower pixel density than you would find on top end smartphones is not an issue, and Nokia's TrueColor screen enhancement technology means that as a result this is not a phone which will leave you wanting for more, offering bright and sharp colour rendering.
5 megapixel camera strongest in natural daylight
Nokia have included a 5 megapixel camera on the Nokia Lumia 635 which is about what you would expect on most budget handsets, though on or two still make do with 3.2 megapixels. Again the bright clear screen shows up your snapshots beautifully but as the light level drops so does the quality, and there is no flash on board.
This can be improved by disabling image stabilisation, which struggles to focus more the worse the darker it gets. Autofocus works well in good light though, thanks to the large f/2.4 aperture and this really is a great snapshot camera. It is easy to use with plenty of enhancements on board.
Same old same old...
If you are getting a feeling of deja-vu then it is because that, in looks anyway, this handset is identical to the Lumia 630. The main difference is that this is a 4G handset which makes it even better value.
Add to that, one of the benefits of Microsoft buying Nokia's phone division is that you get some excellent additional enhancements such as Microsoft Office.
This allows you to edit your Excel and Word documents and run PowerPoint presentations, and of course the ability to view all your stuff across all your windows devices such as your Windows laptop.
Now over 250,000 apps
Windows now offers well over a quarter of a million apps, enough for even the most app-hungry user. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Skype and Netflix are here amongst your favourites.
Nokia's own app store also gives you excellent alternatives such as their free Maps navigation app and free streaming radio.
Purists might point to the slightly low screen resolution but that's not something you can criticise in an entry level handset and isn't a deal breaker.
This is more than made up for with a generous 8GB of onboard storage plus 7GB free Cloud storage, and there is a memory card slot if you need more.
More than sufficient power and long lasting battery
Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth with stereo and NFC all feature here as does GPS for geotagging your photos and finding your way around via satellite navigation.
A Qualcomm quad core 1.2 GHz processor keeps things running smoothly in normal use but we did occasionally spot a little bit of lag when we had a lot of apps open and wonder if the 512 megabytes of RAM could have been increased.
However battery life is excellent although 4G can drain this a lot quicker than you will be used to with a 3G phone, but you will easily get at least a full day's use out of it unless you consider yourself to be a power user.
With 4G and Windows 8.1 on board, as well as every feature you would expect of a contemporary smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 635 is an easy to like handset. It looks almost good enough to eat and the kids, young and old, will love it.
This affordable Windows smartphone performs very well and we think it offers excellent value for money. It's a great introduction to Windows Phone and strikes us as making a great gift - even for yourself!