Microsoft suggests the Lumia 635 may be a better deal than a new iPhone

Microsoft suggests the Lumia 635 may be a better deal than a new iPhone
Far from being a high-end offering, the Nokia Lumia 635 is one of the cheapest 4.5-inch smartphones that you can currently buy in the US. This, however, doesn’t stop Microsoft from pitting it against Apple’s iPhone, suggesting that the Lumia 635 represents a better deal.

Nokia USA’ Twitter account (which is now managed by Microsoft, and should be rebranded soon) recently posted an image showing the Lumia 635 next to a “competitor mobile phone” that costs $700 - it’s easy to guess (by looking at it) that this is an iPhone. Besides the Lumia 635 itself, which can be bought for as low as $100, Microsoft says you can also get various accessories - like a Nokia Lumia Tag, a Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker, a portable US charger, and more - and you still pay way less than for an iPhone. Plus, you’re getting freebies like Xbox games and Microsoft Office Mobile.

The image (seen below) was posted alongside the question “Can you tell us which is the better deal? ;)” - notice the suggestive wink at the end. Of course, for customers who simply can’t afford to pay too much for a smartphone, the Lumia 625 is a terrific deal. However, the handset just can’t be compared to a new iPhone specs-wise (and neither to any Android flagship, for that matter), so it's hard to imagine that users who usually spend a lot of money on handsets would consider getting a Lumia 635 as their main phone.

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Lumia 635
  • Display 4.5 inches
    854 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1830 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8.1



67. RedHoodJT

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 24, 2015

All of you saying that the iPhone isn't over priced are clearly a bunch of rich snobby little brats that get whatever they ask mommy and daddy for. Saying its a better deal is just stupid. The amount of stuff that you can do with an Android phone for free completely makes the iPhone the last choice anyone should make. I mean hell syri was improved by the "Ok Google now" feature. And Cortana on the Windows phone just sounds smarter. But let me put in laymans terms: Would you buy a $3500 MacBook Pro that basically allows you to do the exact same thing that a $300 Dell machine does, or would you rather spend $1000-2500 on a laptop that will power the most current games and run all of the latest software applications, and programs? I'm gonna go with the gaming laptop as it does everything a mac can do and then some.

55. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I own a Nokia Lumia 635 not even close. Screen is one one thing, apps is another of many. Overall experience and support will ALWAYS be better on the iPhone. Now as for the OS and UI sure I agree the Windows Phone is much more fluid, fun and appealing.

60. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Apple support's superiority is a myth; check out the web for the sheer number of iPhone owners that have been royally screwed by Apple...

53. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Not only WP repels me like hell but the app market alone makes the iphone a better deal.

59. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

That WP disagrees with you is fair enough, although I wonder why...? But the app market (I take it you mean the app gap?) means zilch to most users.

52. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Never interested into Windows phone. Never........

58. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Irrelevant post if ever there was one...

50. tkk76

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

The two phones are not comparable, but their is a marketplace for buyers considering downgrading from a top tier device in order to save money. The Moto G is likely the best value option, but the 630/635 are also viable options, albeit with greater compromises. Just like many chose to cut cable for savings, going with a lower end phone on a cheaper monthly service is a compromise many are willing to make. I recently downgraded from 2 top tier phones on Verizon to 2 free 630's on Cricket and will save $3500 over 2 years, and I don't mind the loss of features yet, because I saw how crippled a top tier android device can get as it ages. For Cricket, two Moto V's would have cost $300, but on other networks like TMobile or other smaller MVNO's the 630/5 is not free, so the Moto G is the clear value winner on those networks.

39. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Microsoft made themselves look like fools, they could've atleast used the lumia 730 (the only impressive lumia this year). Anyway Plain and immature comparison, comparing the A8 chipset to snapdragon 400, lmao. And iOS is still a superior platform to WP.

47. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014


38. dovlab92

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

OMG like WTF like how come they are allowed to put the HOLLY iPhone next to that so called phone??? I mean WOW like WOW like NO WAY. Who do they think they are?! I'm like they should be punished somehow like you know like burning their factories like you know or you know we need to do something people! I mean Apple is so great and so cool and all people like it and this Miscrostuff is like I don't know, this is not normal...

49. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I'd take a Lumia 635 over any iPhone if I could only have one phone.

37. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Oh and with a fast shot to shot ratio

36. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

An upgraded version of the obsolete 1020 would be a better competitor provided it would be cheap

35. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

C'mon ms if only the 635 had a decent camera with a lash faster chipset and better screen maybe your argument could make sense otherwise it's BS and I'm a nokia/ms fan.believe me the iPhone is a great device.So up your game and keep it real.

34. Chuck007

Posts: 1422; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Yes, Lumia 635 is a good upgrade to the iPhone 4.

33. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Point is, does it sell? Judging my the poles m.s is way down. I would give 1 apple to m.s to try this hard. XD

57. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No, that's not the point. The point is that people seem blind to what the devices are offering in relation to the price they pay.

31. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I dont like apple .. But definitly i will take i6 over any microsoft phone.. , except lumia 930

48. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Out of curiosity; why would you take an iPhone over, say, the 1520? Or the 830?

28. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Its a good thing you followed "However, the handset just can’t be compared to a new iPhone specs-wise (and neither to any Android flagship, for that matter)" with what you did... Fact is, you CAN compare them. It may not fare favorably DEPENDING on the specific USER... Or it may be alright. If one looks at a utilitarian aspect... And a consumers needs and demand are met by the features and capabilities of the Lumia 635, then perhaps it IS favorable to the almighty hyped iPhone and Androids. The media assumes all people who need use of a smartphone are people like the readers here, that's not the reality.

27. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I get the point with all the accessories, but if they really wanted to make a point, they'd compare it to the 830, which is a better phone in it's own right, and still half the price of a new iPhone.

21. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Microsoft... so pathetic. Can't even make a phone that is better than a 2010 iPhone.

46. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yet somehow Apple and Android dropped Skeuomorphism and instead followed Microsoft's path with Flat UI. Seems you are full of crap regular WP troll. People follow trendsetters.

51. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Maybe if you look beyond your own needs, you will see how the 635 actually does offer more value than a 2010 iPhone for the money for people who are open minded. The user experiences that the 635 offer, from the built in pedometer, Nokia Rich Recording video/audio capture, Gorilla Glass 3 screen with Nokia Clear Black technology, free offline navigation, free offline music, Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows app and account sync across Desktop, laptop, tablets, phones and other devices, removable battery, expandable storage, built in Microsoft apps, Lumia software customizations, Lumia Camera, information always available without opening an app via Live Tiles and Live Folders and much more. The only thing on that list that an iPhone offers is a pedometer, depending on the iPhone that you but and it will be expensive without a contract compared to the 635. For some people, a phone purchase is not about popularity but about what the phone can do for you, what user experiences it can provide and the 635 factually offers some things that no iPhone provides at a substantially lower cost. Problem is that most people are too caught up in themselves to stop and take an unbiased look at what each device has to offer. Microsoft is trying to show that the 635 offers and amazing value for the money. Its funny how people choose when specs matter to them and when they don't matter to suit their vision of superiority to validate their purchase decision. The fact of the matter is this, even without those accessories, the Lumia 635 does offer a great value for the money for consumers as the devices does way more than specs on paper and more than the price would suggest. Alternatively, users can just continue to be biased and think of themselves and be closed minded as they have been. My disclaimer: I own iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian Belle and 5th, a BlackBerry of old and a few feature phones. Tablets of each OS and the last iPhone I bought was a 64GB Gold iPhone 5S without a contract that cost me over $950 of my own money. People love to bash and trash things from the comfort of their limited access and experience with the subject matter and most couldn't overcome their own bias even if they were given the 635 for free.

56. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Great post! Definitely worth the read! Everyone should read this and take the message to heart...

19. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hahaha, every company compares his new phone to iPhone, why? Oups, the iPhone in the pic is an iPhone 4, so the new Microsoft phone is better than iPhone 4!!!!!!! Even with an iPhone 4, I don't think it is better.

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Typical Microsoft, always brag about their own apps to compare with someone lol. Microsoft: Want a better deal? Get a Lumia, with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft blah blah blah... But funny attempt there, Microsoft.

12. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

deaf.. deaf uh.uhuh.uhhhhh.deafintely... sorry this cough is killin me...

11. kotan24

Posts: 322; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Oh my God microsoft I laughed so hard at your insolence! Lol

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