Interface


The Lumia 535 is loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box – a unique-looking mobile system, which is not comprised of the typical home screens and icon setups, but rather has one "Start" menu, full off customizable tiles, which represent each launchable app. Some of them could be active – dubbed "Live Tiles", they show notifications from their respective app, keeping the user informed at a glance. The drop-down notifications menu holds 4 system tool toggles, which can be freely customized to be whatever the user desires.

The 535 also comes loaded with Cortana – Microsoft's virtual assistant, which has made quite the buzz in the past, having proven itself to be just as capable, if not even more so, as the other competing assistants on the market. Cortana will remember your name and your interests and will often suggest activities and news, which she believes would be interesting to you. Microsoft touts having spent a lot of time making sure that Cortana sounds less fake and more lifelike while constructing her sentences, and we would definitely agree that she is the least robotic-sounding assistant out there at the moment.

Windows Phone 8.1 also includes an Office package, which runs smoothly on the Lumia 535. It will help users read and edit documents and spreadsheets on the fly, and while using a 5" screen for said tasks is not ideal, we appreciate the effort in designing the Office apps in a way that allows some workflow and functionality.

In general, newcomers to the platform will be greeted by a learning curve, which appears to be much steeper than it actually is. In a day or two, users will find Windows Phone to be pretty functional with its design.

Processor and Memory
A very modest 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 hums under the hood of the Lumia 535, though, it is coupled with 1 GB of RAM. In our experience, the performance of the Windows Phone device is not accompanied by stutters or lags, though, launching an app is usually greeted by a brief hangup, even though it appears as if it is fully loaded and operational. During this period, touch input doesn't work, and the lack of any type of feedback can be frustrating and lead to a few accidental touches, as the user impatiently taps on the screen.

The Lumia 535 has 8 GB of internal storage, but around 3 of it is taken up by the operating system. Thankfully, it supports memory expansion of up to 128 GB via microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC.

As far as Internet browsing goes – the Explorer can sometimes have trouble drawing large or heavy webpages, and watching YouTube videos will crash it on random occasions. That aside, browsing lighter, or mobile-friendly pages is smooth and trouble-free.

Gaming, of course, is only possible with lighter games, and the phone had definite trouble with the playback of our regular 1080p test videos – users who wish to watch pre-loaded clips, or even movies, on their handset will need to convert them to lesser formats first.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Microsoft Lumia 535 10910
Motorola Moto G (2014) 18249
Nokia Lumia 730 11018
HTC Desire 510 19858.3
Sunspider Lower is better
Microsoft Lumia 535 1269
Motorola Moto G (2014) 1470.6
Nokia Lumia 730 1232.3
HTC Desire 510 1230.5
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Microsoft Lumia 535 407
Motorola Moto G (2014) 523
Nokia Lumia 730 450.3
HTC Desire 510 477


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28 Comments

1. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

PA, Is your office in Eastern Europe/Russia?

3. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Most likely PA is a bulgarian site.

5. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

thank you :)

26. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

PA has office in Bulgaria and some reviews are made there. However it's not Bulgarian and the headquarter is in USA

2. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Cute little boy! iPhone for rich people, Android for poor people & WP for people with brains! XD

4. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Yeah, it surely takes a brain to use the worst OS on any smartphone.

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Moto G for people with brain! :)

15. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Apparently, by your math, only 2.7% of smartphone users have brains. XD I'll keep my Moto G, thanks...

18. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

2.7%, it seems about right ;)

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Budget oriented, MS nailed it again. Seems like it'll be A-Kin to similar results before it.

8. Rydsmith unregistered

I see what you did there

9. JnCrls unregistered

Is not fair the comparison with Moto G (2014), Desire 510 or Lumia 730. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is more in the category of Moto E (same processor) or the unreleased Desire 320.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7382; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Moto G 2014 has an 8mp camera, dual stereo front facing speakers, and a 1280x720 display. This lumia 535 has a 5mp camera, single rear speaker, 960x540 display. The Moto G has a Snapdragon 400 CPU with a faster GPU, where as the lumia has a lower speced snapdragon 200 CPU with a slower GPU.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

people go to websites for youtube? its horribly coded imo. I wonder how tubecasts works on the 535.

21. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I use mytube on my lumia 630 and that app is on par with the official app

11. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Another meh! From Microsoft what a waste of resources, shame!

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

How so? 10.5million phones, to get them into the hands of users. Remember androids flagships account for like 10-20% of the platform with 60-70% being crap throw phones for awhile. With the rest being medium. I missed the target deal that had the Blu HD for 45 bucks, so if this ever hits 50, my kids will have a 5in gaming device for the car.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7382; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Flagship Androids account for 20%, midrange another 20%, and low end 60%. With the last quarter that means around 57 million Android devices for high end, and another 59 million Android devices for mid range. The remainder 160 million were low end Android devices. At least get the facts correct.

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Id guess one or two Android quarters at a high point is equal to wp sales for last three years. 8(

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

meh i said 60% were crap and 10-20....i gave a range. I was to lazy to look up the 'exact' results. In the end my range was 'correct'.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

elitewolverine always like to pluck number from the sky. If you are too lazy just refrain from commenting. Please either give correct information or don't bother at all.

19. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this is good budget smart phone to replace the Old Nokia lumia 520 smart phone because it has a front and rear camera,Cortina, 1 gig of ram so it can run all the apps in it's smart phone store and is MS Universal Apps ready. do not judge it by expensive flagship smart phone specs. it will get the job done. Microsoft is replacing all Nokia Lumia branded smart phones with it's OWN brand smart phones. Microsoft is starting at the Low end and will soon begin replacing the Nokia lumia 920, 925, 928, 930/Icon, 1020, 1520 and other Nokia lumia products. I look for a Replacement of the Nokia Lumia plastic bodied 2520 Tablet that will use an Intel Atom CPU and run full Windows 8.1 / Windows 10. Microsoft needs a cheap "Surface Design Tablet that sells between 300 and 400 USA dollars because their Regular surface line of tablets are too expensive for low income and some moderatly income People to buy

20. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft Please sell a full Windows 8.1 / windows 10 ready tablet that sells for between 300 and 400 USA dollars so that low income Folks can buy a for REAL Windows Tablet with the non altered Microsoft software experience that Your OEM partners will not give People because they load their Own extra software on a Windows tablet that some times screws the full Microsoft windows experience up big Time. GET IT DONE MICROSOFT ASAP !

23. askarian

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Not sure what MS is up to. Flooding the market with low end phones like Samsung (so many galaxy phones). I was interested in trying a Lumia but ended up getting confused where to start from. Solid phones though.

24. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

I agree it is confusing, even just looking at the phones released with the Microsoft brand in the past 6 months: Lumia 535 - 5" screen Lumia 532 - 4" screen Lumia 435 - 4" screen

25. nomad

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Got this for my birthday, and let me tell ya, the phone (for the price) is an absolute beast.

27. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

wow folks what has Motorola got against making at least one Windows smart phone. The OS is free for them to use with no need to pay Royalty fees to Microsoft like they have to pay Microsoft for using Android. a MOTO G with windows 10 could be a cool smart phone

28. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

wow folks what has Motorola got against making at least one Windows smart phone. The OS is free for them to use with no need to pay Royalty fees to Microsoft like they have to pay Microsoft for using Android. a MOTO G with windows 10 could be a cool smart phone
Lumia 535
  • Display 5.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1905 mAh(13h 3G talk time)

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