Introduction


Brand new Windows Phones have been generally in short supply of late, so we bet that many of you folks are itching to know when they’re coming. Well, the wait is no more here in the US, as the Nokia Lumia 635, a slight variant of the Lumia 630 that features 4G LTE connectivity, is finally making its appearance stateside starting with T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It’s no powerhouse, that’s certainly for sure, but despite that, it’s aiming to win over people with its low price and new Windows Phone 8.1 experience.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Start Guide

Design

The cheap plastic material softens its looks, but there are color options available for its rear casing for some personalization.

Being a variant of the Lumia 630, the design here with the Lumia 635 isn’t surprising at all, seeing that it’s identical to its sibling – down to its size, weight, choice of materials, construction, and design language. Even though we’re not fans of the cheapish feel of the matte finished plastic casing, it’s nice to know that it’s replaceable with any of the alternative assortment of colored casings offered by Nokia. For the price point and all, we can’t be too critical about the design, which is obviously subdued in tone in comparison to other things we’ve seen put out by the company.

All of the usual suspects are found around its trim, like its power button, volume control, microUSB port, and 3.5mm headset jack, but Windows Phone fans will instantly realize that it’s missing the signature Start button below its display. To be fair, none of the usual Windows keys are found here, as they’re now incorporated into the Windows Phone 8.1 interface.

In the back, the Nokia Lumia 635 packs along a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera sans flash. However, those looking to do any sort of Skype video calls should know that this one lacks a front-facing camera. Removing the plastic rear cover, we’re given access to its 1830 mAh battery, SIM slot, and microSD card slot.


Nokia Lumia 635

Nokia Lumia 635

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches

124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm

Weight

5.01 oz (142 g)

Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M

Dimensions

4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 inches

124 x 62 x 9.3 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Nokia Lumia 635

Nokia Lumia 635

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Motorola Moto E

Motorola Moto E

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches

124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm

Weight

5.01 oz (142 g)

Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M

Dimensions

4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 inches

124 x 62 x 9.3 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Details isn’t its strength, but the 4.5-inch display produces accurate looking colors, and proves to be visible while the sun’s out.

No changes here with the display, so it’s the same 4.5-inch 480 x 854 IPS-LCD display with Nokia’s ClearBlack anti-reflection filter from before. As we can clearly see with our own eyes, it’s hardly the sharpest thing with its pixel density count of 218 ppi – more so when there’s visible pixilation upon closer inspection. Despite that, we’ll give props to the display for topping out at 440 nits, making it visible outside while the sun is present. At the same time, its panel is able to produce colors that are punchy and relatively accurate. For what it’s worth, it gets the job done, but don’t expect your eyes to explode.



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21 Comments

1. moaning_bimbo

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

I love this phone it has the most unique personalization for a wp because u can buy individual like if you got the black one and wanted the green one. Nokia sells the back plates off of their website

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Decent phone with a reasonable price.

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

512 mb ram......no thanks Microsoft....

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It is more than enough to power WP8.1. Stop it with this "low RAM'' BS.

6. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Its not enough to run heavy games smooth so need at least 1gb ram

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

There is very few games that cannot run on 512mb of ram off windows. Mainly because of the OS is that efficient. Unlike my s5 friends, who have had it less than a month, and with few downloads, their ram usage is at 1.3gb with 300mb free...android ftw.

10. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Many people do not play games on their phones.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Can't run the new lock screen app from WP. Stop this bs, it doesn't need specs to run. Half baked hardware.

21. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Its 1Gb Ram.

4. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Excellent review and video review. I'd like to pick up one for ATT to give to someone so that they can try Windows Phone. $99 (no contract) for the 635 is an amazing deal for LTE, Cortana, MixRadio, Here Drive+ and all of the Windows synchronization that comes with Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 630 offers a lot of value for such a low cost device.

7. moaning_bimbo

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Oh yeah waiting just one more week till I get it and I think that 512mb of Ram is fine

9. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Mmm ya PhoneArena is strange with their reviews. I just went back to WP, Snagged an awesome deal! on the Samsung ATIV S Neo AT&T model running perfect on Cricket Wireless & it is a way better device then this. Yet you rated it only a 6.5! And stranger yet the ATIV S (esentially the same phone is rated and 8). I know its not all about specs. But the Ativ has an awesome clear hd screen, great camera etc. I also think that some of the reviews I have read on it were worse because they were testing the Sprint model. Which would attribute to the slowdowns in the reviews. This 635 ya has wp 8.1 with Cortana on it already. But what else about it merits a higher score over the Ativ S Neo.

11. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

512mb of RAM? That's unacceptable

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Phone can't even run the new lock screen app by MS themselves.

14. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Lumia 625 vs 635 625: Front facing camera, camera flash, overall better design, better battery 635: Clear black display, newer CPU Conclusion: Lumia 635 is two steps forward, but 4 steps back. :(

15. craigy72

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Loving this phone! ordered mine fromhttp://www.comparephonemarket.co.uk - got an awesome deal. Soooooo cheap and arrived the next day - boom!

17. roigimn

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

windows phone runs much faster than Android ones and the system is much purer,never worry about the spam programms,have the lumia 1520 and have a better experience than samsung mega 5.8..

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

You just compared a flagship phone to an older mid-range phone. Your opinion no longer means anything.

22. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Youre totally right, I had Lumia 820 and compared to Galaxy S4, the Nokia Lumia 820 was way so much smoother.

19. santos01

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2012

New Nokia 730 & 830 are released in Vietnam an India is next. Both have qc qualcomm 400 1 gb ram and screen 4,7/4,5''. Nokia 830 has 18 mpix main camera (730 has 8 mpix) both with flash led. Price in Vietnam is 230 USD for 730 model... Just wait and you'll buy better. Almost forgotten - 730 is dual sim.

20. BROWN

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

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Lumia 635
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1830 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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