Interface and Functionality

Microsoft has retooled its platform to add some much-needed features to put in the same level as its competition. We couldn’t be happier to see them!

Rejoice US-based folks, that’s because the Nokia Lumia 635 is one of the first phones to run Microsoft’s brand new Windows Phone 8.1 experience out of the box – so the wait is finally over! We won’t get into too much detail in this review, since we’ve covered it in great detail with our Lumia 630 review, but we’ll simply say that Microsoft deserves commendation for really focusing the attention in supplementing the platform’s overall functionality.

Visually, the recipe remains intact here with Windows Phone 8.1, where its Start Screen continues to bear the same iconic live tiles that have been a staple of the platform. However, they’ve brought on the ability to add wallpapers to the Start screen, so that the image there dynamically moves as we’re scrolling vertically.

Notifications are no longer a jumbled mess with the platform, mainly because Windows Phone 8.1 introduces Action Center – an Android-like notification center that populates all of our notifications in one spot. In addition, we have access to a few connectivity functions and other settings. Convenient? You betcha!

If you don’t know Cortanta, it’s the platform’s response to rival personal digital assistant services, like Siri and Google Now, to give us better organization – and even some downtime conversation. From setting up appointments, to getting weather information, Cortana follows accordingly to its rivals – though, its voice is still a bit robotic. It’s worth mentioning that the service is still in beta technically.

Processor and Memory

The performance is undoubtedly tested by more demanding things.

A popular choice for many budget-conscious smartphones, the quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 512GB of RAM runs nicely with basic operations. However, it’s clearly not as spiffy or smooth with its performance as other higher spec’d Windows Phones. Just don’t expect to do a whole lot of gaming on this! Well, that’s unless you don’t mind choppiness.

Its 8GB of advertised storage actually translates to half that at 4.82GB out of the box, which isn’t a whole lot. Thankfully, its microSD slot is on-hand to supplement its capacity.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 635 11792
Nokia Lumia 630 11282.6
Motorola Moto E 12746
Sony Xperia M 11629
Sunspider Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 635 1473.4
Nokia Lumia 630 1464.8
Motorola Moto E 1362.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 635 453
Motorola Moto E 192

Internet and Connectivity


So what makes this phone different from the Lumia 630? Well, it’s most notable for having 4G LTE connectivity, which lends itself in loading web pages a lot quicker. Sure, a lot of pinch zooming is required because of the display’s insufficient detail, but besides that, it gets the job done for the web surfing occasion.
Aside from the LTE radio thrown in, this GSM based smartphone boasts all of the same connectivity features – such as aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. It’s worth mentioning that it also has Wi-Fi calling too courtesy of T-Mobile, but it’s still lacking NFC.



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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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