Nokia Lumia 635 Review
posted by John V. / Jul 18, 2014, 6:46 AM
The camera’s main distraction is its inability to accurately produce colors. Despite that, its quality is middle-of-the-road for a budget offering.
The Lumia 635 comes with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. Unfortunately, the camera has no flash, and there is no front-facing camera either. Looking at the tech detail sheet, you’d see this 5-megapixel shooter comes with a tiny, even for smartphone standards, 1/4” image sensor. On top of that sensor sits a wide 28mm lens with rather narrow f/2.4 aperture.
Nokia, however, stands out with a great camera app, Nokia Camera, available exclusively for Lumia handsets. Nokia Camera has got a very convenient interface, rich in manual controls that don’t get in the way when you don’t need them. The camera app is a bit slow to start (especially cold-start), but once it’s loaded, navigating the interface is quick and convenient – with intuitive and handy sliders for features like focus (you have manual focus!), white balance, ISO, etc. As an alternative, there’s also the updated Windows Phone camera app, but to tell you the truth, we prefer the Nokia Camera interface more.
It’s not terrible by any means, especially when its shots are definitely usable, but there are several unwanted qualities about its result that soften its overall quality. Its details are decent enough to accept, however, colors aren’t reproduced accurately – giving our shots a subdued look. Additionally, it takes roughly over 6 seconds for the camera app to start up and for us so snap a photo, which makes it pretty slow at capturing those candid moments.
For an entry-level spec’d thing, we’re not all too shocked by the handset’s maximum video recording resolution of 720p. Generally speaking, there are some pleasant things with the quality – like its clear audio recording, quick focus, and smooth recording. Still, its muddy details and inconsistent color production become rather distracting over everything else.
It’s not a multimedia beast, that’s for sure. Regardless, it suffices for most things.
With a vivid 4.5” display, the Lumia 635 has got the core asset for enjoying media on the go. It chewed through major video codecs with ease and we were able to play back 720p files with no slowdown.
For music, Nokia’s MixRadio is traditionally a great option for enjoying music on the go. It has Spotify-like on-demand music streaming at a very low price, but you can also use a lot of the functionality for free. In addition, you also have Microsoft’s standard Music application with tight integration for the rich Xbox Music catalog, where you can purchase tunes. Music output via the loudspeaker is indeed loud, but its output is accompanied with a reserved tone.
Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 635 0.57
Nokia Lumia 630 0.58
Motorola Moto E 0.44
Sony Xperia M 0.15
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 635 71
Nokia Lumia 630 74
Motorola Moto E 79.4
Sony Xperia M 79
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
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 7:08 AM 0
Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014
512 mb ram......no thanks Microsoft....
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 10:43 AM 4
Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012
It is more than enough to power WP8.1. Stop it with this "low RAM'' BS.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 11:43 AM 0
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.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 2:38 PM 0
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.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 11:15 AM 1
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.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 6:15 PM 0
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..
posted on Jul 23, 2014, 11:46 PM 1
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.
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 1:24 PM 0
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- 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)