Camera

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.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 635 6.6
No data
340
No data
Nokia Lumia 630 6.5
No data
449
No data
Motorola Moto E 4
4.8
599
No data
Sony Xperia M 3.3
4.7
663
643

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.


Multimedia

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


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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: 950; 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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