Nokia Lumia 635 Review

Call Quality

Impressively, call quality is a vast improvement over the Lumia 630. Clean and crisp toned voices!

Who knows if it’s an actual improvement to the hardware, or merely the result of our good coverage with T-Mobile’s network in our area, but the Lumia 635’s call quality is outstanding. Not only are voices clean and crisp on both ends of the line, but the high pitched volumes of its earpiece and speakerphone help to overcome some of the distractions in noisy environments.

Battery

The battery capacity isn’t particularly massive, but it delivers longer juice than what you’d expect.

The Nokia Lumia 635 climbs to near the top of the charts with its astounding battery life, as its 1850 mAh battery pulls in over 9 hours in our battery benchmark test. It’s not a record, but it’s nonetheless more long-lasting than other handsets with bigger batteries. In our experience, we’re able to get close to 2 days of normal usage from a full charge.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Nokia Lumia 635
9h 35 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto E
8h 8 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia M
5h 53 min (Average)

minutes Lower is better
Nokia Lumia 635
163
Motorola Moto E
123

Conclusion


Making a phone overseas is one thing, but making one for the US is totally another. So, how did Nokia improve upon the Nokia Lumia 630? Well, they’ve outfitted the Lumia 635, a subtle variant of the aforementioned phone, with good ‘ol 4G LTE connectivity. At the same time, the Windows Phone 8.1 powered device sees improvements to its call quality to really deepen its worth for the budget-conscious consumer.Lumia 635 is attached with an amazing price point that makes it a bargain however way we dissect it. Specifically, T-Mobile is selling the phone for $0 down and $7 per month for 24 months through its Simple Choice Plan – giving it a total price point of $168. Furthermore, the handset is being offered at the promotional price of $99 through MetroPCS. Frankly, the price point alone is an aggressive one that undoubtedly adds more value to its package.

However, it's not without competition. Motorola Moto G is its biggest rival. The Moto G runs on the richer in terms of apps Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, and has a sharper 4.5” 720p HD display, slightly better camera, and is similarly well-packed in terms of specs. An even cheaper option is the Moto E, a phone with just a slightly smaller, 4.3” display, but also with good performance, offering great value for the money.

Software version of the review unit: Windows Phone 8.1

Pros

  • Aggressive, low pricing that makes it a bargain
  • New Windows Phone 8.1 features enhances the experience
  • Battery life is surprisingly long-lasting
  • Excellent call quality

Cons

  • Camera is mediocre
  • Performance hitches with gaming
  • Low resolution screen shows visible pixilation

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

5.3
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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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