- Limited onboard storage
- Poor main camera quality
- Stutters and lag during processor intensive apps
- No multi-tasking
- Low res screen
The Lumia line has its share of budget phones, but the Lumia 435 takes the cake as one of the cheapest. The low price tag is meant to lure in people those who would normally buy a feature phone due to their lower costs. It sports the same bright color options as the rest of the line though it is fairly thick at 0.5 inches and weighs quite a bit (134 grams) considering its overall size of 4.6 x 2.6 inches. Despite this, experts were surprised how comfortable it was to hold, though some did find the edges too sharp for their tastes. They also point out that while it might be a budget phone it had a solid build quality and did not creak or flex under pressure.
With that said the low price tag means Microsoft did need to cut some corners in terms of specs, most notably the screen. With no Gorilla Glass protection the screen will be more likely to crack or shatter when dropped. After short usage sessions, critics noticed the screen was covered in fingerprints and smudges making it necessary for them to wipe quite often. At four inches, it is much smaller than many other smartphones in its price range and yet it only offers a resolution of 480 x 800 for a pixel density of 233ppi. Since it is does not even offer HD resolution, it is no surprise critics noticed lack of details in pictures, fuzziness around icons and less than vibrant colors. Luckily, they found the overall sunlight legibility to be good enough though viewing angles were less than stellar with light levels and colors fading away when viewed in any direction besides straight on.
It should come as no surprise that the internal specs are fairly basic: a dual core 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. For the most part critics only had the occasional lag when swiping through the homepage and opening apps. The problem became more severe once they started playing 3D games making many of the newer games practically unplayable. It also only comes with 8GB of internal storage though it does offer a microSD slot and it does not support 4G. The small 1,560mAh battery lasted reviewers around 16-hours with moderate usage thanks to the lower powered screen and processor. As an added bonus, the battery is also removable so you can carry spare charged batteries for those times you know you won't be near a charger and outlet. While the phone might be low on specs, it does support Cortana – Microsoft's voice assistant – as well as the standard Microsoft apps of Office, OneDrive and OneNote.
Like the rest of the phone, the 2MP rear camera is unimpressive. The fact it is fixed focus also disappointed many critics as most of their pictures turned out blurry and lacked fine detail even in good lighting situations. Still, they add the pictures did have decent color reproduction and dynamic range. While it does not come with a flash, the 435 does add a 0.3MP front camera, a rarity among budget smartphones, for selfies and video calls.
Although long-time smartphone users won't give the Lumia 435 a second-glance, these aren't the people Microsoft is targeting. Instead, it is meant to attract first time owners. In that respect, reviewers believe the 435 is successful in its goal. ZDNet states, "Cheap the Lumia 435 is, but throw-away it is not…" All About Windows Phones adds, "…the 435 claims the bottom line of the Lumia stack with a vengeance…"