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Microsoft Lumia 435 review

6.7/10 AVG.
RATING



6.7/10
Informr score
The Microsoft Lumia 435 currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Affordable price tag
  • Good battery life
  • Cortana support
  • Front facing camera inclusion
  • Good sunlight legibility

What's bad

  • 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…"


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

The Microsoft Lumia 435 is a funny little phone. With its eye-catching looks and a sturdy, comfortable design, it makes a great first impression. In day-to-day use, this mostly remains. Navigating the OS is a relatively painless affair and listening to music is something of a treat. The fact that th...

- Sean Cameron, TechRadar
Softpedia

If you’re looking for a cheap smartphone, this is it. If you’re looking for something more stylish, more unique, and more powerful, look somewhere else. In essence, it’s a phone for young people. Or for those who feel young.The Lumia 435 is the kind of device that soccer moms would...

- Bogdan Popa, Softpedia
Geek Squad

It can be a bit tricky to review budget handsets when you’ve been spoiled by the big-hitters. It’s important to put all those silky-smooth processors and HD screens to the back of your mind and focus on what the phone actually offers, not what’s missing. I wasn’t expecting to...

- Mark Lee, Geek Squad
WMPoweruser

The Lumia 435 is a decent device for its price, it comes with a good display, decent processing power. However, if you're looking for great cameras on your next smartphone, the Lumia 435 is probably not the best device. The battery life of the Lumia 435 is also pretty good, but it could've been bett...

- Mehedi Hassan, WMPoweruser
TrustedReviews

The Lumia 435 would make an ok first phone or travel burner, but there better Android phones out there. Battery life is paramount at this price and the Lumia 435’s battery is no more than average, while the app selection remains patchy.If you can’t afford pricier phones like the excellen...

- Jon Devo, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
4"

The Microsoft Lumia 435's screen size is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1560mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1560 mAh battery. Microsoft's performance ratings are 1254 minutes, 564 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 435 Specs

Overview
Release date February 7, 2015
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.58 W/kg
Body: 0.54 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1560 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 396 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 564 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1254 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Green, Orange
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 6.5 x 1.2 cm (4.6 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 134 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR-NB, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

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