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Microsoft Lumia 535 review

6.4/10 AVG.
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6.4/10
Informr score
The Microsoft Lumia 535 currently has an Informr score of 6.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

It may be built for a budget consumer, but with a 5-inch display and 5MP selfie shooter, there's still a lot to like here.

- Max Parker, TechRadar
Beta News

A budget phone with the specifications to match but an appealing aesthetic quality.If you’re looking for a cheap smartphone that performs basic tasks adequately enough then the Lumia 535 is worth considering.There are few better phones in the 535’s price range but they do exist. On the p...

- Henry McIntosh , Beta News
uSwitch

We want to like the Lumia 535. It’s bright and bold and not a bad first effort for Microsoft. But it’s let down by the laggy screen.There are much better alternatives at this price, namely the Moto G.And with a new Moto E set to become official any day now, and more budget mobiles expect...

- Joe Svetlik, uSwitch
Coolsmartphone

The Microsoft Lumia 535 really impressed me with a good build quality, and the excellent number of free services. However the device has its problems – the camera isn’t amazing, and the operating system can appear sluggish at times. All of these problems can be forgiven though because fo...

- Ian Furlong, Coolsmartphone
Tech Advisor

When spending £100 or less on a smartphone there are inevitably some compromises. With the Lumia 535 they're seemingly everywhere: screen resolution and quality, video resolution, performance - the list goes on.Most people probably won't mind the lack of support for 4G but the continued absenc...

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor


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Common Questions


Microsoft released the Lumia 535 on November 28, 2014.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Microsoft Lumia 535 user manual here.


Microsoft backs up the Lumia 535 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Lumia 535 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Microsoft support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Microsoft's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5"

The Microsoft Lumia 535's screen size is 5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels 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
1905mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1905 mAh battery. Microsoft's performance ratings are 780 minutes, 510 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 535 Specs

Overview
Release date November 28, 2014
Regions available USA, 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 Quad 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: 0.6 W/kg
Body: 0.55 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 1905 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 390 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 510 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 780 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 23 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Cyan, Bright Green, Bright Orange, White, Dark Gray, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14 x 7.2 x 0.9 cm (5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 146 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 220 pixels
Size 5 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, PAN
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 Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-NB, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA Pro, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
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 Yes
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
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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