Microsoft Lumia 535

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6.4/10
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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.


Microsoft Lumia 535 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Microsoft's suggested retail price is $179.00. You can compare Lumia 535 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


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 or capture video 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 23 days standby time, 780 minutes, 510 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 535 Specs

Overview
Release date November 28, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card 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 Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
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
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] 14.0 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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 220 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
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
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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 DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
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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TechRadar

A decent budget smartphone with a big screen

from TechRadar

The Microsoft Lumia 535 has a good build, packs a large screen that, while it hasn't got the highest resolution, produces good colours and operates for the most part with ease, plus you get the full Windows Phone 8.1 experience.

But to achieve the low point, sacrifices have to be made. There's no NFC for example, no faster AC/N Wi-Fi and no 4G...

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The Microsoft Lumia 535 has a good build, packs a large screen that, while it hasn't got the highest resolution, produces good colours and operates for the most part with ease, plus you get the full Windows Phone 8.1 experience.

But to achieve the low point, sacrifices have to be made. There's no NFC for example, no faster AC/N Wi-Fi and no 4G.

These points could be forgiven, but the screen issues I suffered with the Lumia 535 are not easy to overlook. Yes, they could (maybe) be eradicated with a simple software update, that is if the issue aren't hardware related, but only time will tell if that ever happens.

Grievances aside, there's lots to like here. The wide-angle 5MP selfie shooter captures decent pics, Cortana is a fantastic virtual assistant that is just as fully featured here as in top of the line Windows Phone 8.1 devices and the replaceable, colourful shells add a dash of fun.

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Beta News

Easy to use and set up but slow processor speed

from 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...More

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 plus side, at least it will still look good -- even when it’s out of battery. 

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uSwitch

A budget handset, offering low-level specs

from 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

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 expected at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks, you’d be wise to hold onto your money for now.

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Coolsmartphone

Money well spent

from 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 for £90, this is a great device...

More

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 for £90, this is a great device.

It’s perfect for young people looking for their first smartphone (but will end up losing it on the school bus), or as a second device that you take on a night out, where it’s likely to be dropped a couple of times. It’s also a good device for people who aren’t interested in getting the latest flagship smartphone, but would like to send an occasional email from their phone.

But this little Lumia 535 has done its job, it’s turned me to wanting a flagship Lumia device when I come to buy my next smartphone.

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Tech Advisor

Still fails to impress, even at this relatively low price

from 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 absence of certain apps is a black mark against Windows Phone. There's no guarantee that the 535 will be upgradeable to Windows 10 either...

More

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 absence of certain apps is a black mark against Windows Phone. There's no guarantee that the 535 will be upgradeable to Windows 10 either.

The 535 is considerably better than the 530 it replaces, but that doesn't make it a great buy.

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Notebookcheck

A decent smartphone that convinces with the usual

from Notebookcheck

Microsoft offers a decent entry-level alternative with its Lumia 535. It primarily convinces with up-to-date software, a bright and color accurate screen, and comparatively good cameras. The GPS receiver also surprised us favorably in the test and did a good job. The option of expanding the storage by up to 128 GB is unique in this price range to date...

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Microsoft offers a decent entry-level alternative with its Lumia 535. It primarily convinces with up-to-date software, a bright and color accurate screen, and comparatively good cameras. The GPS receiver also surprised us favorably in the test and did a good job. The option of expanding the storage by up to 128 GB is unique in this price range to date.

The handheld's biggest shortcomings are certainly the somewhat sluggish touchscreen and mediocre battery life. The latter could be foreseen in view of the remarkably high power consumption. It should be possible to rectify both via a software update.

The slim and typically colorful Lumia design also advocates the device. The contenders from this price range are mostly bulkier. In total, Microsoft offers a decent smartphone that convinces with the usual, great software bundle as well as with its good configuration and fair price-performance ratio. 

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Pocket-lint

Experience is poor compared to some of its Lumia predecessors

from Pocket-lint

The Lumia 535 is the first Microsoft branded handset and, unfortunately, the experience is poor compared to some of its Lumia predecessors. The poor touchscreen experience feels like a blast from the past, while the exterior finish isn't up to quite the same high standards.

On paper, the 535 has plenty going for it. The low price, combined with a large display, the latest Windows Phone software, quad-core power and a pair of reasonable cameras, should make this a cracking device for those on a budget....

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The Lumia 535 is the first Microsoft branded handset and, unfortunately, the experience is poor compared to some of its Lumia predecessors. The poor touchscreen experience feels like a blast from the past, while the exterior finish isn't up to quite the same high standards.

On paper, the 535 has plenty going for it. The low price, combined with a large display, the latest Windows Phone software, quad-core power and a pair of reasonable cameras, should make this a cracking device for those on a budget.

In reality it's the stuttery text entry that makes for awkward use. Unless that's corrected we can't recommend the first Microsoft Devices badged Lumia device, especially with the likes of the Moto G out there.

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PhoneArena

No-nonsense

from PhoneArena

The Lumia 535 manages to deliver a good chunk of the Windows Phone 8.1 experience, for a measly cost of $169.99. Yes, there has been a lot of corner-cutting involved, which results in unimpressive looks, low screen resolution and bad viewing angles, below-average camera, and sub-par call quality. On the flip side, however, we have a 5-inch display with comparatively accurate colors, a smoothly-running Windows Phone system, the Office package, the full Cortana experience, and pretty good battery life. It is by no means a daily driver for experienced users, but we'd recommend it as an entry-level device for people who are OS-agnostic. It's also a good pickup for anyone who's interested in just trying out Windows Phone, but doesn't want to pull the trigger on one of the more expensive handsets...

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The Lumia 535 manages to deliver a good chunk of the Windows Phone 8.1 experience, for a measly cost of $169.99. Yes, there has been a lot of corner-cutting involved, which results in unimpressive looks, low screen resolution and bad viewing angles, below-average camera, and sub-par call quality. On the flip side, however, we have a 5-inch display with comparatively accurate colors, a smoothly-running Windows Phone system, the Office package, the full Cortana experience, and pretty good battery life. It is by no means a daily driver for experienced users, but we'd recommend it as an entry-level device for people who are OS-agnostic. It's also a good pickup for anyone who's interested in just trying out Windows Phone, but doesn't want to pull the trigger on one of the more expensive handsets.

As for rivals and alternatives – Motorola's Moto G still offers a great value at $179.99, with a more powerful Snapdragon 400 SoC, a crisper 720p display, and the more familiar, more app-populated, Android platform. Now, whether having a choice of a great many apps actually matters in the world of low-range devices, we'll leave for you to decide. 

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WMPoweruser

A very good improvement from the Lumia 530

from WMPoweruser

The Lumia 535 is a very good smartphone for its price. It comes with a decent 5" display, an impressive front camera and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM. If you're looking for a new low-end Windows Phone right now, then the Lumia 535 is undoubtedly the best handset out there.

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The Lumia 535 is a very good smartphone for its price. It comes with a decent 5" display, an impressive front camera and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM. If you're looking for a new low-end Windows Phone right now, then the Lumia 535 is undoubtedly the best handset out there.

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The Indian Express

Microsoft can, and should, gives us more

from The Indian Express

When the Nokia Lumia 520 was launched it was without a doubt the best phone under Rs 10,000. But the Lumia 535 finds itself in a very different world, a world in which there are at least a handful of phone cheaper than it, but as good or better. It is still one of the best phones in this price ra...More

When the Nokia Lumia 520 was launched it was without a doubt the best phone under Rs 10,000. But the Lumia 535 finds itself in a very different world, a world in which there are at least a handful of phone cheaper than it, but as good or better. It is still one of the best phones in this price range and those who are hooked to the Microsoft ecosystem will definitely find more value with the phone than the others. Buy this phone if you want a good large screen, a different experience than the one Android offers, a good camera and free access to a bunch of Microsoft services.

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User Reviews


TournelHenry

The only phone I've regretted buying in my life

To begin, the battery sucks!!! Secondly, It doesn't support the AWS. So, if you are in North America, you're screwed. This phone has caused me to miss many opportunities or mess things up. I'll call it one of Microsoft's biggest failure. If the screen just gets a tiny crack, the entire digitiser stops working, thus, you can't operate your phone. And its digitiser is so difficult to find. The Software itself (Window 8.1 and Windows 10) all have their own issues, but the hardware just sucks. The camera is bullshit. My older Nokia E72 (Symbian) with 5MP is still twice better than this shit. This phone should be 4USD. NOT 140. I doubt the light sensor even works. Also, IT HAS NO COMPASS SENSOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

To begin, the battery sucks!!! Secondly, It doesn't support the AWS. So, if you are in North America, you're screwed. This phone has caused me to miss many opportunities or mess things up. I'll call it one of Microsoft's biggest failure. If the screen just gets a tiny crack, the entire digitiser stops working, thus, you can't operate your phone. And its digitiser is so difficult to find. The Software itself (Window 8.1 and Windows 10) all have their own issues, but the hardware just sucks. The camera is bullshit. My older Nokia E72 (Symbian) with 5MP is still twice better than this shit. This phone should be 4USD. NOT 140. I doubt the light sensor even works. Also, IT HAS NO COMPASS SENSOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

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