- Low screen resolution
- Significant freeze-ups and stutter for more intensive tasks
- No front camera
The Nokia Lumia 635 bundles entry-level hardware and 4G LTE in an affordable, brightly colored package. Users can easily change the color of their removable back panel to green, orange, yellow, white or black. Despite being priced in the budget range, experts point out that the polycarbonate shell is incredibly sturdy and doesn't creak or flex under pressure.
At 4.5 inches, the display is relatively small when compared to other phones like the OnePlus One but bigger doesn't always mean better. In fact, TechRadar states, "the Nokia Lumia 635's screen is very close to optimal in terms of balance between single-handed usability and widescreen media clarity." While the screen might be high in usability, it unfortunately falls flat in other areas. With a resolution of only 854x480, reviewers note a lack of sharpness in text and images when compared to other similarly priced budget phones. In addition, it does not offer the super sensitive touch display, which means users cannot operate the phone with gloves on. Despite some drawbacks, reviewers are quick to point out that the resolution is perfectly adequate for every day usage and the IPS and ClearBlack technology offers excellent viewing angles and outdoor legibility.
While the internal specs of the Lumia 635 cannot rival flagship phones, it does offer a modest 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. On paper, the specs seem fairly unimpressive but when actually tested out, reviewers were surprised with its smooth performance when scrolling through menus and opening apps. Unfortunately, they also noticed significant freeze-ups and stutters during more intensive tasks like installing multiple apps or playing graphics-heavy games. Internal storage is also very limited to only 8GB, though there is an expandable microSD slot.
On the back of the phone is a standard 5MP camera. CNET states that, "It's not a phone for the dedicated photographer, but Instagram snaps will be fine." In general, reviewers found picture quality fairly adequate and, due to lack of flash, low light pictures fairly grainy. Unlike many other recent smartphones, the Lumia 635 does not come with a front-facing camera.
Despite some issues, most reviewers would recommend the Nokia Lumia 635. Wired says, "The Nokia Lumia 635 is a solidly built workhorse of a phone…" Slashgear adds, "Nokia…has another winner on their hands on the low end."