Nokia Lumia 635 is about to be released in the UK in a few weeks, but those of you who don’t want to wait any longer have the chance to pre-order as we are speaking. The best part is that you have more than one option to choose from, including the SIM-free and the unlocked versions, as well as the most popular carriers: Unlocked Mobiles, Phones 4u, Vodafone or Amazon UK.
From where can you pre-order Nokia’s Lumia 635?
In these conditions, Unlocked Mobiles gives you the possibility to enjoy Nokia’s Lumia 635 for a price of no more than £144.98 with no contract included.
When it comes to Phones 4u, the carrier offers you this Lumia 635 handset for free with plans starting at £13 per month. Buy if you choose this option, don’t forget that we are talking about a two-year agreement with the operator.
If Vodafone is instead your favorite, you can choose the option giving you 100 minutes, unlimited texts, as well as 100MB of data each month for the same £13 per month, while £44 per month would give you unlimited minutes and texts and no less than 9GB of 4G data. And Vodafone has already specified that pre-ordering a Lumia 635 with a contract means that you will receive it no later than on July 3.
And finally, the Amazon UK option is to pay a little more, no less than £186.92 for the device, but surprisingly, the carrier announced the Lumia 635 will be released on June 23 – much sooner than all the other carriers in the country.
What has Nokia Lumia 635 prepared for us?
As a reminder, this Lumia 635 phone that we have here is similar to its older Lumia 630 brother, also offering us support for 4G LTE networks. Other than that, we have the same 4.5″ ClearBlack IPS display of FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels) with the entire front protected by a third generation Gorilla Glass, while the power comes from a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor. We know that there are several other better processors out there, but this is not a bad option either, not to mention that the pixel density of 218ppi provides a surprisingly good image quality with decent viewing angles and limited color loss if you look at it at extreme angles.
And don’t forget that Nokia has even added its proprietary Color Profile app that gives you the chance to tune the color balance as you want, while the Brightness option makes you leave aside the lack of an actual ambient-light sensor, still letting you to choose different brightness levels for the three profiles that Windows Phone has: Low, Medium and High.
Moreover,you should know that the handset runs on Windows Phone 8.1 with Nokia Cyan out of the box, so be prepared to enjoy the long-awaited features of this recent OS version such as customizable tile size and Start screen background, Action Center with notification and quick toggles, the Cortana voice assistant, Quiet Hours mode and not only.
But despite of all these, Nokia Lumia 635 remains nothing else than a budget phone, so there are some disadvantages that you should also be aware of.
So, we must also tell you from the start that its 5MP autofocus camera comes with 720p@30fps video recording, so the lack of 1080p video recording, of a LED flash and a front-facing camera is disappointing. Moreover, that number of no more than 512MB RAM is insufficient for all the apps that you might want, not to mention that it doesn’t actually offer that much in its retail box. We have the handset of course, as well some printouts and an A/C adapter, but no microUSB cable or headset has been included.
If you are curious about its connectivity features, we can tell you that Nokia Lumia 635 comes with single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, as well as the usual Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM radio with RDS, but we have no TV-out functionality, not to mention that Windows Phone models don’t have support for the USB On-the-go feature that many of us like to use.
As for its 1,850 mAh battery, Nokia stated that it should be enough for about half a day of 3G talks and 25 days on stand-by time, but users have repeatedly complained about a significantly lower talk time. We have to agree with the fact that Lumia 630 is capable to last half a day of calls, but this happens only after the clever ear-sensing tech placed in the screen detects your ear and turns itself off. But as we have already told you, the handset lacks a proximity sensor, so the display goes off only after you touch it with your face or you turned it off manually.
But all these don’t mean that Nokia’s Lumia 635 is not able to deliver an enjoyable and decent smartphone experience, especially taking in consideration the prices that we have seen. So it is only up to you to decide if you want to pre-order it or not.