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Nokia Lumia 635 review

Andrew Williams



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Nokia Lumia 635
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  • Nokia Lumia 635
  • Nokia Lumia 635
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  • Nokia Lumia 635
  • Nokia Lumia 635
  • Nokia Lumia 635
  • Nokia Lumia 635
  • Nokia Lumia 635
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Our Score:



  • Half-decent autofocus camera
  • Has 4G


  • Screen not terribly sharp
  • No front camera or flash
  • Pricing not quite aggressive enough

Key Features

  • 4.5-inch screen
  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • Manufacturer: Nokia
  • Review Price: £130.00

First reviewed 15th August 2014

What is the Nokia Lumia 635?

The Nokia Lumia 635 is the Windows Phone follow-up to the Nokia Lumia 630. There's not a huge amount of difference between the two – the 635 is 4G and comes with a glossy plastic body rather than a matt one. That's about it.

Since it first launched the Nokia 635 has dropped significantly in price. In fact you can now get it for just £60. That's dead cheap for a 4G phone and could be a great option for someone needing fast internet on the go, but doesn't have the budget to shell out on a more expensive handset. At this price it's hard not to recommend the Lumia 635, although you should read on to see if you can live with its limitations. There are a few, but at £60 these are to be expected.

The Lumia 635 has proven to be a popular phone for Nokia, partly down to the price and partly down to the colourful styling. User reviews have generally been positive, although there are a few elements that you should be aware of. The first is that the battery life isn't all that great – there are plenty of other phones out there with more stamina. The second is the design, which can make the phone tricky to hold.

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Nokia Lumia 635 - Design

The Nokia Lumia 635 is a typical budget phone. It's a fair bit smaller than more expensive phones, but that mostly down to the fact that it comes with a 4.5-inch screen as opposed to a 5-inch or larger. It's not slim though, at 9.2mm thick it’s not too obsessed with being super-skinny.

All these elements give the Lumia 635 a small-but-chunky feel similar to the Motorola Moto G and, of course, the Lumia 630. Nokia has added a few nice touches to elevate it above some lesser budget phones, though.

The Lumia 635 comes in a variety of different colours. We’re trying the bright green version, whose larger-than-life shade is far enough removed from real neon lime green to avoid turning of 95 per cent of the population. But it is bright.

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There are also orange and yellow versions, and the more conservative white and black shades. All have a glossy finish, and they use a translucent coloured layer rather than pure block colour in order to give the finish an appearance of depth.

While the finish of the Lumia 635 has that typical glossy plastic feel, this kind of translucent finish stops the phone from seeming too cheap and tacky. Nokia has also made the side buttons a similar shade of green as the rest of the body, once again pushing the phone’s looks above those of cheap and anonymous (generally Android) phones.

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There are a few hardware changes you may notice from Nokia’s older Windows Phones if you’re a long-term fan, though. The camera button has been ditched, as have the hardware soft keys. These used to be part of the hardware requirements of the Windows Phone system, but since Windows Phone 8.1 they’re no longer demanded.

As the contrast and screen resolution of the Lumia 635’s display are less than perfect, the software nav keys do highlight that this is a budget phone a bit. But then the phone isn’t being sold as anything but a budget 4G Windows Phone – of which this is only the second, after the more expensive Nokia Lumia 625.

There aren’t as many cuts here as in the lower-end Lumia 530, though. You get a reasonable 8GB of storage and there’s a microSD card slot under the back cover, which pops off with a quick flick of your thumbnail.

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Nokia Lumia 635 - Connectivity

4G is the most important feature of the Lumia 635, when stacked up against the other low-cost Windows phones. This is certainly not the cheapest 4G phone yet, but it is among the new wave of more accessible 4G devices.

Predictably, most come from the Android stable. The cheapest of the lot (that we’ve reviewed) is the Alcatel One Touch S3 Pop, but we’d recommend stepping up to the thoroughly decent £99 EE Kestrel if the idea of a 4G Android phone also appeals.

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For now, though, this is the cheapest 4G Windows phone you can get, short of seeking out a second-hand bargain. As the most important UK 4G bands are supported by the Lumia 635, you’ll be able to pick any 4G network here too.

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Sean Cameron

April 3, 2014, 9:12 pm

That is provided that EE and the rest get rid of the ridiculously excess surcharges for such a service, which they most likely, unfortunately, won't


April 5, 2014, 2:52 pm

How much could a flash cost?


April 8, 2014, 5:47 pm

i flash would have been nice but ill be getting the lumia 630 when it comes out i lv my lumia 520 so a quad core lumia will be fab

Paul Phillips

August 17, 2014, 12:34 am

7 seems too high a score for this


June 7, 2015, 2:49 pm

worst phone Ive ever owned, so many software problems; volume down button wont work; it instantly goes back up to full volume. restarting the phone only fixes it for maybe 10 minutes. very annoying if you're in public- I had to turn the phone off because It wouldn't stay on vibrate.
touch screen only works when it wants too(you have to lock and unlock the screen way to often for it to acknowledge you're swiping )
touch screen constantly freezes.
if you plan on listening music, the headphones it came with wont work, and neither will your usual ones. it will only play on speaker. the volume issue also affects media volume.
lot's and lots of issues with this phone, it seems as though my provider was trying to cut their losses by putting this phone on a special- IMO I think they're aware that there's something wrong with this model, but they are banking on customers not calling them out and paying for repairs- which ultimately cost more than the phone itself. extremely unhappy with this phone, I will never buy another nokia/windows phone again.

I'm going to return the phone, I want a refund- i wont accept another phone of the same model. Hopefully somebody reads this before purchasing this phone and making a huge mistake :(


October 27, 2015, 12:24 pm

worst phone ever.can't send picture messages,wifi problems all the time,'we're having trouble getting data'seems to be default browser setting.can't upload to facebook,have to search online help via laptop for nearly every bloody ...


January 8, 2016, 4:42 am

Don't buy this "phone" worst phone I've ever had in my life, worse than my Nokia from 2003. I've never in my life been as frustrated with any phone like with this one, this thing has so many design flaws it makes me question why they even released it.its not user friendly, it doesn't run adobe flash cuz some dispute with Google. This phone literally forces you to use Bing because if you download the chome app, everytime you lock your phone the chrome App takes you back to the starting page, so ill be on facebook one minutes then if I exit to check a text message its goes back to google home page.its almost as if They purposely made the chrome app terrible because windows cares more about pushing their product than customer satisfaction. The volume automatically goes to 13 randomly and gives you a stupid warning about how loud music damages hearing which is annoying and can't be turned off. So laggy that its embarrassing, it literally takes more than ten seconds after you've pressed the button for a photo or video recording to respond. Finally the worse thing about this so called phone is the poor internet capability, I cant read attachment's my professors sent me, I cant see images on reddit or imgur, video freezes often on youtube, often crashes randomly while watching a video and takes you to the home page . returning to a previous page becomes a game of chance, cuz sometimes it goes back other times it deleted the tab your on and you lose the page and have to open a new tab.. No snap chat on windows , all the apps are garbage. be smart and buy and android phone


February 29, 2016, 7:08 pm

My son had a fit because I bought him this phone for his bday. He says its junk and I should return it. I'm using the phone now and the only problem I've had is waking the phone up. I had to keep pushing the button and finally got it to work. Other than that its a nice phone and I like how you can change the size of icons or remove them. Plus you can change colors of screen. I love the attractiveness of this phone.

Stoney Huff

June 12, 2016, 6:47 pm

Now upgraded to 1GB RAM and on half-off sale at my provider.
Windows 10 Mobile is out and can be installed on the Nokia 635 - 1GB version.
I'd much rather run Windows 10 than Windows 8.1 on my computers at home..

If this phone was as horrible as in the other comments the user reviews wouldn't average so high.

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