Nokia has announced the newest addition to the Lumia smartphone fleet, the Lumia 635.
The most attention-grabbing feature of the latest model is the fluorescent colour schemes available for handsets. While some might accuse the Finnish giant of imitating the route taken by Apple with it’s iPhone 5C range, the bold primary colours have been a hallmark of the Lumia range for some time now.
But behind the fluorescent shell is a serious smartphone. Before you go any further you should understand that Nokia makes no secret of the fact the Lumia 635 is a “budget” smartphone. Despite this qualifier, there is no shortage of features that would place the device comfortably alongside the more premium offerings in the market.
Windows Phone 8.1
The headline feature is undoubtedly the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Early tests and user reviews have hailed the tailored platform as a genuine upgrade on what earlier Lumia models had to offer.
The software allows you to harness the full functionality of the tiles feature that is a staple of Windows operating systems, including full customisation. There is also a level of familiarity for users who come to the Lumia 635 from an iOS or Android backed phone, with the addition of the notification bar and action centre, which both help in building an intuitive user experience.
The other major development from a software point of view is the inclusion of Cortana. Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to the well-known Siri, who has been living on Apple devices for a few years now.
Cortana is billed as an improvement on Siri’s functionality, and is presented as a personal assistant. For example, if you ask Cortana to remind you to carry an umbrella when it rains, she will say “Ok” and remember the request for the next forecast wet weather day, while also opening up a weather forecast for you to consider. Early user testing has also shown Cortana to be comfortable with opening third party apps and moving from the question screen to the answer screen quickly.
Another notable inclusion is Word Flow, which aims to predict the word you are typing based on predicting it based on the pattern your fingers are taking across the keyboard.
The system runs on a ClearBlack screen, which measures 4.5 inches, and displays a resolution of 854×480 pixels. The camera is 5 megapixel, and internal storage is a fairly compact 8 gigabytes, but that can be increased with a MicroSD card that allows for up to 128 gigabytes extra memory.
While not as keenly anticipated as some of its rivals, the Nokia Lumia 635 is a solid addition to the Lumia range, and the new features give it some serious selling points in the tough budget smartphone market.