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A much-needed addition to Nokia's affordable handset range.

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The Lumia 635 is almost identical to the 630, but with the key addition on an LTE radio. While the 630 didn't rise above what Nokia had already achieved with previous budget handsets, the 635 is a much more welcome addition to the range. The only other affordable, 4G device Nokia has to offer is the Lumia 625, launched last year. The handset had a number of flaws -- particularly its large, low-resolution display -- and only just crept into an acceptable price range. It was a missed opportunity after the highly regarded 620 had earned Nokia some cred, and the better-executed Lumia 635 is a great example of what the 625 should have been.

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Critic reviews

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  • Reception and call quality
    7.2
  • Display
    6.0
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Camera
    5.9
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
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8.0
Engadget Jun 17, 2014

The Lumia 635 is a much-needed addition to Nokia's affordable handset range. It has a serviceable camera, fun design and good battery life, but most importantly, it's one of the best value LTE devices out there.

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7.0
CNET Jul 10, 2014

With its fun design and cheap price, the Lumia 635 is a decent option to consider if you're after 4G LTE on a budget. It's only marginally more expensive than its near-identical 3G-only Lumia 630 sibling, so you should certainly opt for the 635.

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7.0
PC Mag Jul 23, 2014

The Nokia Lumia 635's style puts it way ahead of other inexpensive smartphones on T-Mobile, although its camera capabilities are seriously lacking.

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7.0
Wired Jul 24, 2014

It’s a very basic phone that meets almost all the requirements of a modern smartphone user (reminder: NO front-facing camera). But the 625′s 4G capabilities and its low price make it something more than just another satisfactory phone. They make it a good buy.

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6.0
PC World Jul 21, 2014

The Lumia 635 from Microsoft is a budget Windows Phone that sacrifices some features, but generally meets the basic requirements of a modern smartphone.

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7.0
PC Advisor Jul 14, 2014

If you're considering the Lumia 630 as a first smartphone and you don't plan to buy lots of wireless accessories, these limitations might not be an issue. However, if you're switching from Android or an iPhone, you may well be frustrated.

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8.0
TechRadar Jul 17, 2014

Nokia's latest budget phone sports 4G and Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, and benefits from all of the things we liked about the Lumia 630. However, it's not quite enough of an improvement to justify the additional premium.

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Engadget Apr 2, 2014

Another interesting feature on the 630 and 635 is SensorCore, which involves low-power health monitoring. Essentially, SensorCore can keep an eye on how many steps you've taken, miles you've walked and calories burned, and it logs the information into the Bing Health and Fitness app.

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Laptop Magazine Apr 3, 2014

Overall,we found the Lumia 635 we tested fairly snappy, but the phone’s biggest merits are all on the outside. With an aggressive price, the Lumia 635 could be an attractive, if scaled-down option for budget-minded consumers.

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SlashGear Apr 2, 2014

We've jumped from dual-core to quad-core, and that's nothing to sniff at. But this is still very much an entry-level device, and the battery has actually gotten a bit smaller.

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Pocket-Lint Apr 3, 2014

In the hand the Nokia Lumia 630/635 feels solid enough. It can't hold a candle to the Lumia 930, but it reminds us very much of the Lumia 520, only larger - and that's a good thing.

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TrustedReviews Apr 3, 2014

The Lumia 635 isn’t going to dazzle you with its specs, but its bright colours will surely catch your eye. More importantly, if this manages to be among the cheapest 4G phones of the year, it’ll be an important factor in getting us all connected with super-fast mobile internet.

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I was waiting for the Lumia 930 for 3 months and could not wait any longer. Finally got the Lumia 635, I was really worried about the 512 Ram and only 8GB memory. So far it works really well. And I have just ordered a 16GB sandisk extreme pro microSD for my phone. So the memory issue is...

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