Review and ratings for the Nokia Lumia 635

Nokia Lumia 635
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Average user rating 4.1/5 out of 344 reviews
83.14% of users recommend this product
  • Great phone

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    I was along time Android user. I had all the phones you can think of HTC Evo 4G, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Note 2, Motorola Photon 4G and many others (all on sprint) I couldn't find the correct phone for me, till I got the HTC Arrive. I fell in love with that phone (sadly it broke and I didn't care much for the slide phone look and feel) So I went back to android and got the Photon (only for that phone to be problematic) Sprint replaced my Photon with the S3 (what a piece of junk that was) So after going from phone to phone (S4, Note 2) I first decided to get an iPhone 6 (didn't like it one bit, had it for 3 days, it went back) I was waiting for Sprint to get a "better" Windows Phone (couldn't take the Note 2 no more) I decided to get the Lumia 635 and I'm happy with it. I really was waiting for the 640 to be released for Sprint but it doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon. The things I love about this phone is the OS. Windows Phone 8 has to be the best OS on any phone (trust me, I tried them all) It's flawless and smooth. You didn't need 3GB of ram to run the OS. No need for any of the other useless features other phone companies are coming out with (curved screens, finger print readers, etc) This is a phone that does it's job and does it great. The thing that I didn't like, it doesn't have a flash. A flash should be standard these days. I know this phone is a few years old (I think 2012 or 2013 it was released on another network) but that isn't any excuse. If you're looking for a phone that will do what it's suppose to do, look no further. You want a phone with a curved useless screen or a finger print reader, this isn't you phone. Sprint really needs to get on the Windows Phone bandwagon and start recommending them. I'm tired of going in Sprint stores and them laughing when I tell them I want a Windows Phone or the countless times I went into a Sprint store the Windows Phones "didn't work". They try to push these Samsung and iPhones onto people, and that isn't right.

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  • I REALLY LIKE IT ALOT.. ESPECIALLY THE FEATURES ARE WONDERFUL

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    I love this phone.. I only paid 60 bucks for it and is meeting up to all my standards..

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  • Great phone for almost nothing

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    The great: This phone has specs that use to be top of the line just 4-5 years ago! A great little compact phone.....with a quad core processor! I am not into the giant phone trend that has taken over the world, and I never will. I can never even tell that this phone is in my pocket, and that's a good, good thing. I love the ease of customization with the changeable back covers, and the fact that you can replace the battery. Now for the ehh: I realize that this phone is "cheap" and that I only paid $46 for it, but it is missing a few things I loved on my 8x. I really don't mind that the screen isn't hd like on the 8x. It only took me a day to forget, but I don't like that part of my big beautiful screen is taken up with the menu buttons. I wish they were at the very bottom like the other Lumias and 8x. I also miss the dedicated camera key. I never thought it mattered, but the fact you could whip your phone out and take a pic within two seconds was amazing. The last thing is the front camera. I don't even mind it doesn't have flash.....I hardly ever use flash, but that front facer...... The phone comes with Skype, but how can you use it? I love Skype, so even a VGA camera would have worked, and probably not taken the price up more than a few bucks.

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  • Excellent phone for calls, data, sms almost everything

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    I was hoping sprint would add more Nokia phones so I kept waiting and using my old android. I finally gave in two months ago and purchased the only Nokia available 635. So pleasantly surprised. It is an excellent phone. Call quality is excellent. Data is fast, easy, reliable. When I use Bing, it is incredibly fast and I like that. SMS is a breeze. I like 8.1 and use most of the programs, one drive, one note, office, etc. This phone makes that even easier. Cortana is light years better than the S voice I was using on my Galaxy. I am really happy with it. As I always like the latest, greatest technology, I'm looking forward to the latest greatest Nokia to come to Sprint. Downside: 1. I would like a better camera. This is okay but I would love to have the super camera on the 1028. Also, front facing is needed, at least for me. 2. It needs more apps, like online banking. I have already talked to my credit union about making their app for the windows phone also. I don't do a lot of games but it I want the option, as well as the learning apps.

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  • AMAZING PHONE FOR THE PRICE

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    This phone is a HUGE step up from the 520 and 620 Series of Lumia Phones. The only feature this phone is missing is a Camera Flash.

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  • USB port malfunctions, so you can't charge the phone. Can't replace USB because it is attached to mother board.

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    I was happy with this phone, especially because it is as basic as a smart phone can get. But that USB port is an issue with many consumers, a glitch I guess, and is the only reason I would not recommend this phone.

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  • I love this phones features!

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    I love my Nokia Lumia 635 windows 8.1 You can't beat it! The price and functions are great! Windows is moving up in the world, I love their new apps!! I am not an Android person for me it is windows!! The battery does well also.. I can watch Netflix, you tube ect does not buffer, no lagging! Great very affordable phone!Mine is BYOP I use Straight Talk.. Only problem I am having is with MMS.. doesn't seem to work but I am going to call straight talk an see if I can get that fixed..

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  • love ❤ Cortana

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    I love the Cortana features but wish the FB worked better with the windows phone.

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  • What more could you ask for from a budget phone?!?!?

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    For the price you really can't do much better than this device. for less than $100 you get a fast and responsive device that looks and feels decent. Yes the camera isn't great. Yes the resolution is sub par. And yes the 512 MB of ram is lacking, but again for the price point you really can't ask for much more.

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  • Im Amazed

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    I'm amazed with this phone, why? Because I have been through four of them and they keep messing up (hence why I've been through four#. It's sad because I really like this phone. However, I've had so many problems with it. For instance, Cortana #which is a feature I love about this phone because she's so accurate and convenient when it comes to answering and reminding you of things. Also she searches fast.# no longer speaks on start up and my voice no longer starts her up anymore, my volume down button stopped working on all of the phones I had owned now and previously, my screen projection decided not to work anymore, my Bluetooth doesn't connect to hardly any devices, my phone doesn't give me any notifications either! Also, my last phone deleted things with no help from me, OneDrive on my last phone did not upload any photos but three, my phone randomly vibrates for about thirty to forty seconds for no reason #I literally can be on the web and poof it begins vibrating. I can be doing nothing and it does it!#, when I'm on the internet it'll kick me off #I know its not the wifi I use because I've used other peoples not just mine and it does it. Surely everyone's wifi isn't bad), its restarts, my last ones screen went blue and now it doesn't turn on period. I've had many problems with these phones, but I really do like them. Why you say after all my complaints? Only phone I find easy to use, it has office, it has sooo many apps, when it works right its so convenient, its small, the ear piece is clear, takes great pictures, and has good memory. I just wish I didn't have so many problems and didn't have to replace it every few months. I do love this phone I hope they fix all of its kinks because it is a good phone and very affordable.

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  • Awesome

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    This phone has navigation, which is great. I really like the feature were you can talk into the phone, and ask Cortana anything, and she'll help you out. There's also free music, which is great. Any kind of music you want. Battery life also last a long time. The internet is very quick. Over all this phone is a 10 in my book.

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  • i like the phone wish it worked

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    I have owned the phone for approx.3 mo. and the only way to go on the interner is to be near wifi 3g,or4g does not work I will have to concede to an android next time.i love windows 8.1 just not on a phone

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  • Great Value, Great Practicality, Great Productivity

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    For a smartphone that's as affordable as this one is, whatever shortcomings that it might have (and it has a few# is easily overshadowed by everything else that is great and practical about this device. Because of this, I still give the 635 all five stars. The Few Cons #in no particular order): 1# No front-facing camera Not easy to do selfies but the back camera is useful enough. If you're a social media enthusiast, then get a proper social media-geared device like a higher end Lumia. 2# Windows App Store/Marketplace needs more variety I honestly don't do much gaming on my phone so this doesn't bother me too much, but if you are looking for a more robust app marketplace, the Marketplace for Windows Phones still isn't there yet. The Pros #in no particular order): 1# EXCELLENT antenna and reception on T-Mobile where I live. I'm on T-Mobile #postpaid# using a prepaid version of this phone. My LTE connection is fantastic when I get it #4G is occasional and if I get 4G, everyone else on GSM is, too# and compared to other non-635 smartphones on T-Mobile in my same area, my signal strength sincerely appears to be stronger. I've used Nokia for years re: normal cell phones and have always had excellent reception with them. This one is no exception. 2# EXCELLENT BATTERY LIFE Okay, so the advertised standby #especially# and talk times are off, but I can still routinely get 3-4 days of no charging with moderate phone, texting, Skype messaging, document writing, music listening, and web surfing and internet sharing usage. If I am heavily listening to music, surfing the web on heavily scripted and ad-littered sites, have really bad reception, am doing a lot of internet sharing, am playing a lot of games, I can still routinely get a day without having to charge. I hate babysitting devices so this feature is a major win for me. 3) Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Calling is awesome But sometimes I experience text message and Skype messaging issues when and if my phone is vacillating between using cellular data or wi-fi. 4) Internet Sharing is AWESOME and I get lightning fast internet access in places I otherwise wouldn't but need to. 5) Out-of-the-Box accessibility to OneDrive and other MSFT applications including Word and OneNote. Yes, the productivity apps could use some work, but I love how I can use a single MSFT sign-in combined with OneDrive to keep tabs on my workflow. MSFT cloud technology works for me #I still own non-cloud versions of the 2013 MSFT programs but I can sync my work done on them through my MSFT sign-in) and the fact that I own a Surface Pro 3 makes this phone a great little companion for productivity on the go when I don't bring my computer. Sign in once, do work, work gets saved and synced via OneDrive, work gets accessed on another device like this Windows Phone. Easy. Awesome. 6) Metro means FAST I originally wasn't a fan of huge square and rectangular tiles, but after customizing my screen, everything I want is ready for me to tap and GO and on this phone, whatever I tap loads FAST. 7) Great phone call quality Crisp, clear, almost every time. 8) A more intuitive predicting keyboard I own an iPod 5th Generation and it is less forgiving than the 635 when it comes to on-the-border typing. I make fewer typos because the phone is smart enough to realize I was trying to spell you and not yoi and so will choose the u if my finger hits the key too close to the edge. Also, unlike the iPod, my typing doesn't go crazy when I am charging my phone. 9) You can add words to the dictionary! I'm a writer so this is extremely useful for me. 10) Photo/Images sorted by date acquired The one thing I hate about my iPod's camera roll is the fact that I have to export the images to see the time stamp #or use another app to access them). 11) Save to SD card I keep my phone itself clean and keep everything else on my SD card for easy portability and transferability. 12) Excellent volume control I really hate it when not enough volume control is given to something like a smartphone. The fact that it remembers my volume preferences for my headphones and separates notifications and alarm sounds from media volume is a plus. My iPod uses my main volume control for music as my alarm volume. I can't tell you how much that bothers me to always have to go up in volume for the alarm and then go down for everything else. 13) Affordability and overall usefulness I love the number thirteen so I saved my main Pros takeaway point for last. Let's face it; the 635 is and was meant to be affordable... And it certainly is! Though there are a few cons #listed earlier), given what is already offered, I really feel like the 635 gives its value in terms of productivity usefulness and practicality in spite of what it lacks. I'm a Windows power user so it's probably odd that I am using a lower end 635 compared to the higher end Lumias available. But I'm a writer, a front end web designer, an illustrator and general artist and what I love best is being able to stay productive even on the go. Writing, researching, keeping communication lines open with my creative partners and sharing art or written works with them, and listening to music is what I do most on my 635. If I need full access to my proverbial toolbox then the computer - Surface Pro 3! - comes out. Additionally, though I do use the services to an extent, I'm not a huge Twitter or Instagram or Facebook fan and I seldom if ever do selfies. If my 635 somehow bricked or otherwise broke, I wouldn't hesitate to get another replacement outside of warranty. It isn't flashy, it isn't 'the best', and it is missing a front-facing camera... but boy if it doesn't do what it says it does and does it well. The 635 hits a sweet spot with me and for it, I love it.

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  • Great simple phone!

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    Very good for someone just wanting a great phone for a great price! I just wish there was more apps but they'll come later! Good Job Microsoft!

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  • I thought it was going to be better....

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    So, this is the second lumia 635 i have had in less then 8 months. the first one(which i paid $100 for) locked up and refused to unlock, the screen kept randomly glitching and web pages would scroll them selves up and down so fast you cant do anything but pop out the battery. also, it would be loading things great then randomly freeze, then restart itself. i tried to update it but it refused to go past 1% now, this new one($50), is up to date and its getting some of the same problems already. would have returned it but Walmart wont do it past 15 days so im hoping this one gets me by till i can replace it.... BUT! its not all a bad phone. its durable, super clear screen, and if they wouldn't crash every 20 minutes the music and youtube apps are well above the android versions in my opinion. i like windows 8 on the phone. i just think this model phone is too glicthy. now wondering if i should still try the 1520 but a little worried about burning that much money just for the same problems to start.

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  • The best low-end smartphone!

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    It's very fast smartphone. They have a good camera and the best mobile operating system.

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  • Keeps getting better!

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    It takes some getting used 2 but an overall excellent device!

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  • the worse

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    If I could go back and redo my upgrade, I would and it would not be a Windows phone. I dislike this phone more than any phone I've had. It glitches and drags and is not fast at all. I seems like it continually has a issue.

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  • Decent phone

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    I just bought this gophone from ATT, I didn't want to spend a lot of money so for $50 I was sold. I think this a great phone for a person like myself who doesn't use a lot of apps so I will ignore those comments. It is also great for a first time smart phone user. It's very simple to get used to and the keys actually work vs. my former iPhone. It's also very fast. My beef with this phone is sound quality. I have the highest volume setting and the loudest ringtone I can find in the settings and it's still barely audible. Of course the lack of a front camera and flash would be my second complaint but I would ignore that if I had better sound quality.

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  • great . suprised though

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    Used iPhone since iPhone 3 . Galaxy note 2 ,and Moto x . 4 years ago threw out anything related to windows . To prone to malware and viruses . I never would have tried out the Lumia 635 , but I got it for free . I am writing my review with it . I am very surprised with my experience with the phone . Low ram (512) and processor yet it runs smoothly . Battery always lasts me a full day . Latest version of windows mobile available right away on phone it appears . That's great . I'm also able to test new windows build with ease . Awesome as not to have to go through the carrier . I love how efficient this phone is . Windows appears to be much more efficient then android to me . Waiting for a sale on a higher end windows phone . Highly recommend.

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