Nokia Lumia 635.
It’s going to make back to school time a breeze.
In exactly one week, not only one of my daughters but, both will be in school full-time. While I’ve been really down and out about this, the reality of this is that I will have more free time during the day. But, it will also be double duty and doubly busier with both kids in school and in extra-curricular activities. When I had the opportunity to make this transition to back to school much easier, I jumped at the chance of reviewing the Nokia Lumia 635.
Simple and Sturdy Design.
The Nokia Lumia 635 has a sleek and fun design. The phone I was sent came with a black and bright green shell. These are easy to remove and reapply. The case feels safe in your hands and since the shell is sturdy, it seconds as a protective case. Obviously, that doesn’t mean that it is shock-proof or shatterproof. But, if you are careful with your devices, you will feel comfortable with the phone as it is.
With a ClearBlack 4.5-inch LCD screen that’s super-tough, the Lumia 635 is built to last. It also offers wide-viewing angles so you can sit back and enjoy games and web browsing with Internet Explorer 11.
The design of the phone itself is simple and on the right side has the volume button and the power button. At the top, you’ll find the port for your headphones and at the back is the camera. There is no front-facing camera so taking selfies is a bit more difficult but, not impossible. Just do it the old school way with the back camera like we used to do!
Smartphones are an investment. They are definitely not cheap, the Nokia Lumia 635 is an affordable phone that is great for anyone and perfect for older folks, teens or anyone who is starting out in the smartphone world. It retails for $199 outright or you can get one for $0.00 on select 2-year plans at Rogers. Activate the Nokia Lumia 635 on the Rogers LTE network to take advantage of super-fast speeds so you can catch sports highlights, share photos on social media, stream videos and more, with virtually no buffering or delays.
It is loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 to deliver the most personal smartphone experience, the Lumia 635 is packed with amazing features and you can’t go wrong with such an incredible price. The new Action Centre makes social updates and settings one swipe away and you can make your start screen distinctly your own by adding a background photo to see your real-time Live Tiles come to life.
Other new standout features that simply make life easier include Word Flow, Data Sense, Wi-Fi Sense, Storage Sense, individual volume controls, plus Microsoft’s Office Mobile and OneDrive provide a high-end productivity and cloud-based experience for everyone. OneDrive is a great app that helps me to transfer files between my cell phone and computer. I can upload pictures, files and so much more and using it on a daily basis ups my productivity significantly. Microsoft Office is AMAZING, you want productivity well, you got it! You will be able to access your word documents, PDF’s and spreadsheets.
So, no matter where you are, you can work and be productive. I particularly love Data Sense, it allows me to set a data limit and monitor my data usage. It will give me a warning if I’ve surpassed my limit and overall, it will help with overcharges. No one likes them and if your kids are using the phone, you will be able to keep tabs on their usage. WiFi Sense is another awesome option, you simply turn it on and the phone will memorize every WiFi password and authentication pages of your favorite hot spots. So, whenever you go to those hot spots, you’ll be connected!
Using the phone is simple and in just a few swipes, you are able to access everything you need to. It truly is a customizable gem and you can have the world as you want it in the palm of your hand. With the quad-core Snapdragon processor, the Lumia 635 is a snappy performer.
Nokia’s signature apps, HERE Drive+, HERE Maps, Nokia Camera, and MixRadio are all at hand to solidify your Windows Phone experience. HERE Maps is an absolutely amazing app since it allows you to download maps to your favorite destinations and be able to use them in your GPS. After you’ve downloaded them, you won’t need a SIM card or data to use the maps with your GPS. Since I travel often, this is a godsend and it won’t leave me stranded or facing hefty overages.
MixRadio is a free streaming app for all music lovers, it allows you to listen to music for FREE with the option of purchasing as well. What I love about it is that you can even give the radio a thumbs up or thumbs down and it will learn what type of music you like and want to hear. You can see it LIVE in the video above!
Great Value Smartphone.
All in all, this phone packs a serious punch. This was my first experience with a Windows phone and since I am PC girl, it really blew my mind. I love that it is customizable, helps with productivity and organization and also has tons of ways to have fun. It is a well-rounded phone with high-end capabilities at a low and affordable price.
I will be using this phone for organizational purposes and to take my work with me. It will really help with my work when I am here and there with the girls this school year. One thing is for sure, we have already used the HERE apps on this phone and will continue to do so. They are apps and functions that I’ve never seen before and I’ve used many a phone in my day.
Which feature of the Nokia Lumia 635 do you like the most?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: I am participating in the Nokia Lumia 635 Back To School Blog Campaign with enCompass Media and received product and payment as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinion on this blog are my own.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.