Microsoft Lumia 435
Microsoft are slowly, but surely, carving out a significant section of the budget smartphone market to themselves. Whilst more expensive devices become powerhouses of productivity, there is a greatly increasing number of people that simply want a modern device to access apps and the web, without spending money on unnecessary features or power.
If you are in that category then Windows Phone could be the perfect system to use. It looks and runs the same on all handsets from budget models to expensive business phones, while ensuring you still get access to a huge set of Microsoft exclusive features.
As big-name affordable phones go, the Microsoft Lumia 435 could be one of the best yet. Both compact and lightweight, it can fit in bags and pockets while still being capable enough to handle all your messaging needs from emails to social chats. Fully integrated Skype also means that you can instantly turn phone calls into Skype calls!
Reasons to Buy This Phone
Windows 8.1 – with Lumia Denim Update
1.2Ghz Dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
8GB Internal Memory
2 Megapixel Camera
VGA Front facing camera
Accelerometer, Proximity sensor
The 435 keeps up the Lumia tradition of vibrant, fun colours. Also whichever one you pick can also be swapped out - quickly change your phone to suit your outfit, mood or surroundings ! Each available block colour is a bold statement.
It's also excellently pocket-sized - in a world where huge phones are becoming increasingly normal, it can often be difficult to know how you're going to carry it around with you ! The 435 should easily fit into most pockets or small bags without taking up room or adding weight.
At 2.0 MP the main camera on the Lumia 435 isn't going to be winning any awards. It will, however, be able to quickly take snaps when you're out and about, ready to be quickly shared online or saved for later.
Like all new Windows Phone handsets, Skype is built in to the system, so you can always be ready to make or receive Skype calls, wherever you are in the world.
In fact, if you have both the mobile number and Skype details for someone in your contacts list then you can instantly upgrade a standard phone call to a Skype call.
Microsoft have decided to use a 4 inch 480 x 800 LCD panel on the Lumia 435. This is a basic screen, however more than capable of letting you navigate comfortably through the system, view messages, browse articles, play games and look through pictures.
Keeping with the budget motif of the 435 in mind, a lower resolution screen makes perfect sense. Not only does it draw less power and keep the battery going for longer, it also allows for a cheaper final price to you without compromising on screen quality at this size.
For an entry level handset, the Lumia 435 has a relatively impressive specification. The1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM result in the kind of performance not seen before in handsets under £100.
The end result is an affordable phone that can still run apps and games enjoyed on more powerful devices, while keeping you up to date with daily tasks. 8GB of internal storage is room enough for media and installs plus you can always expand with support for up to 128GB microSD cards or take advantage of 30GB free Microsoft Onedrive cloud storage.
Windows Phone has seen many new enhancements which greatly improve how it functions and how you are able to interact with it. The Lumia 435 is one of a new range of Windows Phone handsets that can take advantage of the Lumia Denim update. With this update comes an improved home screen with the addition of live folders so you can intelligently group app shortcuts.
Another feature you will likely use a lot is the new personal assistant “Cortana”. With state of the art voice recognition to respond to your queries, this helps you with the organisation of your life, so missing appointments is a thing of the past. You can search for articles and other news with ease, and the more you use Cortana, the better this can provide information relevant to you.
There are now more apps available than ever before in the Windows Phone Store, including all the apps which you use on a daily basis. This means that you will still be able to use Spotify, Groupon, Shazam, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and many more.
What is in your Box
1x Microsoft Lumia 435
1x Mains charger (UK)