Microsoft Lumia 535 Review
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone line was surely a major step in the smartphone industry. Nokia was once known for its leading phone flagships all over the world. But, with the development of Android systems, the company’s Symbian platform faced troubles. But thanks to Microsoft’s Windows platform, the company could still manage to stay in the race of smartphones. Windows 8 did a great job in rejuvenating not only Nokia but Microsoft as well. People love it which is why it was a major step to get the platform in the phones as well. Thus, came along the Lumia series.
Microsoft has now earned the complete rights to the Lumia and other Nokia series which is why the company is not bringing phones with Microsoft’s brand on them. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is one of their low-price range smartphones that are rocking the world with great features. Moreover, unlike the usual Android platform’s open source issues, you would barely witness any lags in these phones. This makes it compete with bigger brands like Apple, HTC and Samsung. So, take a look at the specs available for this phone and decide whether it is up to the mark or not.
- 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display
- Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8 GB in-built storage, expansion slot supporting micro SD cards up to 128 GB
- 5 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 MP front camera
- 2G/ 3G network support
- Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi
- 1905mAh battery
- Windows 8.1.
Externals: Design and Display:
The Lumia 535 features a plastic body with an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and 16 M colours. The screen size offered is 5.0 inch with 540 by 960 pixels @~220 ppi density. The whole screen is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. You get a number of colour variations in the back cover for this phone. Overall weight of the phone is 146 g.
The screen offers multi touch which is smooth. This might not be a high resolution phone but nowhere can it be considered a phone with bad graphics etc. Seeing from a natural distance will offer clear images without distortions in the image when viewing from different angles. The volume rockers and the power button are both on the right side are quite easy to press. The audio jack is provided on the top. There is no home button at the bottom and the user will have to use it from the touch screen only. Now, let’s take a look at the internals of the phone.
Internals: Hardware and Software:
The Microsoft Lumia 535 comes with Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS. The operating system is supported by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU. An Adreno 302 GPU is also provided in the phone. You also get a microSD slot which can be expanded up to 128 GB. Being a low-budget smartphone, this is a good thing about it. You also get an internal storage memory of 8GB. However, around 1 GB is taken up by the software, so users should be aware of the initial memory to not be 8 GB completely. To support all this, the Lumia 535 is provided with 1 GB RAM.
The Lumia 535 might not be the fastest phone, but it still offers a smooth layout without lagging. It does not operate the interface at fast speeds, but offers its own unique style of showing new screens and opening apps at a regulated pace. This way the phone does not appear to lag at all which is a problem faced in stock Android phones of similar budgets. This could definitely be a plus point for the company as they are offering a better handset at a better price. Even the addition of Snapdragon and Adreno chipsets in the phone is great way to help the phone get all the power to run it smoothly. Now let’s take a look at the camera and connectivity features of the phone.
Camera and Connectivity:
For camera lovers, the Lumia 535 might have something special. It offers a primary camera of 5 MP which takes 2592 by 1936 pixel-resolution photos. Getting crispier and clearer photos is easier as the phone is buttressed with autofocus as well. Low light pics can also be taken with the help of the LED flash provided. Other features include a senor of ¼” and geo tagging. You can record videos with it at [email protected] fps. The camera offers decent pics which is well-versed in such a rate. Besides this, you also get a 5MP camera in the front. Now, that’s what you can call a bonus. Taking selfies with better imagery is easier and better in the Microsoft Lumia 535.
Connectivity options available in the phone come with Wi-Fi 802 b/g/n with hotspot and DLNA. You also get Bluetooth v4.0 supporting LE, A2DP and apt-X as well. GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS are also added to the phone which is often found in high-priced phones. FM radio is supported in it and a microUSB port v2.0 is also there. Other features include sensors such as proximity sensor and accelerometer.
Microsoft Lumia 535 is not the first phone featuring Windows platform in the market, but that it does come up with revived attributes that are worth trying out. A phone that has been made to offer you a complete support in daily life situations where you might need to click photos, browse the internet at fast speeds or even look up for a place on the map. All this can be easily operated through this phone. However, the downside might be its low resolution which could have been way better. If not 1080p, at least it could have been a 720p display. But, what all you get at such a low price is why it is a good thing. Moreover, you are offered with a brand that has been there for decades. You can avail this phone at 130 USD in the Nigerian market.
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