After playing with the Microsoft Lumia 535 now for some time it is about time to post a review on it. Microsoft has launched a new dual Sim card phone in their most successful lower range of products.
The successor of the Nokia Lumia 520 and 530 is the first Lumia phone to ship with Microsoft—not Nokia—branding, and it’s a big step up from the 520 and 530. Microsoft is branding the phone with 5x5x5 which means 5 inch display, 5MP front facing camera and 5MP rear facing camera,
Its 5-inch display has a 960×540-pixel resolution which gives 220 PPI. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB Ram, 8GB internal storage which you can upgrade with another 128GB with help of a micro sd card. On the connectivity side it comes with WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 , GPS and Glonass. Sensorwise Accelerometer, ambient light and proximity are ready to use. The 1905mAh battery brings you good through even a busy day, mainly probably as you have no 4G LTE support on the phone which is quite battery eating. Gorilla Glass ensures the screen remains fairly sturdy and scratch-free.
Microsoft may have slapped its own name over the phone, but the 535 still looks like the well known and recognized Lumia design scheme. It has a one-piece plastic rear shell — available in a range of vibrant colors such as green, orange, white and cyan. Of course it is a cheery, fun design that stands out from the usual miserable grey slabs that you’ll find in the cheap phones section, good job here Microsoft.
t feels well put together and as the rear case is interchangeable, you can always swap it for a fresh one when it starts to look a little used. Or you can simply change it for a different color to match your days outfit and mood.
You’ll find the power and volume buttons around the edges, along with the 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB port for charging and data transfer. Underneath the casing is where the microSD card slot and SIM trays are laying. First time opening I was a bit afraid of damaging something, but needless, it opens simple.
Usually budget phones do not come with cameras that are any good but the fact that the Microsoft Lumia 535 has a 5-megapixel camera in front and rear, with a 24mm wide-angle lens at the front, makes it not only different but interesting as well.
As already known from other Lumia phones there are actually two different camera apps. The standard Windows Phone one and the Lumia Camera. This is needlessly confusing, really, though Lumia Camera remains the better of the two, so make sure you put that tile on your front screen and use it most of the time. Different than the Lumia 930 with a Pure View Camera the 535 takes decent photos in good light, but doesn’t capture as much detail. It also struggles with strong light sources, such as street lamps for example. The 5MP resolution and wide-angle lens on the rear front facing make it easier to fit your friends into shots which is pretty cool and that works very well.
Here a few sample pictures. Click to enlarge…
Windows Phone software
Being a Lumia phone, it of course comes with Windows Phone 8.1, along with the latest software update, codenamed Denim. Windows Phone 8 is easy on the eye, made up lots of large, bright tiles that show live information. You can resize these tiles and reorder them to suit your preferences, set different backgrounds and group tiles together into folders. Similar to Windows 8.1 on a notebook or tablet.
Another new feature with the Denim upgrade is the notification panel that you pull down from the top of the screen. It shows incoming notifications from your messaging apps or emails, as well as giving quick access to critical settings such as Wi-Fi and screen brightness.
While you do not have as many Apps the iTunes or Android store all Apps I was looking for in my daily use could be found. Instagram, Vine, Netflix, Rdio, BBM. All there. One app which is sadly not available on other platforms is the Lumia Cinemagraph app that creates GIF-like moving photos, once you start with this you are having fun on it for a long time. Bing Maps is of course on board which is pretty good as well.
Well, the Lumia 535 has plenty to offer for its price. The size of its screen makes it pretty good for videos and photos, while the cheery cases make it attractive and above all, fun. Windows Phone is a very good OS that works well and the Cameras will not disappoint you as well. If you are in the market for a dual Sim phone this is certainly the phone you want to buy.
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