Microsoft Lumia 435 review
A rich experience on a budget phone
My Microsoft Lumia 435 review uncovers a budget smartphone that is miniature in overall size yet big on pre-installed features. The camera and screen have been scaled down on this affordable smartphone making it cheaper than the Microsoft Lumia 535 which I reviewed a few days ago.
If you are looking for a truly small smartphone then the Lumia 435 fits the bill perfectly. The 4” LCD display is perfect for one-handed touch operation and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. An easy clean coating has been applied on top of this to ensure the viewing experience stays crisp and clean.
The orange or green colour options will cater to the younger generation and the exchangeable back covers allows the persona of the phone to change to suit your mood. The black or white colour options will suit the professional and there are plenty of productivity features for this type of user, but more on that later on.
In the hand, the Microsoft Lumia 435 feels light (134 grams) yet the 11.7mm thick body gives you plenty to hold onto. Inside there is a memory of 8GB that can be expanded by another 128GB by purchasing a memory card. The dual core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB RAM performs well from quick camera access to stutter free gaming.
Phone Set Up
Powered by Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update, the Microsoft Lumia 435 offers the best Windows experience yet. Your setup might include grouping your apps into Live Folders or setting one of your pictures as the background the home screen tiles.
While many apps are pre-installed if you don’t find your favourite you can find hundreds of thousands of apps in the Windows Store including the Facebook, Instagram, Minecraft, Candy Crush Saga and Despicable Me apps.
The Microsoft Lumia 435 built-in features will blow you away and I would struggle to find another budget phone with so much to offer.
- Xbox Music - Play and manage your music collections here or buy new songs at the Xbox Music Store.
- MixRadio - Enjoy this music streaming service that has the Play Me feature for continually changing music mixes based upon music you love. MixRadio learns what you like over time as you give tracks a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down. Of course you can also create your own music mixes here.
- YouTube - Browse and video stream anything from music videos to how to guides.
- Xbox-Live Hub - Access everything Xbox here from game invitations from friends to news and tips about Xbox Live.
For the professional:
- Microsoft Office - Open, save and edit your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents at anytime and anywhere with 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage for documents and an additional 15GB when you activate the Camera roll backup feature.
- Word Flow keyboard - Type faster than ever with Word Flow sliding movements from letter to letter or choose words quickly with word prediction.
- Cortana digital assistant - Keep track of appointments with active reminders and with the Lumia Denim update you can now activate the assistant by saying Hey Cortana.
- Connectivity - Browse the internet with 3.5G or Wi-Fi via Internet Explorer 11. Connect wireless accessories using Bluetooth or open your emails and use the text to speech feature.
- GPS - With free maps, offline maps, live traffic information and free global voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation on foot or by road you will never get lost again.
Camera & Video
The 2MP camera firmly sits in the budget end of the market but it is a sacrifice worth making if you want to get your hands on a really cheap Microsoft smartphone. The main camera is backed up by a front-facing 0.3MP camera for making Skype video calls or taking a selfie.
Although the camera resolution can’t compete with those seen on premium phones you do still get plenty of camera features that are highly entertaining. These include Lumia Camera living images with a few seconds of movement, shoot in auto or have full manual control or use Lumia Refocus to bring elements in or out of focus.
The Lumia Selfie capture feature automatically enhances your self portraits and makes them easy to share. Lumia Storyteller is also included along with Nokia Photo Transfer for Mac and the ability to make video recordings.
Looking for a budget phone with a high resolution camera?
Read my review of the Microsoft Lumia 535
The Microsoft Lumia 435 has a 1,560mAh battery and coupled with the small screen and automatic screen brightness this performs very well. A talk time of up to 11.7 hours can be achieved or the phone can be left in standby for up to 21 days.
Music can be continually played for up to 64 hours or you can use Wi-Fi for internet browsing for up to 9.4 hours or watch video for 6.6 hours. If you need extended battery performance then you can also switch on the Battery Saver feature.
Microsoft Lumia 435 verdict: The feature set is pretty good so if you don’t mind the slightly limited camera resolution then this is probably going to be the best value smartphone you can find.
Written by: Michael Brown