Nokia Lumia 535 with Microsoft OS

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is now seeing a successor following its steps in the entry-level area of smartphones, the Microsoft Lumia 535. Yes, the Finnish name is gone, but have no worries about this fella, as it maintains the tradition regarding specs and design, which should please those of you who know what the Lumia 520 was about and were satisfied by its offerings. Obviously, the 535 brings some nice improvements over its predecessor, such as dual-SIM support, a LED flash for the primary camera, a secondary 5MP front facing camera for making video calls, a bigger 5-inch display and some overall improved hardware specs. The package of refurbishments comes for a small price, as you probably suspected, so check out the following review and find out more about it.
In its retail box, the Lumia 535 comes accompanied only by its charger and the user manual, nothing more. Considering its budget price, this isn’t a deal breaker by any means.
In terms of design, the Lumia 535 measures 140.2 x 72.4 x 8.8 mm and has a weight of 146 grams, being reasonably sized for a device that carries a 5 inches display. The build quality seems to be very good and the handset is very comfortable to manage and slip into pockets. The battery cover is removable and you can choose between 6 color tones for it: white, black, gray, green, orange and gray.
The frontal part of the Lumia 535 is dominated by a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and a pixel density of 220 ppi. For protection, Corning’s Gorilla Glass is on board and should keep scratches away from your screen. The image quality is very nice when indoors, with beautiful colors, good contrast and wide viewing angles, but on the outside, the reflective screen takes its toll and adds to a pretty poor sunlight legibility. Oh well.
At the software department, the Lumia 535 comes packed with the latest and greatest from Microsoft, Windows 8.1 with the Lumia Denim package of features. Some of the most useful stuff that came lately are the notification center ( which allows you to use quick toggles and displays all your notifications), support for folders, a personal assistant – Cortana, which will answer questions and perform different actions and much more. The Windows Phone experience is noticeably improving and receives more and more refurbishments which are very welcome as they’re making the smartphones smarter and friendlier than ever.
Let’s see what’s under the “hood”. The Lumia 535 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 302 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The handset is a decent performer and won’t be bothering you with any lag issues or freezes despite its not-so-powerful hardware. The GPU isn’t great, but does the job if you don’t abuse it with a lot of 3D games.
Inside the connectivity package, we’ll find support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, dual-band 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP and microUSB 2.0. The Lumia 535 comes in two versions, single-SIM and dual-SIM.
For surfing the web, Internet Explorer 11 is at your service and does a wonderful job, having support for unlimited tabs, private browsing, password saving, tab and bookmark syncing, back and forward gestures, a reader mode and so on. The pages are loaded fast and look nice on the handset’s big screen.
The old camera found on the Lumia 520 is still here, as the 535 holds a 5MP snapper with autofocus that takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1936 pixels. But this time, a LED flash joins the party for offering assistance in low light conditions. The image quality is very good for a performer from the 5MP league, offering beautiful colors, good contrast and a good amount of resolved detail.
The Lumia 535 produces some average 480p videos @30 fps. Also on board is a secondary 5MP camera for taking “selfies” or making video calls.
Some other handy offered by the Lumia 535 are its Office suite for viewing and editing document files, a GPS receiver with GLONASS and A-GPS support, HERE Maps and HERE Drive+ which offer voice guided and offline navigation everywhere, an FM Radio with RDS support, two capable media players and much more.
The Microsoft Lumia 535 has a 1,905 mAh battery and will last for almost two days under a moderate usage.

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