Microsoft Lumia 435 Review – Entry Level Cheap Smartphone

Microsoft Lumia 435 Review: Released in 2015, the Lumia 435 was one of the first phones out of the stable under the Microsoft brand. Still featuring the Lumia series name that it acquired from Nokia, these phones were an incremental upgrade on a series that had began to gain its own niche as the flag-carrier for the Windows Mobile operating software.

Two very similar variants were released: the Microsoft Lumia 430 also came out at around this time. Both models were targeted at developing markets, and Dual-Sim variants were common. There was not much difference between the phones specification-wise, and only some small physical differences, with the 430 being more noticeably square.

Even for 2015, the specifications of this phone were fairly basic. But the pace of improvements in mobile phone technology had started to slow at this point and a degree of price sensitivity began to seep into the market. A bundle of features that a few years prior would have run to hundreds of pounds was now available at a fraction of the cost.

The kicker (or downside) as some would have it was to be the Windows operating system. With Nokia out of the way, there was a greater alignment between the phone and Microsoft applications (instead of Nokia ones).

Full specifications here.

Microsoft’s foray was shortlived: there was a later model produced (Microsoft Lumia 550), but the platform was later abandoned due to low market share.

Microsoft Lumia 435 Review: Pros

Build quality was nice on the handset: the screen was a scratch-resistant one and the rear covers were interchangeable. The back shell was solid and following the Nokia way, was available in many neon colours.

The integration with Microsoft software was a plus, particularly Outlook for email. OneDrive was an excellent cloud-based storage solution at the time and offered users plenty of free space.

In terms of entertainment there was little wrong with the handset and offered microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0 and music and video playback.

Microsoft Lumia 435 Review: Cons

As we can expect, many corners were cut to get the phone at budget. The most noticeable is the camera function: a poor 2MP sensor with no flash. This produces relatively poor images despite an array of processing features.

Another aspect is the main processor and 1GB of RAM. This may set some limitations on the performance of more power-hungry applications such as games.

Many in-built applications come with the phone, but expandability is a little more limited than Apple or Android due to fewer developers on the secondary market.

The whole Windows software was a problem for some: it was equivalent in functionality to Apple and Android, but lacked the ease of use.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

The whole Microsoft range was popular as work phones due to their integration with other Microsoft applications. The budget phones also found a market due to their low cost, although the base market was extremely competitive. The phones still have some basic usage left in them and can be picked up cheaply.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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