Lumia 635 Could Be Your Professional Phone
Windows Phone has been getting a lot of backlash in the media, at least with tech blogs and the like. The biggest complaint is that there is simply not enough apps available for the Windows Phone line, though that has been a diminishing problem over the years as Microsoft continues to push forward. The Lumia 635 is one of the newer budget Windows based cell phones that are available and it is worth every penny. While recent activity by Microsoft has taken quite a few of the exclusive pieces away from their own platform, Windows Phone is still the easiest way to effectively use those apps.
First up, there is no flash on the Lumia 635 and it is equipped with, only, 512 megabytes of Random Access Memory (RAM). Also, there is no front facing camera on these low end devices. Those are probably deal breakers for most users looking for a cheaper option to “just get by”. That is fine, if you are into selfies (the act of taking a picture of yourself) or taking a lot of pictures that require significant detail (anything not in well-lit areas or things that are far away) then the Lumia 635 is not for you- you may want to check out one of the other myriad Windows Phone devices available that might suit your needs.
Personally, I use the Lumia 635 as my main phone after having used a Galaxy S4 for almost a year. Why did I make the switch to Windows Phone? Prior to the Galaxy S4 I used a Lumia 521 (T-Mobile version of the AT&T Lumia 520) and really liked it. My 521 was lost and so I needed a new phone and my wife insisted I get something “newer” so I got the Galaxy S4 (she had one already which saved us a few times by being able to swap batteries in a pinch). I figured with the recent activity of Microsoft branching out onto Android and iOS with their Office product, and other products, that I would not be too much like a fish out of water on Android.
I enjoyed Android and it was nice, the Galaxy S4 is a great phone- I wish I could get a Windows Phone version of it honestly. Android was just too distracting for me. Every few minutes something was popping up alerting me to update this app or scan another app for possible malware or to come back that an in game action has completed. I was spending more time messing around with things than I was with working. Sure, I should not blame Android for the distractions, after all I downloaded those games and apps.
The biggest problem I had with Android was that, while it was configurable, it was still not as intuitive for me as Windows Phone’s main screen is. On Windows Phone, I can pin tiles to the main screen based on what I am doing, or expect to be doing. I do a lot of work in the public relations world so I find it incredibly helpful to be able to tailor my whole main screen to the client I am working with at that time.
In meetings, I can quickly find the items I need at that moment. I can pin web pages to the start screen, I can even pin Facebook groups and the like to better keep up to date on things. This is incredibly helpful and something that was simply not easily replicated on Android or iOS (from experience here and there).
Cortana is another plus for Windows Phone, at least in my professional and personal life. I can tell Cortana to remind me to do things at certain places- such as when arriving at a certain client’s office to remind them of something I feel would benefit them. Having something like Cortana available helps me keep those notes available because with the touch of two buttons (tap the Cortana tile then tap the speaker button) I can have that setup- no typing, no taking my eyes off what I am doing (driving, walking, whatever) and still able to get things done.
Sure, Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to Android and iOS (she is powered by Bing, Microsoft’s search engine) but that has not happened yet. Even when it happens, I have a feeling that the Windows Phone version will simply be easier to use, if the past is any indicator.
With Android I was constantly having to scroll from page to page to find apps I needed to use. Even when pinning them to the main pages, I ended up with nearly just as many pages as my app drawer contained. Setting up folders didn’t solve the problem either. Adding/removing apps from certain folders became a hassle when there were multiple folders to manage.
Windows Phone just comes with ease of use that Android and iOS don’t have. Sure, I don’t have access to 30+ farting apps or 400+ versions of Flappy Bird but what I do have is genuine Microsoft Office apps and integration with my Windows computer that mean more to me.
Windows Phone is not perfect by any means but what is there in the Lumia 635 for $50 is more than worth the entry price. For professionals it is hard to no suggest purchasing a Lumia 635, the integration with other Windows devices, ease of use and price are just too good.