AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 – No Contract GoPhone

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$ 46.24


  1. Courtney says:
    486 of 501 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Choice for a Budget Phone, July 29, 2014

    This review is from: AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 – No Contract GoPhone (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    I came home this afternoon to that familiar brown box with the smiley on it, tore into it, and have been playing with my new phone ever since. I bought the 635 as a replacement until I’m eligible to upgrade again.

    If you intend to use it is a GoPhone, or this is your first AT&T device, it comes with a sim card and directions to set it up. If your current AT&T phone already takes a mini sim, all you need to do is insert it in this phone. If you’re like me and need a replacement, (but don’t want to spend a small fortune on a new phone) then you can just slide in your old sim. My old sim card didn’t fit, so I went over to the AT&T store and they gave me one for no extra cost. To be clear, this works as a GoPhone or as a contract phone for existing plans.

    When I renewed my contract with AT&T late last year, I picked up the much lauded and excellent 41 megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 (also a Windows Phone.) I had the phone 6 months before it was stolen, and unfortunately, I did not have insurance 🙁 I loved that phone so much and it’s the primary reason I chose to go with another Nokia Window’s Phone. Since my phone was stolen, I’ve been using my ancient HTC Desire HD which has been acting really wonky the last week or so. Enter the Nokia Lumia 635. After much research on budget phones, going back and forth over whether or not i should upgrade to a high end phone via the next installment plan, I decided to go with this one for a few specific reasons: The 4G LTE, it’s a brand I know and trust, and the price.

    Coming from the 1020, this phone pales in comparison. However, for a $99 phone (and we should judge it for what it is), you couldn’t ask for much more. I’ve owned and used iPhones, Window Phones, and Androids. I have a windows laptop, a Chromebook, and a Kindle HDX. I’m not committed to any one system and enjoy using them all. All have their advantages and disadvantages. I won’t spend much time addressing those here, as I will assume that you’ve done your homework and are familiar with Windows OS. This phone does everything that Windows Phones can do, so I will focus instead on the pros and cons of this particular device.


    1. Speed and Memory
    Phone is fast and responsive. Switching apps, loading browsers, setting up email accounts was quick and easy. The phone is 4G LTE so there are no issues with speed here. This phone is just as fast as every high end phone I’ve ever used. I was able to transfer all of my contacts without incident (under 3 minutes for 594 contacts) using the bluetooth transfer data app. I’ve had issues before, and was weary of this process as I was coming from an Android. It was seamless and easy. I was able to easily link the email server to all of my accounts, my primary being Gmail. The phone has 8 GB of memory and comes preloaded with apps for Microsoft’s OneDrive and the AT&T Locker if you wish to store your data remotely or back it up. There is a slot for a micro sd to expand your memory up to 128GB.

    2. Cortana
    The Personal Assistant “Cortana” (Microsoft’s version of Siri) works very well and is a nice feature that I anticipate will be very useful. I wasn’t aware this phone came with this feature which was a really nice surprise. She is able to locate and give directions to local businesses, search the internet, set reminders, make phone calls, and send texts quickly and accurately. It is a really excellent feature that works just as well (and imo, better) than Siri. At setup, Cortana gives you a survey to learn your interests and preferences for content. Based on your responses, she gives you live updates on the Cortana Title on your homescreen. (For example, one of the things I selected was to get live updates on headline news.)

    3. Customization, Appearance, and Settings
    Phones are highly customizable. You can arrange the apps (tiles) you use the most on your homescreen wherever you want and can change the size of the tiles. You can also change the color theme of the tiles, and you can choose a background photo of your choice for your lockscreen. Security is limited a numerical pin; you don’t have any options for fingerprints or alphabetical passwords. The settings menus and options for the phone itself and apps are impressive. You can set up your preferences for when to use data plan vs wifi, your battery life, and much more. You have a lot of control over what the phone does and when.

    The phone itself is relatively light and Nokia sells interchangeable backings in a range of colors to personalize your phone. On this point, it is reminiscent to the colorful personalization of iPhone 5c. This isn’t a feature I was too concerned with as I prefer to use a case for added protection. I think it is an attractive looking phone and I prefer the rounded edges to the square edges of previous models. The screen resolution is quite good and colors are bright and vivid. The quality was much…

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  2. 247 of 253 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Just upgraded from the Lumia 520, August 10, 2014

    This review is from: AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 – No Contract GoPhone (Wireless Phone Accessory)
    I’ve had it a little over a week now and I’m really enjoying this phone. I upgraded from the Lumia 520 because I was starting to have problems with it (the buttons on the side weren’t working any more.) They made some noticeable improvements on this year’s model without really increasing the price.
    Screen size: its a little bigger. I’ve heard people say the resolution isn’t as good, but I haven’t noticed. it looks about the same quality to me. This is the biggest screen I’ve had on a smartphone and its really nice.
    Build quality: it seems a little sturdier than the 520. the back battery cover can’t come off as easily. The buttons have a more solid feel and don’t stick out as far.
    Battery: I get about 2 days out of it with normal use. that’s texting, listening to music on it in the car. not any games really. It seems noticeably better than the 520’s battery life to me.
    Weight: this thing feels pretty light to me. its a little lighter than my girlfriend’s Lumia 928 and they have the same size screen.
    4g LTE: The 520 did not have LTE. I wasn’t expecting to notice a difference between 4G and LTE, but loading videos and pages online is much faster. That combined with the quicker processor makes it a pretty useful smartphone.
    Micro-Sd capacity: This phone can take a 128 GB sd card. Now that is a lot of space on a smart phone. Especially considering how much you’re going to pay to get one of the upscale phones that doesn’t accept an sd card in a 32GB or 64GB model. It actually seems outrageous to me how much people spend on an iphone with lots of memory when its so cheap to expand the memory on phones like this. Right now I have a 64GB card in it that I paid around $35 for last christmas. I have 2 shoeboxes of CDs stored on it in mp3 format if you need an idea of how much space that is.
    Cortana: I thought this was going to be a stupid gimmick. I anticipated NEVER using is. So far it has been pretty useful. She is VERY good at understanding what I say. I love using her to find a certain song, artist or album in my library while I’m driving. I’ve actually had cases where I said the wrong name of an album and she still figured out what I meant. She’s great at grabbing me directions somewhere as well. And from what I hear she is basically in her beta stage still and is getting lots of improvements soon.

    Cons (I realize these are going to be nitpicky)
    Camera button: I always felt like having a camera button on the side was a Nokia trademark. You have to use on-screen buttons to snap your pictures and videos on this phone. its not a huge deal. As far as the camera in general goes, it works fine. No, it doesn’t have a flash or a “selfie-cam”, but at this price point I can’t complain about the quality at all.
    touch-screen options: This is very minor, but on the 520 I could double-tap the screen to wake it up. This phone does not have this option for some reason. Also, it doesn’t have the “glance” feature where you can see the time and whatnot without actually waking the phone. If this is a trade off for having the bigger screen, I’m completely fine with it though.
    RAM: Only has 512mb of RAM. I wish it had 1GB, but the quad core processor seems to make processes pretty quick and you really don’t have to wait much for loading.
    Some of the Apps: I’ve had a couple issues with some of the new apps. The music player, for instance, takes minutes to load all the artists in my music library. it can load the songs and albums list quickly, but artists just doesn’t work. I found a workaround for now…apparently the old music player from before 8.1 is written in still. I had to download an app that was a shortcut to it. it works great, so I’m using that until they fix the 8.1 music player.

    Overall its a great phone. To me, the bottom line is the price. I can’t imagine them making a better entry-level phone at this price range. I think the complaints in some of the bad reviews on here seem very picky, and don’t reflect the price of the phone. Like the camera. Its a $99 phone…I don’t see how they could’ve added a flash and higher res camera and still had a nice big screen and quadcore processor. For me, having a fully-functional and responsive smartphone AND 128GB capacity mp3 player makes this phone a great value.


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  3. Jerry Palmerino Jr says:
    281 of 294 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Performance and Value, July 30, 2014
    Jerry Palmerino Jr (United States) –

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    This review is from: AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 – No Contract GoPhone (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    Last year, Nokia released the Nokia 520 and it became the best-selling Windows Phone of all time. Not only was it a great deal in terms of pricing, but it was also a great phone. So what could they do for a follow-up to their best seller? They released the Nokia 635, which improves upon several aspects of the 520.

    That is what we have here in this review. First, let’s discuss what a GoPhone is and what you can do with it.

    There are two ways you can use a GoPhone. A GoPhone can be used with its included SIM card or with your existing SIM card. If you want to use it with the included card, you’ll need to follow the activation process with AT&T. The other option is to use an AT&T SIM card you already have. If you need a backup phone, or broke your phone, and already have an activated AT&T SIM card, you can pick up one of these and pop your SIM card in it. You do not need to do anything with the included SIM card if you use your existing SIM. In fact, there is a sticker on the back of this phone that basically says that existing AT&T users just need to pop in their SIM card. That is what I did. In my case, I chose to use my existing nano SIM card from my Lumia 1520 to test out this phone. I simply placed the nano SIM in a micro SIM adapter tray, since this phone uses a micro SIM card.

    With everything I state in this review, keep in my how affordable this phone is. This is a mid tier phone, at a rock bottom price (relative to the latest and greatest of today).

    The blister pack packaging (sealed plastic container) is very difficult to open. I cut it open with scissors and because the packaging is rounded plastic, cutting it with scissors was difficult.

    The package contains the phone, an 1830 maH removable battery, sim card, start guides, and the charger with integrated USB cable.

    The matte black plastic back of this phone is very difficult to pry off. I ended up using a credit card to help pry it open.

    Compared to last year’s Lumia 520, this phone has a larger screen, feels better in the hand, and looks more modern. This phone also features LTE, which the 520 did not. Other changes from last year include the new Windows 8.1, the removal of the hardware camera button, and the switch to onscreen navigation buttons (like some Android phones). There is no camera flash on this phone and the 5 megapixel camera lens is a very very small bump on the back of the phone. The volume control and power button, while clicky, feel a little bit too recessed and take some getting used to. I was impressed to see the buttons had plastic on them for protection during shipping. The good thing about the recessed buttons is that if you pick up the phone by its sides, it is not easy to accidentally press a button. The beveled edges make it easy to grip, as does the matte black plastic.

    This phone is 802.11 b, g, and n compatible. It also has Bluetooth 4.0, which you can use to pair with a headset, earpeice, or your automobile. It works on AT&T’s LTE network.

    It comes with 8GB of internal storage and the microSD card support goes all the way up to 128GB cards.

    Setup is easy, and includes creating or signing in with a Microsoft account. I chose to restore from a previous Windows Phone, which worked flawlessly. It detected my SD card and asked me if I wanted to store my media on it. After my restore, I had 3.88GB free on the internal storage.

    The 4.5 inch screen is not a super high resolution screen, but is good enough. It comes in a 217ppi. Because Windows Phone uses big text, the resolution is not a big deal. It is 854×480 and features Nokia’s Clear Black technology. If you are familiar with the iPhone 5 or 5s, the body of this phone is similarly sized. It is approximately the same height, and just a little wider than the iPhone. It fits comfortably in the hand.

    In my opinion, Nokia should have increased the RAM to 1GB when they designed this phone. There is only 512mb of RAM in this phone, and the user experience of this phone usually doesn’t suffer as a result of this low amount of RAM. Some higher-end games may have an issue, but Windows phone does a great job with low specs. The only time I ran into an issue, (since I am not a gamer) is when pinch-zooming on webpages with small text. This phone takes a second to re-render the text and during that second or two, it is noticeably blurry. For a budget-priced phone though, this is something that you can live with.

    The Windows Phone keyboard continues to be my favorite among phone keyboards.

    I mentioned the 5 megapixel camera on the back. There is no front-facing camera on this phone. The quality of the photos from the camera are ok. I would not expect quality photos at night though. This camera isn’t anything like a 6 element lens of iPhones or the 41 megapixel Nokia 1020, but it does its job. It…

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