Microsoft could have been late to enter the buzzing smartphone market but since the time it has arrived, it has taken the world by storm with its Lumia devices which have some of the best features in all the range of products. Though Lumia was earlier Nokia's range of products but Microsoft has enhanced it further and taken it to the next level with all new range of smartphones. Even the Microsoft App store now has a lot of popular apps that are launched for iOS and Android and gives you some decent options to choose which apps you want to install on your smartphone.
Microsoft Phone has launched it's own very first phone with all Microsoft branding named Microsoft 535. The phone is launched for value segment featuring 5MP selfie (front) camera and Windows 8.1 operating system with Lumia Denim.Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core processor is clocked at 1200 MHz with 1GB RAM gives enough power to meet your day to day requirements. The phone looks good and feels nice.
The phone has very nice form factor with minimalistic buttons on its sides. Right hand side has power button in the middle and above the same volume rocker buttons captures the side. The left hand side of the phone has no buttons. The bottom has only micro-USB charging point. The top side has 3.5mm jack towards the left to take care of your headphones/earphones etc. The back covers are interchangeable and are available in six colors.
The phone comes with a wall charger, Microsoft earphones (old style) and interchangeable battery. The battery is 1905mAh (3.7V 7.0 Wh) rechargeable Li-ion with Microsoft Mobile branding. The battery gives sufficient power to last 12 hours under moderate usage. Underneath the back cover is the micro-SD card slot for expanding the memory upto 128GB for your music etc and micro-SIM card slot. Dual-SIM version is also available in the market and Lumia 535 is going at around R1700-1900 pay-as-you-go.
Microsoft Lumia 535 has 5inch qHD (IPS LCD) display with 220 ppi pixel density. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is a scratch resistance glass and seen very less in this price range. The phone has 8gb ROM out of which only half (nearly 3.7GB) is available for the user for media etc. The phone only weighs 146 grams and feels really light to carry around.
The front camera is 5MP with focal length 24mm and rear camera which is also 5MP has focal length of 28mm. The camera can shoot video with 30fps in FWVGA resolution (848x480). Lumia 535 comes with a lot of apps pre-installed which helps a lot as straight out of the box you can start using them if you have a Microsoft account. A single-sign-on enables all the Microsoft enabled apps. Lumia Selfie, Lumia Camera, Creative Studio etc are vaious apps that helps you to better your photographs.
Overall, this is a phone for the value segment with large display and 3G capability. The phone has trendy looks to cater to students segment with changeable covers and battery. The phone doesn't comes with any micro-USB cable to transfer your content to laptop but has features by which you can share your content with others. Also, the Lumia Selfie camera doesn't inverts the picture making alphabets written go mirror-imaged which has been same since last phone I tried. This is an error in the software for the front cameras they have installed in the phone.
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