Microsoft Lumia 535 launches in the UK

The Microsoft Lumia 535 has launched in the UK making headline news for a budget smartphone that really does have a decent set of features.


Microsoft has thrown everything it has into this new Lumia phone so you should expect to enjoy the very best of Nokia and Microsoft in an affordable package.


Microsoft Lumia 535 design


The new Lumia 535 makes a bigger impact than that of its predecessors as the large 5-inch display delivers plenty of canvas for all things visual. The 960 x 540 pixel resolution has a enough definition for web browsing, gaming and video streaming and the display has been enhanced for readability in sunlight.


Microsoft Lumia 535 design


The curved back case fits neatly in the hand and a range of colours allow you to make as big of a statement as you choose. It isn’t all about the looks though as inside we find a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and an internal memory of 8GB. This can be expanded upon by inserting a memory card or by using the 15GB of OneDrive Cloud storage.


Microsoft Lumia 535 camera


It could be that Microsoft couldn’t decide on which camera to focus on so we get a 5 megapixel snapper of both the front and back. The selfie camera has a wide angle lens to get in more of the background and this works with Skype too.


Microsoft Lumia 535 camera


The camera package includes the Lumia Selfie app and the Lumia Creative Studio app. Combined these offer filters, crop, rotate, reframe, background blur, brightness and colour intensity tools as well as a remote shutter feature.


Microsoft Lumia 535 features


The Microsoft Lumia 535 runs on the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update. This basically means that you will get a Live Tiles home screen where you can select a picture to become the background of the tiles. You also get the Cortana digital assistant along with pre-installed social apps such as Twitter, Facebook, WeChat, Foursquare, Line and LinkedIn.


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The Windows Phone Store is the home for downloading new apps and popular titles such as WhatsApp and Instagram are in there ready for you to download. 3G and Wi-Fi connect you to the internet via the Widows Explorer 11 web browser.


Microsoft Lumia 535 features


The GPS functionality has been completely kitted out with free maps for turn-by-turn navigation across the globe. You can download the maps for use with HERE Drive+ and once you have done this you have a complete offline GPS system at your disposal.


The pre-installed app list continues with MixRadio. This app allows you to stream music mixes and give the tracks a thumbs up or a thumbs down. You preferences are then built up over time so that the music mixes become tailored to the type of music you like.The Xbox Music app allows you to play and manage your own music and from here you can access the Xbox Music Store should you wish to buy songs.


The final piece of news in this story is the battery which can deliver up to 78 hours of music or 6.5 hours of video playback or 8.5 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi.


Overall the Microsoft Lumia 535 is going to be a winning package for anyone looking for a new affordable smartphone.

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