Review: Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
3.6Overall Score

Price (RRP): $129
Manufacturer: Microsoft

How low can you go? Microsoft answers the question with a new phone that hit the $129 mark, bringing two SIM slots and just enough mobile for people who need something smart and simple.

Features

If you don’t think you need the best phone, but you do need something, the phone manufacturer formerly known as Nokia and now known as Microsoft might have something up its sleeve, provided you can handle Windows Phone 8.1.

The phone is small, offering up a 4 inch display running the old school resolution of 800×480, which offers roughly 233 pixels per inch, 100 below that of the Apple iPhone 6’s Retina display, with support for touch.

microsoft-lumia-435-dual-sim-review-2015-01

Under this display, you’ll find a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor, paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, the latter of these upgradeable thanks to a microSD slot found inside the phone. Microsoft makes the phone, and so includes its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system on this handset.

Connections for the handset include 802.11b/g/n Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and 3G mobile connectivity, with microUSB 2.0 making the case for wired connectivity on the charge and data transfer side of things.

A 3.5mm headset jack is included, too.

microsoft-lumia-435-dual-sim-review-2015-04

Two microSIM slots are included here, too, making it possible to use two separate phone and data connections if need be, though both will be at most 3G only.

Cameras are found here, too, with a 2 megapixel rear camera with no flash, and a VGA camera up front, making sure there is something if you want to do some video chat or take a selfie.

microsoft-lumia-435-dual-sim-review-2015-02

Few buttons are found on the handset, with physical buttons taken care of via a volume rocker and power button on the right edge, with the three typical soft buttons for Windows below the 4 inch screen, catering to back, home, and search.

The casing for the Lumia 435 is removable, revealing a 1560mAh battery that is also removable.

microsoft-lumia-435-dual-sim-review-2015-15

Performance

There are generally three sections of the mobile phone market when it comes to buying one: flagship with its $700 to $1200 options, mid range running from $300 to $699, and then everything else below it being entry level.