Nokia's new Lumia 635 smartphone is a solid bargain for budget-minded business users. The new 4.5-inch Windows Phone handset boasts a reasonably roomy display and decent hardware. But what makes this a phone worth noticing is its low price point. It's also set to ship with Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, which features a slew of new productivity-boosting features. You can't pick up the Lumia 635 just yet; it's set to hit store shelves this June. Here are three reasons it might be worth the wait.
The Windows Phone platform has inherent advantages for business users, such as native integration with the desktop version of Microsoft Office. Starting at $189 before carrier subsidies, the Lumia 635 is an especially affordable entry for the platform. Subsidized prices haven’t been announced, but the phone is likely to be dirt cheap when coupled with a two-year contract. That's good news for small business owners who want to get their hands on a decent Windows Phone device without breaking the bank.
Windows Phone 8.1
The Lumia 635 will launch with Windows Phone 8.1, the latest iteration of the Windows Phone platform. The new version features the debut of Cortana, a voice-activated personal digital assistant that gets to know you based on your usage, and can notify you of upcoming appointments, flight information, weather alerts and more. Also new is the Action Center, which is similar to the notification hub found on both the Android and iOS operating systems. Just swipe down from the top of your phone's display to view all of your alerts at a glance.
Nokia's budget-priced phone comes with a scant 8GB of onboard storage, but the inclusion of a microSD card slot means you can easily augment that storage. That's good news for business users who need to download and store large files on their mobile device. And unlike some Lumia handsets, the Lumia 635 features a removable battery, so you can carry a spare or replace the battery altogether.