The lower and midrange smartphone market segment is slowly heating up with more and more manufacturers introducing entry-level devices. Noticeable trends include the increase in performance and addition of features that appeal to the consumers in this category. The Nokia Lumia 638 is one such device designed to meet the needs of this market segment. Below we will look at how exactly this phone does this as well as its successes and failures. So let’s get to it.
The Nokia Lumia 638 comes with a wonderful design and build considering its price tag. The phone is 9.2 mm thick and weighs as little as 135 grams. The body is lined with a variety of functional features including the power button and volume rockers on the right side, a 3.5mm jack and a micro USB port are all located around the outer edge of the device. The front accommodates the phone’s soft keys for easy and convenient access. A rear camera is strategically located on the upper rear part. These features round off the design characteristics of the phone.
On the performance front, the Nokia Lumia 638 comes with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, a common feature in most phones in this category this is paired to a 1 GB RAM. Built in memory is pegged at 8 GB with a micro SD slot available to boost the storage up to 128 GB. It is important to note that these features are designed to offer moderate smartphone users the necessary power to get through most of their processing needs.
The phone comes with a 4.5 inch display that has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Pixel density is rated at 221 PPI. This is another common standard for most phones in this market segment as well.
When it comes to the camera, the Nokia Lumia 638 disappoints a bit as it does not come with a front facing camera for users who are into taking selfies. The 5MP rear camera, however, is supported by some nifty features to enhance the user's image capturing experience. It comes with panoramic image capturing mode for more appealing photos.
On the Software front, this is iteration of the Nokia Lumia uses Microsoft OS. It runs on the latest Windows 8.1 and come with the Windows Enterprise Pack. This includes a collection of Windows applications for seamless integration into some of the common Windows application users interact with on a daily basis.
The Nokia Lumia comes with an 1830mAh battery that lasts users 9 of hours of Wi-Fi usage. Other connections supported by the phone include Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and 3G HSPA among others. As an entry level smartphone, it stacks up quite well with the competition it faces.