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I mean it looks like a fine phone for at least your usage, you should read some of the reviews on amazon and see if any of the cons cause you any concern. I'm assuming you're getting a smartphone because people are commenting about your old phone or something or you want to make it look like you're more up to date. Any smartphone on the market can call and text just as well as the next. It's just what you want beyond that that distinguishes different smartphones.
Here's an amazon link if you're lazy
I was going by This amazon listing
Says only 512 MB
Lumia 635 AT&T branded, $48.99 on amazon
It's a pretty low-end device, but it should give you a good idea about whether or not you'll like windows phone. As an added bonus, this particular model supports the Windows 10 technical preview. It's not much different than wp8.1 for now, but if that's your sort of thing, it's there.
I just don't like stuff that looks low quality specially when it's so expensive. Sure it's not as big of a deal as say a phone but you still have text, icons, maps, buttons and other visual cues. The icons look like they forgot to turn on anti aliasing which when you're dropping 1k for a unit is completely unacceptable. EVERYTHING looks better in high res. While it won't make or break you being able to see them when you're glancing for a split second it's a lot easier to have something crisp to look at (guaranteed the first one to drop an HD display headunit will tout "safety" as a selling point). When you're looking at 1080p/qHD and 4k displays day in and day out then you go to look at a WVGA display it looks like shit by comparison. Yeah a decade ago that would have looked sweet but now I've seen better and it's simply not enough. Every other industry has enough competition to force advancement but HU manufacturers somehow decided this was good enough. They don't even offer some more expensive HU with a better screen they just don't have it. The know they don't have it. I mentioned it in the other thread they advertise SUB-pixel count. So instead of 384k pixels they multiply by RGB and advertise 1,152,000 "pixels". Most people don't know any better. I bought a kit with the Kenwood DNX-691 a year ago and ended up sending it back a week later. I was really impressed with the maestro RR integration. You can customize the steering wheel buttons, ODB II gauge readings (ala FF) and even HVAC controls in the head unit. With canbus becoming more common they have the best opportunity now to make systems integrate better than OEM. I was so disapointed I went back to my Mustangs dot matrix display where I can literally count the pixels. I much rather do a dot matrix display than a shit LCD. It's like good steak once you've had it you can't go back. I'd rather eat ground beef than shit steak.
Would you rather they offer it or not offer it? If you don't like it you don't have to buy it but I'm not asking for diamond encrusted, gold plated, 4k AMOLED headunit here I just want a head unit with a better display than this $57 phone. Am I seriously being unreasonable with this request?
Not to sound like someone from marketing...but if you want a nice touchscreen display, decent cpu, wifi, bluetooth, bunch of sensors, that you can code c#/XAML on, in a tiny and clean preassembled package...you can get the low end Lumia 635 for about $40, with no contract. :D Just ignore the fact that it's a phone (i.e. don't bother activating cell service), and it's a pretty crazy deal for the amount of functionality you get.
If you still need IO for external sensors, you can use Windows Remote Arduino to access SPI/I2C/GPIO connected to an arduino, from easy C# calls over bluetooth or wifi. Would probably add another $20-$50 to the price, depending on which board you go with...but would give you extra flexibility.
Just another option if you're looking for something more all-in-one. It's honestly pretty slick. </marketingmode>
I bought this phone for $30 and unlocked it on the AT&T website. Looks like Amazon doesn't ship phones to Canada now though.
> if you can't wait, get a cheap/decent android phone to hold you over.
Best cheap windows phone is the 635 on amazon for $50USD but its locked to ATT but has no contract.
The best cheap android phone running android 5.0ish would be the Moto series either the fully unlocked Moto G 2nd gen $175USD or the Moto E 2nd gen $150USD
Nokia Lumia 635 doesn't have one, and it's silly cheap.
cool. I'll probably go for that then. This phone is so cheap I almost feel bad not buying it. [link]
but im not sure it'll be udpated
Direct link to Amazon.
Unfortunately it's limit 1 per customer. Our entire team just ordered one ;)
The ATT 520 is also on sale for 29.99.
JUST posting some holiday deals
AT&T Nokia Lumia 520 4" GoPhone Prepaid Windows 8 Smartphone $30
+$50 to unlock