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Want to Test Windows 10 for Phones? Get a Lumia 635 for $49

Microsoft launched its Windows 10 technical preview for phones last week, but the only phone’s that it’s compatible at the moment are lower-end budget phones which include the Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 636, Lumia 638, Lumia 730, and Lumia 830.

If you own a high-end Windows Phone, Microsoft wrote in its blog post that you’ll be getting the tech preview soon. But what if you’re an Android or iPhone user and just want to check out what a Windows Phone is all about?

Even if you’ve never owned a Windows Phone in your life, and are honest about checking it out, the easiest way to do it is pick up a Lumia 635 which is only $49 dollars now.

Windows Phone 10 Preview

The cool thing is you don’t even have to activate the calling and data plan, so, like Lumia 520, it can be used as a music and video player over Wi-Fi. And all the while you get the Windows Phone experience, and you might be surprised how nice it is.

I wrote an article last year about the Lumia 635 being a crazy good deal when it first came out on AT&T as a prepaid unit which is part of its GoPhone line up. And now that it’s even more affordable, picking one up is a pretty much a no brainer if you’re curious about Windows Phone, are in between contracts, or want a media player with Microsoft’s mobile OS.

For $50 you can start testing out the Windows Phone as well as start testing Windows 10 for phones.

Here’s a look at the phone’s specs and my take on them:

  • 4.5 inch ClearBlack Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, IPS LCD Display 480×854 resolution 221 ppi (not high-end by any means, but it is a clear and crisp screen, and bigger which is always a good thing)
  • 8 GB of internal storage with expandable storage up to 128 GB with an SD card, as well as 7 GB of OneDrive cloud storage (moving apps and games from the phone to SD card is easy using the Storage Sense feature)
  • 512 MB of RAM (I know they want to keep the price low, but 1 GB would be welcome, but the OS is zippy and apps run just fine)
  • 5.0 MP Camera with 720p HD Video and Autofocus and 4x zoom. (A standard camera for a budget phone, you’ll need good lighting to get a half decent picture)
  • 1.2 GHz MSM8x26 Quad core Processor (A nice upgrade from the Lumia 520’s Dual-core 1 GHz snapdragon)

Get the Lumia 635 AT&T GoPhone for $49 on Amazon

If you do this Windows Phone experiment, let us know how it went. If you were surprised how nice the Windows Phone interface is and are converting from Android or iOS, let us know in the comments below. Or if you think Android or iOS spanks WP, tell us that too.

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5 Responses to Want to Test Windows 10 for Phones? Get a Lumia 635 for $49

  1. Sean Robertson February 18, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    I took advantage of this deal a few days ago as a second phone to try out Windows 10 (except on Boost Mobile $50 too). Put Windows 10 Technical preview on it, it’s awesome! Very well done. Haven’t had any problems with 10 preview, but then again it’s not my primary phone.

  2. John Kendrick February 19, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    Great idea. I am a recent convert from iPhone (had every upgrade since the original) but was intrigued by the active tiles. My employer got me a Lumia 928 last spring and I loved it. Then I upgraded to an htc m8 windows phone and things just got better. Love the hub, combining apps in tiles, altogether a great experience. Since this is my primary phone, I will think hard about spending $49 for the 635 and am already an insider so I can upgrade it to Win10. J

  3. ramjiyahoo February 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    good advise and idea thanks, I plan to use this to taste windows 10 and Office 2013 in this.

    • Steve Krause February 20, 2015 at 11:13 am #

      $50 for a nice MP3 player and/or mobile Netflix player… Not bad honestly. 😉

  4. Michael Muldoon May 15, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    I would really like to buy one and test it and the price is just right. But I don’t want a GSM phone so my question is can you get one at this price that is CDMA? The reason is if I decided to make it my primary phone at some point it has to work on the best networks available to me so that means Verizon or US Cellular. Both are CDMA. Not AT&T, not T-Mobile (both GSM which where I live means few towers and even those have no range, don’t get me started), not Sprint (which is not true CDMA but a manled version plus they son’t have service were I am or where I go).

    So again my question is can you get one at this price that is CDMA?

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