If there’s anything good about a two-year contract, it’s the new phone that comes at the end. When time came for my iPhone 5 to enjoy an easy retirement as an MP3 player, it was an opportunity for something new. After all, winding up with something novel and different is half the fun of upgrading.

For years, Windows Phone stood present but not prominent among the bigger smartphone platforms. According to the International Data Corporation, Microsoft’s platform retains a measly 2.8 percent market share, falling far behind bigger brands (though still better than Blackberry).

The Nokia Lumina 635 retails for under $200 and won its way into my heart and hand. It’s far from the flagship my iPhone was, but here’s why that’s not a problem.


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