For less than $200 you can pickup the Noka Lumia 635 through T-Mobile—one of the first phones to launch with Windows Phone 8.1 already onboard. The full retail price is just $168, which is just about one of the cheapest devices you can find right now. And considering the specs, you’d actually think the device would be a bit more expensive. For first-timers not tied to a particular ecosystem, this is the perfect device.
Equipped with a 4.5-inch display (854×480 resolution), the Lumia 635 sports the same solid polycarbonate construction you’d expect from Nokia. It feels incredibly durable, like it welcomes a little abuse; it’s really light, too, and the matted finish means it won’t slip out of your hands. Other specs include a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (microSD expandable), 1830mAh battery and a 5-megapixel camera.
Additionally, the Lumia 635 is one of the few phones launching with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, which comes with a revamped notification center, updated live tiles, Cortana and the ability to set your own wallpaper (finally!). You can purchase the Lumia 635 through T-Mobile’s site right now, either for $7 per month for 24 months, or $168 for full price.