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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is another serious effort by Microsoft to pry people from Android and iOS. If you are looking for a dependable mid-range phone with a big screen, look no further. Read more

         

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  • Phone size 81.5 x 157.9 x 9.0 mm
  • Camera 13 megapixels
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Last updated on the 13th of April at 2:09pm with 239,500 deals.

Our Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Review

In recent times Microsoft has got a whole lot more serious about the mobile industry. They bought troubled industry giant Nokia’s phone division in 2013 and since then have produced a neat range of handsets that look nice and perform very capably. The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, is no different. But is it worth ditching iOS or Android for? We take a look at the Lumia 640 XL and Windows Mobile to see if there is a third way…

What is the software like on the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL?

As most of us have got rather used to either using Android or iOS on our smartphones, Windows Mobile feels like a bit of a refreshing change. The tiles look sharp, neat and the whole OS feels quite intuitive. Unfortunately if you have got used to Android or iOS you might struggle a bit to find your way around at first, but this fades rather quickly. If you buy the Lumia 640 XL you’ll also get a free upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. The Lumia 640 XL is listed by Microsoft as being capable of running Windows 10 Mobile so you should be able to get the latest version of the OS when you boot up the phone for the first time.

What is the screen like on the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL?

The Lumia 640 XL has a 5.7 inch LCD touchscreen that is really rather pleasant. While the size of the phone does make using it with one hand a bit awkward, at least initially, the extra room on the display is welcome. It really comes into it’s own when you are browsing the web or even looking at spreadsheets and utilising the Office functionality.

In terms of resolution the Lumia 640 XL looks sharp, measures 720 x 1280 pixels and has a pixel density of 259 pixels per inch (ppi). This means it doesn’t really touch more high end handsets from a few years ago, such as the iPhone 5s (326 ppi) and it falls slightly short of similar mid range handsets such as the Motorola Moto G 3rd gen (294 ppi). But for the price tag it’s a capable screen and it holds up well.

What are apps like on the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL?

When talking about any Windows Phone, it’s difficult to avoid the elephant in the room. That elephant is called app choice. The range of apps available on Windows Phone tends to be a barrier that prevents users from jumping in and trying a new ecosystem. 

For example there is no official Google Gmail app. This might not be a barrier for most users but it will annoy some. So we’d recommend really thinking about the apps you use and researching to see if there availble on the Microsoft platform.

Having said that the situation is improving and some of the big apps are now freely available on Windows Mobile. Facebook, Netflix and Twitter are available as well as BBC iPlayer. Obviously, as you would expect from Microsoft, the office software apps on Windows Mobile are superb. Plus if you own an Xbox, Windows Phone integrates with your console is seamlessly.

What is the camera like?

While it looks pretty impressive on the spec sheet at 13 Megapixels, the camera on the 640 XL is something of a mixed bag. However, it’s very solid and dependable for the price tag.

The cameras on the Lumia 640 XL promise a great deal. The main camera has Carl Zeiss optics and can shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The 5 megapixel front facing camera can also film in 1080p, so you can have high definition video calls. The camera takes good decent still shots in good lighting conditions but details tend to look a bit noisy.

The 640 XL does have a solid integrated LED flash to help it cope with low lighting conditions. It manages to add light to shots without making them look faded or washed out. The Lumia camera app also has numerous technical settings that budding photographers will find useful, though most of us will probably happy with it’s basic point and shoot settings.

What do we think of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL?

Although it does feel a bit plasticky and the app range issue is tough to ignore, it’s fair to say that we liked the Lumia 640 XL. The potential for this phone, thanks for Windows 10, to integrate with other Microsoft products and services in the future is difficult to ignore.

For those of us with budget concerns but who still want decent tech, the Lumia 640 XL is a phone that should be considered. In terms of specs it stands up very well to other handsets on the market and it’s well designed. However that app question does cast a shadow so while it’s easy to recommend the Lumia 640 XL as a piece of hardware, you should think carefully before purchasing it.

         

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Last updated on the 13th of April at 2:09pm with 239,500 deals.