Apple’s phones and Android devices dominate the smartphone landscape– but the Windows Phone experience is a viable option. The newly announced Microsoft Lumia 640 is a great device for the budget-minded user.
The Lumia 640 comes with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1 GB of RAM. The device has an 8MP rear camera and a .9MP front facing camera. The camera is one of the better features of the phone, and it takes much better pictures than it should for the price.
The 5” LCD 720p display is made of Gorilla glass but this is one of the place you’re going to feel the budget limitations. 1080p displays have become the norm for many smartphones, but the budgetary limitations hold back the 640. The device runs off a 2500 mAh battery, which will provide adequate battery life under normal use.
The 640 only comes with only 8GB onboard storage, but luckily Microsoft included a microSD card slot for expandable storage. Hardware wise, the 640 bests the current king of budget smartphones: The Moto G2
The handset comes in the normal black and white configurations, but it also comes in an interesting cyan and orange. The Lumia line is usually very well built for the price, and the 640 provides a soft touch backing that feels good in the hand. The replaceable plastic shells are smooth and sturdy, giving the 640 a rugged build.
The Lumia 640 currently runs Windows Phone 8.1, but Microsoft promised one of the first updates to Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview will be on the 640.
Popular apps like Netflix, WhatsApp, and Instagram are available on the Windows App store. Software availability has always been a point of contention with Microsoft’s phones, but wide adoption of this budget device could change this reality.
Microsoft is offering OneDrive accounts with 1TB of cloud space along with the phone, in an attempt to rival Google Drive deals with some Android Phones.
One thing unique and commendable about Microsoft is their commitment to their design language for Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft loves their tiles and so have their customers. The User Interface definitely warrants recognition due to its ease of use and fluidity. The user experience is wonderful even on this relatively low-powered device.
Users not used to the Windows Phone experience shouldn’t be worried– it’s extremely easy to use.
Economics and availability
The most attractive part of the phone is its price, a mere $120 in the United States and 139 Euros in the UK. The 640 is currently available for purchase online. Nokia is also releasing the 640 XL which packs a larger battery, better front and rear cameras, and a larger screen.
Budget-minded users need look no further for their device of choice. The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a wonderful option that provides a great user experience for an extremely low price.
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