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Try The Tech - Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Review

by karky69 on ‎22-02-2016 22:20 - last edited on ‎29-11-2016 14:37 by Community Manager (2,835 Views)

Look and Feel.

 

The phone I was given to test was a horrible garish orange colour which you wouldn’t lose in the dark. I felt the smooth plastic casing made it feel a little cheap but I suppose for the price tag you can’t complain. The plastic volume and power buttons could be placed better. The 5” screen displays colours vividly and I found pictures and videos playes back well. The 8mp back facing camera worked well and pictures taken looked ok when displayed on a laptop. I did find though that pictures taken in darker settings didn’t come out great.

 

Performance

 

The quad core snapdragon processors perform well and generally the phone is very responsive. I did find though that some applications did struggle and lagged a little. The battery seemed to last well and only needed charging after a couple of days of use. With only 8gb of internal memory you would soon run out of space and would definitely need an SD card to increase capacity.

 

Applications

 

The Windows 8.1 user interface does work well but personally I have never been a fan of the desktop version so couldn’t warm to the mobile version.  

 

The live tiles are good and supply some interesting updates but nothing different from Android or iOS devices. 

 

Pre-installed are all the usual Microsoft Office applciation but obviously the mobile versions. Opening large documents in Word loaded quickly and were eas to edit. Works well with One Drive allowing easy editing between mobile and desktop versions. This would work very well for business people who need to be abe to take work home and edit documents/spreadsheet 'on the go'.

 

One thing I did think odd was that the ‘maps’ app doesn’t use live traffic information to aid smarter navigation from start to finish but does display congestion.

 

The app store is lacking many of the applications that would be found on iOS and Android devices. No Google applications are available so being an Android user I would be put off moving over to a Windows phone.

 

Overall

 

I think this phone would be great for a first time smartphone user who has a limited budget. It’s easy to use and navigation simple and performs well.

 

Comments
by Cleoriff
on ‎22-02-2016 22:33

Hi @karky69. Thanks for your review. It made for an enjoyable read.

What android phone do you currently own?

by jonsie
on ‎22-02-2016 22:38

Interesting to see your thoughts on the 640. I've never been a Windows fan to be honest though I did quite like the 1040 I trialled. Nice review @karky69

by lovemyphone
on ‎22-02-2016 22:40

Good review @karky69 I think a lot of people agree with your thoughts from the other reviews I have read 

by MI5
on ‎22-02-2016 22:43
I'm a big fan of windows phones for business use and agree very much with tour review.
by karky69
on ‎22-02-2016 22:50
I'm very happy with my Samsung Galaxy S5
by Community Manager
on ‎23-02-2016 14:14

Lovely review @karky69 well done!

The app round-up is always a welcome addition to these reviews. Great to see Smiley Happy