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Summary

Our Score:

8

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Pros

  • Superb value for money
  • Lumia camera applications
  • 12 months free subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal included

Cons

  • Poor app store experience

What is the Microsoft Lumia 640?

The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a compact, feature-rich affordable 5-inch mobile that showcases the best of Microsoft’s mobile apps and productivity tools.

As far as affordable phones go, the Lumia 640 offers a great deal of value for the money. Let’s put specs aside for a moment. The Lumia 640 comes with a free one year’s subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, otherwise worth £59.99. Now we’re talking about a 4G 5-inch phone with an HD screen, running on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with an 8-megapixel camera – for effectively £110. Now that’s impressive.

The Lumia 640 runs on the latest version of Windows Phone – 8.1 Denim – and we’ve been assured that it’ll get the Windows 10 update towards the latter stages of 2015.

If previous offerings have failed to attract people to the Lumia brand, the 640 may be the temptation that’s been missing.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 – Design & Features

At a glance, the Microsoft Lumia 640 is almost indistinguishable from the Nokia Lumia 630/635, but the 640’s translucent plastic back gives it a fresher feel.

In keeping with the trend for bigger phones the Lumia 640 has a larger 5-inch screen, up from 4.5 inches. The additional screen size has made the 640 a little taller and wider, but it’s actually slimmer, at 8.8mm thick. On the whole this phone’s design stays in typical Lumia territory. The phone, covered in smooth plastic and Gorilla Glass 3 on its screen, feels good to hold and is comfortable enough to use one-handed.

The back cover of the Lumia 640 can be easily removed to reveal the phone’s replaceable 2500mAh battery along with a micro-SIM and microSD slots. The extra storage is vital, given that the phone has only 8GB of built-in memory, with almost 2GB of that taken up by pre-installed apps. Fortunately the expansion slot supports cards up to 128GB, which will be more than enough for most people.

We like how tough and well made the 640 feels. Its sturdy construction makes it a phone that we could use confidently without worrying about the odd bump.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 – Screen

We’re starting to see HD screens become more common in the mid-range price bracket, which is a fantastic thing. The Lumia 640 enters the fray with a 5-inch 720 x 1280-resolution (294ppi) IPS LCD screen with quality that would be impressive on a phone costing twice the price.

The screen does a decent job of representing colours accurately, avoiding the colour casting that we’ve seen on other phones such as the very cheap Lumia 435. Comparing it to a higher-end phone such as the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which costs over £200 more, it holds up quite well. Used outdoors on a bright day the Lumia 640’s screen is visible, albeit a little on the dark side. Putting the brightness up to “high” doesn’t do a great deal to solve the issue either. If you’re watching any dark videos you’ll really struggle to see what’s going on.

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The viewing angles of the 640’s screen aren’t bad, but colours become duller when not viewed straight on.

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Russell hawker

May 7, 2015, 9:32 am

We've just bought this phone for my wife. I convinced her to come off a contract and buy the 640 outright. We sold her Galaxy S4 and this ended up a straight swap. She had been impressed with my 735 and asked to switch from Android to Windows Phone. So far she is loving the 640. I was hoping she would take my 735 as the 640 out specs it. But she didn't go for it. I guess the app store could be a problem for some but we have found all the apps we liked on Android are present on Windows. So no issue for us. Just our opinion but coming from iPhone 4s and Galaxy S4, we much prefer the Windows Phone OS. I know most people will bulk at that statement but there you go, just our opinion.
Its a great phone, especially for only £119 (or £79 at CPW).

MattMe

May 7, 2015, 10:06 am

I'm moving to Windows phone on my next contract renewal for sure.

You'll find the app store fattens up a great deal when Windows 10 for phones is released. They have announced that Android and iOS apps will be easy to port across to the Windows store.

Bijak Riyandi Ahadito

May 11, 2015, 9:21 am

been with Windows Phone since 2013 and guess what, I don't miss any app at all...
sure we're not always the first to taste everything, but those apps that aren't on Windows Phone are mostly games and only a few (subjectively) useful app

and no, I'm not using the popularly and porn-contaminated social app which name started with "S" and has a pr*ck CEO

srhardy

May 28, 2015, 9:41 am

With a FREE windows app you can move memory hogs like MAPS from the small 8gb to the SD but really MS should be ashamed at such a small amount of built in memory!

Jonathan Rudman

June 9, 2015, 5:31 am

Up to 128GB micro-SD. Don't even think about complaining.

balcobomber25

July 8, 2015, 11:33 am

In a day when most phones from Android come with just 16GB of RAM and no SD card support or limited to 32GB I am more than happy with 8GB and 128GB.

balcobomber25

July 8, 2015, 11:34 am

While they will be easier to port, App developers still have to actually port them and there is not much incentive for them to do unless Windows Phone sees a dramatic increase in its user base. I actually like the idea of WP but until more people adopt it don't expect to see many apps ported over.

KyleVPirate

July 10, 2015, 6:18 am

I recently got the T-Mobile model at my local Walmart to replace my sadly deceased Nexus 5 until the new Nexus model this fall and I have to say for 99 dollars and with the package at that price. It's outstanding and no one should be complaining. In fact I have a 32 GB SD card slot and Memory is no worry for me.

jz100

August 17, 2015, 3:05 am

I have this phone but I don't see how your battery barely moves when idle. Mine sitting idle drains 1% per hour doing nothing.

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