We’ve covered everything else about the new Lumias, so here are our hands on first impressions.
The Lumia 640 and 640 XL are the new Windows Phone devices for the mid-range. How do they fare in person? Read on and find out.
The Lumia 640 is the smaller of the devices and feels it. It’s the same size as the Lumia 535 and 830 (5 inches), but it feels better in the hand than the 830 and is much sturdier than the 535. In this device, you can feel it, there is no compromise. It has a great Zeiss lenses camera as opposed to the potatoes the 6xx line used to ship with, a great front-facing camera and comes with Lumia Camera 5 (ignore the wails and screams of 1020 and 735 owners in the corner).
It ships with Lumia Denim, but not Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1- more on that later.
The HD screen is great with nice clear viewing angles, and this is a phone that we can say will compete with the Moto G on equal footing. We can’t wait to see what the 740 and above will be if Microsoft has set this as the baseline.
The 640 XL is the Windows Phone Phablet to buy should you want a nice new phablet that won’t break the bank. It’s relatively light in the hand and has a very manageable 5.7 inch screen –perfect for gaming and movies. It has a 14 megapixel camera (seriously, can the 830 do anything right?) as opposed to the 640’s 8 megapixel one and the affordable flagship’s 10 megapixel, but otherwise shares the same specs with both.
Both devices come in the standard black and white with colour options of Orange and Blue (or Gold if your eyes are that way). The orange and blue are special dual shot type cases which look really nice though may attract finger prints.
My feelings? I love these two devices. Not just because I liked the original 620 and hated the 635. It’s because they are good devices, there’s nothing to hate. For casual users, for some power users, for everyone, they are fantastically, fabulously good enough. We haven’t done a review of it yet, but we’ll see if our review thoughts match up our first impressions.