Lumia 540 vs the rest: Which Lumia 5XX should you buy?

The newly announced Lumia 540 is the second of the Microsoft Lumia X40 series and is the newest Lumia device announced so far. However, Microsoft has also announced other Lumia 5xx devices recently, so it may be a bit hard to decide between them. Using Microsoft’s Comparison tool, we’re comparing the last three Lumia 5xx devices for you below.

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What about the Lumia 530?

The Lumia 530 should not factor into this conversation at all. Why? As a device it is severely limited, even compared to the Lumia 520. With only 4GB of internal storage, 512 MB of RAM and lacking essentials like a FFC and an absolutely pathetic screen, the Lumia 530 is irrelevant when better devices like the 520, 532 and 540 are in the conversation.

So which Lumia 5xx should I buy?

If you want a small, capable and basic device that can handle everything you throw at it, the Lumia 532 is the device for you. It is positioned as a feature phone replacement and has a sturdy build and decent battery life.

Choosing between the Lumia 540 and the 535 is a but more nuanced. The 540 has a superior (on paper) 720p IPS LCD screen which should have none of the drawbacks of the Lumia 535’s buggy screen (hopefully).  The story doesn’t end there however, both devices sport a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. This means that lag may be introduced on the 540 as the SD200 has to push more pixels than ideal.

Imaging wise, both devices share the same 5MP front facing camera, the back is a different story with the newer device now sporting an 8MP f-2.2 camera – similar to the one on Lumia 640. For photography, the 540 is superior (at least on paper).

Last but not least, for those who like being on the top of things, the 540 will most likely ship with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. It’ll be able to support Bluetooth keyboards, app permissions and a revamped settings menu will make getting to all those settings even easier. Between the Lumia 540 and the 535, the 540 seems like the better device specs wise, but the price drops on the 535 will mean that it becomes a little more attractive device than it was before.

Microsoft Mobile has done a great job on the new devices, while they are indeed flooding the market with low-end devices, they are at least learning from their previous mistakes with the 635 and 530 and now producing devices which are decent and provide a polished experience. Let’s see if the same ethos will carry on upmarket as well.

Tell us in the comments which device will you be picking up?

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