Lumia 650 first impressions: A second look

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Microsoft’s Lumia 650 is something of a love/hate device to me. It has the Windows Phone form factor I’ve always wanted to have. It is thin, and I mean seriously thin. It’s also really light. How light? Take out the battery from your 640 or similar device and you’ll be able to appreciate just how light it is. Even as the device was running and activated, I still couldn’t believe it was actually running because of how light it felt. The screen isn’t a PPI monster either, but it is a really good screen. I’m almost tempted to actually buy one for personal use. In fact, I most likely will be buying one for personal use despite the tradeoffs of the Snapdragon 212 and its reported performance issues.

Now, the Lumia 650 comes with a 8 MP camera at the back and an 5 MP in the front, it has a 2000 mAh battery, and it costs as much as the 640 XL did in the UK at launch. I’m a huge fan of the 6xx series, the 620 was my first Windows Phone and I love how Nokia put that phone together. The 640 is also one of my favourite Windows Phones, having a nice design (anything but black) and a good quality screen and camera for the price. The 650 is one of those devices that is ok but had the potential to be good. If Microsoft had put the SD 412 or a 6xx processor in this and 2GB of RAM like a 2016 midranger deserves, I would be singing its praises to the heavens. Unfortunately, as it stands, it is an underpowered piece of eye candy in my eyes. Desirable, but underpowered.

C’est dommage.

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