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The fun, plastic Microsoft Lumia 640Watch our video review of the Microsoft Lumia 640, a colourful Windows Phone device with a big screen and decent camera.
Microsoft has another affordable Lumia Windows phone to add to its ever increasing lineup in the form of this, the Lumia 640. There's certainly no escaping that it's part of the Lumia line, as it shares the same one piece plastic design seen on almost the entire range. It's reasonable attractive for a lower end phone and it certainly feels like it could take a few knocks. That back panel is removable too so you can swap it for a fresh one when it starts to get a bit battered. The five inch display has a 720 resolution. Yes, that's not a huge amount of pixels but acceptable given its low price. The display is at least perfectly sharp enough to show off your every day essentials like Facebook and Instagram perfectly well. Updating the latest Window's phone 8.1 software made up of a large colorful tiles chosen live information. Window's phone is easy to navigate. And although the apps store still receives apps far later than IOS or Andriod If they get them at all. But most of the big names like Netflix, Spotify, and Whatsup are already there. It's powered by a 1.2 gigahertz quad-core processor, which is more than enough to get your through most tasks without any trouble. Navigating around the Windows interface was extremely swift, with none of the annoying lag that often hits at a struggling processor Around the pack is an 8 mega pixel camera which is more than capable of capturing some artistic Instagram snaps of your food. However, camera on the front have only 1 mega pixel which is a disappointingly low resolution. Its shouldn't be a phone to buy if you are a selfie obsessive like me. The Lumia 640 has plenty games for it with its fun design, decent screen and of course, its low price. If you're after a cheap phone for the everyday essentials and you want something a little bit different to the slew of Android phones knocking about, the 640 is well worth a look. I'm Andrew Hoyle and this is the Microsoft Lumia 640.