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An Affordable Windows Phablet

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The Nokia branding has finally gone and all the new and upcoming Lumia devices will bear the Microsoft badge. The latest device from the merged company is a large smartphone called the Lumia 640 XL which made its first appearance, along with the Lumia 640, at the Mobile World Congess 2015. The XL points to the fact that it is a large smartphone with a 5.7-inch display. It takes its DNA from the Nokia Lumia 1320 and the 1520 but feels less bulky and slimmer. The size is as big as the Nexus 6 so one hand operation is kind of impossible. The device has a full plastic body with the removable back panel having a matte finish which feels nice. The display has a 720p resolution which looks sharp and offers punchy colours, however it somehow doesn’t feel the best for watching full HD videos.
 
Running on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update, the UI feels just like any other Lumia device but there have been some nice changes that are the stepping stones for the maturity of the OS. For instance there is now an option to make folders on the start screen and the settings menu now has sections, which used to be a very long list earlier.  In the apps department, the Windows Phone app store still lags behind Android and iOS in numbers, but it has made some progress. While you can find some popular apps, certain apps are still not available on the Windows Phone platform.
 
Like most of the Lumia smartphones, the 640 XL has a great camera thanks to the Zeiss lens technology. The colours are accurate, though a bit under-saturated, and pictures come out sharp. The auto focus does take its time, but it is thankfully faster than the last gen Lumia smartphones. With manual controls available, the overall camera experience is delightful. In low light conditions, the camera manages to retain some details but with visible noise. Comparing to other smartphones in the same budget, the camera on the 640 XL is worth the money spent.
 
The 640 XL is not a game changer, nor a flagship device, but it is a simple mid-ranged smartphone for people who prefer a large display. While on its own it isn’t very attractive, the upcoming Windows 10 update should liven up the whole experience.


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