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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Test

Updated on April 29, 2015

Microsoft Lumia 640 is a budget phablet released last March. While it is not the best phone in the market, it is definitely a great device for the price. In this test review, I will use simple language that everyone can understand. In other words I will not list any specs, but only share my experience.


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is a big phone, comparing to an average phone size these days. But despite its large size, it still fits very comfortably in the hand. While holding the phone with one hand, you will be able to easily reach all the buttons, and even scroll down the notification bar or use the keyboard. But what is even more impressive is how light this phablet feels in the hand.

Lumia 640 XL size comparing to Iphone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Microsoft Lumia 640 XL | Source
Iphone 6 vs Microsot Lumia 640 XL
Iphone 6 vs Microsot Lumia 640 XL | Source


Lumia 640 XL has a wonderful HD screen display. As IPhone 6 user, I am very impressed by the quality of Lumia's HD screen and I actually like it more than IPhone's retina display. The colorful live tiles makes your home screen alive. When the screen is off, the glance screen appears (see the image below) showing current time, email, alarms battery status and other notifications. You can wake up your phone by simply tapping twice anywhere on the screen. Then turn it off again by tapping twice on the navigation bar.

Glance Screen

Glance Screen on Lumia 640 XL
Glance Screen on Lumia 640 XL | Source


Lumia's 640 XL camera quality is very good. It has Led flash and auto focus. It also supports rich capture (which automatically modifies the image and removes noise). It is a decent back camera, but still not as good as IPhone's. Below is a comparison of image quality between IPhone 6 and Lumia 640 XL.

The front camera is also not bad for selfies and video chatting.

Image Quality in Lumia 640 XL comparing to IPhone 6

Microsoft Lumia 540 XL front camera
Microsoft Lumia 540 XL front camera | Source
Iphone 6 front camera
Iphone 6 front camera | Source


Having a good processor and memory, Lumia 640 XL works very smoothly. I haven't experienced any bugs or app crashes yet, not even while multi-tasking. In a nutshell, the phone is pretty fast.

Battery Life

Because of its big screen, one would say battery life with Lumia 640 XL would drain fast. But that is not the case. The battery can last for the entire day, even with heavy use. I used to charge my Galaxy S4 at least once a day to be able to use it for the entire day. So I would say Lumia's 640 XL battery life is as twice as good as Galaxy's S4. It is almost as good as IPhone's 6.

Lumia 640 XL will support wireless charging in future

Age of Empires Castle Siege on Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Age of Empires Castle Siege on Microsoft Lumia 640 XL | Source


Many people who buy big display mobile screens are interested in gaming. Big screens provide a more fun gaming experience. All the games I played worked very well without any lags. Some of the heavy games I played are Age of Empires Castle Siege (which used to crash all the time on my Microsoft Surface RT), Asphalt, Brothers in Arms and Fifa 2015. They all run perfectly fine on my device.

To Sum it up: Pros and Cons

Light Weight
Weak Plastic Body
Comfortable to hold in hand
Limited apps comparing to other OS phones
Hd Screen
The built-in bing search is not as good as Google search
Good Camera
Double Tap to wake does not always work (sometimes you have to tap several times)
Good for multi-tasking
Log Battery Life

Pros and Cons

I hope you will find this review very helpful. Feel free to share your opinion on this smartphone by commenting or by voting in the below poll:

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