I own the new Lumia 650 since one week now. Finally, I want to share my impressions on the newest Lumia in this review. Furthermore, I want to answer the question whether the Lumia 650 just looks great or if it also offers some other features.
Design & Build Quality
The design of the Lumia 650 is probably its most obvious advantage especially in comparison to other Lumias. The phone is a thin and light beauty – just like the previously reviewed Wiko Highway Star. It is the thinnest Lumia ever ( just 6.9 mm ) and it is also really light (122 g). In combination with the metal surround, the phone feels incredible good and I would even say that it is the nicest feeling phone I’ve ever held in my hands. The buttons give a great feedback and the build quality of the whole device is really good.
The phone comes in two colors, black and white. I know that some people might miss the wide range of colors but in my opinion a bright green cover for example would destroy the design of the phone. We have to keep in mind that the Lumia 650 is addressing business customers who do not want to have a phone in a conspicuous color. Personally, I am really satisfied with my black Lumia 650.
The back cover of the Lumia 650 can be removed easily for inserting a SIM card etc. Sadly, fingerprints are sometimes noticeable on the back cover. Furthermore, the back cover is very thin, so I am not sure if it is really a good protection for the rest of the phone.
Pros and Cons – Design & Build Quality
+ extremely comfortable to hold
+ premium design
+ really thin and light
+ metal surround
+ back cover easy to remove
– fingerprints are noticeable on the back cover
Before I talk about the display, I want to give you a quick reminder on the specifications:
- Display size: 5 ”
- Display resolution: HD (1280 x 720)
- Display colors: TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
- Display technology: OLED, ClearBlack
- Pixel density: 297 ppi
- Display features: Orientation sensor, Sunlight readability enhancements, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, Easy to clean, Lumia Color profile, Wide viewing angle, Automatic brightness control
- Touch screen technology: Capacitive multipoint-touch
The display of the Lumia 650 is great. I love the OLED screen because all the colors look really good. Another advantage of this display technology are the blacks, which just are black and nothing else.
The resolution might not be the best one you can find but still everything looks sharp. Also the viewing angles are good and the colors look natural from every angle. The brightness of the Lumia 650 is also good so that you can even use the phone in direct sunlight without any problems.
The Lumia 650 supports Glance Screen and this is definitely a feature I don’t want to miss again because it is really handy to quickly check the time or notifications.
The phone supports double tap to turn off but it doesn’t support double tap to wake up which is definitely a gesture I love to use, so I am not happy that this Lumia does not support it.
The Lumia 650 has a 5 inches display. My old phone (Lumia 640) had the same display size so I am perfectly used to that size. For me this display size is great because I can still hold and use the phone in/with one hand but I also get a lot of content on the screen.
Pros and Cons – Display:
+ everything looks sharp
+ really nice colors and blacks
+ Glance Screen
+ double tap to turn off
+ good viewing angles
+ good readability even in direct sunlight
– no double tap to wake up
After the specification of the Lumia 650 got leaked, many people asked this question: Can the Snapdragon 212 really offer a good performance and how will it be compared to the one of the Lumia 640 (powered by Snapdragon 400)?
I was also a bit worried but now I can say that there is definitely no reason for this. Everything works fine and fast and there should not be any performance concern during the normal daily usage. Of course, if you start “big” games it takes longer than on a Lumia 950 for example but that is something, that is not surprising. Compared to the performance of the Lumia 640, I can say that the performance is quite similar.
I don’t have any complaints at all regarding performance.
Performance – Pros and Cons:
+ good daily performance
The Lumia 650 packs a 2000 mAh battery. You should not have any problems getting through a day when you use the phone as a “business phone”. The battery life is also addressing business costumers so people who just use their phone for WhatsApp, Twitter, Mail, etc. should definitely get through the day. Gamers and heavy smartphone users should carry an additional battery for not getting into trouble. Personally, I am satisfied with the battery life and you also should keep in mind that Microsoft would have to put in a larger battery which would make the phone heavier.
The Lumia is getting charged via a MicroUSB port. The charging time are quite normal in my opinion. It does not take too long but it is not really fast either. The phone does not support Qi Wireless Charging.
Battery Life – Pros and Cons:
+ battery can be removed
– not so long battery life
(– no wireless charging)
The speaker of the Lumia 650 is on the front side of the device and that makes a lot of sense because it means that you don’t have to turn around the phone when you listen to music to get the best sound. The sound quality is satisfying but when you turn the volume to 80% or more, the sound starts to be not so good anymore.
Pros and Cons Speaker:
+ Good quality
+ Placed on the front of the phone
– no headphones were included
The Lumia 650 comes with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with flash.
I took some sample pictures with the Lumia 650 to show you the camera quality:
In my opinion, these pictures look good. I really like the strong colors but sometimes the pictures could be a bit more detailed. If you make pictures in dark rooms or outside when it is dark, you should not expect too much form the camera. Nevertheless, for the target group (business users) and the price of the phone (229€) the quality of the pictures is good and I have nothing to complain about.
The front-facing camera makes nice pictures. Again, nothing to complain about.
There is one thing missing for having a better camera experience: the dedicated camera button. That is one feature which would make the Lumia 650 even better.
Pros and Cons – Camera:
+ Good picture quality
+ nice colors
+ good front-facing camera
– no dedicated camera button
– pictures could be sometimes a bit more detailed
The Lumia 650 comes with Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586.11 but after I turned it on Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586.107 was available. I have no problems with this build and I am really happy with the performance of the device. Microsoft definitely did a better job with the software on the Lumia 650 than on the Lumia 950 (XL).
Pros and Cons – Software:
+ Windows 10 Mobile
+ good performance
To answer the question from the beginning, I have to say that the Lumia 650 offers definitely a lot more than just an amazing design especially for the price point of 229€. The newest member of the Lumia family has a great display, nice cameras and comes with a good OS. To make it short: It is the right phone for business customers but also for people who just search for a good, not that expensive (Windows) phone. Windows 10 Mobile and the Lumia 650 are a great team: The OS looks really nice on the great, colorful OLED display and the performance is good too. But you shouldn’t forget the design of the Lumia 650! It is gorgeous and I love it. Sometimes even iPhone users tell me that Lumia 650 looks better than their iPhone.
All people who don’t care so much about design and the display can also check out the Lumia 640, which is ~100€ cheaper but has quite similar specifications.
What do you think about the Lumia 650? Tell us your opinion in the comments!