I‘ve got the Lumia 640 XL here to test out but before we get to the final review (probably at the end of next week) I want to show you five things that I really love about the device. I’m actually extremely impressed by it overall: I prefer to use the Lumia 640 XL over the 830. You might ask yourself how that could be but in my opinion the 640 XL overall is just the better phone at least for my usage. Some of the reasons why that is the case are in this list. Please keep in mind that the following list is not hierarchically structured.
On-screen navigation bar
Now this may shock some of you and I can imagine that your facial expression might be full of disbelief. But here’s why I really got to love the on-screen navigation bar:
- Works all the time
On my Lumia 830 I often have the annoying problem that the buttons at the bottom of the screen aren’t always as responsive as I would wish them to be. Many times I have to touch them once again because I did not hit them quite right. With the Lumia 640 XL I never experienced this at all: the on-screen buttons just work fine. This leads to a more fluid and enjoyable experience.
- Swipe it away
Something else that bothers me on the Lumia 830 is the following: Sometimes I hit the buttons of the navigation bar by accident. This is especially annoying when you’re playing a game. Quite often you then have to wait for ages because of the “resuming” screen. With the Lumia 640 XL and other phones with the on-screen navigation bar you don’t have this problem anymore. You just swipe and the buttons are gone and you’re able to enjoy the game without escaping it when you didn’t intend to do you so.
- Double tap
This is just one of the many things I absolutely love using on the Lumia 640 XL. On many Lumia devices you can turn on the display by double tapping anywhere on the screen. This is something I use all the time on my Lumia 830 and now also on the 640 XL. The latter takes the double tap experience to a higher level because you can also turn off the display by double tapping on the navigation bar (this feature requires Update 2). It makes the phone just better, especially since the power button isn’t the nicest one to press.
All those things made me wish for future high-end Lumia devices to come with on-screen navigation buttons as well.
Outstanding camera (for the price)
The 640 XL’s camera really impressed me from the first picture. I just cannot believe how great a camera in a phone of this price can be. Especially in good lightning conditions the 13 megapixel rear camera takes awesome pictures. In low light conditions there’s a lot of noise in the image but the quality is still more than acceptable in my opinion. And you even get the Lumia Camera in the newest version which is also great. The only thing I miss in terms of camera is a dedicated camera button as found on the Lumia 830 or 930. Still I think it’s a good that Microsoft didn’t put that on it as well because otherwise there would be even less attraction to buy a higher-end phone.
Here are some pictures shot with the Lumia 640 XL:
Now this is something that probably surprised me the most. I never used such a huge phone before and I thought it probably will be too big for me but actually I totally fell in love with the form factor. It doesn’t matter what you want to do: in most of the cases it is just more fun to do it with a bigger display. Browsing, watching YouTube videos or using OneNote on the 5.7” display is a pleasure. Not just the size totally convinced me but also the other aspects of the display: brightness, colors and viewing angles are great (for the price point). The resolution is slightly on the lower side but still acceptable since it only is noticeable in some cases. I can’t really say anything else than: This for me is the perfect display in terms of size. This really lets me hope for XL-versions of the 740, 840 and 940 because the Lumia 830 just feels too small for me after using the 640 XL for a couple of days now.
Long battery life
I still have to test out this aspect a bit longer to get more data but so far the Lumia 640 XL’s battery life looks very promising. For heavy users: The phone will get you through one day without any problems at all and you will even have some percentages left. Normal and light users will probably get two days of usage with one charge. I actually got around 8 hours of battery life over two days with a more moderate usage than normally. I really look forward to see what my conclusion will look like.
Last but not least the Lumia 640 XL comes with the latest Update, the GDR2, for Windows Phone. Not only do you get an updated settings app for more clearness but also new features like double tap on the navigation bar. You can watch me talking about all the new things in Update 2 here.
As you can see overall I’m really impressed by the Lumia 640 XL and I’m excited to use the phone for some more days and then write and record a review. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel as well as this blog. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.