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July 28, 2015

Lumia 640 XL reviews from around the Web

Are you a fan of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL? Let’s find out what some of the tech blogs make of this Lumia smartphone.

Announced back in March along with its smaller sibling the Lumia 640, the powerful Lumia 640 XL is now available in many parts of the world.

Over the past few months, online media outlets and tech blogs have tested the Lumia 640 XL;here’s what they had to say.


CNET’s Nic Healey gave the Lumia 640 XL (LTE version) an overall rating of 7.6 out of 10. His favorite features were the phone’s camera and design.


Making comparisons against the Lumia 640, Nick says:

“The XL improves on the 640 in both rear and front cameras.

[I]t’s the 13-megapixel snapper on the rear–complete with German-made Zeiss optics — that’s the most marked improvement. That’s letting you take 4,128 x 3,096 resolution photos (far, far better than the screen can display) and 1080p Full-HD video — also at a higher res than the screen can display.”

And for the design:

“In an ocean of black handsets, the Lumia 640 XL stands out like some sort of exotic fish. Yes, you can still get it in black or white, but the blue–wait, make that ‘cyan’–review unit that I had in the office was actually quite refreshing.”

Phone Arena

Over at PhoneArena, John V starts his review by mentioning what you get for the price, including the phone’s capacious 5.7-inch screen:

“It’s an easy $250 to snag the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, which is perfect timing considering Windows 10 is on the horizon!”


The Lumia 640 XL’s large 5.7-inch screen offers ample space for your digital needs, and the “larger footprint of the handset means it’s something that requires two-handed operation more than one.

Despite that, we need to point out that it’s exceptionally light weight given its huge footprint, a mere 6.03 [ounces], which is lighter than the [Samsung Galaxy] Note 4.”


In terms of hardware, Matthew Miller said:

“Despite the low phone cost, Microsoft does an excellent job in creating solid quality products that don’t feel cheap at all.”

And: “The Lumia 640 XL is pretty rugged given its hard plastic shell that surrounds all of the edges.”

With such a large screen, the Lumia 640 XL is not just a great device for play, but also for work:

“The Lumia 640 XL is a fully functional enterprise device with native integration with Office, OneNote, and OneDrive. The big display definitely helps with viewing and working with documents.”


Matthew summarized that the Lumia 640 XL is a good choice for business.

“The low price is also good for businesses as companies can deploy these phones to many employees and save lots of money compared to flagship Android and iOS devices.”


Rod Trent’s not usually a fan of big phones, however after spending some time with the Lumia 640 XL, is his opinion starting to change?

“First off, the screen is amazing. It’s large and clear,” he said.

“The text is crisp, colors are vibrant, images are inviting, and the size is a great compromise between a tablet and a smartphone.”

While PhoneArena’s John V said the Lumia 640 XL called for “two-handed operation,” Rod said this of the phone:

“Despite the larger size, the Lumia 640 XL is easy to handle. One of the best features for any Lumia device is how the buttons are configured on the side, enabling one-handed operation.”

Have you recently purchased the Lumia 640 XL? We’d love to hear what you think of it. Let us know in the comments section below.

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