Is the Lumia 640 a good upgrade from my current Windows Phone?

Lumia 640

The Windows Central forums members have been asking this question. Is it a good upgrade from my old Lumia xxx? Should I buy one to see me through until the next flagship device launches?

"I'm wondering if the 640 might be an acceptable, temporary replacement for my 920. At the $150 price I could buy off contract and wait for the promised flagship this fall. While the specs are definitely low/mid range for current hardware how do they stack up to the 920 that's almost 3 years old." - forums member todd7900

On the face of it the Lumia 640 is capable of going toe-to-toe with even the goliaths of previous generations. Compared to the Lumia 920 in question you're getting, firstly, a new phone, a bigger display, microSD card support and the latest version of Windows Phone. Let's not forget the devices we saw at the Mobile World Congress launch were running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. Something even the likes of the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 can't currently boast.

There's no Pureview camera on the Lumia 640, but the 8MP shooter round the back seems perfectly respectible, and while we'll never judge performance on a trade show hands-on, it didn't seem to do so bad in the darkened world of the MWC halls. But for a phone at this price point we're always going to have to put camera expectations firmly in perspective.

Also for the circa $180 asking price you get Glance screen, clearblack HD display and a removable 2500mAh battery. Not too shabby at all for a mid-ranger.

Upgrade perhaps wouldn't be the term coming from a last-gen flagship. 'Sidegrade' might be better suited.

HTC One M8

"I have the windows HTC m8 and have had no problems but I really want the 640. Am I crazy to want to downgrade." - forums member ericreinhardt

Here's an interesting one. The beauty of Windows Phone is that the experience in the software is going to be pretty consistent regardless of which device you're running. The M8 definitely has the upper hand when it comes to pure hardware, but the camera isn't to everyone's tastes for one.

And the Lumia 640 will have Lumia Camera 5. Something currently only reserved for the highest end Lumia phones. But the overall experience should be comparable. And the Lumia 640 comes in Cyan!

Moto G

"The 640 is the phone that finally gets me back to a Windows phone. I think this could be a home run for MS." - forums member sdc1

What about coming over or coming back from the competition? Just as the Moto G provides the best of Android at an affordable price, the same can be said of the Lumia 640 with regards Windows Phone.

It also fixes some of the flaws with its predecessor, the extremely popular 630/635. There's a front facing camera and a rear flash for example. Converting people from Android is still a monumental task, but for people who got bored and tried something new, is the 640 a tempting enough offering to bring them back?

With the Lumia 640 starting to hit shelves across the world right now there'll be a good few asking "should I buy?" If you're on a current 5xx or 6xx phone we'd almost call it a no-brainer. From something else past or present, only you can make that decision.

But our opinion is but one. What say you? Drop us your thoughts in the comments below or drop by the Lumia 640 forums and join the conversation!

Richard Devine
Managing Editor - Tech, Reviews

Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at mstdn.social/@richdevine

355 Comments
  • No. I want a flagship.
  • Agree, ready to move on from my Icon. I have had it over a year. How can I stay on the cutting edge with Windows phone nowadays?
  • The Icon still is the cutting edge of WP.
  • I would say a lot of folks "here" would like to see a new so-called flagship.  The entire rest of the world?  My SWAG, not so much.  Why? Most likely cost. The 640 looks to me like an adaquate device for many people. 
  • Adequate perfectly describes it. I was feeling good about the 640 and considered it for an upgrade to my ageing 925... However... At some point you found out why this thing is a low-end/midrange device and the 925 an old high-end device. The benefits of the 640 are only in the battery, and maybe the software version, but Win10 preview soon anyway and difference between Update 2 and 1 are microscopic at best. The thing is... the 640 upsides kind of end there. Compared to old flagships like a 920/925 you miss the following features: curved glass, better display quality, multiple HAAC mics, proper noise reduction, better camera sensors, image stabilization, build quality, possibly audio playback quality, no wireless charging (option), less capable LED flash (for flashlight mostly), the Snapdragon 400 is actually not faster than the Snapdragon S4 Plus that's in the old flagship models, the GPU in the snapdragon 400 is actually SLOWER than that of the S4 Plus... Let's also state the fact that the Snapdragon S4 Plus has dual channel ram and the S400 doesn't. Even though the clocks on the S400 are marginally higher, the dual channel bandwidth is far superior, also for graphics performance. Considering how unbreakable the Lumia 920/925 is, the 640 won't be a step up either. Basically, if you go the Android way and just look at the 3 basic specs: screen size, ppi and CPU, then it's an interesting device, but when you take into account all those unique features that make a Lumia 925 even today give most midrange and even some high-end androids a run for the money, then the story is a little different.
  • I just switched from the 920 to the 830 and the S400 seems plenty fast. This phone is significantly snappier than my 920 ever was. I'm guessing the same will be true with the 640. Heavy games might favor the 920, but honestly, nothing I've tried so far has been a problem on my 830.
  • +830.
    I run heavy games on my 830. They don't seem to be slow.
  • Nope. The 930 has everything the Icon has except 4G has wider coverage and there are more colour options available. The 930 is the flagship Lumia phone and the 1520 is the flagship Lumia phablet.
  • Are you crazy? You're running the cutting edge right now with the icon.
  • Yeah with Denim firmware the Icon is a truly fantastic phone. The 640 would be a great new phone for someone, but to beat the Icon there would have to be some seriously interesting new hardware in the phone, IMO (like fingerprint reader or something).
  • I have a question guys - I'm interested in 930 for myself (wife has 1020 atm) - but I'm getting dishartened with too much issues, screen issues, hot etc. - is that like one off or rarely happening - or something you can live with ? I'm a win/MS guy through and through, no other options for me : ))
  • CheDragan,
    Facts:
    930 is somewhat hot (and it hotness has been mitigated a lot with Denin "mod" update),
    It's the 1520 model which has screen issues (fragile GGII and "Ghost screen", that has been also mitigated, better, solved, after Nokia's firmware).
    930 screen is beautiful, accured, with the clearblack feature and is the prototype of "edged" models. Absolutely amazing.
    It's still an imponent high end device, even after Iphone6, S6 and HTC M9, which camera its has beaten in comparative tests.
    If you like WP like me and don't give up about buying a flagship device, until August, at least, I strongly recommend L930.
  • Give the Icon to me please.
  • The Icon/930 are still running on great displays, have plenty of RAM for WP, and are using the Snapdragon 800, which is second only to Samsung's new CPU which just launched, and the Snapdragon 810, which also just launched but has power and heat issues, so I wouldn't really want it personally. Besides 10 which hasn't launched, what could they include to upgrade on what you have?
  • Its not about reality, its about a phony spectard war. No one needs a flagship really. Maybe a device with an insane camera, but CPUs, screens are already fine in the current lineups. This gimme a flagship whining is soooo old.
  • Actually with high end hardware you get more features such as 'Hey Cortana', 4K video recording, and surround sound audio recording. So no, its not whining when people ask for hardware with these capabilities. Especially when the only hardware on the market that can currently do this is over a year old.
  • One year old yes, but they still do the job for now. Dispite the age, the Icon/930 and 1520 still beat the crap out of some of the other newer flagships in the market. And I think that three flagships (including the One8) in the market is more than enough for now. Having that in mind and the fact that Win10 is coming in some months it would not be logical, and perhaps it would even be careless from MS to launch a flagship right now. Great success in markets it's all about the right timing and now, for various reasons, it's not the right time for a flagship. At least IMHO. The only reason I want a flagship out as soon as possible is for the price of the 930 to drop so I can easier put my hands in one!
  • The 800 is 3rd to the newer 801 and 805.  Personally I'd rather have an 810 or the new Exnyos.  While 64 bit isn't quite mainstream, I'd really love that extra bit of future proofing. 
  • The question now is... If L640 doesn't have pureview why the hell does it have camera 5.0? :D
  • Because Microsoft doesn't know what the heck they're doing?
  • +520
  • PureView has to do with Zeiss Optics, post-processing being done in hardware, as well as having a dedicated camera button.  All of those things together are what make PureView.  The 640XL will have all of those except the dedicated camera button.  The 640 doesn't even have Zeiss Optics.   Lumia Camera 5 doesn't have anything to do with PureView, but to run the features of Lumia Camera 5, a device has to have a short enough lenght between shots for things like Rich Capture to work.  Technically, Lumia Camera 5 could run on the Lumia 73x, but Microsoft seemed to create an artificial limitation with it so the now-discontinued Lumia 830 looked better on paper.
  • The 830 has not been discontinued. It's only 7 months old.
  • "NOW DISCONTINUED ???!!!"
  • Lumia 830 discontinued!!?????
  • he means that in some carriers, 830 is discontinued, not for whole..damn it, how can you guys think of such cruel thing?? :D
  • Yeah, sorry bro. The 830 is not discontinued.
  • I think it's because with Windows 10 or even 8.1. Update 2 all the phones will support LC5. I could be wrong though
  • Does the Lumia 640 and 640XL come with LED notification light, like on Lumia 730,930 ?
  • Does it have dedicated camera button? If it has I'm buying it first chance I get.
  • It doesn't have a dedicated camera button. Sorry.
  • 930 doesn't have a notification light. Smh Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Even i am waiting for flagship. :)
  • Oh my days just lay off with the flagship nonsense. We know it's coming. Either wait or don't. Moaning makes no difference. Just makes you sound like a petulant child.
  • Wow......either wait or don't, but don't moan about it? You're too funny for words man. Your comment seems like a End of Days comment...we know its coming.....we don't know when.....but *SOMETIME* after they release a few more crappy phones, a single FLAGSHIP is coming.......what utter BS.   I'd rather get the 830 than the 640 than keep waiting.
  • How is my comment funny? You either wait for a flagship from Microsoft or you go elsewhere. It's pretty simple. And obviously you'd rather have an 830 over a 640. It's a better phone xD
  • In the same way you'd pick an 820 over an 830. It is also a better phone. Still struggling to see the point of the 830.
  • Subjective.... Just depends on your needs. After using my wife's 830 makes me realize what a load of pants the screen resolution is on my 820. Seriously bad, WVGA verses 720 HD, no contest. New 830 for me soon.
  • I would pick the 830 over the 820 without batting an eyelid.
  • Cant wait anymore. Been rocking my 920 since day one. Had enough and pre ordered the S6 Edge. If Microsoft actually bothered with high end users and released a flagship I would have stuck around. They have taken the piss and now im,off. Plenty of others like me too.
  • Agree. Microsoft does not want to compete in the high end. I'll probly be grabbing an S6 myself.
  • So because there is no new hardware, you switch to a completely different software? That's funny. I switched to Windows phone from Android a year ago. I took a Nokia Lumia that time. But I didn't switch to a Lumia and just had a Windows phone as coincidence...
  • Well that's one option. I've learned that in most places contracts are either 1yr or 2yr. You can do a flagship for 2yr and pay obscene amounts of money. Or you can do midrange devices for 1yr and have a new device every year on a cheaper plan. Considering with WP the performance of something like a Lumia 830 is so close to a flagship, it's a surprise people buy flagships at all anymore!
  • But the 820 is better than the 830, as is the 920. The 930 is a much better option and is a fantastic flagship at a really great price. Cost me less than the 820 did! I own an 820 and a 930 and both of them out perform an 830. It was a pointless phone.
  • Lumia 820 had poor screen resolution, no pureview cam., no Dolby 5.1 recording, no 16gb internal storage, poor FFC, no motion sense, no Gorilla glass screen. Still using my 820, and it's doing ok, but will have to go soon. If only because screen resolution is a problem for me to use.
  • I'm perfectly happy with my 920 and have no doubt it will take me through to the next flagship.  There are plenty of others not like you as well.
  • I have 920 from launch, on days I want to play with a new device but then I cant say what's wrong with this and rather save some money. A phone has never lasted so long for me.
  • 920 here, over 2 years old, and agree with each and every word you said
  • Lol. No point in launching a flagship at the moment. Dude, try to understand, Ms wants to make windows 10 popular. So I think its the best decision by Microsoft to launch new flagship with windows 10 inbuilt. Yes. People may have left. But the number of people who will come to windows will be much more than the number of people who are leaving windows phones.
  • Deluded. Win10 will not stop the haemorrhaging. Don't believe the hype cause even that doesn't exist.
  • Why did you not buy the 930 then?
  • I wait to comes in Serbia-- That will price buti?
  • Yes it is if you have a feature phone.
  • I've been using Lumia 920 for 2 years, now waiting for flagship windows phone which runs full windows 10 64 bit
  • Yes bro I have 925,720,730 and want flagship that ribs 64 bit Windows 10 and I want to suggest 1 thing Microsoft to change notification centre and it should be transparent as ios version and also should be similar functionality as ios
    At least I want this type of features.... What about you brother...
  • I​ want an order of 64-Bit Ribs!!!! I'll need some 64-Bit sauce too and a take home Windows 10 gallon sweet tea!
  • Windows phone battle.
    You have 720, 730, 925.
    I have 720, 535, 830. :P Guess you win. :D
  • No brother it's not about number I'd phones you have.... It's about how much you care about of your phone... And for me they are my best friends...
  • That's pretty sad...
  • Looks you barely edge my Windows Phone Selection: I have a Lumia 521, 635 and 920.
  • 64 bit? Are you expecting more than 4GB RAM on the new flagship?
  • Well let's see. 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, a core i5 or up, at least three days of battery life preferably one week. But not heavier or larger then a 930.
  • Wow, that phone sounds amazing. If anybody were to use any other phone again, they're retarded. Might as well get rid of your computer at that point
  • Does it also unpack or project to a 32" screen?
  • 70 inch projector with hololens :)
  • Bwahahahahhahaha! :D
  • +9830.
  • Just buy a Surface Pro 3 )::::)
  • Might as well inject some realism into the dreams. You can't get a core i5 to last three days in a laptop. The stortage you could get away with. That's four currently available microSD cards, so that could be packed into a reasonable size, though maybe not at a reasonable price.
  • The 64-bit platforms come with additional instructions as well. Not that they bring all that much to the table.
  • Or anything 635 and below
  • We too
  • Lumia 640XL
  • +630
  • I love my 920too much after drowning it twice dropping it god know how many times it still works like a champ. And the camera still superior to most new android phones. I'll hold out until the flagship.
  • Agree, I still love my 920 and the camera is superb specially the OIS. Although I want to try out something new with a bigger display. I still can't decide :'(
  • Well if ots 150bucks you can't go wrong.
  • 150 bucks is still a lot of money to some of us.
  • To be honest all 920 user love their phones. I am too waiting for flagship
  • Purely because it set a pretty high standard as a flagship, don't think any other flagship was on par with it, thanks to att butchering the 1520.
  • The 920 is great, but the current 930 flagship is still better.
  • Sure, but its Verizon only in US and by the time global model went on sale it was dated. I never buy phones from carriers, hate the stupid logos and bloat ware.
  • +920
  • +920
  • True... 920 is superb. Anyone who says different can get a knocked on the head with the brick... 920 is still the 2nd toughest phone ever.
  • Same here man. My 920 is a champ!
  • +920
  • Yes, the 920 is a tank of a phone! It may be thick and it may be heavy, but it can take a beating and still operate like it did on Day 1. I think 8.1 update 1 is pushing the limits what it can handle smoothly in terms of handling live folders without lag, but everything else is good. So with no 1020 successor in sight, I have no reason to be tempted to get a new phone.
  • I love the Nokia Lumia 830
  • Only good at looks.. Comparing price and features, it is costly
  • I paid 299. It was what I wanted for the price I was willing to pay. I guess each person decides what is to costly for them. The funny thing about it is, build quality plays a huge role for me. I have no idea why, but when I owned the all plastic 1520 I felt like I was missing out on something. Now owning the 830 and its aluminum build, I feel like I have it all. Really I dont understand it, but its how I am.
  • 1520 os an amazing smartphone. But you're right: Build construction have eminent flaws. GGII is inaceptable at a 200g weigh device. The amount of broken screens among these models is awckward. The ghost screen seems to have be mitigated on The firmware released by MS, and it's in The technical assistance changing its fragile display, broken after a mild fall.
  • 1520 is an amazing smartphone. But you're right: Build construction has evident flaws. GGII is inaceptable at a 200g weight device. The amount of broken screens among these models is awkward. The ghost screen seems to have be mitigated on the firmware released by MS, and, for now, it's in the technical assistance changing its fragile display, broken after a mild fall.
  • Price dropped in many places. It's quite affordable for it's features nowadays. Especially if you consider OIS and other fancy things.
  • Me too!
  • Just upgraded from 920 to 830. It's amazing. This is by far my favorite phone ever. I even like it better than the 930. I only paid $220 for it too. It's got some significant advantages over the 640.
  • +830. Got it after using 720. Trust me, 830 is one of the sexiest phone.
    Got it for 19000₹. That's around 300dollars.
  • What a phone!
  • I'm planning to get the 640XL as a daily driver and use my 1520 as a third photography device! I like camera options, but I know The Sims Freeplay and most of my games will be compatible for the 640XL. The only game in question is Mass Effect: Infiltrator.
  • Why is that in question?
  • Good question.
  • If you really stop and think about it, ME:I is more system intense than The Sims Freeplay.
  • I'd say if you have anything other than a 1020, 920 series, 830, or 1520, go for it.
  • 930?
  • I put that in the 920 series. I guess I should have put 920+ to show I don't mean the 900 but anything in the 9xx series higher than 920.
  • I think 640xl is better upgrade for 720
  • It's definitely an upgrade from 720.
  • What about going from 820 to 640?
  • I think so. I have an 820, and I think the 640 would be sorta an upgrade.
  • Yeah. I agree since I have an 820, which I love. But it isn't like they're asking that expensive of a price. Just wish they had the matte version of cyan like they do on the XL...guess black it is.
  • Only if you want the bigger 720p display. Otherwise the phones are not that different and pretty closely matched.
  • It should have like 3 times the battery life of the 820.
  • Yes its a great idea as its a big replacement with 820 and replacement for Lumia 920will be Lumia 640xl .. And I guaranty that Ms would bring a good exchange offer for Lumia 640xl ....
  • Sorry as a 920 owner I don't agree on the 640XL. Higher PPI on the Lumia 920 + OIS + 32GB storage + Qi wireless charging. I would love to upgrade my 920, but Lumia 640XL is not a true upgrade.
  • Dude only qi wireless charging would be its lack ....but one thing 920 was Nokia whereas 640xl is Ms product which will result in its lack as the best egs is Lumia 535 so Nokia is Nokia .so better your choice ...
  • My lumia 1020's screen is cracked. Does anyone know what is a true replacement for this phone?
  • A DSLR?
  • Wait for this month or sale at the best price now and save that money for buying 640xl otherwise later you will not be able to sell Lumia 1020 at the price now later u will face problem selling it ...so now have ur option ..
  • True replacement? Another 1020. Rumor says successor to launch around Windows 10. I'm hoping we'll see some info at //Build.
  • Possible we might see 1040 being announced this summer.
  • 1030 actually.
  • The Nokia 808. If you manage to get one, of course. Otherwise you'll have to go buy a DSLR.
  • None another 1020
  • Windows 10 will fix that.
  • I would even think to replace my 1520...just to get rid of my screenproblems
  • Yeah, screen problem is very annoying, what a waste for Lumia flagship 1520.
  • I sold my 1520 because of persistent screen issues and bought another 1520. The green international version from Germany which has no issues at all.
  • My green 1520 in the US had it, and it SUCKED. I hated that issue so much I had to sell the thing. UGH.
  • You should go to Nokia Care. Got mine fixed for free. Happy Lumia1520 user again.
  • It won't fixed, I even changed the phone by them.
  • May be they gave you a defective phone. You should have tested it before you accepted your unit.
    That's what i did.
  • What to do is switch to other brands.
  • Nope, no Qi charging, no Ois, similar performance to the 830. Might as well get an 830.
  • Considering price I think 640 is the better choice. Unless you want wireless charging is there really any reason to go for the 830? The Lumia 640 is going to be a few hundred cheaper than the 830 despite only minor differences in the camera and wireless charging.
  • Design? Lol.
  • Camera on 830 is much better.
  • 830 is way better and not hard to find at $250. OIS, pureview camera, amazing build quality, wireless charging, NFC, beautiful. I'm betting the screen is also better. Idk if the 640 will have the exact same display.
  • Didn't the 640 (or 640 XL) have a cover that allowed for QI charigng?  
  • Wondering what could the 740, 840 and 940 be, given the 640's specs
  • Like always... same processor, same RAM, 740 with 8GB and 840 with 16GB... Just the cameras will be diferent. Edit: 940 will have a diferent processor RAM... but you got the part that all phones below 9xx are the same.
  • The answer is yes to anything under the 800 series Lumia. If you have an 830 series phone or above (not counting 1320) then the 640 is not an upgrade. For a 920 owner the 640 is not an upgrade due to the lack of OIS and wireless charging. Otherwise the specs are pretty similar.
  • What is OIS ?
  • Optical image stabilization.
  • Now that is a real question.... See lot of users who just agree for any regular phone to be an upgrade for 920 are definitely not aware of what the 920 is.....
  • No Way. The device is expensive hell in Brazil, in it simple versions, and the content of the box not Worth the price, "only the simpliest charger" and nothing more.
  • yep, here in Brazil the price is the same as the L930 with chash payment. the fackin taxes...
  • If the price will be higher than the 150$or 160$ it will be not successful in India I am sure it will face the same problem as that of Lumia 830 so better ks keep the price at 160 $ in india
  • I'm just waiting for the next flagship. Using my nearly two year old 928 and it's still good enough for me
  • I had a love hate relationship with my 928. The 920 quality was so much better. I had my 928 replaced three times and it still had problems.
  • No upgrade makes sense now with a Windows 10 flagship right around the corner. Upgrading now is settling.
  • ^This.. The most logical thinking comment till now for people with erstwhile high end phone owners
  • I am currently using a Lumia 535.. however i would certinaly like to upgrade to Lumia 640 XL..
  • I love my 1520 but phantom touch problem is annoying.... Thinking of 640xl until flagship coming out!!!
  • ugh i know right? If the 830 wasnt so damn overpriced i would get that over the 640.
  • Replaced my 1520 with a newer one. No issues now.
  • Yes I am willing to have but not 640 instead 640xl to own is better ... But not replacement for my Lumia 1520 at any cost..as my 1520 is the best Lumia I have ever had .... So it will be better to own a dual 640xl with my Lumia 1520 as its companion .....
  • But one thing I will not buy the very next when it launches as the price will get down sure so wait for 2 extra month and buy ...
  • Doesn't even have a camera shutter button so no.
  • Indeed. Dedicated camera button is a must for me. I use it all the time to wake my device for a quick picture.
  • Converting people from Android? Lol. Sounds like we're some kind of religion. I like the "Switch" slogan that Microsoft is using.
  • L640 if comes under 10K, will be the best phone with tons of specs at this price! I strongly believe this will replace my age old L520. Rear flash with 8MP cam makes me say so. Never tried my hands on 1GB RAM devices, I think, its time.. lets wait for the price..
  • Why can't Microsoft release a flagship and let it upgrade first to windows 10??? They did it with the surface 3 now so why not with a flagship?. I'm starting to feel Microsoft does not have a proper flagship in place but it could also be well hidden like how nobody saw the surface 3 and hololense coming
  • Ms is bad n no talent for phone design.
  • Patience my friend, you'll all change your opinion about Microsoft making phones very soon!
  • they want the buzz. they want to keep w10 in front page for months. with launch, new flagship phones, etc etc. there are a lot of reasons. just use logic, think about marketing, and here we go, you find all the reasons.
  • Perfect second phone to compliment my L1520. Need a backup for work thats a lil more compact and this will be perfect.
  • Nope. Only 640XL.
  • Upgrading to 640 xl from 720
  • Make a smaller version please
  • 640XS? :P
  • I'd consider it an upgrade if I didn't have a Lumia 1520, or 930.
  • How does this compare to the lumia 830? Which has the better camera?
  • Lumia 830 has the better camera + Qi wireless charging. The 830 is also significantly more expensive despite having the same screen, CPU, and RAM. The 640 is a great value that is close to Lumia 830 specs, but at a fraction of the price.
  • I wouldnt say it has the same screen at all. I know some people who cant stand amoleds, and some people who cant stand the 830's IPS. Also an amoled at 5" may not look as crisp as the IPS at 5". Another thing is build materials and quality. To some people it may not play a role, but to some it is very important. Lastly a fraction of the price is innacurate, especially considering the price has dropped significantly in many places. I think at this point it will be up to the individual to determine what is important to each. To me, I could only live with the 640 for a short amount of time due to build, screen, camera, and Qi. I may update to a 940 down the road, but I am currently very happy with my 830.  
  • The 830 screen is great. It's better than the 920(IPS) and 928(amoled) in my opinion. The pixel density is lower but it seems really clear. I think the only screen that might be better is the 930.
  • No way..... In my opinion no WP is capable of replacing an existing one as each and every phone has same processor and amt of ram..... The only difference is in the screen display and camera......
  • So it is the same as every Windows Phone ever released? Ok then...
  • So you're on the same phone for life plan?
  • Would definitely upgrade from my L720
  • I might get the 640 when it arrives... My 1020's battery is getting awful day by day and there is almost no Nokia support here in Japan :/
  • Stick it out. Buy the camera grip or something but giving up the 1020 for the 640....eh. But its your money.:)
  • I second that. .Don't waste it out on a lower end model. The essence of flagship will haunt you endless nights.
  • I know... Microsoft should invest a little more in Japan.
  • MS is going very poor recently
  • It's an excellent upgrade for: 520, 620, 720, 530, 630.
  • I HAVE A BIGGEST DOUBT HOW COME MICROSOFT WHEN THEY LAUNCHED 535 DIDNT TAKE CARE OF TOUCH ISSUE ? THIS WAS THEIR VERY FIRST MOBILE AFTER PURCHASIN FROM NOKIA AND THEY CHOSEE INDIA AS A LAUNCH PAD INSTEAD OF ANY OTHER COUNTRY THEY USED THE ''5x5x5'' Model FOR PUBLICITY.... BUT HOW COME THEY MISSED ON TOUCH SENSITIVITY ON A SMARTPHONE? I LOVE MICROSOFT, LUMIA PRODUCTS, EVEN MY WIRELESS KEYBOARD IS FROM MS.... I WANNA KNOW VALID REASONS FOR THE LUMIA 535 CONS
  • Caps lock is annoying. Edit or delete because no one is reading it.
  • I cant edit it now man. Cheers :)
     
  • Dr I suggest you check if you really have a medical degree. It seems like you became a doctor/psychiatrist without studying anger management.
  • I would like to stick to topic and talk about mobiles than some Von Recklinghausen disease.  
  • Well, you really aren't sticking to the topic. Are you?
  • Your suggestion is highly appreciated :) Thanks for it.
     
  • If you had a Lumia 535 touch screen issue, you'd be the one visiting a doctor for anger management.
  • haha. Thats right mate. I wanted to know how an error occured, might be hardware/ software issue. Being a MS lover.... I wanted to know. And I said I have MS devices including Wireless keyboards. WE HERE TO TALK SOME SENSICAL STUFF and understand what goes behind just looks of a device.
  • Then the place to go is the forums on the 535 section. Not here.
  • thanks for the suggestion. cheers  
  • 640 and 640 xl is a good replacement for anything lower than 830
  • Even 735? I disagree.
  • 73x owners definitely shouldn't upgrade unless screen size is a MAJOR drawback
  • If you have a 635 or lower then yes.
  • Lumia 640 has better specs than 635 (RAM), 720 (RAM), 730, and 820 (display and camera).
  • Not 730 you got that wrong.
  • I would refrain from buying the 640 cuz of the 1GB RAM. Win10 will require a min of 1GB RAM on a 720p display, whereas the minimum RAM requirement for lower resolution displays is 512MB.
    So basically, when win10 will be released, 640 will run short of memory. Even the 500 series and 400 series will have more free RAM than the 640.
    I'm pretty sure that every $160-$200 range windows phone released after the release of windows 10 will have at least 1.5GB of RAM.
  • Dahell you talking about?
  • Lumia 640 has a 720p display. And 720p displays will need 'at least' 1GB RAM to run windows 10.
    It'll be like running windows 8.1 on Lumia 520. You'll always crave for more RAM. I guess you didn't know about the minimum requirements to run Windows 10 on a 720p phone. Source for windows 10 requirements: http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-lists-minimum-hardware-requireme...
  • At least 1gb ram doesn't mean all your ram gets eaten up. So you mean games that require 'at least' 1gb ram means you cant run any other apps in the background? Let t alone the whole wp 8.1 os? :P
  • Thank you.  1 GB of RAM won't mean much when the higher video abilities eat up that difference.  A 1080 phone needs at least 2 GB.
  • Trade 630 for 640XL? Got 630 on eBay and not completely thrilled about it, definitely things I'd change.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Cons of 640xl other than no dedicated cam button?
  • At that price, nothing.
  • I'm thinking to upgrade over 720.. I just did not liked the absence of cam button.. :\
  • I get it. You asked other than the cam button. I said nothing. If you really want that camera button tou should go for the 830(₹ is lower these days after the holi discount) or wait for 840.
  • I still wont buy 830 at 20k.. Performance is similar to 640xl.. Has low cameras.. I don't care about the build quality. I wont pay extra 5k just for a phone which has a cam button.. :D there's no 840 coming.. I had heard about a mini 830 coming with 8mp camera.. I'd wait for it and other upcoming devices till may.. If I don't get any then I'll go for XL :)
  • Well, I thought you are so in need of the cam button, I suggested 830. "840 is not coming" if you follow the company, you should know it will come in another 4-5 months. Anyways choice is yours. ;)
  • There's no leak or news about 840
  • And there was no leak about 640. What's your point? You know eventually 840 will come in some time.
  • Wow.. U don't know anything.. There were leaks about 640 and 640xl.. The news was on WC
  • Wow. And you still don't get my point. Anyways, nevermind.
  • Lumia 640 is only for budget customers who tried low end phones
  • Basically it's an upgrade for anyone with a phone lower than the Lumia 830.
  • O love my Htc Trophy with wp 7.8
  • I say don't spend money on the 640 just to "hold you over" for the much awaited flagship if you have a perfectly working device already especially like the 920. It's more of a waste in that scenario unless you can at least sell your current phone first.
  • Performance-wise, is $180 new Lumia 640 better than buying a $90 used former flagship like the Lumia 928?
  • Probably not, no. The 920 series dual core CPU is marginally faster than the Snapdragon 400, but close in performance. The 928 is a far superior camera becuase of OIS, xenon flash, and dedicated camera button. Also 928 has wireless charging built in.
  • Is the 640 usable on Verizon at all anyway?
  • No, it is not. I was merely wondering about how the specs match up between 2-year-old flagships (which you can get very cheap now) versus brand new low- to mid-range phones. My mention of the 928 was just exemplary as it's the one Windows Phone flagship that is approximately two years old now. It seems like buying the outdated flaship is still better.
  • Is there a list of phones that do work on Verizon?  Or, and this may be a dumb question, is there a way to tell?  I need a bridge between my current 928 and the next "flagship"
  • Icon or 830, I think. Just check phonearena or a similar site to see if it has support for the network you want to use.
  • Thanks
  • If I needed a replacement the 640 would be at the top of my list, but as long as my 925 holds out I'll wait for a flagship.
  • Wireless charging too important to ignore
  • We have two 920's limping along, battery shot, and flash doesn't work, thankfully it works well in low light so not a big issue. Waiting on flagship, blah blah...
  • Lumia 640xl. If Lumia 640xl priced between 12k to 13k for 3g version then it will be a site hit in India
  • The 640 seems to be a good backup phone. I am considering the dual SIM version as a backup to my daily driver which is a 1520. On the other hand the 640XL may be an even better fit. Lets see.
  • I was seriously considering going 640 XL but I love my L920 so much I think I'll wait until it dies.
  • Upgrade for me going from tmobile 521 to tmobile 640. Just have to wait a little longer is all.
  • Corepc, I am upgrading from 521 to 640 as well. Any word on price/availability date from T-Mobile yet?
  • I've been anxiously waiting for this but im starting to rethink it. I want the 640 XL. I want a big screen phone. Havnt had one yet and this may be the perfect opportunity.
  • I 'downgraded' from the HTC M8 to Lumia 830. The camera on the M8 just isn't any good.
  • Smart choice
  • I'm getting the 640 XL when available. I love my 630, but it's not enough. The 640 has everything I miss from my 620, and everything that I liked about the 630.
  • I think if you have a Lumia 730 The difference between them are in the size of the display, front and rear camera, last version of the software (both are gonna receive Windows 10), and the Office 365 stuff. Considering all of this I would stay with 730. Rear camera pretty good, front camera perfect and a good display size.
    Now if you have a 930 or even a 830 the downgrade is not fair.
  • My first Windows Phone the Lumia 920 is still alive and working properly, though its not mine anymore. I wonder those phones the same age of Lumia 920 are still alive.
  • To be honest yea. Coming from a L920 it was a great run but having a little more speed just isn't enough to keep me here. 640 has what I needed when when I bought my phone there was nothing comparable. Removable battery and SD card for all 30gbs of mu music for train and bike rides to work. Removable battery too is a biggie. Camera is a camera to me. So yes contract up in November? I will be looking at 830 or 640. No flagships for me.
  • L640 xl is perfect replacement to my L525, but the only thing i decide to choose is screen size(5.7").If its 5" or 5.5" definitely go for it.Still confusion continues...
  • I wouldn't recommend anyone with a Lumia better than a 630 to "upgrade" for this phone... unless you have a old phone and the battery can't maintain the charge... If you change from a 820/920 you will only get the new things from the x30 series: miracast support, sensor core and the processor consumes less battery..
  • Yeah! I was quoted. I'm famous!
  • Hope you go lukia :D
  • Id much rather have the 640 XL but it looks like Tmobile won't be getting it so i guess the 640 will have to do. Both are upgrades from the 635
  • I'm what you'd call a smartphone junkie, and this one's been of great interest to me lately. But I really shouldn't buy it because I have too many phones as it is! :)
  • I have a L920 and still love it. I will wait for a flagship. The L640 is a good option only If you talk about the XL version.
  • People who have the following phones should upgrade:
    520,530,620,625,630,635,638.
    720,820(if u don't care abt Zeiss, OIS) 920(only if you feel it's ageing)
    Other than these, its completely consumers' own choice.
  • to be honest yours is the kind of review i was expecting in the article.
  • Glad I could help :)
  • I own a 730 and I'm not planning togo for 640 or 640XL
    Tho it has beautiful specs better than my 730!
    But the piece cant be trusted,
    We all saw the touch issues at 535 by Microsoft.
    The users planning to buy 640 must wait around a week and check if it's the best for them without any issues!
  • Just cus one device failed(touch issues) you won't trust any upcoming phones from microsoft?
    P.S : It doesn't have better specs than 730.
  • I hope the flsgship doesn't have the same specs as my htc one m8. I'm waiting on the successor to the 1520
  • I'm still using the Lumia 928. It has seen better days. I'm definitely going to be getting the 640xl. I have really big hands and the 4.5 screen is uncomfortable for me to hold. Something bigger would be better and at that price point I won't have to wait until my upgrade comes around.
  • I have a 928 also, ear speaker doesn't work though, will 640 work on Verizon?
  • Will upgrade from my 635. Only question is when it will be available from T-Mobile.
  • Once win10 gets on my 930, I'll be more than happy to stick with it for at least another year. By the time I am ready, there will be plenty to pick from beyond the 640's
  • Agreed. My thinking exactly, unless MS comes out with a phone w/the minimum specs I mention below, Icon w/W10 should kick all others.
  • Obvious (wait for a sorta review)
    L920 here and this is not a wow factor yet. Still want to upgraded badly since 6 months,
  • This is the perfect moment for a flagship and there is non,, as there's a generation waiting to upgrade
  • My mate has a HTC 8X. Should he upgrade to the L640?
  • Yes.
  • Using the 1020 and perfectly happy with it until a new flagship is released
  • I have an Icon and you will never take it from my cold dead hands. Unless you got a 20+mp Zeiss optics rear camera w/64G minimum, card support w/W10. And a larger screen. Then we'll talk.
  • If I had a previous windows phone 7 gen lumia and wanted an upgrade today, I would now go for the lumia 1520 original or second hand (cheaper and still good) instead of the 640, even if it has update 2 or replaceable battery. Microsoft said current lumias will be upgradable to windows 10 (which will also have update 2 features) and the 1520 has a 3200 Mah battery. Even if the years have passed and the battery might have degraded a bit, I think it still would have as much juice or use as the current 640. Even a 25% loss in 1520s battery capacity (theoretically) to 2400 would still make the 1520 amazing. You have a bigger processor, you have built in wireless charging and still a 20 mpix camera that can shoot 4K! You might find a second hand cheaper that the 640 and with sim only you'll be cheaper in a 2 year payment plan than a plan paying for phone and sim subscription. I say that is a win-win over 640.
  • I've got a T-Mobile 925, thinking about getting an unlocked 640XL, good idea?
  • The 640xl LTE dual sim is the only WP phone with band 12, which is the future of t-mobile. If you're on t-mobile, that's the one.
  • No wi-fi calling on the unlocked 640XL model, as it is not sold by T-Mobile. The updated T-Mobile product page for the 640 shows Band 12 support.
  • Respectible or respectable?!
  • Lumia 640 XL LTE is amazing....and very beautiful affordable phone....spec + price = great conclusion
  • I'd get the 640xl in an instant as an upgrade to my 1320... If it had a camera shutter button... It doesn't... I'll wait... Maybe a 1520.3 will show up on swappa for a reasonable price... Update: And with the removal of maps to SD, this phone doesn't have enough space to be worth the effort of migrating...
  • As an HTC 8X user, the 640 is definitely an upgrade.  I also have a 635 and it runs circles around the 8X. My only problem is that I'm stuck with Verizon.  Who knows if they'll have ANY Windows phones in the future?!?
  • Just switch to cricket! It's great service and you can use any at&t branded phone!
  • I can't because of work. Limited to Verizon only. Ugh!! Thanks for the tip anyway.
  • Unsure if it is worth me replacing my 925. I would only get the XL version though.
  • Of course it is, I own a 620 and the 640 It's with no doubt is its sucesor. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'll definitely be upgrading from my Blu Win HD. These phones are garbage. My mom and I both got one about nine months ago and we've been through five phones between the two of us since then and the phones we've got now need to be returned.
  • I'm currently on 525. I love it's design. I would have gone for 640. But there are some things I don't like of 640. Rounded corners, on screen buttons, no camera button! I know it has some great hardware and software. Glance (which I think I would never need), 8MP (currently I have 5, and after post processing it becomes 4-3mp sometimes, so I think this is a plus for me), ffc(do I need those? Neh. At least I'm not a heavy Skype user nor a selfie lover) .... Hmm, The actual thing is...640 will never see the daylight of my country. We'll get the 640XL. At least the local official facebook said this. I love 830. I wish there was a low end or mid ranger just like the 830(design wise). I'll stick with my 525 for some more time.
  • buy Lumia 925
  • Will the 640xl work on Verizon?
  • Negative
  • I have the 1020,1520,830,930, and the 630. But I still want the 640xl. I'm just a collector I guess. But I'm gonna sell my 930 and 630 Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I feel like a collector... 521, 822, 928, 630, 830, 1320... I'm fairly happy with a phablet/wallet combo, but it would be nice if the camera was a little better and it had a little more onboard memory... Just not $520 more...
  • the lack of camera button s a big error imo
  • No wireless charging. Would miss it too much I think. Although it has better screen resolution.. Which I would like. 830 sounds better on current offer in UK now
  • Love my L920 still, but it is tempting to try the L640 until later this year when the flagship comes out. If it comes with wireless charging and LTE, I think I will be purchasing one!
  • I have an 830 and I'll get the 640 as a backup phone. I could also pass it around to people I know that are disappointed by their experience with budget androids
  • I am on 920 for 2+ years. Atleast give us 930 in USA. Microsoft should sell unlocked 930 for USA.
  • still,you guys didn't answer the 1 billion dolar question. Lumia 730 or lumia 630 which is better ?  
  • 730
  • Yes i think a day i am going to have a 640 too
  • 640 looks like a great phone.  If I weren't a qwerty phone holdout I would make the plunge.  I had a 635 and enjoyed it, this adresses ever conceivable greivance. My Q10 is still a boss though, but I may give in and pick up a 640.
  • Noooooo I have a 730, it has all I need
  • I have the USA 635 right now and it is my first Windows 8 phone. I like it and did not mind the price I got it at. I am done with the falg ship crap phones I had both an Android and of course a Iphone flagship phone and I used maybe 30 to 40% of the features on them. So I will be moving to the 640 as soon as T-Moblie or the Microsoft store releases it. I think it fits nicely in to what I think a phone should do. As far as a camera goes no phone cam will ever beat my $1000 camera I carry.
  • No Buy a used 930 ir 1520, perfect phones!
  • I have both, they're really amazing, their unsolved issues are:
    1) How hot seems 930 on our hands, sometimes realy annoying, sometimes, during cold nights on The planalt, really warmful.
    2) The very fragile screen in 1520. Ghost screen seems to be solved in a firmware by MS/Nokia.
  • I'm thinking about trading my 928 for one but might wait for a flagship. Depends on if I drop this phone again before a new flagship arrives
  • What really kills me is that Microsoft is a USA compnay and here in the USA we seem to wait forever to get the new MS phones. This is crazy how long it takes for a Windows phone to release here. I hope at some point MS fixes this and shows some love to USA.
  • Because everyone is the US is on the iPhone bandwagon.
  • And because tax.
  • I have the USA 635 right now and it is my first Windows 8 phone. I like it and did not mind the price I got it at. I am done with the falg ship crap phones I had both an Android and of course a Iphone flagship phone and I used maybe 30 to 40% of the features on them. So I will be moving to the 640 as soon as T-Moblie or the Microsoft store releases it. I think it fits nicely in to what I think a phone should do. As far as a camera goes no phone cam will ever beat my $1000 camera I carry.
  • I'm waiting for the true successor of 820. I don't care about the display or camera but I like having the flagship specs. Hope the next one will deliver this.
  • 830 is the true succesor
  • 830 has a lower processor than 930. Also lower RAM if I'm not mistaken. Whereas 820 and 920 were identical except screen, camera and battery which I didn't really care.
  • Waiting for a 1040. Still loving my 1020
  • MS needs carrier agnostic US version. Omitting Verizon customers is cutting off half of US potential.
  • If you are upgrading from flagship WP7, then yes this is a decent upgrade. But I, as an Ativ S user, would wait for the next batch of flagships.
  • Carphone Warehouse (UK) are selling the Nokia Lumia 830 for £199 sim free. That's what I call a no brainer.
  • The only reason for me to look at this device is the dual SIM capability. For now, I will stick to my 920 and 1520, but if the expected flagship doesn't have a dual SIM version, I might very well just get the 640xl.
  • Firmware by MS fixed The Ghost screen issue. But The screen remains very fragile.
  • I will upgrade if it comes under 10 grand in India
  • I would definitely consider the XL. I need that Zeiss lens!
  • I have yet to find one to replace my 1020.
  • My idea of a flagship now a days is buy a phone cheap enough so it doesnt require a case. 640 XL fits the bill. Plus i can spend rest of the money that i saved not buying a "Flagship" on some badass designer sunglasses. LOL.
  • The phone looks good on paper and of course the screen size.  The deal breaker for me is not having the dedicated camera button.  It's the only reason I have yet to upgrade my dad from his 520.  He loves taking pictures and the camera button is a must.  Also for me I need to have the button available as well.  But I will be holding onto my 1020 a while longer.
  • I think 640 and all non pureview need a function to click picture from volume up key :D
  • I have a 925, but am considering the 640, as it supports the new low-band frequencies T-Mobile is rolling out.  The 925 does not.
  • What about coming from a 810? My wife and I both have one and she needs a new phone. I Want a new one, but am seriously considering finding a 920 until the next flagship for myself.
  • The BIG question is of course: should I get the 640 or the 735?
  • How it stands up against Lumia 730
  • I just wish that windows store brings official apps as in android and iOS, and update it more frequently, giving more features than it currently provides. Android and iOS have whole microsoft suite and apps, but Windows store doesn't offer any google service. Plus security is just awefull here, no working applock, only fake tile locks are there. Please show some growth in the windows store and services, hardware is already much better and competitive. The only area windows phone lags behind other phones is the apps in windows store. They require a lot of attention. That's what I think. Otherwise, Lumia 520 is also a good phone, although I dont own 520
  • I think about upgrading to 640. The 925 I currently own has horrible battery life and pureview camera is shitty anyway, so there is really nothing I lose.
  • I would be content and happy with L640 XL. 13 mp shooter 5 mp selfie and 3000 mah battery. I'm settled. So Microsoft, make it available in the US already and take my money!!! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Also, I just ordered the Band yesterday and it will be delivered tomorrow, so I need a new windows phone to pair it with. Are you listening Microsoft? I need a new windows phone!! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Lumia 925
  • Really wish I had waited for the 640 before picking up my 535.
  • Sell it and use what you get towards a 640?
  • 640 XL is a better deal. But still waiting for 1030 or 935 which will arrive sooner than anyone expect.    
  • Lumia 1168... Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • It looks a nice phone but personally, I won't settle for anything less than a 9xx phone.
  • I have a 1520, but it would be great to have a smaller phone that I can operate with one hand while walking my dog. I was considering Android, but the creepy app permissions are a huge turn-off. The 640 may be the answer for me.
  • I just got the 635 on sprint and while it's a decent phone, it falls short of my old 1520. I'd gladly pay off this phone and buy a 640 on a no contract plan.
  • It's "respectable", not "respectible."
  • And I have no idea why this replied to someone's comment when I added it to the comments window you get as soon as you open the article. Oh well.
  • There are to many lumia phones, Microsoft needs 3 a budget, a flagship and a pamphlet phone. As a 920 owner, I don't know anyone that buys a £180 phone and says I will Wai for a flagship and then buy that! Lmao if I'm to buy a 640xl it needs wireless charging and its sold
  • For WP use I use a 635 mostly, I will be getting a 640. I use my 920 for photos and 1GB ram games. The 635 is just the perfect little phone, hope the 640 follows suit.
  • My 720 got stolen...was considering 640xl... bought 830 (for 18.5k India) instead... :)
  • What about the fact i would trade my 1020 for an 830? Why? Well i love great cameras, but what can i do with a huge one when is slow and eat's my battery like there is no tomorrow? I mean, it is useless to rely on it when visiting cause i'm left with no battery in a matter of minutes...
  • I'm still thinking. First I need to see Windows 10 preview. But I probably switch. My 820 won't last on battery half a day so I Just got LG G3s from work. And Android really is annoying. I'm trying to get used to it but it's not what I want. And thanks to that LG I know I won't handle XL size, so shiny orange 640 for me. Or I will check at the store how it looks compared to XL and then decide.
  • The phrase "upgrade" implies that you already own a Windows Phone device.  Unless you live in a cave, the operating system on that device has been upgraded at least once.  And unless you own a Windows 7 phone, you are pretty much running the same OS as this 640.  From a hardware perspective, I find the 640 to be a 2015 device with 2013 hardware in most of the major areas (processor, etc.).  Even if Lumia pukes all over themselves with a new WM10 device - which I wholeheartly expect them to do - the longest you will have to wait is 6 to 9 months for a new device with 2015 hardware.  Then and only then will you get a full "upgrade" of hardware and OS.  *And if you don't like what Microsoft does with WM10 and their new devices, you are not stuck with a phone for another contract period.
  • I'm looking at the 640 as a very capable device to increase screen size with decent specs. With the 640 already being leaked as affordable off-contract (MetroPCS said they'd have the 640 for $99), it's a worthy "sidegrade" while waiting to see what flagships come out and are announced. For Icon users, you all already have a larger display, but for someone like me stuck on 4.5 with the 920? YES please to a larger screen for about $100 off contract. At the $100 price point, it doesn't need to be my phone forever, just until something better comes along.
  • Well... I would take a 640 now... I am tired of the ghost screening on the 1520...and maybe.. just maybe it is too big... :(  The 920 was perfect and If did not mess the sim pin using a nano to micro sim adaptor it would go back to it... My 635 is nice, but it is my fishing/outdoor elements phone... and windows 10 test device... It is 85% nice, but there is a bug or two which freezes the phone...  I am just sick and tired of waking up the 1520 and having to wait for the ghost screen input to end...
  • what aabout the 1020
  • Im going to get the 640 XL until later in the year when Microsoft announces a or a few flagships with Windows 10.
  • 640 vs. 920 -> sidegrade, no real upgrade (too little benefits). 640 vs. M8 -> you would be crazy to go for the 640 if you already own a M8 that's not broken 640 vs. Moto G -> which Moto G? 2014? -> sidegrade with less PPI on the 640 but better camera. 2015? -> almost the exact same thing, only with WP instead of Android. Also, it's Android....not really compareable with WP, or why is there no comparison to the iPhone 5C? At least this article is better than the "Should you buy Laptop XYZ?" that have been poping up here lately but not by much. 640 vs. lower specs -> yes, but check alternatives, maybe you want to get something even better (730/735, 830, 930, M8). 640 vs. same-ish specs -> maybe, if the old phone has is broken / about to break (hardware failure and no warranty). 640 vs. higher specs -> nope. that's just stupid. 640 vs. phone with different OS but same-ish specs -> meh, not really compareable cause only comparing hardware doesn't mean much here.
  • You guys at Windows Central have a sense of humor.  No one wants a 640 over the solid performance of older handsets like the 1520 and the 930.  The 640 is good on paper, but we all know that the build is going to pale in comparison to Windows Phone at its height, when Nokia was hungry and serious about developing an elegant device. You can keep these paperweights for those that are new to Windows Phone and looking for a bargain device.  The only reason I would purchase a 640 is if my 635 stopped working, or if I cracked the screen (because a 640 would be cheaper than the repair).  Sure, 1 GB of RAM would be nice.  At least you get 1080 recording, which is better than what I get now (720), but those aren't worth the difference in price.  I just finished paying $40 why would I pay another $160 for a marginal difference when I can hold out and Microsoft will discount it to $100 over the holiday season.  Play my cards right and that phone will be the same price I paid for my 635 in 2 years, lol. 
  • 640 might be an interesting upgrade for someone with a 520.  Then again if you're okay with a 520, you probably don't know what you're missing anyway.
  • would like to see comparison between Lumia 640 & Blackberry Leap
  •     At the rate Microsoft is taking to get out the 640 & 640XL we may have Win 10 before that. Think I will stay with my 820 and see what happens in the future before even thinking about a sidegrade/upgrade. My 820 has been flawless for the past two years. No telling how reliable the 640/640XL will be. Between my 820 and Moto G lte I am just fine
  • Looks like a prefect upgrade for my 1320 ive found after a year of use its just that bit tooooo big cant wait for it to come to australia or ill have to order it from over seas
  • I bought one to replace my aging 920 and couldn't be happier. Bigger screen, sd card, removable battery, thinner and lighter body. I'm running Windows 10 build 10166 on it now as my daily and dont think there's a better phone in the world for this price.