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Review: Microsoft Lumia 640 for Cricket Wireless

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The Microsoft Lumia 640 is not the cheapest phone available from Cricket Wireless, but it might offer the most bang for the buck.

As is often the case, Microsoft did a bang up job delivering a usable, high-quality piece of hardware that has few detractions. The plastic is a bit slippery and the phone may be heavier than I'd like, but these are modest complaints. The screen is great, call volume is incredible, battery life is respectable, and data performance is as good as it gets in Cricket's stable.

Windows Phone isn't for everyone, but those who prefer it will find plenty to like. Basic apps like the phone and messaging are a bit flat, but they work well. Extras like free Office 365 and OneDrive storage help smooth over some of the phone's shortcomings, such as limited on-board storage.

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The camera app was especially impressive, as were the results I achieved with it. Toss in native hooks to Microsoft's Xbox platform and the Lumia 640 has a solid media story to sell.

The Lumia 640 is an excellent entry to Microsoft's growing family of Windows Phone handsets.

Our Ratings

4
Overall
4
Reception
4.5
Battery Life
3.5
Hardware Usability
3.5
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
4
Interface Speed
5
Audio Volume
4
Camera
 

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