Review: Microsoft Lumia 640 for Cricket Wireless
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.
Microsoft debuted another pair of mid-range handsets in the long buildup to Windows 10. The Lumia 640 and 640 XL are worthy update to the 635 and 1320, but they leaving us aching for a new flagship from Microsoft.
May 13, 2015
Cricket Wireless today said the Lumia 640, which goes on sale May 15, will cost $129.99. Early buyers of the phone will be rewarded with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal for use on the phone as well as on a tablet and on a PC.
Mar 25, 2015
T-Mobile recently added the Microsoft Lumia 640 to its web site and described the device as "coming soon." Microsoft revealed the Lumia 640 at Mobile World Congress earlier this month.
Mar 2, 2015
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 640, a new Windows Phone. It has colorful and interchangeable rear shells.
Jan 18, 2019
Microsoft will end support for its Windows 10 Mobile smartphone OS on December 10 2019, and is encouraging people still using Windows 10 Mobile phones to switch to Android or iOS phones. Microsoft is now focusing on those platforms and offers a suite of its own apps for both platforms.