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Welcome to the 2016 Microsoft Lumia 650 review. The newest entry in the new four model Lumia range is the 650 and it is arguably the best looking of the range too. The main reason is the high end styling and materials that sets it apart from the any other phone in the Lumia range. The Lumia 650 is essentially the mid range model priced under $300 AUD outright and as a result probably the best value in the range.

We like the Lumia phones as they usually have the latest hardware on the inside and a solid operating system and reasonably priced. They are also the most secure, since few would target a essentially unique and a relatively small number of phones. The only problem with the Lumia is that there are not very many main stream Apps in the store.

In terms of construction the Lumia 650 is just as good as any other phone in price and and beyond which is great selling point. The removable panel fits perfectly and the screen glossy and hard. There are no complaints about how its built.

In terms of hardware the Lumia 650 doesn’t have any standout features bellying its mid-range positioning. Unfortunately the world has moved one and what was mid-range is no longer. So the Lumia 650 is mid-range in basically the Lumia range rather than the competition. In the real world the 650 goes up against Android OS phones above entry level. In this context there are a few surprises in the specification that includes the option of dual SIM, expandably memory up to 256Gig, 5 inch OLED display withe Gorilla glass 3 and an FM radio. If you take into account the sub $300 price tag the 650 packs a lot of hardware for the price, bettering most Android OS based phones in the category.

In terms of use the Lumia 650 is standard Windows 10, so everything is there and easy to use. Performance is good although apps do take longer to load if you’ve used a faster phone. Despite the relatively low powered CPU it works very well and smoother than like specified Android phones and the iPhone 5s.

The Microsoft Lumia 650 is a very good phone just missing 3rd party Apps. That said if you are into the Microsoft Office, Skype, Onedrive, Minecraft, XBOX  and so forth but can’t afford the top end Lumia 950 than the 650 is for you. The best model to get is the Dual SIM version especially if you travel so you can still use you normal number and a local SIM for data and call savings. great phone for those who don’t want to get distracted by Pokemon GO!

Specifications

  • Microsoft Lumia 650
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM – All
    Tri-band 3G – All
    Tri-band 4G – All
  • Design
    Touch screen
    L142 x W70.9 x D6.9 mm
  • Weight  122 grams
  • Display
    5 inch 720 x 1280
  • Camera
    8MP auto-focus LED Flash
    2nd forward facing video call camera 2MP
  • Video Camera
    720p 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi, Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    Quad-core 1.3 Ghz Snapdragon 212
    Separate Andreno 304 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    1Gig RAM
    Up to 16 Gig for user
    Up to 256Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Features
    FM Radio with RDS
    Li-Po 2000 mAh battery
    Up to 26 Days Standby
    Up to 16 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx under $300 July 2016 (Outright)

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