The Lumia range has been around for a fair while now – and it’s built up a pretty good reputation for phones with strong build quality and a familiar, reliable user interface.
The Lumia 650 continues in that vein, sitting firmly in the mid range and exhibiting all the characteristics that’ve made the Lumia brand a success. It runs on Windows 10, so if you’ve got Microsoft’s latest operating system on your home computer, you’ll find everyday tasks a breeze.
Its 5-inch screen gives you more than enough room to see all your documents and photos while you’re out and about. And while we’re on the subject, the Lumia 650 also comes with 16GB of on board storage, giving you plenty of room for your files, photos and apps. If you find it’s not enough, though, the Lumia 650 does have a MicroSD card slot, letting you add up to 200GB of storage.
The Lumia 650’s 8MP rear camera isn’t bad for its price point. And whether you’re video-calling or taking a selfie, the 5MP front-facing camera offers great image quality for a mid-range phone. If you’re a keen photographer though, a higher end phone might be more what you’re looking for.
A quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM add up to a smooth multi-tasking experience, so you shouldn’t have any trouble with everyday tasks. But you might well find that stuff like high-intensity gaming or multi-tasking is a bit too much for the Lumia 650 to handle. With a 2,000mAh battery, though, the Lumia 650 should keep you running all day, as long as you avoid too much video streaming or other processor-heavy tasks.
As with every phone, whether you like the Lumia 650 or not will depend on what you want your phone to do. It’s not a phone for gamers, photographers or high-end users. But the Windows interface, excellent battery life and eye-catching design are all big positives for mobile professionals, or if you’re looking for a smooth, familiar user experience at a low price.