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Lumia 650 hands-on: Microsoft’s latest Lumia is actually really awesome

by Todd Haselton | February 23, 2016February 23, 2016 11:00 am PDT

Microsoft kinda flopped with the Lumia 950 which is not only expensive, but not a very great performer. The Lumia 650 is totally different, and we had a chance to check it out during Mobile World Congress.

It’s comfortable to hold and seemingly more compact. It’s also not cheapo feeling. In fact, the Lumia 650 has metal edges running all around it, which actually gives it a more premium look and feel that, arguably, even the Lumia 950 flagship. It’s kind of strange, considering the Lumia 650 costs under $200.

You don’t get the latest specs, but Windows Phone hasn’t ever really been about that. Performance seemed fine during my few minutes with the device, though you won’t get Continuum support (not that it works particularly well on more powerful devices.) The Lumia 650 has a 5MP front-facing shooter and an 8MP camera on the back. That’s good enough for most folks, including myself, in most cases.

The Lumia 650 was definitely a surprise for me at the show. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do — might need to add one to my phone collection soon.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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