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  1. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    I currently have a Lumia 635, and I love it. However, i need a front facing camera to Skype with my relatives in California and i want at least 1 GB ram so i play all the games i want. I want a solid phone experience for not much money. I'm in college, and i just can't figure out which Lumia would be best to buy right now. I looked at the 640, because I'm with Cricket right now, but they said i would have to go into the store to get it since i would be upgrading. There just isn't a Cricket close enough to me for that. The 640 is 99.99 at Cricket right now, but i also see the 920, 925 and other older flagships for under $100 on eBay. If i could get an 830 for the price I'm looking for that would be great. I can only spend $120 including shipping. I need something with good cameras, good speed, good battery life, durable, at least Lumia Denim (preferably the version with live folders but not a deal breaker if not), and 4g lte on At&t gophone or Cricket. I see so many choices but i just don't know what the best is to be buying in this year. Would it be ok to buy an older flagship? Will they get Windows 10 and still run well? I'm just not sure what to pick. Thanks to anyone who helps!
    07-14-2015 12:20 PM
  2. stefanosGR's Avatar
    I have the 635. Very good Phone. You can buy the 640.
    07-14-2015 12:31 PM
  3. worldspy99's Avatar
    I currently have a Lumia 635, and I love it. However, i need a front facing camera to Skype with my relatives in California and i want at least 1 GB ram so i play all the games i want. I want a solid phone experience for not much money. I'm in college, and i just can't figure out which Lumia would be best to buy right now. I looked at the 640, because I'm with Cricket right now, but they said i would have to go into the store to get it since i would be upgrading. There just isn't a Cricket close enough to me for that. The 640 is 99.99 at Cricket right now, but i also see the 920, 925 and other older flagships for under $100 on eBay. If i could get an 830 for the price I'm looking for that would be great. I can only spend $120 including shipping. I need something with good cameras, good speed, good battery life, durable, at least Lumia Denim (preferably the version with live folders but not a deal breaker if not), and 4g lte on At&t gophone or Cricket. I see so many choices but i just don't know what the best is to be buying in this year. Would it be ok to buy an older flagship? Will they get Windows 10 and still run well? I'm just not sure what to pick. Thanks to anyone who helps!
    640 is your best bet. While 925 is a great phone the battery life on it is not as great. Good luck. And yes if you can snag a 830 at that price it is a stellar deal. If you cannot, then the 640 is an amazing phone for the price.
    07-14-2015 12:31 PM
  4. bo_woods's Avatar
    The 830 tears the 640 apart, and lucky for you I have found an 830 refurbished on eBay ;)

    Was gonna keep this ABSOLUTE STEAL to myself, but I'm not really interested, so why not share it with WinCentral

    http://ebay.us/bCYpIT
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    07-14-2015 12:33 PM
  5. TLRtheory's Avatar
    I'm actually gonna go with the 820. I got mine on eBay for $60 early this year, and it's a fantastically balanced phone.

    High build quality, it's got the memory to see everything on the WP Store, PureView nets it a very decent camera plus that elusive little camera button, OLED - while a bit overkill - does provide some eye-popping colors, it's a great size... and as many have confirmed in the past, it's SDS4 actually handles gaming a lot better than the SD400 featured in my Lumia 635&830 (and, of course the 640).

    About the only thing I dislike about the 820 as opposed to my SD400 powered devices is that it doesn't support wireless display. Outside of that, the 820 proved to be a device balanced enough to steal me away from the Lumia 930 and 1520.
    07-14-2015 12:41 PM
  6. rory753's Avatar
    you hit the nail on the head with the 640 for your price point. It's basically a cheap 830, and I'm not sure the features that you would get on the 830 are worth the double to triple the price over the 640.

    Other older flagships are definitely nice especially when considering the camera they usually have, but you'll give up battery life, screen size, and warranty. Also, you'll give up features that are available with the newer quad core processors that arent available with the older dual core processors. for instance, your 635 can do "motionsense", however, the 920/925 can't. for the record, i've loaded the win 10 TP on both a 920 and 925, and they both worked ok. i'm sure with the final build they'll work fine, too.

    if you want to go refurb, you could consider a refurbished lumia 1520(assuming you aren't taken back from the size). this would probably be the absolute best windows phone for the at&t/cricket network at the time. I would almost side with a 640xl, though, since it's lighter, and generally available unlocked. I currently use the 640xl with windows 10 tp, and it works pretty well.
    07-14-2015 12:41 PM
  7. bo_woods's Avatar
    You can get a refurbished 830 on eBay right now for $130... I posted the link in my above comment... That's a much better deal than $120 for a 640 since 830>640... Your getting a lot more for only $10 more
    07-14-2015 12:48 PM
  8. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Moved to appropriate forum...

    As per this advice: http://forums.windowscentral.com/ask...ion-forum.html WC members are free to post in all areas of the board. Please use Ask a Question only for time critical help issues that affect the immediate functionality of your device.


    For what it is worth... worldspy has had a LOT of phones go through his hands. He's a bit of a Marketplace enthusiast and experienced horse trader... The deal bo_woods linked is pretty killer and very similar in price to what I was overjoyed to pay earlier this year for an 830. This is the same seller and I have no complaints about the refurbished 830 I bought from them. The small number they have will go FAST, trust me.


    Also...Don't count Blu out. I had a 1st Gen Win HD for a bit (I'm kind of a horse trader myself ). It is a pretty solid device for the money and right in your ballpark.

    Smartphones | B&H Photo Video

    Win HD (non-LTE) is $130, but Win Jr LTE is only $100.

    If you can get an extra $10 wiggle room in your budget, it can make a big difference in getting a great deal.
    07-14-2015 01:46 PM
  9. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    I was gonna say do you think that the deal on the 830 will still be there this Thursday? How fast will it go?
    07-14-2015 02:39 PM
  10. Marquis de Faux's Avatar
    Blu Win HD for $129 PLUS free 16gb SD card, new from the official Microsoft Store eBay account: http://m.ebay.com/itm/281706206487?r...19&_mwBanner=1
    07-14-2015 02:58 PM
  11. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I was gonna say do you think that the deal on the 830 will still be there this Thursday? How fast will it go?
    Depends on their stock... Probably not two days.
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    07-14-2015 03:53 PM
  12. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Its gone already... I would had it in a few hours, any other suggestions anyone? What's the best thing here? I'm now between a 640, 920, or 925.
    07-14-2015 04:08 PM
  13. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    I thought about the blu, but without lte I get bad service here in Mississippi and I can't quite afford the lte one
    07-14-2015 04:10 PM
  14. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Also, any thoughts about the 640's camera?
    07-14-2015 04:29 PM
  15. cjoiner9656's Avatar
    This is dependent on your carrier but i picked up my 640 at WalMart for 100$ on t-mobile
    07-14-2015 04:39 PM
  16. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    This is dependent on your carrier but i picked up my 640 at WalMart for 100$ on t-mobile
    Do you like the cameras?
    07-14-2015 04:40 PM
  17. rory753's Avatar
    Also, any thoughts about the 640's camera?
    the camera will be a step up from your 635, but not as good as some of the pureview/OIS cameras. it also has a FFC, which can be useful. you'll still have the lumia camera, as well as lumia moments, which will be great for taking pictures and other post processing stuff.

    While i really like the 925, i'd probably go for the 640 due again to the improvements in capability with the new chipset.
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    07-14-2015 05:00 PM
  18. realwarder's Avatar
    640. Newer processors have longer battery life and handle W10 a little smoother.
    07-14-2015 05:46 PM
  19. TechAbstract's Avatar
    Between Lumia 920 and Lumia 640. I would go with the 640. Lumia 640 has great battery life and better display. It runs Windows 10 better. You'll probably be one of the first to get the Windows 10 update. Lumia 920 has wireless charging that is missing on Lumia 640. Lumia 920 has better low light camera and more advanced Glance. Lumia 920 is an old device. I doubt you'll get much software support after the Windows 10 update.
    Last edited by TechAbstract; 07-14-2015 at 10:08 PM.
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    07-14-2015 09:50 PM
  20. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Now I've decided I can wait a bit longer so ill save a little more, but I've found some Lumia 830s for about 160 to 180 something, so I'm looking at either that or the 640, which Cricket has for 99.99 but I discovered in store today that they also make me pay an upgrade fee of $25 (which I don't get because this is a PREPAID company) so that phone would cost me more than I though, around $130 something plus tax
    07-14-2015 10:18 PM
  21. xrs22's Avatar
    Try Newegg.com or Craigslist for the slightly older phones.
    07-14-2015 11:10 PM
  22. mj0's Avatar
    If you can get your hands on an 830 for $130 I would strongly suggest hitting that. The look and feel are much more premium, the camera is better, it has a dedicated camera button, twice the internal memory (8GB is ridiculous in 2015, especially since some apps have started imposing restrictions regarding saving content to SD, such as the Here suite), and wireless charging builtin (Qi). However, it's certainly not worth twice or three times as much as the 640 given the rather similar specs. The $99 Cricket deal is also available online on microsoft.com: Microsoft Lumia 640 - Microsoft - USA

    Not sure whether you really need to go to store, maybe you should look into that.
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    07-15-2015 01:01 AM
  23. Yazen's Avatar
    The 830 tears the 640 apart, and lucky for you I have found an 830 refurbished on eBay ;)

    Was gonna keep this ABSOLUTE STEAL to myself, but I'm not really interested, so why not share it with WinCentral

    Nokia Lumia 830 Green Windows 8 1 Phone 10MP Camera 16GB Unlocked | eBay
    Deal Fisher is the scum of eBay
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    07-15-2015 01:04 AM
  24. lilnickiwonder's Avatar
    Is an 830 for 175 still a good deal over the 640?
    07-15-2015 01:13 AM
  25. mj0's Avatar
    Depends on how much these features are worth to you, personally. To me it'd be worth it just because of the design. Personally, I don't like the looks of the 640 - I don't mind molded plastik back covers but it looks weird on phones this large, somehow reminds me of uber super cheap budget devices for $20. However, this is a matter of taste and style and obviously debatable and your mileage may/will vary.
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    07-15-2015 01:18 AM
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