Cant Decide between Lumia 650 vs Lumia 640 XL

pratikgurlani

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So i am from India using the legendary L720 on Insider build .494.
I loved that my phone lasted for like 3.5 years but I feel that from last few builds i was compromising my needs for the performance.
Now that my phone is outdated and anniversary update is scheduled next week, i am willing to switch to a new windows phone and I have short listed my choices to Lumia 650 (which i can get around $206.5 in my area on Amazon.)
and L640XL (current price at $152.5 at amazon. Positive point).
And i'm seeking suggestions for choosing between L650 vs L640XL

My daily use goes like
1. I use Adidas miCoach for running for 1 hour every morning.
2. I google a lot. I mean a Lot.
3. I have 25Gigs of music in my SD card and love to listen music for 2 hours everyday.
4. I watch videos on youtube for 30 mins.
5. I often use Navigation during my travel or local commute.
6. OneNote for 30 mins.
7. Would like to do good photography and videography. (13MP vs 8MP)
8. Little or No game. (Compromising till today as L720 has 512MB ram?

My critical concerns for choosing the phone would be:
1. Battery life.
I wish i would never run out of the juice doing all above everyday like a superhero as 640XL has whooping 3000mAh vs 650's 2000.

2.Future update compatibility.
640XL has newer chip compared to 650's SD212.

3. 650 lacks compass.
will it affect my Adidas miCoach runs and everyday Navigation.?

Size is not an issue. But would consider 650 over 640XL if it has no issues mentioned above. I am looking for pure performance.
Please help.
Also, Users of L650 please share your view on above from your experience.
 

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I have the non xl Lumia 640 and the battery is a beast. If you can do without Zeiss optics I'd give you this 3rd option. Also to my knowledge the 650 cannot capture 1080p video cause of the snapdragon 2** series but I think that the performance deference of the 650 and 640(xl) is not noticeable.

Edit: The 650 has an oled screen while the 640xl has ips, judging from my phone if you want a screen visible under the sun the 640 is a no go.
 

pratikgurlani

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I have the non xl Lumia 640 and the battery is a beast. If you can do without Zeiss optics I'd give you this 3rd option. Also to my knowledge the 650 cannot capture 1080p video cause of the snapdragon 2** series but I think that the performance deference of the 650 and 640(xl) is not noticeable.

Thanks for quick reply. Camera is an important point as I do a bit outdoor photography (just an amateur) and so would prefer zeiss and bigger battery. That's why i mentioned that i had already short listed my choices to 650 and 640XL. I'm confused about the battery performance of 650 actually. Some say it would last full day. and some say only on normal use. How would you see my daily use according to what I've mentioned???
 

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I personally own 640 XL and I can tell you right away that at the end of the day after you'd do everything you've listed above, you should still have like 30% of battery left.
Many of 650 users would recommend it for the screen and design, but I personally still went with 640 XL because of the size, camera and amazing battery life. Now when I'm on holidays and I don't use my phone as much, battery can last up to 3-4 days without charging, lol :p
 

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I personally own 640 XL and I can tell you right away that at the end of the day after you'd do everything you've listed above, you should still have like 30% of battery left.
Many of 650 users would recommend it for the screen and design, but I personally still went with 640 XL because of the size, camera and amazing battery life. Now when I'm on holidays and I don't use my phone as much, battery can last up to 3-4 days without charging, lol :p

Just the way I wanted!! Thanks buddy.
 

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From my experience, choosing a Lumia always come with this kind of decision. You don't get everything.
My experience says that you must prioritise what you matters the most.
650 was built for win 10 so it would be supported for the longest time. If you need longevity, 650 would be your bet.
However, if video and photo are your priority, there's no comparison between the two, 640xl hands down.
 

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The 650's chip is newer actually.

But yea as long as you're okay with the size, the XL looks like the way to go.
 

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I have the 650 and the 640 XL. The 650, while a nice phone has no where near the battery longevity that the 640 XL has.

Performance wise the 640 XL is running the anniversary update via the insider program beautifully so far. Very smooth and snappy performance.

If I had to choose one of the 2 it would be the 640 XL just for the fact it has DDtW and a compass sensor, which is nice to have, plus the larger screen makes the live tiles easier to read.
Great phone. Highly recommend.
 

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llumia 650, cause it has launched recently and will not be left behind in future for windows 10 updates, lumia 640 XL is one year older than 650 also 650 has new hardware . ;D
 

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Hello,

Sorry but seriously? The 650 is the replacement for the 640XL. Do not over think this. Replacements/successors are 99% better.
 

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I also got new 640 xl over my 535 few weeks ago its running latest production build 10586.494 , and it had amazing battery life i am fully satisfied. before buying it i am so confused between 640xl and 650 but i chose 640xl because it superior for 650 in most of the department, at last its your decision but 650 is not a huge upgrade to spend more $50.
 

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