Microsoft Lumia 650 hands-on: looking good without breaking the bank (Video)

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When it comes to smartphone launches, patience is overrated. Sure, you could hold back your big launch of the season for an expo like MWC – the sort of thing manufacturers are “supposed” to do – but where’s the fun in that? Earlier this month, we saw Microsoft reject the idea of saving its latest launch for Barcelona as it went official with the affordable new Lumia 650 mid-ranger. And while the phone may not formally be an MWC launch, it sure as sugar came along for the ride, giving us our first opportunity to go hands-on with the model.

Compared to the rest of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile offerings, the Lumia 650 looks good – far better than a phone of its meager $200 sticker price should.

Internally, the phone’s a little less impressive, with middling specs that are more of the “get by” than “shine” variety, but such considerations haven’t historically been too devastating for similarly equipped Windows Phone 8.1 models – and by contrast, that’s where the platform’s seen some of its heaviest retail action.

Right now, the Lumia 650’s already available in certain European markets – here’s hoping we see it spread elsewhere, and soon.

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!