You could probably do way worse than the $80 unlocked Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
The signs are all there, and Windows Mobile’s odds of coming back from the dead practically match those of a Chicago Cubs World Series win. Oh, wait. Well, you get the point, but the fact of the matter is that a number of Lumia devices retain their relative desirability at the right prices.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen looking for the perfect first-time smartphone user holiday gift, this 5.7-incher is cheaper than a one-year Apple Music subscription for just four more days over on Daily Steals. You can even choose your favorite color from a rich selection including black, orange, blue, and white, activate the phone on your preferred GSM carrier, and rest assured, you won’t be getting a refurb.
All units on sale are brand-new, shipping in official retail packaging, technically running Windows Phone 8.1 out the box, but eligible for immediate Windows 10 Mobile updates. The Lumia 640 XL is still sold for $150 unlocked by Microsoft, or $100 at e-tailers like Amazon, and its perfectly respectable spec sheet includes 13 and 5MP cameras, a generous removable 3,000 mAh battery, microSD support, and Snapdragon 400 processing power.