The Best Cell Phone Ever?

“Best” is a relative word so let me be clear that I think the Lumia 650 will be the best cell phone buy of 2016.  In January Microsoft announced Lumia 650 which has amazing spec’s… for the price.   At just $200 this cell has everything a standard user would want, except wireless charging.  Microsoft-Lumia-650Having a native Windows 10 device (even if it does not support the brand new Continuum feature) will let you access your files wherever you go.  I am buying one for my daughter as soon as they arrive in Canada!

Check out this grid comparison to the $750 Lumia 830 and note some of the details like Bluetooth 4.1, faster CPU, longer battery life.  The elephant in the room is that Microsoft is stopping development of all new Lumia handsets likely in 2017, but this device will be fully functional years from now even if MS stops new product.


Rankings Lumia 830 #2 Lumia  650 #1
Specs Score   62 / 100   66 / 100
Operating System Windows 10, v10
Features Present In Only One Device
(Unique Features)

Better Camera Resolution

Nokia Lumia 830
10 MP
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim
8 MP

Around 25% more mega pixels (MP) than Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim. More resolution generally means better picture quality, though it’s not always necessary.

Has Dual Sim

Nokia Lumia 830
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim

Use multiple sims at the same time. It allows you to use two services without the need to carry two devices at the same time


Supports 4G

Nokia Lumia 830
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim

Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim is 4G Enabled. 4G Enabled Handsets give you more download speed and a faster internet experience than 3G.


Nokia Lumia 830
8.5 mm
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim
6.9 mm

Around 18% slimmer than Nokia Lumia 830. Slimmer devices are easier to carry in pocket and look more fashionable.

Light Weight

Nokia Lumia 830
150 grams
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim
122 grams

Around 18% lighter than Nokia Lumia 830. Light weight devices are easier to hold without tiring your arms.

Longer Battery Standby Time

Nokia Lumia 830
528 Hours
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim
624 Hours

Around 18% longer Battery Standby Time than Nokia Lumia 830. With longer standby time, device’s battery can last more days without charging in idle condition.

Longer Battery Talk Time

Nokia Lumia 830
720 Minutes
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim
960 Minutes

Around 33% longer Battery Talk Time than Nokia Lumia 830. With longer battery talk time, you can talk on your device continously without charging.

Supports NFC

Nokia Lumia 830
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual Sim

NFC enables wireless payments through your device. You can also connect two NFC enabled devices just by touching them with each other.


Dual Sim No Yes
Sim Size Nano SIM Nano SIM
Device Type Feature Phone Smartphone
Release Date February, 2016
Dimensions 139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm 142 x 70.9 x 6.9 mm
Weight 150 g 122 g
Form Factor Classic (Candybar)
Type Color IPS screen, 16M colors Color IPS screen, 16M colors
Touch Yes Yes, with Multitouch
Size 5 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels 5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels
PPI ~ 294 PPI ~ 294 PPI
Features Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Easy to Clean, Lumia Color Profile, Wide Viewing Angle, Sculpted Glass, Double-tap to Wake, Nokia Glance Screen, Sunlight Readability Enhancements, High Brightness Mode, Super Sensitive Touch, Brightness Control Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Screen Protection
Internal 16 GB inbuilt, 1 GB RAM 16 GB inbuilt, 1 GB RAM
Card Slot Yes, upto 128 GB Yes
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
3G Yes, 42.2 Mbps Download, 5.76 Mbps Upload Yes
4G Yes
Wifi Yes, with wifi-hotspot Yes, with wifi-hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 Yes, v4.1
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Yes, 10 MP with autofocus Yes, 8 MP with autofocus
Video Recording Yes, 1080p Yes, 720p @ 30fps
Front Camera Yes, 0.9 MP Yes, 5 MP
OS Windows 10, v10
CPU 1.2 GHz, Quad Core Processor 1.3 GHz, Quad Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 Processor
GPU Adreno 304
Java No
Browser Yes, supports HTML
Supports MMS, Voice Recording, Voice Commands, Instant Messanging MMS, Instant Messaging
Email Yes, with Push Mail Yes, with Push Mail
Video 3GP, AVI, VC, MP4, WMV, VC, H.263, H.264 MP4
FM Radio Yes Yes
Document Reader Yes Yes
Social Networking Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
GPS Yes, with A-GPS Support Yes, with A-GPS Support
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass Accelerometer, Compass
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes Yes
Size 2200 mAH, Li-ion Battery 2000 mAH, Li-ion Battery
Standby time 22 days 26 days on 3G
Talk time 12 hours, 14 hours on 3G 16 hours, 13 hours on 3G



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    sankar May 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Nice article. we could not justify only this one. we have twenty of products can kick your more thing this is best to buy under budget

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