Microsoft Lumia 540 Quick Review
Microsoft has been going through a lot of internal spring cleaning so to speak, with reports coming out that their iconic internet browser Internet Explorer is set to receive a replacement, and that Windows 10 might be Microsoft’s last named OS ever. Amidst all this chaos, the smartphone division managed to sneak in the announcement of their new Lumia 540 device. As far as smartphone domination is concerned, Microsoft has never managed to grab attention of majority of the market, primarily , due to the lack of sufficient apps, shallow OS design and very slow upgrade cycles. However, if you can get past that and actually use one of their devices, you will see that when it comes to fluid UI , or multitasking, or even something as basic as sunlight legibility, the Lumia Family is actually fighting fit. To show you what I mean, I am going to do a quick review of a Lumia device – The Lumia 540. All About Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual Sim Handset
As usual, lets take a look at the key specs of this device before jumping into the details –
|Dimensions||144 x 73.7 x 9.4 mm|
|Display||5.0 inches ( 720 x 1280 pixels ) | 294 ppi|
|Camera||8 MP Autofocus (rear) | 5MP (front)|
|Hardware||1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200|
|Battery||Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery|
|RAM||1 GB RAM|
|Storage||8GB internal with microSD, up to 128 GB|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim|
|Colors||Orange, white, black, gray, blue|
If those were the specifications of an Android Device, I would call it a lower mid range device. However, since we are talking about a Windows Phone device, the nomenclature is totally different. This device is definitely a full fledged mid range Windows device, and you’ll figure out why as the article progresses. So, without further ado, lets get right into it.
- Display – From the very beginning, Lumia devices have been notorious for having some of the best smartphone displays to date. The Clear Black display technology has been the golden egg for Microsoft ( Nokia before that ), as it really brings out every colout in its most amazing detail. Now , when we say mid range, we know what we can expect, and Microsoft has given this device just that. What I mean is we have a 5 inch 720p HD display, which taken together amounts to a pixel density of 294 ppi which is just shy of true retina ppi of 300. I have used a Windows Phone myself, so trust me when I tell you, the display an absolute visual treat. Another point to be noted is the Sunlight legibility. Most Android Phones promise good sunlight legibility , but when it comes to actual performance they shy out. The same cannot be said about Windows Phone devices. As a matter of fact, it has been proven many times over that if you are looking for a device with the best sunlight legibility , you should go for a Windows phone device with your eyes shut.
- Performance – The Lumia 540 boots Windows Phone OS 8.1 with the latest Lumia Denim Firmware. The great thing about Windows OS is that, even though the overall OS feels a bit shallow, is is incredibly light on memory and processing which means that even if you put in the most entry grade chipset, you will still get a blazing fast experience. In this device, Microsoft has gone for the Snapdragon 200 chipset which features a Quad Core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 chipset and an Adreno 302 chipset. The overall performance, thanks to the incredibly light OS is super fast and super fluid, and at the same time, the Adreno 302 gives you a decent gaming experience as well.
- Memory and RAM – Like any other mid range device , the Lumia 540 features 8 GB of internal memory along with microSD card support upto 128 GB. As you can see, there is a major difference between the Android mid rangers and the Windows phone mid rangers in this aspect. While most of the Android Mids only allow expansion upto 32 or 64 GB, the Windows camp lets you go to the absolute maximum with expansion capability upto 128 GB. Also, as far as RAM is concerned, Windows devices have known to work at optimum level even with 512 MB of RAM ( Remember the Lumia 720, it was a bestseller with 512 MB RAM ) , so when you see 1 GB RAM on this device, you know you can expect some seriously good multi tasking. Overall, as far as Windows devices go, this one is a great multitasker with ample storage.
- Camera – Lumia phones have been known for their Cameras since the very beginning, and the 540 carries forward the legacy with pride and perfection. The package on offer is a 8 MP rear camera sensor complete with autofocus, LED flash, 1/4” sensor size and geo tagging. The deal breaker is the rather shockingly weak video recording capabilities. According to many reports, the 540 can only d0 480p recording which just doesn’t cut it as most phones today can do a minimum of 720p recording. The same is the case on the front as well. While the sensor is a pretty good 5MP one, the video recording is limited to 480p, so video calling might not be as crisp as you’d expect.
- Battery – The battery on the Lumia 540 is a generous 2200 mAh Li-ion battery which has been slated to give you upto 26 h on 2G, 15 h on 3G, 81 h of music playback and upto 576 h on standby, which is pretty good considering its a mid ranger. In simple words, you can expect at least 1.5 days on a single charge if you are one of the conservative users , and a just short of one full day if you are a heavy user.
All in all, it looks like things are shaping up for the Windows device lineup. Microsoft is yet to release a hardcore flagship device, but I guess they will do so when they launch the Windows 10 OS to the world. As far as this device is concerned , Microsoft has made sure you get all the features that you would normally expect in a mid range device, plus the usual freebies which include pre installed Microsoft Office, Here Maps, Cortana Voice assistant and much more. So if you are looking for a Windows device and are restricted by a budget, you should definitely consider this device.