Nokia Lumia 620 Review



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After the initial release of Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 into the market, the 620 was announced to hit the cell phone stores at an affordable price considering the 920 and the 820. The entry level smartphone by Nokia, the Lumia 620 operates Windows Phone 8 just like the other phones in the Lumia series of “X”20. This phone came to the market before Nokia Lumia 520 and was holding the spot for cheapest Windows 8 phone in the market until 520 took over. Yet, in the market it is one of the cheaper Windows 8 Phones available in the market. It has a stunning 3.8 inch clear black display. Qualcomm’s 1GHz Dual Core processor powers this phone and makes it seamlessly fast.

Hardware

Nokia Lumia 620 Back Panels
The Lumia 620 is made of rich plastic. Like the other phones in the new Lumia series, it comes in different colours. Unlike the 820 and the 920 it has changeable back panels. They come in black, white, cyan, yellow, lime green and magenta. You can get the back panels form your support centre. The phone is quiet curvy and fits well into your hands. Each back panel has a different finish to it. The cyan has a maty feel whereas the lime green is smooth and glossy. It also has NFC support and Bluetooth for file sharing which was absent in its predecessor the Lumia 610.

Memory

Previously, the whole series of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango did not have the option of expandable memory, which has changed for the best now. The Nokia Lumia 620 has an internal memory of 8GB. You have mircoSD card slot through which you can expand the memory up to 64 gigabytes. The smartphone hosts a 512MB RAM which along with the 1Ghz Dual Core processor is going to make your app experience fast and real smooth but 512 MB RAM might not be ideal for playing heavy games on this device. You also get free 7GB of Sky Drive storage.

Display

Nokia Lumia 620 Display
The Nokia Lumia 620 has a 3.8 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen. It is way better than the display on the 520 as this is a clear black display. The black actually looks black and it is evenly lit. It has 246 ppi pixel density which makes the display more on the richer side.

Camera

Nokia Lumia 5MP Camera
Nokia has not provided the Carl Zeiss lens for the camera of Lumia 620 but it still works fairly good. It has both, a 5 MP primary camera and a secondary VGA camera. The primary camera is capable of recording video in 720p. The voice capturing ability while recording is great and leaves you with good quality and not just acceptable. Camera is supported by LED Flash which is absent in the Lumia 520. But like Nokia 520, it lacks image stabilization in video capturing. The camera has a lot of features, one of them that excites us the most- Nokia City Lens. It creates an augmented reality, giving you closest restaurants and places to hang out by moving around your camera, you can then get the directions through Nokia Maps.

Software

Just like any phone on the latest Lumia series, the 620 is operated by Windows Phone 8. Many people question the number of applications available there and say its looks like a barren land. Well it looks like a barren land when you compare it to stores of iOS and Andriod otherwise it has got all the necessary applications- WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pandora and lots more. Buy a Windows Phone 8 for the experience it gives. People bored of those icons of apps, widgets, etc have the best reason to change to WP8. WP8 has the IE10 which is the fastest mobile internet browser tested. It was also found that 52% of people who were making a switch from feature phone to smartphone preferred to by WP8 over iOS and Andriod.

Final Thoughts

Buy this phone for its display and WP8. But if you think 3.8 inches is small, then this is not your phone. Love music? This one has Nokia Music app which is one, if not the best music app there is. It also has loud, we are talking ear bursting loud but quality speakers. Don’t buy if you are a hardcore gamer, screen is too small for that and it has only 512 MB RAM. Nokia City Lens is a unique experience, a big go go for this phone just for that app and also because of Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIMMicro-SIM
Announced2012, December
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, January
BODYDimensions115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm, 76 cc (4.54 x 2.41 x 0.43 in)
Weight127 g (4.48 oz)
DISPLAYTypeTFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches (~246 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
– ClearBlack display
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
– Dolby headphone sound enhancement
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
DATAGPRSClass B
EDGEClass B
SpeedHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
NFCYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERAPrimary5 MP, 2592х1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
FeaturesGeo-tagging
VideoYes, 720p@30fps, check quality
SecondaryYes, VGA
FEATURESOSMicrosoft Windows Phone 8
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPUDual-core 1 GHz Krait
GPUAdreno 305
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
RadioNo
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaNo
ColorsLime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white, black
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERYLi-Ion 1300 mAh battery (BL-4J)
Stand-byUp to 330 h
Talk timeUp to 14 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 9 h 50 min (3G)
Music playUp to 61 h


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Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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