Nokia Lumia 630 Review

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Nokia has changed their course in the market with the Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Now, the company comes directly under Microsoft. We are yet to see a Microsoft tagged phone though. Even after the merger Nokia products continue to roll out. Only time will tell as to when we might see the “Microsoft” phone. One of the new phones to come with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box is the Nokia Lumia 630. This is an incredibly low priced budget smartphone with specs that can make Moto G re think their next strategy.

Design

Nokia Lumia 630 is a phone very similar to Lumia 620. The phone has a similar structure with approximately the same curves and the built quality. It is party matte and partly plastic. It actually depends on the colour you choose, some are glossy plastic while others are matte. The speakers are still at the back and even though incredible loud, cancels the noise too easily. If your phone is laying on your back there is a good chance you will not hear it at all. Nokia Lumia 630 matte built is very comfortable to hold. It is nothing ground breaking, the phone is just nice to look at and better to hold.

Display

There is a 4.5 inch 480×854 pixel display. It is certainly not sharper than the Lumia 620’s display. You can see small visible pixilation on the live tiles. The live tiles, rather Windows Phone 8.1 is designed to maximize display outputs for low ppi but still on this display it is clearly visible because of the relatively larger size. The glare due to direct sunlight is not as much as it was on the earlier Lumia models, hence the viewing angels are really good. Video playback and gaming graphics challenge the display and you can see it lacks the smoothness viewing HD content.

Camera

Nokia has come very far with their camera lens. It is a much improved 5MP sensor better than the last year. It is less under done and colour are much more vibrant. You can see the detailing is overall instead of roughly in patches. The video looks beautiful but for the same cost many offer you HD video recording but it is missing here on the Nokia Lumia 630. The images look very clean and they are exponentially better than what it was last year. User interface of the camera is a job well done, it is similar with 3rd party Nokia apps that further add to the camera experience on Nokia Lumia 630.

Software and Performance

There are less phones in this price category that can go to Qualcomm for the processor. Luckily for you the Nokia Lumia 630 has the amazingly well optimized and quick Snapdragon 400 processor which is a Quad Core clocked at 1.2GHz. There is nothing more you could have asked for in terms of speed. The phone carries 512MB of RAM which is by far the greatest set back on the phone. Windows Phone 8.1 has a new virtual assistant you can use and has on screen navigation enabled with many more exciting new features. You get 8GB of internal memory which is now expandable to 128GB which is only available on phones like Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 900 / 2100
SIMMicro-SIM
Announced2014, April
StatusAvailable. Released 2014, May
BODYDimensions129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm, 78.5 cc (5.10 x 2.63 x 0.36 in)
Weight134 g (4.73 oz)
DISPLAYTypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size480 x 854 pixels, 4.5 inches (~218 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
– ClearBlack display
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 128 GB
Internal8 GB, 512 MB RAM
DATAGPRSYes
EDGEYes
SpeedHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERAPrimary5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, check quality
Features1/4” sensor size, geo-tagging, panorama
VideoYes, 720p@30fps, check quality
SecondaryNo
FEATURESOSMicrosoft Windows Phone 8.1
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPUAdreno 305
SensorsAccelerometer
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
RadioFM radio
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaNo
ColorsBright Orange, bright green, bright yellow, white, black
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– SNS integration
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
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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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