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Nokia Lumia 620 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

The Lumia 620 is an affordable phone, but still it runs the latest Windows Phone 8. This is good news as WP8 is well polished around the edges. Microsoft doesn’t allow for any modifications to the user interface, so you get the same consistent and smooth experience with the signature Live Tiles across all phones of all brands. In Windows Phone 8, the tiles come in three sizes - small (the new size), medium and large (a screen-wide rectangle). With the arrival of small tiles in Windows Phone 8, you really can fit much more in the home panel, so while you’d still end up with a long list if you have many games and apps, the situation has improved much over previous versions of the platform. The phone performs well throughout with no hiccups, at pleasing lag-free speeds.

And while Nokia cannot differentiate by changing the looks of Windows Phone 8, it does offer some great added value with signature apps like Nokia Maps and Drive with free offline satellite navigation, and a great music player with free Mix Radio music streaming service. All this comes free, while on other platforms you’d need to pay for something similar.

Adding to that the free Microsoft Office that is baked into all Windows Phone devices, you get a fairly solid app package right out of the box.

Homescreen - Interface of the Nokia Lumia 620 - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
App drawer - Interface of the Nokia Lumia 620 - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Windows Store - Interface of the Nokia Lumia 620 - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Microsoft Office - Interface of the Nokia Lumia 620 - Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Homescreen

App drawer

Windows Store

Microsoft Office

Interface of the Nokia Lumia 620


People hub - Nokia Lumia 620 Review

People hub

Basic functionality is also well covered. What makes Windows Phone stand out is the system-wide deep integration of Facebook and Twitter. Following your friends’ last social updates is effortless in the People hub where both telephony and modern social networking come together. If we had to pick the nits, we’d mention the lack of smart dialing in the contact list as one slight downside.

But even with all those advantages Nokia’s Lumia has, we cannot overlook Windows Phone’s app situation. Microsoft’s operating system brags about having 125,000 apps in its catalog, but the reality of the situation is that many essential apps are missing. Google apps like YouTube and Google Maps are absent, popular services like cloud storage Dropbox don’t have Windows Phone apps, and when it comes to games Microsoft’s platform is way behind Android and iOS.


Processor and Memory:

The Lumia 620 features a fairly solid hardware for its affordable price. With a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor running at 1GHz, Adreno 305 graphics and 512MB of RAM, performance was buttery smooth throughout.

There is still no easy way to benchmark Windows Phone, so we have to resort to browser testing. The Internet Explorer-favorable SunSpider JavaScript benchmark returned a total score of 1,496ms, which is solid and almost on par with even high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III. Clearly, there is a huge gap between the entry-level Lumia and the high-end Galaxy S III, but in the case of JavaScript performance it’s almost gone. If you care about gaming of course, the Lumia 620 will not be able to run the latest shooters and racing titles as a high-end phone. For casual browsing around in the interface though it works perfectly smoothly.

Browser benchmark of the Nokia Lumia 620 - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Browser benchmark of the Nokia Lumia 620 - Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Browser benchmark of the Nokia Lumia 620


The device comes with 8GB of internal storage that you can expand via microSD by as much as 64GB. The Windows Phone platform itself is fairly heavy taking up nearly 3GB of space, so you are left with just north of 5GB.


Internet and Connectivity:

When it comes to connectivity, the Lumia 620 is well equipped with support for 3G with HSPA at 21.1Mbps, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS.

The phone ships with Internet Explorer 10 which is a fairly solid browser. We found it loaded most pages quickly, but often traditional for-desktop websites slowed it down. It has the standard pinch and double tap controls to zoom in and out, and both worked well. Still, it might be a bit strange at first to have the address bar in the bottom instead of on top, and some slight downsides like having no forward button make us wish the Windows Phone platform offered more choice for browsers.

Internet Explorer 10 - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Internet Explorer 10 - Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Internet Explorer 10


Near-field communication (NFC) is also on board and you can use this to easily pair compatible accessories like wireless headsets and external speakers. Also, NFC has limited use as a mobile wallet technology.

The device uses a micro SIM card that is neatly housed in a little tray under the battery.

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posted on 08 Feb 2013, 06:30 18

1. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


really nice phone for its price. might buy the black version.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 08:36 15

9. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


its a great phone ......... looks best in lime green version....

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 11:54 13

14. Starscream9 (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


I Like the Blue one.

Let the Racism begin....

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 06:47 7

2. Bappy (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Looking forward to buy it

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 06:49 2

3. pookiewood (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I'm grabbing one of these if it comes to the stats. It would compliment my 920 just fine.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 06:56 3

4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I find Xperia Acros S far better than this ... in almost similar price band.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 07:01 8

5. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Doesn't the Sony Acro S costs more than twice the price of this?

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 07:15

6. henrys (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


micro usb not sd in design

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 07:36

7. Gaijin_Xiao_Pao (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Its a really good phone,920 or this surely in Yellow :)

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 08:09 1

8. baza58 (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


That dead space under sensors is killing it.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 11:15

22. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Me To Man But I'am Still Gonna Get This Phone

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 08:39

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Victor, 2nd picture, 4th row, page 1... "MiniUSB port" should be right.
I think this would fit me just fine.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:28

11. windroid (unregistered)


1G RAM and would be perfect for this class of phones.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 03:10 1

20. Piotrek007 (Posts: 81; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


WP don't need as much ram :) Phones with 512 mb are working equal as 1G ram at android. Different system, different needs ;)

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 10:36 7

12. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


this is what engadget had to say as their conclusion to their review...

" The Lumia 620 represents a new high-watermark for entry-level smartphones, regardless of OS. Ignoring the app drawbacks, the phone provides a great web browser experience alongside the full Windows Phone 8 feature set. It could be a very exciting phone for Nokia — it’s an exciting one for us. We’ve mentioned the price several times during the review, but for a new smartphone with the latest version of its respective OS, it’s a steal. The phone might house a less-capable camera, but for anyone sick of oversized, unwieldy, expensive smartphones, Nokia now has an entry-level Windows Phone to lure the bargain-hunting crowds away from Android, if the Nexus 4 proves too expensive.

What’s more, it’s arguably more attractive than most Google-powered phones around the same price point and could prove to be a huge hit among smartphone beginners. There’s also a good chance that the more-gadget obsessed might pick up the Lumia 620 as a second device to give Microsoft’s mobile OS a try — and with compatibility on two US networks, it might be worth an import. It delivers real-world performance as good as Windows Phones that cost more than double. If anything, it’s making us reconsider whether those other rivals are worth the extra outlay."

this is CNET's conclusion to their review....

" The Lumia 620 provides a lot of the best features from Nokia’s top-end phones, but with a significantly lower price tag. Its colourful cases not only make it more fun, but help take the worry out of damaging your mobile.

It’s not only a great option for enjoying your first taste of Windows Phone 8, it’s a superb choice for younger users wanting a slick phone in your pocket that’s a bit different from the swathes of budget grey Android phones their mates are running."

and here is pocketlint's conclusion...

" For anyone looking for the right Windows Phone to buy, we honestly think this is the handset for you. We loved pretty much everything about it – the battery is a concern though – and Windows Phone 8 is a more mature and enjoyable OS than any previous version of Windows on a phone.

While Windows Phone gets some stick it’s only when you spend any time using it that you realise it’s a complete and competent mobile OS. Apps can be an issue, but if you honestly think about the software you use on your Android or iOS phone in any given day, it’s a fair bet that Windows Phone has apps that do the same.

Nokia is struggling right now, but phones like this have the skills to appeal to all manner of people. It’s sensibly priced, while having more than enough hardware features to make it flexible and versatile. If you’re looking for a good mid-range phone, this little Lumia deserves some real consideration."

lots of good reviews for this little device.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 10:43 3

13. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


expansys USA best seller list for this week, the 620 is #1.

http://www.expansys-usa.com/top20/?f=1765

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 16:29 1

15. mew7946510 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


It's major downside is the lack of Gorilla Glass. Some other cheaper smartphones have Gorilla Glass, well, anyway, you can always buy a casing. LOL

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 01:51

21. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Gorilla Glass is a trademark; the tech has been around since the mid 1960's. Nokia...and Apple for that matter...use HARDENED Glass on certain devices. The hardening process uses the very same basic tech as Corning does with its Gorilla line. More specifically, ion exchange (potassium salt bath at hi temp) is used to replace sodium ions with heavier potassium ions at the glass surface, thereby creating higher stresses.

posted on 09 May 2013, 12:27

24. Geimsss (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 May 2013)


Then Sir, could you explain why the lumia 720 and 920 use gorilla glass? do you think nokia has fun throwing away money?!

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 19:44 2

16. jameshoe (unregistered)


It is selling good in my country - Malaysia

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 01:07 1

17. MC1123 (Posts: 1249; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


oh so this one got an 8 while Z10 just got a 7? what a bias review!!!

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 05:57 4

18. jlp34876 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Lumia 620 is very good in its low-mid category. While Z10 is a mehh compare to current high end phones.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 20:50 1

19. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Saw this little fellow on Launching date last weekend. I'd recommend the Lumia 620 if anyone seeking smartphone under $300. The backcover colors are funky and fun!!

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 15:55

23. sven.hassel (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


This "lack of apps" thing has to end. The alternative to google´s youtube (metrotube), is better than the one that you find in android or iOS.

I never had problems to find the app I was looking for, or a suitable alternative.

There are some exceptions, of course (of apps I don´t need), but give the ecosystem time!! Apple took years to put a simple native clock app to the iPad.

This phone covers the basics extremely well, and is excellent for working. Has very good safety measures.

I cannot speak about games... I don´t care about them in the cell phone, but there seems to be an acceptable amount of them.

ps: I´ve been an owner for a month.

posted on 18 May 2013, 03:05

25. shreyasmhatre (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


Please do not buy this phone. It has a terrible battery life. On a 3G network, auto brightness, with 1 email syncing on push and average use, it lasts only 14 hours. You have to charge the phone twice in a day. I thought only I had issues, but when i searched, seems that every one has this problem. Worst! Nokia doesn't even acknowledge the problem.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 21:00

26. Landmarkcm (Posts: 466; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Great phone! Running perfectly for me unlocked on Tmobile. It's speedy, easy, for it's class has a better camera then comparable Androids. Also the speaker is louder then any other device ive used. Batterys seem to really last longer on WP in general. I even notice I get better phone quality with this like on automated systems. I had problems with other devices picking up my key presses. And no case needed as it's built right in with the changeable shells!

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 04:44

27. umerhafeez (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 2013)


I recently boughtnokia lumia 720, can anyone guide me how to take screenshot and one more thing mostly the games are paid one, doesnot any free games on Nokia Lumia?

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Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 620

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227, Dual core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.54 x 2.41 x 0.43 inches
(115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm)
4.48 oz  (127 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 14.6 hours talk time

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