Nokia Lumia 630 ReviewNokia Lumia 630 7.5
Interface and Functionality
Windows Phone 8.1 with Nokia’s Cyan is a much more mature operating system. The built-in apps also add a ton of value, and having dual-SIM phones on Windows Phone is great.
Windows Phone 8.1 introduces a host of new features including a drag-down notification center (Action Center) a la Android that is home to all your notifications, but also to four toggles that you can conveniently use to quickly adjust brightness, switch Wi-Fi on or off, etc (you can customize the function of the four toggles from settings). The brightness toggle is particularly useful, since you can quickly change between low, medium, and high brightness levels without needing to go into settings every time. Given that the phone does not support automatic brightness adjustment, this feature is more than welcome. In the Action Center, you can now also see the actual battery percentage, and the date, which is neat. As for notifications, you can swipe them away one by one to discard them, or you can clear them all in bulk.
Windows Phone 8.1 has also gotten plentiful new customization options including the capability to finally have a wallpaper (Start Background) on your home screen. How does it work with all those Live Tiles? In fact, the wallpaper occupies space from the tiles, and scrolls live with them. Not all Live Tiles are transparent, and thus not all show the wallpaper, so it looks a bit like a mosaic, but the effect that is achieved is unusual and we like it.
There is lots of other, smaller improvements like the neat Quiet Hours feature. It is a do-not-disturb option in essence, that can automatically activate in certain hours. It also works with the calendar, and when you’re in a meeting, it’d automatically put your phone into silent mode. Another neat option is “Find My Phone” that will help you locate a phone when you lose it, or wipe your private data off it, if it’s stolen.
On the other hand, you have Nokia Cyan, a host of improvements to Windows Phone exclusive to Nokia. Those include apps like the Nokia Camera, Creative Studio and Storyteller for all Nokia phones, and a few features like Dolby Surround Sound recording available on select phones.
Basic functionality is - needless to say - well covered. Microsoft bundles in a bunch of useful apps - Travel, Sports, Finance, Food & Drinks and News are here, while Nokia also adds value with a rich Weather app. You have a rich phonebook, and the keyboard experience is one of the best out there with well-spaced keys and a reassuring clicky sounds when you type.
We should also say that the Nokia Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone to come with support for dual SIMs. Nokia is offering both a single-SIM and a dual-SIM version (depending on the market). The model we have for review is the single-SIM one, so we could not test the dual SIM functionality, but what we can tell you is that it is a dual-SIM dual-stand-by (DSDS) one (in contrast to dual-SIM dual-active phones, DSDS only has one transceiver and will block the second card, when you’re on a call on the first one).
Processor and Memory
Snapdragon 400 is a snappy chip, but having just 512MB of RAM puts the brakes on an otherwise capable system.
The Lumia 630 runs on the quad-core Snapdragon 400 system chip. This popular chip for affordable devices (the Motorola Moto G runs on the same one) delivers buttery smooth performance on the Lumia 630, with the familiar pleasing fluidity of Windows Phone 8.1.
The chip is built on a 28nm LP process and features four Cortex A7 CPU cores running at up to 1.2GHz, and it comes with 512MB of RAM. The latter is a big limitation for the otherwise very potent Lumia 630 - you cannot feel this limited amount of RAM much in basic daily operations, but if you multitask more or want to play more demanding games, this will definitely be a limitation.
The Adreno 305 GPU takes care of the gaming aspects of things. It’s a graphics chip that runs at up to 450MHz, and will run even more demanding games (again, if the game supports devices with just 512MB of RAM, though).
The Lumia 630 arrives with 8GB of Internal storage, of which around 4GB are available to the end user. That would have been a terribly scarce storage if you could not expand it, but luckily, there is a microSD card slot that you can use with cards of up to 128GB capacity to augment the storage allowance.
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Internet and Connectivity
The new Internet Explorer 11 is a vastly improved browser with tons of new features that make the surfing experience way more enjoyable.
Windows Phone 8.1 ships with the brand new Internet Explorer 11, the latest version of Microsoft’s web browser. It is a huge update to IE for mobile, bringing heaps of new features and catching up with the competition. Windows Phone has been (and still is) very limited in terms of browser choice, and while this time around you don’t get much more in terms of choice, the default option is finally looking good.
Internet Explorer’s new options include an incognito mode that does not store browser history, reading mode that leaves only the text of a webpage in a nicely formatted document, and support for unlimited tabs. You also get the option to go back and forward in pages by just swiping left and right, which is neat (but not new - hello, Safari!). Another option that is particularly nice is pinning webpages to the start screen. The pages then appear as live tiles showing you the page in its latest, most up-to-date state.
The browsing experience itself is fairly smooth, and you can scroll around and zoom in and out of pages with almost no lag.
The Lumia 630 does not support 4G LTE connectivity, but it does have speedy HSPA+ download speeds of up to 21Mbps. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, but there is no NFC on board.
Nokia Lumia 630 Review - Interface and Functionality
|Display||4.5 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (218 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
0.5 GB RAM
|Size||5.10 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches|
(129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm)
4.73 oz (134 g)
|Battery||1830 mAh, 16.4 hours talk time|