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Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Nokia Lumia 620

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Nokia Lumia 620 Review
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Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Nokia Lumia 620 Review
The Nokia Lumia 620 is an important handset for Nokia. It might not be a flagship device, but it has other significance - it is an affordable entry level device, a type of device that for Nokia was long a main source of income, and a type of mass device that people have associated the brand with.

The Lumia 620 is a Windows Phone 8 smartphone for the masses, yet offering additional value in many aspects and different by design. This time again, Nokia is focusing on vibrant colors as the standout feature and it relies on its own Windows Phone apps like the free Nokia Maps and Drive navigation and Nokia Music to differentiate.

But will this be enough to finally get consumers’ interested in Windows Phone? And if it does, can it stand its ground in its own Windows Phones backyard where HTC has conveniently settled with the similar 8S? Read on to find out.


Design:

As has become common with recent Nokias, the Lumia 620 places its design bets on colors. Coming with a selection of easily interchangeable matte and gloss shells, the device can transform itself from lime green to orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. The colors are all bold and bright, and Nokia is using a new ‘dual-shot’ technology applying a base color layer as the foundation and a different color layer on top (for example yellow base and cyan on top combines for overall lime green) to achieve those vibrant color complexions.

Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Front camera - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Platform keys - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
 

Front camera

Platform keys


While the casing that engulfs the handset is all plastic, we liked the soft-touch-like feel of the plastic. You’d never mistake the phone for a premium device, but it doesn’t feel cheap either.

The Nokia Lumia 620 is compact enough not to feel too bulky - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
The Nokia Lumia 620 is compact enough not to feel too bulky - Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Nokia Lumia 620 Review

You can compare the Nokia Lumia 620 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Overall, the handset is fun and colorful, usually a thing that speaks well to the younger crowd. It’s got friendly rounded edges, and while it is a bit chubby with its 0.43-inch (11mm) thick body, it’s compact enough not to feel too bulky. Weight comes at the reasonable 4.48oz (127g).

Right side - All of the physical buttons of the Nokia Lumia 620 are on its right side - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
microSD port (bottom) - All of the physical buttons of the Nokia Lumia 620 are on its right side - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
3.5mm jack (top) - All of the physical buttons of the Nokia Lumia 620 are on its right side - Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Right side

microSD port (bottom)

3.5mm jack (top)


All of the physical buttons of the device are on its right side - the volume rocker on top, the lock key in the middle and the camera shutter button in the bottom. This is a very convenient setup for one handed operation that doesn’t force you into doing unnecessary hand gymnastics to reach the keys.

Back - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Rear camera - Nokia Lumia 620 Review
Speaker grill - Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Back

Rear camera

Speaker grill



Screen:

The Lumia 620 features a 3.8-inch ClearBlack LCD display with a WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution. 3.8 inches reads small in comparison to most 4.7 and 5-inch displays on high-end devices, but this smaller size means you can easily operate the phone single-handedly, a luxury those larger phones can’t afford.

Pixel density comes at 246ppi, which in simple terms means that you get plenty of detail and you won’t see any jagged pixels on the screen. It is not just the level of details, though. The ClearBlack technology delivers deep blacks and well saturated colors, and with wide viewing angles the screen is a pleasure to look at. The only slight niggle are the reflections that show up under direct sunlight and make it a bit hard to use the device on a bright sunny day.



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Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 620

OS: Windows Phone 8
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
0.5 GB 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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