Nokia Lumia 620 Review

Call quality:

With a dual-mic setup, the handset has noise cancellation and it clears up side noises for an overall pleasing sound quality in calls. Our callers easily recognized the tone of our voice and the only slight complaint was that sounds from the microphone on the Lumia 620 came out a bit tinny. On our side of the line, the earpiece performed well, voices were loud and clear.

Battery life:

Seeing that the Lumia 620 has a paltry 1,300mAh battery we set our expectations for battery life low. Officially, Nokia claims the device’s talk time is 9 h 50 min on 3G or 14 h 40 min on 2G. In reality, the phone easily got us through a day of use and if you tinker less with it, it could be a two-day ride.

We looped a series of videos for 1 hour at medium brightness, starting with a fully charged battery. Push notifications were all active in the background (battery saver mode was off). After an hour, the battery was drained by 17%. If we interpolate this number, the Lumia 620 should be able to play around 5.85 hours of video non-stop which is a fairly good (but not brilliant) achievement.

Conclusion:

The Lumia 620 is a great effort by Nokia all around. It has a standout design that will appeal to many, especially the young, a good (but not perfect) camera for its class supporting 720p HD video capture, and runs on the now more mature Windows Phone 8.

We don’t have any major complaints about the phone and that alone is telling. However, as much as we like Nokia’s effort in the Lumia 620, it faces competition from some equally capable devices.

Even in Nokia’s own Windows Phone backyard, HTC was the first to introduce the Windows Phone 8S, a very, very similar device at the same price of around $320 in the States, £220 in the UK and 270 euro in Europe that has a well-groomed and thinner body, but lacks a front-facing camera.

And in Android land, there are the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy S III mini featuring the easily recognizable pebble design and a larger screen, and the HTC One V with virtually identical specs but outfitted in the typical industrial HTC looks. Both of them have the rock solid Android ecosystem as a backbone.

At this point, it’s a matter of personal preference and measuring up the importance of the ecosystem. If you like Windows Phone’s approach with Live Tiles, deeply integrated social networking and built-in Office, Nokia adds even more value to that with its own apps in a well built device. You wouldn’t regret buying the Lumia 620 in that case. If you care more about the apps and games, though, Android is still much richer. So which one would you take, the red pill or blue pill?

Nokia Lumia 620 Video Review:


Pros

  • Great vivid screen
  • Solid smooth performance
  • Excellent Nokia apps, built-in Office

Cons

  • A bit chubby
  • Battery life could be better

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

8.1
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27 Comments

1. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

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

9. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

14. Starscream9

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

I Like the Blue one. Let the Racism begin....

2. Bappy

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Looking forward to buy it

3. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

5. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

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

6. henrys

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

micro usb not sd in design

7. Gaijin_Xiao_Pao

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

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

8. baza58

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

That dead space under sensors is killing it.

22. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

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

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

11. windroid unregistered

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

20. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

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

12. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

13. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

expansys USA best seller list for this week, the 620 is #1. http://www.expansys-usa.com/top20/?f=1765

15. mew7946510

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 10, 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

21. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

24. Geimsss

Posts: 1; Member since: May 09, 2013

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

16. jameshoe unregistered

It is selling good in my country - Malaysia

17. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

18. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

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

19. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 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!!

23. sven.hassel

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 21, 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.

25. shreyasmhatre

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 26, 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.

26. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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!

27. umerhafeez

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 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?
Lumia 620
  • Display 3.8" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1300 mAh(9.9h 3G talk time)

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