Nokia Lumia 620 Review
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.
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?
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