Introduction


The Nokia Lumia 630 is an affordable and colorful Windows Phone 8.1 handset, one of the first devices running on Microsoft’s operating system to come in both a single and a dual-SIM variants.

Nokia struck it big with the extremely affordable Lumia 520, and while the Lumia 630 is not as cheap, it is still in a class of devices that offer a lot of bang for the buck. With a vivid, 4.5-inch display and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 system chip under the hood, the Lumia 630 promises to be able to showcase the best of the newest Windows Phone 8.1. Nokia throws in its own improvements in a set of exclusive apps part of the Nokia Cyan package.

Is that enough to distract the world from a global flood of Android devices, and shift the topic towards Nokia and Windows Phone? Let’s find out.

In the box:

  • User Manual
  • Wall Charger with non-detachable microUSB cable

Design

The colorful design and wrap-around cover make this an unmistakably Nokia phone, however, the cheap plastic design spoils the otherwise good impressions.

The Lumia 630 looks and feels like a typical Nokia phone from the moment you first see it. First and foremost because of its bold and bright colors (you have 5 color options - black, white, yellow, green and orange), but also because of the specific way the plastic shell encircles the whole frame of the phone. This plastic cover, however, is made of matte plastic that feels decidedly cheap, even slightly jagged, and the overall impression is of a toy-like, disposable gadget. While this cheap choice of materials is disappointing, it does not mean that it has any practical consequences - the handset does not suffer from any build quality issues, it’s actually well put together.

In terms of pure size, the 4.5-inch Lumia 630 is definitely conveniently compact and well-suited for single-handed use. It’s 0.36-inch (9.2mm) thick, and even though this is above the average, it does not feel too chubby, because of its otherwise compact size. It is also on the light side, tipping the scales at 4.73 oz (134g).

The most notable change in the Lumia 630 comes as a result of it adopting Windows Phone 8.1. Yes, the signature physical Windows Phone navigation buttons below the display are nowhere to be seen. Instead, the handset is the first one we see to use on-screen buttons (a la Android). It’s also lost the physical camera shutter key, and now the only buttons are the lock key and volume rocker on the right side. Both are plasticky, but also very clicky and easy to press, with nice travel.


Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M

Dimensions

4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 inches

124 x 62 x 9.3 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 620

Dimensions

4.54 x 2.41 x 0.43 inches

115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm

Weight

4.48 oz (127 g)

Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630

Dimensions

5.1 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches

129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

Weight

4.73 oz (134 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M

Dimensions

4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 inches

124 x 62 x 9.3 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 620

Dimensions

4.54 x 2.41 x 0.43 inches

115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm

Weight

4.48 oz (127 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Display

The 4.5-inch display is not among the sharpest, but its punchy colors and good viewing angles are above what you’d expect of an affordable device.

The 4.5-inch IPS LCD display of the Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a middling resolution of 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA). This results in a pixel density of 218ppi, not the best around, even if we look at the affordable price class of the Lumia 630 alone. While this is definitely not among the sharpest displays out there, and pixelization is noticeable, especially when you start looking at text, its colors are pleasingly punchy.

With great contrast and deep blacks, the 4.5” Lumia 630 screen actually looks better than the average phone in this class. In addition, it’s got great viewing angles, and colors don’t fade out even if you look at the phone from an angle.

Speaking from the point of view of the color purist, however, we should note that colors are in fact clearly oversaturated, and while they do look punchy, they are not perfectly accurate. The white point is just slightly colder (blueish) than we’d like, but still not way off.

The screen also sports Nokia’s ClearBlack anti-reflection filter that improves outdoor visibility and make the phone easier to use under the bright sun. In fact, the Lumia 630 does surprisingly well outdoors, even better than some more expensive phones, and that’s a huge plus when summer is right around the corner.

Finally, we should note that the Lumia 630 - disappointingly - lacks an ambient light sensor, so you’d need to manually change brightness to the adjust to ambient light.



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30 Comments

1. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Victor H, could you please be so kind as to contact me. I have an idea for an article

2. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

is BBM preinstalled in this phone?

7. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I think that's only for the indonesian market

27. hideyaku89

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

no, it's not,, I bought 630 3 dayss a go and there's no BBM preinstaled

3. peace247 unregistered

Ambient light sensor for call...? I think it is the proximity sensor...

14. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Not in this phone sir.

4. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

no flash :(

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Ive seen this phone on sale with some mobile networks for 130 euros on prepay,its a decent offering for that. Think the review slightly forgets its a budget level smartphone

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The problem is that it's not so budget level... Nokia set a price which is too high for a phone with so many limitations (512MB of ram, no flash, no front camera, no ambient light sensor and all the other things listed in the CONS section of the review). It has almost the same price of the Moto G, yet the Moto G is in another league... it has an HD screen, more ram, it's faster (look at the tests) and it's a full-featured smartphone. The 630 sits between the Moto E and the Moto G, but its price is close to the latter.

10. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

moto g is much more expensive in my country....around $55 higher than 630

11. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

IMHO it's worth them! :)

15. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

It's DEFINITELY worth it.

13. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

in the Uk, it costs the same as Moto E which is alot worse( S400 vs S200). While reviewing, they should have considered all countries, not just theirs.

17. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

512MB for windows phone is enough if you compared it with android smartphones..

18. dr.c33

Posts: 19; Member since: May 31, 2014

Ok, I bet you want the Lumia 930 to come with 512 MB of RAM too right? Yes I admit Windows Phone is fluid even with 512 MB of RAM, and Android isn't (but it is far more capable). The point is, you are paying a lot for 512MB of RAM. That's like saying just because WP always runs smooth, L930 should come with the least capable hardware possible and demand a high price. WP should use its fluidity as an advantage and not as an excuse. Yes, implement 512 MB of RAM is fluid, but cut the price down by at least $50 USD while you are at it.

23. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

I think the lumia 630 is fairly cheap like 520 in my country though it has only 512MB RAM.

24. dr.c33

Posts: 19; Member since: May 31, 2014

No it isn't. It's bordering $200. You know what I can get with $200? On the android side, Moto G and Xiaomi 2S and Hongmi Note. On the WP side, I can get the HTC 8X with a 720P screen and slimmer profile. If I just add 50 bucks I can get a L920. Stop making excuses for this thing they call a "budget" phone.

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'd say that good device for price. However, eventhough Moto G is slightly more expensive in some regions, I'd still have it all day. It has much better screen, build quality is very good and solid, it has customizable back plates, better OS, as PA said, slightly better camera with flash. But you can't go seriously wrong with either.

9. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

well dual sim version is $170 in my country whereas Moto G is around $220....that makes both of them great devices for their price range....i wonder why it is expensive in US Plus nokia should have named that phone Lumia 530,it is nowhere near 6xx series specs....

12. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

that's weird, Gsmarena has named the 630 as one of the best 5mpx shooters and PA says it's middling ????!! PA camera reviews have always been questionable (iphones taking the lead sometimes against the likes of Sony Xperia flagships). so I would go for Gsmarena words.http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_630-review-1080p8.php Also, most competitors phones mentioned r totally wrong to be placed here or priced wrong. The moto G for example costs 150 pounds in the UK while the 630 price is 90-110 pounds, that's a big difference specially when u know that moto G doesn't have an Sd slot while the 630 does. The Galaxy Grand is of a totally different category and costs double the price of the 630, I don't understand how it's mentioned here. The moto E ,which is worse than the 630, costs the same, and PA forgets to mention that 630 has a S400 processor while the moto E has S200 processor which is alot worse. All in all, PA fails miserably in reviews, better stick to news. For readers, Gsmarena review for this phone is thorough, fair and not out of reality as this one is, so consider it more than this review when buying ( this goes for all Gsmarena reviews actually).http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_630-review-1080.php

16. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

I agree with u

19. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

agree entirely muhsen

20. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Exactly! most reviews of the 630 mentions it has a great camera, one saying its camera is so good that you would think its from a phone that's twice as much. trustedreviews says "But image quality is a fair bit better than, say the Motorola Moto G and Moto E. You can create some nice-looking photos, if not ones you can successfully crop into." So when it comes to camera's never and I mean NEVER thrust PA! They have no idea to use cameras!

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Then there are others that can take the moto g camera and make it come out looking so much better then the 630. Also the moto g has a fast focus camera. The 630 does not. In fact the moto g camera can be used to take slow motion videos. Oh and it has a camera flash. All of which the 630 does not have. In truth the 630 and the moto g should not be compared. The moto g is superior to any lumia 5xx, 6xx, 7xxx devices. The moto e is comparable to the lumia 630.

26. Leandrop

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Are you kidding me? I have a Lumia 720 wich sports PureView lens and it is by far better than Moto G on the camera level. Besides Moto G is really hard to use outside, unusable under direct sunlight. You can use Lumia 630 outside with no problems at all and even though it lacks a flash it manages to take pretty good images. I am not saying 630 is superior but here in Argentina Moto G is not as cheap as everyone thinks ( 2600 argentinian pesos in a two year contract or almost usd $305) while Lumia 630 will cost much less (aproximately 1600 argentinian pesos - usd $188 in a two year contract as well). So, yes. Lumia 630 is not at the same price point as Moto G. Actually, Moto G is quite expensive costing as much as Nexus 4 in Argentina.

22. Mohammad_Abu-Shukur

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

1 thing to say going to get it :D

25. MikiSam

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

Price varies per market and in Thailand, I bought this phone for US$150, no contract. Regardless of the price tho, I feel this phone is a major surprise. It is fast, offers tons of great features and actually beats all smartphones in some areas (it set a World Guinness Record for fastest keyboard). But over all, the combination of its features is excellent. The PROs: - wonderful keyboard with unique MS swipe technology - Gorilla 3 screen wrapped in pleasant plastic - fast performance, good battery life - expandable memory up to 128GB - replaceable battery - lifetime offline HERE maps - better then Google, Apple or Blackberry maps - good camera with realistic colored and good exposed shots - two SIMs - all that for US$150 (!) The CONs: - lack of flash (is a minor inconvenience) - no headphones in the box - disabled time feature on locked screen that most Lumias have I am very happy with this phone.

28. nuna12

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

This is even more important now that Microsoft plans to drop Nokia’s feature phones and focus solely on Windows Phone.

29. nuna12

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

During our testing, we were lucky to get through a full 24 hours without getting nagged about "critically low" battery levels.

30. FOXBOUND

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

I bought the Lumia 630 for 97 euros off contract, good deal !
Lumia 630
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1830 mAh(13.1h 3G talk time)

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