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Nokia Lumia 630 Review

Nokia Lumia 630

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Nokia Lumia 630 Review
Nokia Lumia 630 Review
Call Quality


The call quality of the Lumia 630 is not exceptional, and it is in fact disappointing in the earpiece where voices are hugely distorted and do not sound clear at all, so you’d have to listen extra carefully to understand what the person on the other end of the line is saying. The microphone output, however, is much nicer, with just a very slight digital undertone to voices, so to your callers, the voice appears very natural and loud enough.

Battery life


The Lumia 630 comes with a 1850mAh battery with a quoted talk time of about half a day on 3G. In real-world usage, we had no problem going through a full day with the Lumia 630, and we can imagine using it for around a day and a half between charges. You should note that if you talk a lot, the lack of a proximity sensor is tricky, since the screen might not turn off, and the battery will run out of juice quicker. Just make sure to keep the phone really close to your face to have Nokia’s software detect you’re in a call and turn the screen off, and you should be fine.

Good news is that if you’re planning on going on a longer trip, the Lumia 630 does support user-removable batteries, so you can just pack in a second battery pack and exchange them when the first one runs out.

Conclusion


The Nokia Lumia 630 is a handset for the masses. Its full retail (off-contract) price stands at €160 ($200), on par with some very popular offerings like the Motorola Moto G.

Motorola’s handset is - naturally - the Lumia 630’s biggest rival. It runs on the competing (and richer in terms of apps) Android 4.4 KitKat, and has got a sharper 4.5” 720p display, slightly better camera, and is simialrly well-packed in terms of specs. An even cheaper option is the recently launched Moto E, a phone with just a slightly smaller, 4.3” display, but also with good performance, offering great value for the money. If you’re gunning for a larger display, Android again has you covered with the only slightly more expensive Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, a phone with a 5.25” display, Snapdragon 400 chip, and better, 8-megapixel camera.

On its own, the Nokia Lumia 630 has a lot to offer - the mostly smooth performance, more mature Windows Phone 8.1 with improvements from Nokia Cyan, the good display, and it’s definitely a good value for the money. Truth is, however, that Android has picked up the pace in the past few months, and now offers stronger performers that cost even less than Nokia’s handset. All in all, the Lumia 630 is not a bad phone - but unlike previous affordable Lumias (like the 520), where others had to chase it for its price, now, it feels like Nokia is playing catch-up.



Pros

  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Nokia’s Cyan improvements showcases the best of Microsoft’s platform
  • First Windows Phone with dual-SIM support
  • Buttery smooth performance
  • Offline navigation remains a big plus

Cons

  • Sub-par camera with no flash, no front-facing cam
  • Screen is less sharp than rivals
  • Cheap-feeling plastic
  • Only 512MB of RAM, a limitation for gaming
  • Does not support 1080p video recording
  • Poor in-box contents (no headphones, no USB cable)
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Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 630

OS: Windows Phone 8.1
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.5 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (218 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.10 x 2.63 x 0.36 inches
(129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm)
4.73 oz  (134 g)
Battery1830 mAh, 16.4 hours talk time

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