Nokia Lumia 630 review


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If there was one thing that was missing in the Nokia Lumia lineup, it was dual-SIM support. The drought has ended with the Lumia 630, an entry-level smartphone from Nokia that holds two firsts to its credit – it's the first Windows Phone dual-SIM device, and also the first to run the very latest version of the OS, i.e. Windows Phone 8.1. Here's how this notable device fares when it comes to real-life usage...

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Nokia Lumia 630 review

  1. 1. Nokia Lumia 630 Review in pictures
  2. 2. Colourful, trademark Lumia design • The Lumia 630 features the iconic Lumia design and quality build materials • The plastic back panel is removable, and sports a matte finish that doesn’t scratch easily • Despite its 9.2mm profile, it’s lightweight at 135g • Onscreen controls in place of Windows hardware keys
  3. 3. Low on pixels, but high on brightness • The 4.5-inch IPS display has a middling resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, translating into a pixel density of 217ppi • The screen isn’t the sharpest we’ve seen on a budget handset, but viewing angles are good, and so is sunlight legibility • It’s responsive, but not as buttery smooth as we’d like
  4. 4. Lone 5MP camera just about does the job • Say goodbye to selfies. You only get a 5-megapixel primary camera, that too without a flash • You have a choice of two camera apps – Nokia Camera and the default WP camera app
  5. 5. Good for daytime shots, but not much else • The default camera app has a close-up mode that’s great for macros • Shots taken in daylight are fine to use, but low- light images are grainy
  6. 6. Windows Phone 8.1 packs in a lot… • The Lumia 630 is the first device to ship with Windows Phone 8.1 • The new update brings a host of new features, like Action Center for notifications, the ability to add start screen wallpapers, Skype integration in the dialer and a Swype-like Word Flow keyboard • Driving Mode turns off all notifications except calls and texts when you’re driving
  7. 7. …more than you can imagine • Cortana is a digital voice assistant, but is a US-only feature as of now (still accessible with a bit of fiddling) Ask her to perform basic tasks, or engage in mindless banter • Quiet Hours is the WP equivalent of Do Not Disturb on iOS • In Windows Phone 8.1, you can install apps on an SD card. Head over to Storage Sense to tweak settings
  8. 8. Not to mention what Nokia adds in • The Lumia 630 comes with the Nokia Cyan update, bringing a host of extras to WP 8.1 • Nokia Storyteller, Camera and Creative Studio are part of the package • The Smart Dual-SIM feature lets you forward calls between SIMs • There’s also SensorCore, a software that can track activity, accessible via the Bing Health & Fitness app.
  9. 9. Plenty of pre-loaded apps too • The Lumia 630 comes with its share of preloaded apps. • From Microsoft, you get Outlook, Office, OneDrive and OneNote • Xbox Video, Xbox Music and Podcasts are new WP8.1 additions • Nokia’s suite includes MixRadio, HERE Drive and Maps, Xpress, Cinemagraph and Photobeamer • There are a few third-party apps too, like BoxTV, Flipkart eBooks, Evernote, LINE, Paytm, PicsArt and Facebook
  10. 10. A zippy processor, but not enough RAM • The Lumia 630 gets a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, paired with 512MB of RAM and Adreno 305 graphics • The phone is fine for regular use, but some apps take a while to load • Games like Asphalt 8 play without a hitch, with no lags or heating issues • There’s 8GB of internal storage, out of which just under 4GB is available
  11. 11. Battery that easily lasts a day • The phone is fuelled by a 1,830mAh battery • Using both SIMs, it easily lasted us an entire day • The Battery Saver app shows you which apps are consuming energy, and lets you manage which ones run in the background • You can activate the Battery Saver mode to prolong use when you’re low on juice
  12. 12. At a glance • 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 pixels (217 ppi) • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor • Adreno 305 GPU • 512MB RAM • 8GB internal storage with microSD slot • 5MP primary camera • Windows Phone 8.1 • 1,830mAh battery • Dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro-USB 2.0
  13. 13. - • No front camera or flash • No proximity or ambient light sensor • Average display resolution for its price • Limited 512MB of RAM Pros and cons + • Quality build • Smart dual-SIM features • Latest Windows Phone 8.1 software • Nokia SensorCore for activity tracking
  14. 14. Price: Rs 11,500 Pricing and verdict “Where the Lumia 630 lacks in hardware, it makes up for in software. Packaged with all the goodies that Windows Phone 8.1 brings, and adding Smart dual- SIM and SensorCore to the mix, it has the potential to replace the Lumia 520 as the highest-selling Windows Phone handset.”