Nokia Lumia 630 Review: An excellent budget windows phone

The Nokia Lumia 630 was released earlier this month and it is slowly being launched in more and more regions. The Nokia Lumia 630 is the first windows phone smartphone that comes preloaded with WP8.1 Cyan update.

nokia lumia 630 review

Here is the review of Nokia Lumia 630 by NokiaViews.com

The Lumia 630 is the first smartphone that comes preloaded with WP8.1 which is a massive update which includes myriad of new features such as Cortana a voice assistant similar and smarter than Apple’s Siri, notification centre, 3 tile layout and backgrounds on start screen. There are many other features so if you want to check out those features, feel free to see this post that covers features of Windows Phone 8.1

In the box you will find:

* Phone
* Charger
* Battery
* Small booklets like introduction guide

lumia 630 battery

The plastic shell is removable that gives access to 1830 mAh battery. While this does not sounds much, the optimized WP8.1 operating system will ensure you get healthy 1.5 days with moderate to heavy use. The battery is bigger than Lumia 525 / 520’s battery that has capacity of 1430mAh which explains better run-times.

There is nothing else in the box – not even earphones and micro USB cable. This has been done deliberately to keep the costs down.

Nokia lumia 630 back

Back of Lumia 630 (shown on the left) is matte. On the right is Lumia 1320 that has 6 inch display

The front of the display has been given gorilla glass 3 treatment that helps prevent the screen from getting scratched. Things are quite basic on the back with an LED less rear camera that takes 5 megapixel photos. Quality of the camera is pretty good provided you keep your hands still and you’re in good lightning conditions.

Processing power is excellent and it can give high end phones like Lumia 925 and 1020 a run for their money. While there is no 4G support, you do a very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core processor that makes it perform like a high end phone. There is no lag, no waiting times whatsoever. We almost forgot that it has meagre 512MB RAM and it is a cheap phone. The phone retails for USD 170 / INR 10,500 / GBP 129.

nokia lumia 630 review

Lumia 1320, 630, 520 and Nokia XL Android phone

Battery life of Lumia 630 is stunning even though its 1830mAh battery is not massive by any means. We were easily able to get more than a day out of it while using the phone normally with both SIMs inserted. Brightness was set to medium at all times. For charging you can use any charger but it does warn you if you are using a third party or non-Nokia charger.

Nokia Lumia 630 vs Lumia 635: What are the differences?

Both of these are same phones except for two major differences:

1. Dual SIM vs 4G LTE: Lumia 630 comes with optional dual SIM functionality and lacks 4G LTE while the 635 lacks dual SIM but features 4G LTE

2. Matte vs Glossy shells: 630 has matte back shell while 635 has glossy ones. Matte feels more premium to touch and provides better grip.

Pros and Cons of Lumia 630

Pros:

  • Very fast Snapdragon 400 quad core SoC (system on chip)
  • Lag free user experience
  • Sturdy construction; Excellent build quality
  • Premium feel
  • Micro SD card slot – supports 128GB memory card
  • Compact size
  • Light weight
  • Good battery life
  • Camera takes decent pictures

Cons:

  • Lacks LTE
  • No proximity sensor
  • No ambient light sensor
  • No front camera

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