- Windows phone 8.1 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 512MB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 1830mAH Battery
- 8GB Internal Memory
Nokia managed to make a meaningful impact to the budget segment by launching Lumia 520 and 525. We really loved how well those devices performed and the two phones brought back the reputation of Nokia and also managed to bring windows phone OS to a sweet spot. But slowly the budget segment changed itself and embraced the dual sim feature due to which most manufacturers started to follow this tradition. Since Lumia didn't have a dual sim phone, we were badly waiting for it and Nokia gave us the Let us find out how this one performs and where it stands in the segment.
Design & Display:
The phone looks like a typical Lumia device with rounded corners. Most of the body is made of plastic but the build quality is very good. The backpanel is removable and comes in various colors. The phone is reasonably thin at 9.2 mm and weights around 134gms. The phone though made of plastic, doesn’t feel any cheaper and considering other devices in the price segment, the 630’s build and design elements are way better. The phone sports a 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with 480x854 resolution and 218ppi. This comes with the Clear Black Technology and the display too is quite improved. Viewing angles are wider and colors look vibrant enough for a phone in the segment. There is a good amount of brightness levels and viewing in sunlight is quite better and improved than most of the devices including few premium ones.
The phone comes directly with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. The 8.1 brings a whole lot of features which were missing in the previous versions. In the homescreen you can have your own background wallpaper along with resizable and transparent live tiles. There is also a notification panel called Action Center which consists of few toggles and various notifications. Multi-tasking is similar to what we have seen in IOS, where most of the apps running in the background are suspended and resumed once you open them back. The phone also comes with most of the Nokia’s and Microsoft’s apps like Nokia Camera, Storyteller, Creative Studio, Office, Nokia’s HERE etc. The UI feels much more improved than earlier version; it is fluid smooth and we didn’t face even one single lag during operation.
Camera & Audio:
The phone comes with a 5MP camera at the rear with auto focus. Once again we are treated with no LED flash. And again there’s no front camera. The camera UI looks like typical Windows phone’s interface and there are a bunch of modes and options for tweaking the image quality. Focusing is good and fast enough and we didn’t observe any shutter lag. The camera managed to take some good pictures with minimal noise and the colors look vibrant and natural enough. But still we don’t see some sufficient detail in the images. In low light, the image quality is okay but we see slight noise and images looked a bit grainy. The loudspeaker which is placed on the back, produces clean audio and there is ample amount of loudness in the speaker.
Connectivity & Additional Features:
The phone comes in dual sim version; supports two micro sim cards with dual standby feature which enables call forwarding between both the sims. Network reception is very good and there were no call drop issues. Call quality is impressive and both the parties are able to hear clear and loud voice. The phone also supports Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and A-GPS. Internal memory is limited to 8GB but the device also supports microSD cards upto 128GB.
Performance & Battery:
The device runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1.2GHz quad core processor and Adreno 305 GPU. Once again the maker ruins the impression of the device by giving it a mere 512MB RAM. Sure it might be true that Windows phone OS doesn’t need much RAM to run smoothly, but considering apps, some heavy apps definitely need more RAM to run and they are not well optimised to run on 512MB RAM. However the phone doesn’t disappoint when it comes to overall usage or multi-tasking and some of the compatible games played very well. The device was able to score around 11k in Antutu which is quite decent. The phone comes equipped with a 1830mAh battery which is removable. Due to Windows phone OS’s optimisation the phone doesn’t eat up too much battery and it last still the evening of the day quite easily under normal usage.
Comes with the latest Windows Phone 8.1.
Dual sim with Smart dual sim feature
Good build and design
No LED flash
No front facing camera
Only 512MB RAM
So far Nokia – Microsoft managed to bring quite a capable dual sim device for the segment and it should be pretty much successful like the 520 or 525. But still the series of disappointments like no LED flash, no front cam and 512MB RAM come again. Sure Windows phone OS might be so impressively optimised to run on lower RAM but most of the heavy apps are not so optimised to run with lower RAM. So we would like to see a 1GB RAM edition of 630 which could make a great impact on the competition. Anyway for now, if you’re okay with these disappointments, the 630 is a wonderful device and comes with dual sim feature which could come well in handy and you would be very happy once you get used to this device.