- Microsoft Windows phone 8.1 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 512MB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 1830mAH Battery
- 8GB Internal Memory
Before the advent of Lumia, the Windows phone OS was barely famous and its struggles to make a proper impact in the competition failed most of the time. With Nokia launching the Lumia 520, the whole story has changed and both Nokia and Windows phone OS got their reputation back. The 520 gave the Windows phone OS a proper push push it badly needed and today it stands proudly in the competition. Now, Nokia has launched one more device, the Lumia 630 which comes in both single and dual sim versions and the price difference between them is nearly negligible. Let us find out how the single sim version performs and where it stands in the segment.
Design & Display:
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 looks decent and the design elements are similar to the Lumia lineup. The edges are rounded and the removable backpanel comes in various colors like green, yellow, black and orange. Most of the body is made of rigid plastic and the decent finishing on the back gives a good grip and feel when held in hand. The build quality is rigid and the phone feels slightly slimmer at 9.2mm which makes for easy handling. The phone sports a 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with 480x854 resolution and 218ppi. Viewing angles are very wide and colors look punchy. Sunlight legibility is way better than most of the rivals and brightness levels are very good. Overall for a phone in this range, the design and display are better among most of the competitors.
This is one of the first phones to come directly with Windows Phone 8.1. The 8.1 brings a whole lot of features which were missing in the previous versions. This time on the homescreen, along with live and resizable tiles, you can also choose a background for the homescreen and the live tiles too become transparent to allow the background to stand out. On the lockscreen, we don’t get any Glance screen feature. 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. One of the good things about Lumia devices is, we get the Nokia’s and Microsoft’s apps in all of the devices. The device comes preloaded with Nokia HERE, Camera app, Storyteller along with Microsoft Office which comes well handy. Overall operation is buttery smooth and we didn’t face any lags during the usage.
Camera & Audio:
The device is equipped with a 5MP camera at the rear with auto focus. Sadly again, Nokia didn’t offer a front cam and LED flash for this device too. The interface of the camera looks neat and is similar to the other Windows phones’. Focusing is faster and we didn’t observe any shutter lag. For a 5MP camera, the image quality is very good with minimal noise and the colors look vibrant and natural enough. Sometimes the detail is lost in the images, but this doesn’t happen quite often. The image processing too works well and brings very good pictures. In low light, sadly due to lack of LED flash, most of the images look dull and grainy. Coming to audio, the loudspeaker placed at the back offers very clean output and loudness levels are also ample.
Connectivity & Additional Features:
This phone comes in single sim version; supports one micro sim card which can be placed at the back. Network reception is very good and there were no call drop issues. Call quality is excellent 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 device is cursed with only 512MB RAM. Ofcourse it might be true that Windows phone OS doesn’t need much RAM to run smoothly, but considering some heavy apps, they need more RAM to run and they are not well optimised to run on 512MB RAM. However the overall operation and multi-tasking is smoother while some of the compatible games played very well and we didn’t face lags. The device was able to score around 11k in Antutu which is quite decent. The phone comes with a 1830mAh removable battery. The OS doesn’t eat much battery and the display too is of lower resolution, so the phone easily stays till the end of the day under moderate usage.
Comes with the latest Windows phone 8.1.
Good build and design
Decent image quality in daylight
Just 512MB RAM
No LED flash
No front facing camera
So far, the Lumia 630 offers better usability and features than its predecessors. But still it borrows the same cons we have seen in 520/535, like no front cam and no LED flash. More importantly you need more RAM in case you want to install some famous apps which are not well optimised for lower RAM devices. Ofcourse if you don’t care about these weakpoints, the phone would be a good choice, but considering that the price difference between the single sim and dual sim versions is almost negligible, the dual sim version of this device makes for a better choice.
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