Nokia Lumia 630 review: Good for the price, but is it a bit boring?

Nokia Lumia 630 is a good addition to the Lumia stable, but it has its faults.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Leela Prasad | Updated: July 5, 2014 5:21 pm
Lumia 630 dual sim is now available for Rs 10,700 Lumia 630 dual sim is now available for Rs 10,700

For someone using Microsoft Mango for the last few years, 8.1 is definitely an upgrade.  But there is nothing out of this world about the Lumia 630 dual sim that would have us bouncing off the walls. The best way to describe this phone would be by stretching the word meh into 500 more.

Design

What are the chances of Lumia 630 knocking this out of the park? Zero. Zilch. Nada. Yes, the phone looks like any other Lumia.

The rear plastic flap is easy to remove; easier than peeling a banana. The speakers are at the bottom right and are covered by a pinhole on the flap. The phone’s power button lies right below the volume control. And Nokia ditched the capacitive buttons of the previous models for on-screen buttons.

Display and software

The Lumia 630 comes with a 4.5 IPS LCD screen supporting a resolution of 854 X 480 pixels. The screen is guarded by a coat of Gorilla Glass 3, but it heavily reflects smudges. Probably another coat would have saved us from the trouble of rubbing the screen like an Aladdin’s lamp.

The Windows 8.1 live tiles look, as always, fabulous and there is a new addition called the notification bar to the action centre. Another addition is the Word Flow feature that allows you to swipe rather than type a message.

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Storage and Performance

The phone is equipped with an 8GB internal storage, and it can be extended up to 128GB.

It is powered by a 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon 400 Quad Core. We did not experience any hiccups with the Lumia 630. Things ran smoothly despite the 512MB RAM and that is where Windows has been able to score over Android. However, for some inexplicable reason, the Lumia was not detecting the closest WiFi router in our building despite picking up the ones far away. The phone does not drain the battery quickly and it is good for a day of basic use.

Camera

For those whose day begins and ends with a selfie, they will have to turn the phone turtle and use their imaginary photo grid instead. By doing away with the front camera, it seems like Nokia frowns on those caught up in the whirligig of duckface selfies. They have thus, in all probability, chose to deny millions of their right to master that perfect pout.

The remnants of this, probably, cost cutting measure is a no-frills 5MP camera that records at 720p quality.

Verdict

The 630 is a good addition to the Lumia stable despite the minor tweaks and improvements. It has its faults and the price bracket does not give it much room to appease the most demanding of customers. People nowadays want all features a designer could cram into a smartphone regardless of whether they use it or not. The 630 may have trimmed a lot of fat to bring the price down but people do not turn heads just to look at flashy back covers.

Specs:

Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1

Networks: 3G

Display: 4.5’’ IPS LCD FWVGA (854 X480), Gorilla Glass 3, Lumia color profile, wide viewing angle.

Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon S400

Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB internal user memory; 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage MicroSD up to 128GB

Camera: Main camera : 5Mpix AF, 720p @30fps

Connectivity: USB2.0, BT 4.0, WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector

Apps: Here Drive+, Here Maps, Here Transit, Nokia Mix Radio, Smart Camera

Price: Rs 10,700

 

By Leela Prasad

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    Phillip Pugh
    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:56 am
    Don't knock the phone till you try it I'm guessing your a isheep user
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    Phillip Pugh
    Aug 20, 2014 at 3:54 am
    I got my 630 last week to backup my note 3 and I really like it and windows 8.1 was so needed to update windows phones to get them on par with the two big dogs got mi especially for a $100
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    Girish
    Jul 5, 2014 at 10:25 am
    so the phone is just as forgettable as the ad where one guy just needs a phone for moving to a new city.
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    Jasmine Longchar
    Aug 15, 2014 at 9:11 am
    Iam addicted to games and with no flash player and with only 512MB RAM there is no way I can play or download my favorite games otherwise the phone is smooth but I really miss my old android phone.
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    kelu
    Jul 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm
    What a boring review..
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    Satheesh Sasidharan
    Jul 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    Iam using 630 and I liked it very much. Comparing to phones of that range it has amazing speed. The only problem is that it has no front camera and flash light.
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