An entry-level Windows Phone that does its job well.
Microsoft is still pushing Nokia towards making Windows Phone at par with current market trends currently dominated by iOS and Android. The initial launch of the Lumia smartphones were met with praise but didn’t really quite take off. The current set of entry-level smartphones don’t do much, but the Nokia Lumia 630 might change that perception. At 599 AED, it’s inexpensive – but does it offer a complete Windows Phone experience? Let’s find out.
Emulating the design from some of their entry-level smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 630 is just about the same size as an iPhone – though it’s a bit wider. The 135 gram weight is just about right, and the matte finish of the exterior make it easy to handle.
Basic controls are present, with volume rockers and power button located on the side, along with a 3.5 mm audio jack located on top. The standard micro USB port is present for charging and data transfers. It’s a dual SIM smartphone and it lets you pop in two micro SIM cards inside.
The Nokia Lumia 630 also comes in five colours and since the back panels are interchangeable, you can simply purchase additional ones and change them to your liking.
The Nokia Lumia 630 is an entry-level smartphone so you can’t expect much from the specifications. Still it was decent enough to run Windows Phone 8.1 without any problems. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 512 MB of RAM and comes with 8 GB of internal storage, which you can expand using the microSD card slot.
The Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a 4.5-inch screen that gives you a 480 x 854 pixel resolution. It’s larger than the iPhone’s screen, but the iPhone has more pixels. The result is rather a washed out look, but considering the specifications and price, it’s acceptable.
All the usual connectivity options are present, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Too bad that it doesn’t support 4G LTE, but its lack of support is due to the limitations in the hardware. NFC was also omitted, though I haven’t really found any good use for it since it became available on smartphones.
The Nokia Lumia 630 supports a decent 5 megapixel camera that can also take videos in 720p. A front-facing camera wasn’t included, so say goodbye to those selfies.
Windows Phone 8.1 added a few tweaks and enhancements much like what Microsoft is doing to its desktop version. Small additions like a slide down notification center make it even easier to use the smartphone. The app selection has also increased, and most mainstream apps are now available on the platform.
It’s a dual SIM smartphone, so every time you make a call you can also choose between what SIM you should be using. Same goes for messages, which are organized so you can see which messages were sent and received on each SIM card.
Calls are clear and no disruptions were heard from either end. I just wish they’d included 4G LTE support, not to say that the HSDPA speeds were slow, but when you’re used to super-fast download speeds, you’ll bound to notice the change.
The camera is more of a mixed bag, but it doesn’t mean it’s bad. I can safely say the images are strictly okay, and is somehow better than most budget Android smartphones in its range. Low-light images are quite bad though.
With an 1830 mAh battery the Nokia Lumia 630, it manages to last at least a full day after a full charge, which is at par with most smartphones.
For just 599 AED, the Nokia Lumia 630 is already a feature-packed smartphone even if it’s targeted towards users on a budget. Windows Phone may not be at par with iOS or Android yet, but it is certainly getting there. The Nokia Lumia 630 is a great smartphone well worth its price.