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Nokia Lumia 630 Review: Very Capable Device For A Very Affordable Price

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I have been using a Nokia Lumia 630 for a few weeks now, and for those that don’t know the Nokia Lumia 630 was released during Microsoft Build and is a budget friendly device. Pricing for the Nokia Lumia 630 is as so: the single-SIM 630 will be $159, while you’ll be able to get the dual-SIM variant for $169 and the Lumia 635 for $189. I also have noticed prices seem to vary according to the specific countries in which it is available.

Lumia 630 specs:

  • 4.5 inch touch screen
  • 854×480 resolution
  • Virtual Windows Phone navigation keys
  • Size: 129.5 x 66.7mm.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor 1.2gh
  • 512B RAM
  • Dual SIM or single (variant)
  • 1830 mAh battery
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 5mp camera
  • microSD card slot up 128gb

The Lumia 630 comes with a few firsts; it is one of the first devices with WP 8.1 installed on the device, virtual soft keys, (that can change colors, depending on your preference) dual sim, and (interestingly for a Nokia Lumia device) no camera button. I do find the virtual keys a bit more annoying, especially with the drop down notification center. I feel you need to hit the exact spot to slide the notification center back up because it rests exactly on the virtual keys when pulled down all the way. I also miss the camera button; double tap to wake & glance screen. You can add the camera to the action center for easier access, but it’s just not as easy in my opinion.

Build & Screen

The build on the  Lumia 630 is very good, it’s a solid feeling device. It comes with a removable 1830 mAh battery, single or dual SIM and a micro SD slot capable of handling 128gb of added storage. It also comes with a 4.5″ clear black ISP LCD screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, FWVGA (854 x 480) (221 ppi). It’s by far not the highest resolution on the market but it does a decent job and has nice viewing angles.

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Camera & Video

The Lumia 630 comes with a 5mp shooter on the back but without a flash unit. It is a good camera but certainly not there to wow anyone. Video performance was also good, the Lumia 630 shoots video’s at 720p & 30 fps. You can see some camera shots and a test video below. I have to say with such a low cost device sacrifices have to be made and with no flash or front facing camera this is the area.

Camera Samples Lumia 630 Click on images for full resolution

Video sample Lumia 630


Performance & Battery

I was pleasantly surprised with the speed and performance of the Lumia 630. It has a quad core 1.2ghz 400 Snapdragon processor but only 512mb of ram. It handled  everyday tasks and usage fine without any slowdowns.  The battery on the Lumia 630 can last you most of the day with moderate use, including Twitter, Facebook, few calls ,emails etc.

One issue I found on the 630 is that it’s not able to handle games needing at least 1gb of ram to play – again another sacrifice made to keep cost down.

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I posted a speed comparison video between the Nokia Lumia 1020 & the Lumia 630 below.

All in all I really like the Lumia  630,  I think it is a very capable smartphone at a very affordable price. This would be an awesome back up device or a great device for those that need a very capable smartphone without breaking the bank.

  Pros                                                       

  • speed
  • size
  • micro sd slot
  • cost
  • Build

 

   Cons

  • No FF camera
  • lack of camera button
  • virtual soft keys
  • 512 ram (for gaming)
  • no NFC

Nokia Lumia 630 Overview

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