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Nokia Lumia 630 Smartphone

£74.95
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A bit slicker than its older sibling the 520, the Nokia Lumia 630 is a competitively priced low end smartphone that exhibits a puppy-like eagerness to please. Unlikely to disappoint.

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Sam Applegate

3rd August 2014

By Sam Applegate

I like bacon sandwiches.


The Nokia Lumia 630 is in town, and it's ready to pick a fight with the so-called big boys who think they're the bee's knees. The Lumia 630 is a good option for anyone who's grown tired of the Apple/Samsung high price mafia, and promises to give you all it's got. Here's the lowdown.

Look At Me!

Visually, Nokia (though it's really Microsoft, we'll stick with the brand name) have made an effort to offer a totally different aesthetic to an iPhone, perhaps noting that many people end up putting custom covers over that minimalist design. So whilst you can purchase your Lumia 630 in black, you'll also find it in a vibrant orange, live wire green and a slightly peculiar shade of yellow. The handset as whole feels very plastic-y and inexpensive... But then that's what it is. Yet despite that, low price it's also tough, resilient and you're not afraid to take it out the front door for the fear that it'll spontaneously combust. If it does, you'll be able to afford another one without having to sell your children.

In design terms, Nokia have dispensed with the shutter key button, whilst otherwise creating a phone that fits well in the hand and is simultaneously both light and robust. It's not skinny, but nor is it fat around the middle.

The Cold Hard Digits

Everything's numbers, the maths geeks tell us. For the Nokia Lumia 630, the important ones are that it has 8GB of memory (with around 4GB usable), 512MB of RAM and a 1.2 GHz quad core processor. 8GB isn't a huge amount of memory nowadays, but Nokia have included a micro SD slot that allows you to effectively add as much storage as you want. A 64GB SD will likely set you back less than £30 in return for far more storage than you'll ever need, so it's no great expense.

The amount of RAM provided is more of challenge. Some games need more than 512MB just to run, never mind to run well, so if you're someone who likes to play high end mobile games, the Lumia 630 might not be for you. If you're not, it'll likely be plenty for normal apps and browsing around. The processor, meanwhile, is extremely solid and performs very well. Navigating the device is silky smooth and seamless. No worries here.

They've also furnished the 630 with a dual SIM option, which allows to you to take calls to two different numbers on the same device. If you're on a call on one number, any incoming calls on the other will go straight to voice mail.

The Nokia Lumia 603's display is good, but is some way off making the Olympic final for smartphone displays. With a resolution of 480×854 pixel and 218 PPI, it's not super sharp, but it's still fairly respectable. The 4.5" screen is a reasonable size, too.

Friendly Software

The Lumia 630 is the first Windows phone to ship with the 8.1 version of the OS. It's easy to use, highly customisable and has the tabular look that appeals to some people. They've also made it so that you now have the ability to insert a background of your choice beneath the panels.

Having 8.1 also means using IE 11, which offers a respectable improvement in your web browsing experience over earlier editions. There's also an array of Nokia Cyan functionality that's worth digging into, including an action centre that neatly organises all of your notifications.

Going Global

Just like the 520, Nokia have kept the Lumia 630's capacity as a brilliant offline navigating device by including GPS functionality, for free. It's hard to emphasise just how good a feature this is, especially if you don't have a Satnav. Why pay a load of data charges for unreliable 3G navigation, or buy a specific Satnav, when you can simply use your phone? You might have to purchase additional maps for areas off the beaten track, but by and large this is a big, big plus for the 630.

Some Downsides

For all of the excellent value that the Lumia 630 provides, it does have a number of limitations that customers should be aware of before they make the plunge. Whether these matter to you depends on what kind of user you are.

Firstly, the camera. The rear facing camera offer 5 megapixels worth of performance, which isn't bad. But, lacking a flash, it doesn't perform very well in low light conditions. Furthermore, the pictures it does take aren't always the most accurate representations of colour. That's a bit of a niche criticism in some ways (many people simply won't notice), but on occasion there can be too much blue or green. There's still no front facing camera, either, so snapping those duck face selfies is trickier than it might otherwise be.

Similarly, video records at 720P, but doesn't stretch up to 1080P. I suspect that the target market for the Lumia 630 won't especially be bothered by this shortfall, but it's still a useful factor in the equation of assessing the phone's value.

Perhaps more important for some people is that you don't have the depth of choice of apps available for Windows phones yet that you do on IoS or Android. There's still plenty to choose from (particularly the big ones), but if you're a fan of obscure mobile games or rely on having a very specific app on your phone for your working life, you might not be best served by the Lumia 630 at this stage. For most casual users this won't be a huge problem.

Other absent features include a lack of 4G (although roaming speeds are still very solid) and a lack of NFC.

Finally, it might have been nice had Nokia been a little more generous with the accessories it provides as part of the package, by including some headphones and a USB cable.

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  • Main camera sensor: 5 MP
  • Display size: 4.5''
  • Display resolution: FWVGA (854 x 480)
  • Processor name: Snapdragon 400
  • Maximum talk time (3G): 13.1h
  • Battery capacity: 1830mAh

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Screen Size (inches)

Storage (gb)

Processor

Operating System

Rating

Price

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4

16

Dual-core

IOS 8

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4.5

8

Quad-core

Android Kitkat 4.4

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Nokia Lumia 520

4

8

Dual-core

Windows Phone Os

£60.00

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4.5

8

Quad-core

Windows Phone Os

£74.95

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4.5

8

Quad Core

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1

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4.3

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Dual Core 1.7 Ghz

4.2.2 Jellybean

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4.5

16

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KitKat 4.4.2

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8

Quad-core 1.2 GHz

Android OS V4.3 (Jelly Bean)

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