Summary: Nokia and Microsoft have crafted a well-rounded budget phone with the Lumia 630, that not only looks the business, but performs extremely well thanks to the excellent Windows Phone 8.1. While Microsoft is still playing app-catch up, for the less demanding, the Nokia Lumia 630 proves that you can have your (cellphone) cake and eat it. A bargain.
Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM Review – Affordability at Its Best
6 September 2014
Excerpt: Aside from the fact that the Lumia 630 Dual SIM is one of the not so many handsets launched by Microsoft this year, it’s also one of the few coming with Windows Phone 8.1 operating system out of the box. While not the cheapest of the new Lumia series of smartphones that made their debut in the last couple of months, Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM does seem to be an affordable device that offers only a handful of mid-range features, but lacks quite a few others.
Cons: I do not understand why Microsoft included such a good main camera, but skipped the LED flash. In addition, while the phone does come with 3G support, Lumia 630 Dual SIM lacks secondary camera for video calls. The lack of proximity and ambient light sensors are among the downsides of the phone as well, along with the fact that it comes with only 512MB of RAM. Last but not least, Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM’s sales package is too barebones, as it doesn’t even include a da...
Summary: Microsoft’s first phones are designed to showcase Windows Phone 8.1, but they fall slightly short on both ends of the scale. The Lumia 630 looks and feels great for a low-end phone, but the compromises with display brightness, storage, and cameras make it hard to recommend against strong Android competition from the Moto G and Moto E.
Pros: Great display, Windows Phone 8.1 improvements, High-res photos, Nice and simple design, Good performance for a low-end device, Reasonable camera
Cons: Bland bulky design, Still lacks quality apps, Slow camera performance, No automatic display brightness, Only 512MB of RAM, No forward-facing camera
Conclusion: Overall, I think the Lumia 630 is a great little dual SIM phone. Priced at AED 599, it’s a good introduction for anyone looking for a cheap dual SIM smartphone. Windows Phone is maturing well as an OS and has many of the commonly used apps like Whatsapp and Instagram now available for it.
Conclusion: Designing an affordable phone is always going to have compromises. In this case, Nokia has hit on some reasonable compromises but gone too far in others. The lack of a proximity sensor was something that I didn’t miss at all, and the phone has no issue relying on the touch screen to know if it’s against your face for a phone call. This worked flawlessly in my experience, so it was the right call.
Nokia Lumia 630 review: An affordable Windows Phone, but not a perfect one
13 July 2014
Excerpt: It used to be the case - not all that long ago, in fact - that “low-cost” was synonymous with “low quality” in the smartphone space. Flooded with torrents of wretched, miserable Android devices, anyone looking for a really cheap smartphone ended up staring at a dreadful screen, with underpowered specs and appalling battery life.
Nokia Lumia 630 is a bright, colourful, affordable Windows phone
1 July 2014
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 630 is a cheap, vibrant alternative to Android and its Windows Phone 8.1 software is easy to use. The app store is still a problem though -- if you like getting new releases when your Android and iOS-toting friends do, a budget Android phone like the Moto G is still the way to go.
Pros: The Nokia Lumia 630 has fun, colourful, interchangeable cases, its Windows Phone 8.1 software is easy to use and Nokia's bundled apps come in handy.
Cons: The Windows Phone app store still rarely receives new apps at the same time as Android or iOS, the screen is lower resolution than the similarly-priced Moto G, the camera doesn't particularly impress and it doesn't have 4G.
Lumia 630 review: A Windows Phone on Android hardware
22 June 2014
Conclusion: The Lumia 630 and 635 are both affordable, effective smartphones. Their cameras punch a little above their weight class; their screens fall a little short. They're decent enough, but this is a competitive space. With all the phones in this price range, one can tell that corners have been cut to keep the bill of materials low, so when you pick one of these phones, you're basically choosing the set of compromises you're happiest with.
Pros: Good camera for the money, MicroSD, combined with Windows Phone 8.1, means there's ample storage, SensorCore seems promising
Cons: The lack of camera button is a noticeable detriment, The uneven screen backlight is a weird regression compared to the 620, Even at this price point, I think buyers should be demanding 1GB RAM, The omission of the ambient light sensor is incomprehensible
Nokia Lumia 630 review: a budget smartphone for the calorie counter
21 June 2014
Conclusion: While we love those new sensor core features for GPS-independent exercise tracking, the Lumia 630 is a tough sell with so many other hardware features lacking (or simply absent). If you’re going to go with a budget Windows Phone, we’d recommend going all the way and looking for a $45-$60 Nokia Lumia 520.
Pros: The Lumia 630 is a budget device, so it’s available in the nice and low $150 range. That’s not as inexpensive as the Nokia Lumia 520, though, which we’ve seen in the $45-$70 range without a contract.
Cons: The Lumia 630 is a budget device, so it’s available in the nice and low $150 range. That’s not as inexpensive as the Nokia Lumia 520, though, which we’ve seen in the $45-$70 range without a contract.