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.
Summary: Overall, I have to say that using the Nokia Lumia 630 was a great experience for the most part. However, my feelings for this phone is mixed. When basing it on its own merits, I can say that it’s a great phone. It’s a joy to use, doesn’t look too shabby, adequate screen size by modern standards, and its cost is comfortably good for the wallet. Unfortunately, majority of its wow factors stem from Windows Phone 8.1.
Summary: Colorful austerity measure. Microsoft needs affordable smartphones to bring its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system to the people. Nokia's Lumia 630 with a swappable cover, smooth operation, and microSD reader wants to score with a price below 200 Euros (~$271). However, our report reveals that Nokia has cut several corners.
Pros: Great battery runtimes, Low power consumption, Rigid and nicely designed casing, Removable battery, Generous amount of installed software, Expandable storage, Smooth usage, The battery runtimes are simply awesome!
Cons: Relatively high temperatures, Low-contrast screen, Low ppi density, Frequent throwbacks compared with the precursor, No LED flash, No camera button, No front-facing camera, Pressure sensitive casing, Partially visible pixel grid, The camera button, LED flash, and a few other things that the precursor had.
Nokia Lumia 630 is a bright, colourful, affordable Windows phone
6 June 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.
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.
Excerpt: Yesterday in Lagos, the Lumia 630 Dual SIM was launched for the Nigerian market and I was present at the event. On arrival, my first point of call was the display stand where units of the 630 were available to play with. The Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone smartphone to offer dual SIM functionality, so it is a milestone for the platform. You can use two SIMs on the device. Both SIMs are active simultaneously. SIM type for both slots is micro-SIM.
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.
PHOTOVIEW: Microsoft Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone 8.1
27 May 2014
Excerpt: Back in early April, Microsoft's handset division (formerly known as Nokia ) announced not only the company's latest budget friendly Windows Phone but also the first available Windows Phone 8.1 - the Nokia Lumia 630. As the model number indicates, the Lumia 630 is a budget friendly entry level smartphone which is nevertheless and interesting device for smartphone and/or Windows Phone newsbies as well as for customers which don't have too high expectations but don't want...
Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM review: Ushers in the Windows Phone 8.1 era
24 May 2014
Summary: If you go by the naming convention, the Lumia 630 supersedes the Lumia 620 and is a notch above the Lumia 525. This is exactly how it’s positioned in the market as well. The Lumia 525 is moot at its current price point. Nokia needs to drop the price by a couple of thousand for it to be relevant. The Lumia 630 Dual SIM can be found for online and in shops for roughly Rs 11,000.
Conclusion: The Lumia 630 has the same winning combo as the Lumia 520 that sold in millions: a simple, yet durable design, a good balance of features at a bargain price. We wouldn't be surprised to see it repeat the feat of the former and become the Lumia line's next rising star. Nokia has done a good job designing the Lumia 630 - the boxy design of the Ashas and X-series looks neat, the right blend of fresh and familiar.
Pros: 4.5" 16M-color ClearBlack IPS LCD display of FWVGA resolution, Gorilla Glass 3, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB of RAM, Windows Phone 8.1 OS with Nokia Cyan, Optional dual-SIM support, 5MP autofocus camera with 720p@30fps video recording, 8GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via a microSD card slot up to 128GB, Built-in accelerometer, Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic, Free lifetime voice-...
Cons: No front-facing camera, No 1080p video recording, No LED flash, No proximity sensor, 512MB RAM may eventually turn out insufficient for future apps, No headset or USB cable included in the retail package