Nokia Lumia 630 is the first Dual SIM windows phone which has been launched recently Microsoft at pretty affordable price point. It also comes preloaded with latest version of windows phone 8.1 as cyan update and has got some good new software features and has got a new design as well compared to the earlier windows phones launched. In this review we will tell you whether is worth the money you spend on it if you plan to buy it.
Nokia Lumia 630 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]
Nokia Lumia 630 Quick Specs
- Display Size: 4.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 480 x 854 resolution
- Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- RAM: 512 MB
- Software Version: Windows Phone 8.1
- Camera: 5 MP AF camera.
- Secondary Camera: No
- Internal Storage: 8 GB with approx 5 GB available to user.
- External Storage: Expandable up to 32GB
- Battery: 1830 mAh battery Lithium Ion
- Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
- Others: OTG Support – No, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes
- Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity and Additional Low Power Motion Sensor
Handset, Battery 1830 mAH and Micro USB Cable Charger, User manuals – No MicroUSB Data Cable, No Headphones in the retail package.
Build Quality, Design and Form Factor
Lumia 630 looks slightly different in terms of the looks compared to the earlier low priced windows phones like Lumia 520 and Lumia 630 but on the whole its not majorly different. It has got flat edges which are slightly inclined outward to hold the display glass. The quality of material used on this phone is again a mix of plastic and glass and as always the build is quite strong to survive couple of drops from shoulder and waist height. It weigh around 134 grams which makes it fairly light and also gives a good grip in hand with matte finish rear back cover. It thickness of around 9.2 mm also does not feel too much considering the finish of the material and appropriate width of the phone makes it easy to hold and use it with one hand.
It does not have a front camera which is actually a disappointment, but the rear 5 MP camera with auto focus and HD video recording at 720p. The photo taken from the rear 5 MP camera is much better than any other best selling budget android phones like Moto G and Moto E. The day light photos has good details and color reproduction is quite natural. Low Light shots were also decent and much better than other budget phones with 5 MP camera in the same price segment.
Nokia Lumia 630 Camera Review [Video]
adding more camera samples…
Lumia 630 Camera Video Sample Low Light
Lumia 630 Camera Video Sample Day Light
Display, Memory and Battery Backup
It has IPS LCD display with resolution of 480 x 854 pixels which gives a pixel density of 218 pixels per inch which is again not too high, but the text and font nicely adjusted in terms of size so that you do not notice pixels with naked eyes. Viewing angles of the display are good but not great, you can easily notice fading of colors from wide angles but blackening of the display does not happen and its readable in sunlight as well. In built memory of the phone is 8 Gb out of which you get approx 5 Gb ( Little Above 5 Gb) on the first boot but in case you feel low storage you can always move apps on phone memory to SD Card but cannot install apps on the SD Card directly. The battery backup was pretty satisfactory with around one day of usage you can easily get, but the using two SIM cards does affect at times but on average you will get around 1 day of backup and sometimes more as well but with moderate usage. If you use the phone for multimedia purpose a lot like watching videos and playing games then backup will be slightly less than one day.
Software, Benchmarks and Gaming
The software of the phone is quite fluid and optimized enough to be smooth at all times when you are using it even when you have slight amount of low RAM of 512 MB. It comes preloaded with loaded with lots of new features and UI improvements which are part of Windows Phone 8.1 OS. Some of these new features include Customization options on Home Screen and Lock Screen, Show More Tiles – One More Column, Storage Sense, Wifi Sense (Wifi Hotspot Feature), New Notification Center named Action Center and More, you can get to know about all these features in the video below. It scores approx 11,000 on Antutu which is not a very impressive scores but day to day usage and processing of the phone on UI front is smooth enough. We played asphalt 8 and Temple Run 2 both and both of these games ran quite smooth without any noticeable graphic lag.
Nokia Lumia 630 Gaming Review [Video]
Sound, Video and Navigation
The sound from the loudspeaker is decently loud and clear, but the placement of the speaker is at the bottom on the back side which blocks the loudspeaker partially at times when you place the device on the table or block the loudspeaker unknowingly with your hand holding it. It can play HD video quite well, we tried both 720p and 1080p both of these videos played fine without any audio and video sync issues. It can be used for GPS navigation as well with Here Maps which can also work in offline mode, this way you can use GPS navigation without internet connectivity which is a great advantage on this phone.
What is Missing ?
Some important things which could have been there on Nokia Lumia 630 is no Front Camera, No Proximity and Ambient light sensor because of which auto brightness feature is not there on this phone. There are some other things we miss on lumia 630 which is no more dedicated camera key which has also been removed and this could be a cost cutting measure from Nokia/Microsoft.
Track Your Step and Calorie Burnt
Nokia Lumia 630 also come with a low power motion sensor which can get coupled with the free Bing Health and Fitness App which can help you track your step count and calculate the calories burnt in some physical activity like Running, Jogging etc.
Nokia Lumia 630 Photo Gallery
What We Liked
- Great Rear Camera
- Awesome Built Quality
- Smooth User Interface
- New Features in Windows Phone 8.1
What We Did Not Liked
- No Front Camera
- No Headphones in Package
- No Proximity and Ambient Light Sensors
Conclusion and Price
Nokia Lumia 630 is available in the market for a best buy price of Rs. 11,500 INR which makes it one of the best value for money windows phone with dual SIM and it comes preloaded with new Software version windows phone 8.1 so that you can enjoy all the new features with device out of the box, no need to update it. It is a better value for money for those who are considering Nokia Lumia 520 or 525 but slightly at higher price point as well. But considering all this there are some not so good things like some important sensors missing and no front camera and no headphones which are must for many users out there.