The Nokia Lumia 520 was a huge success for the company. It did two things for Nokia: it sold in large numbers and it established Nokia’s presence in the budget market as a competitive smartphone maker. Of course, this success also benefited Windows Phone, as the 520 aimed at a customer who had not even heard of Windows Phone before the 520. Obviously though, the Lumia 520 has been long due for an update, and the Nokia Lumia 630 is here to carry on the duty of selling Windows Phone to the budget market. Does it succeed as a budget WP device? Let’s find out.
The Nokia Lumia 630 has a very minimalist design and feel to it. It has absolutely no design elements at all. But we like it for that. Instead of fussing about with design details, Nokia gave it a matte finish that makes it feel like a much more expensive device. The same effect is achieved with that minimalist design, it definitely has an upscale vibe about it.
The Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a 4.5 inch display that has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Now before you discard this as yet another rubbish display, then take note that it has Nokia’s ClearBlack IPS technology in it, which gives it surprisingly good viewing properties. The blacks were very impressive and the viewing angles did not disappoint either. We weren’t expecting a display this good to be on such a cheap device.
The Nokia Lumia 630 packs a quad-core Cortex A7 processor coupled to 512 megabytes of RAM. Thanks to WP’s minimal processing requirements, the Lumia 630 has no problems dealing with the usual apps. However, we feel that the 512 megabytes of RAM might become a bottleneck in the future as memory requirements for apps start to grow.
The Nokia Lumia 630 has a 5 megapixel camera at the back and no front facing camera at all. That’s bad news for selfie addicts, and even worse that the rear shooter takes bland photos as well. With the rest of the components of the 630 surprising us with their quality, this comes as a disappointment. But hey, they had to cut corners somewhere!
The Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a 1850mAh battery which enables the WP device to make 3G phone calls for more than a day. That’s quite an impressive number, but the rest of the endurance rating isn’t so impressive. With just 7 hours of video or web browsing, you’ll finding yourself charging the 630 everyday.
The Nokia Lumia 630 is a worthy successor to the Lumia 520. It gets a set of decent upgrades across the board, with only the rear camera and the memory being left untouched. Still, with a low price of around $150-$170, it’s a good deal for a Windows Phone. Its rival, the Motorola Moto E which is based on Android, has similar specifications so the price really is well justified.