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Lounge Review | Nokia Lumia 630

LiveMint logoLiveMint 15-05-2014 Vishal Mathur

Two steps forward

A year after the Lumia 520 hit stores in India, Nokia has its successor lined up. The Lumia 630 will be available in single-SIM (`10,500) and dual-SIM (`11,500) versions. Nokia carries on with the cheerful theme, with five bright colour options for the back panel, each with the soft feel finish that helps with the grip. Not a unibody design, so the battery is accessible, but the quality of construction and plastic used stands out in this affordable phone.

The 4.5-inch screen doesn’t have the highest resolution (limited to 480x854 pixels), but offers crisp visual display. The fact that this is an IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panel means colours are much better defined than most comparable screens with good visibility even in bright sunlight. Incidentally, there is no slider setting to adjust the brightness levels—just low, medium and high.

Windows 8.1’s biggest visual change is the integration of the three navigation keys within the user interface or UI. The lack of any touch-sensitive keys below the display give the Lumia 630 a clean look on the front. The proper notifications system is a welcome feature, and can be accessed by swiping down from top, even within most apps. The on-screen keypad has been given a slight tweak as well, and the keys are a tad wider.

There are no compromises in terms of performance, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor powering a very efficient operating system. You should not face any hurdles in performance with most apps, but the virtual ceiling of 512 MB RAM does mean that some games will not be compatible with the Lumia 630. But, for most users, this device offers an almost perfect balance between performance and affordability.

The 5 MP camera isn’t the best around, and will just about do for clicking pictures and sharing with friends or on social networks. Hopefully, with the next update, Nokia will also bring in a latest generation sensor as well as a front-facing camera, a glaring omission in the 630.

Nokia boosted the battery in the 630 to 1,830 mAh, up from 1,430 mAh in the Lumia 520. The new battery will be good enough to get you through a day of use with ease, with 3G or Wi-Fi connected throughout.

The Lumia 630 is a competent Windows Phone device—a good option for anyone who doesn’t want to buy an Android phone.

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