Nokia Lumia 630


Nokia Lumia 630

The Nokia Lumia 630 is aimed squarely at the Moto G and its ilk, and it’s interesting to see who the winner is, but more about that later.


Starting from the outside, we have a couple of removable covers in bright orange, yellow, green and a more corporate black. I’d say some colour lightens things up a bit. The phone has Gorilla Glass 3, so it’s pretty sturdy in the drop test department, and it sports microUSB, microSD and microSIM, which is rather good for a phone in this price range (about 129 GBP).


It comes with 8GB storage, (so you will need the extra space the microSD card gives you), and has a 4.5” screen at 218 ppi. It has a 1.2GHz quad core processor with 512MB of RAM, which is less than the equivalent android phone, which has 1GB. However, there is no juddering when streaming, and everything flows quite smoothly when using the phone.


The camera has 5MP with no flash, and the white balance needs some work, as the pics tend to come out darker than they should. The battery is a 1,830mAh powerhouse that gives you about 13 hours of talk time, so that will get you through your tube journey.


Speaking of the tube, the camera has Nokia’s HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit. You can download the map of the whole of England (or just about any other country in the World for that matter), and use the turn-by-turn navigation to get you to where you want to be. HERE Transit is rather nice, as it will give you the local departure times of buses, trains and even the underground!


More software is loaded into the phone in the form of Mix Radio (free music streaming and playlists from Nokia), Netflix, Spotify, WhatsApp and Instagram.

The phone comes with Windows 8.1 installed, but it’s a pity that the Windows Phone Store still has a way to go in the form of providing apps. You can set your pics as background, but you will hardly see them with the tiles in the way. There is a drop down notification panel similar to Android’s, and it shows you the important bits such as your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc. There is also a people hub that keeps all your social media and email contacts in one place – quite handy.


The winner by the way is the Moto G. It has a better, sharper screen and more apps available via Android at about the same price. However, if you are a Windows fan, seriously consider this phone – it has all the bits of the Lumia 635 except 4G LTE for a lesser price.


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