First Windows Lumia phone 510 under Nokia and Microsoft partnership was launched in 2011. At that time Windows Phone device were struggling hard to get into smartphone market which was already dominated by Android & iOS devices. Although the very first Lumia phone was not able to influence smartphone buyers and that is because of many reasons: limited access to apps, costly, less user friendly UI and more.
Both Windows Lumia partners realized the mistake and they announced Lumia 520 powered by Windows Phone 8 OS last year, which was a huge hit and it’s because of device pricing, features, unlimited access to apps via Windows Store, Improved UI and much more.
Microsoft after that launched Lumia 630 with improved hardware and software configuration powered by Windows Phone 8.1 in April this year. As, Lumia 630 is a low budget device by Microsoft and it was targeted for the smartphone emerging market.
We got a chance to do hands on to review Nokia 630, initial impression amazed me. Device build was pretty nice, clean and well build. The touchscreen is butter smooth, speakers are loud & clear, great viewing angle, Microsoft Office pre-installed with OneDrive storage support.
The pre-installed apps like Find My App, MixRadio, Lumia Camera, HERE Drive+, HERE Maps, PhotoBeamer, Wallet are enough for a user to complete most of their task. We know they are not enough but a user can download others apps from Windows Store.
Lumia 630 comes with 4.5-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (CBD) protection, 1.2 GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 processor and powered by Windows Phone 8.1 OS out-of-the-box.
The device runs on 512 MB RAM and 4 GB ROM expandable up to 128 GB with microSD. A strong 1830mAh removable battery powers Lumia 630 that offers 600hrs of device standby time.
Apart from the good features, there are few things that I didn’t like about Lumia 630 are:
- No flash support
- No secondary camera i.e. user won’t be able to make Skype video calls.
- Although there are many apps available in Store for download but it can be improved further.
- Default browser “IE” is not appealing at all as Windows Phone 8.1 doesn’t offer Java support. Also due to integrated flash player with IE user might face difficulty while surfing web using IE so they have to try using 3rd party mobile browser applications like Chrome, UC browser, Opera.
- If an application is frequently tapped the application crashes and user have to launch it again and unfortunately user will also lose the information added to it.
- The notification area, lock screen controller interface can be improved further as this is the place where user looks for to get quick information about any updates.
Windows Phone Lumia 630 is available in Single and Dual SIM variants and is priced $159 & $169 for unlocked version.
If you are looking for a device to buy and don’t want to go with Android, iOS then simply go with Lumia 630, it is cheap and best a user can get for $159.
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