Nokia Lumia 630

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Nokia Lumia 630The Nokia Lumia 630 is the latest release coming from the Finns and one of the first devices that boost the freshly refurbished Windows Phone 8.1, which brings a lot of impressive features that will totally leave you dazzled if you’re no stranger to the platform. The Lumia 630 is aimed at the area of consumers who need a decent device that is both budget friendly and also offers dual-SIM support, which is optional. Needing a mid-range device that goes easy on your pockets and delivers a pleasant user experience? Check out the following review about the new Lumia 630 and find out if it’s capable of satisfying your smartphone-related needs.
The Lumia 630 comes in a rather modest retail box, as it comes accompanied only by an A/C adapter and the user manuals, without a microUSB cable, which leaves me scratching my head a little bit. Anyways, the standard accessories are pretty cheap, so the lack of them shouldn’t necessarily be a deal-breaker.
In terms of design, the Lumia 630 measures 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm and has a weight of 134 grams. It’s quite easy to manage and will sit comfortable in your hands or pockets; single-handed operations are also a piece of cake. The handset features a matte plastic body which is very well put together and seems quite solid, exactly like its other siblings coming from the Finns. The back covers are removable, thus you can change your phone’s appearance and make it look more colorful by choosing between black, white, yellow, orange and green.
The frontal part of the Lumia 630’s body is dominated by a 4.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that features a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, a pixel density of 218 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Being a ClearBlack display, the image quality is very good, with vibrant colors, wide viewing angles and a good contrast. Also, the sunlight legibility is excellent.
Let’s jump to the user interface. The Lumia 630 boosts the latest and greatest from Microsoft, coming with the Windows Phone 8.1 update and the Nokia Cyan tweaks. This update isn’t available yet (not officially), so the Lumia 630 and its smarter sibling, the 930, are the only ones that offer it at the moment out of the box. Among other improvements, the new interface offers the possibility of using a background for the start screen, which is visible through the transparent live tiles. The notification center is also a fresh and expected addition, allowing you to access quick toggles and notifications and customizing them according to your wishes. Cortana, a personal assistant, is here to help you and does a pretty good job while at it. You’ll see more when actually handling the phone and my guess is that you’ll very much enjoy what the new WP offers.
In terms of hardware, the Lumia 630 comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, holding a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The handset isn’t a powerhorse, yet does a great job and is a good performer, as you really won’t feel the low amount of RAM (compared to other devices). Microsoft optimized the platform greatly, so you won’t be bothered by any lag issues or freezes.
For taking pictures, the Lumia 630 comes loaded with a 5 MP snapper with autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. The image quality is among the best I’ve seen from a 5 MP performer (if not the best), offering vivid colors, a good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very capable, offering some nice 720p videos @30 fps.
At the connectivity department, the Lumia 630 holds support for quad-band GSM. GPRS and EDGE, dual-band 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR and microUSB 2.0.
Surfing the web is a pleasure on the Lumia 630, as it features the refurbished Internet Explorer 11, which now offers unlimited tab support, password-saving, back and forward gestures, private browsing and more. The pages are loaded fast and you’ll be having a nice experience while browsing.
Some other useful offerings featured by the Lumia 630 are the Office Suite for viewing and editing document files, a GPS receiver with support for A-GPS and GLONASS, Here Maps and Here Drive for navigation (having free voice guided navigation), a Battery Saver, Storage Sense, an FM Radio with RDS support, two great media players for audio and video playback and much more.
The Lumia 630 comes with a 1850 mAh battery and will survive two and a half days or more under moderate usage.
Nokia Lumia 630 covers

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