We tested the Nokia Lumia 630 for a few days, and it opened our eyes to the fact that the Windows Phone 8.x series OS and Nokia smartphones are viable and fun alternative to Android and Apple.
Long-time Android and/or IOS users may find navigating the phone confusing at first. But after just a few minutes of active play, the Windows Phone 8.1 OS feels easy and intuitive to use.
The 5MP camera took above-average photos. But with features like Focus+blur, Color pop, Collage and more, Nokia’s Creative Studio made these average-looking images into digital works of art! We literally spent hours just playing with the camera and Creative Studio.
The Windows Store offered a number of apps similar to Android’s Google Play. We installed Zombie Tsunami and Temple Run 2, and we didn’t notice any difference in terms of game play and responsiveness.
As expected from a Nokia, call quality was great. With its compact size, texting with one hand was a breeze. Because of its smallish display size, web browsing might be an issue to some, but mobile versions of popular sites will take care of that.
With its rounded edges up front and an angled back, the 630’s “monoblock touch” gives the impression of a unibody design. But by prying off the colorful (and interchangeable) shell at the back, you’ll realize that the components are indeed separate.
And just like its Lumia siblings, the 630 fits pockets nicely, is very attractive and is surprisingly affordable.
We believe that the Nokia Lumia 630 is a step in the right direction in restoring faith and trust in the Nokia brand.
Nokia Lumia 630 Dual-SIM specs:
4.5-inch FWVGA ClearBlack display, 218ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
Adreno 305 GPU
8GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
5 megapixel rear camera
Windows Phone 8.1 OS
129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm (dimensions)
134 grams (weight)
The Lumia 630 is available in stores with a suggested retail price of Php7,990.
What we liked about it:
* Solid build quality
* Decent performance
* Gorilla Glass 3
* Above-average camera quality
* Dual-SIM WP handset
What we did not like:
* Below average display resolution
* Low battery capacity