The Nokia Lumia 630: One Step Forward, One Step Backward

Nokia Lumia 630

The Lumia 630 is being marketed by Microsoft as an “Affordable” smartphone. The company formerly known as Nokia is expecting that this device will get them the momentum which is much needed at the moment, especially after the huge success of inexpensive, feature-packed handsets like the Moto G. Nokia has tried its level best to live up to the expectations of the people. It has included Dual-SIM support and a Quad-core processor in this budget smartphone.

Going by the specs, it has a 4.5 inch FWVGA (854x480p) screen with a low pixel density of 218PPI. The display sharpness is just bearable and doesn’t seem bad since the flat-design live tiles interface and big fonts don’t seem that bad even with low pixel density. Under the hood, there is a 1.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with 512MB RAM. The RAM may be insufficient to run high-end games and apps smoothly, but is sufficient for typical usage. There is an internal storage of 8GB which can be expanded upto 128GB by using a microSD card. This is highest expandable storage offered by smartphones so far. The smartphone runs on Windows Phone 8.1, which has added many new features to the operating system, now making it truly competitive to Android and iOS. Although some Google services are not available in its full form (Maps, YouTube, Hangouts etc) on the this device, alternative services are provided by Microsoft/Nokia.

Although Nokia has stepped into the right direction of making Dual-SIM phones, which have huge demand in countries like India. But unfortunately with respect to specs, it still lacks behind the pack-leader — the Moto G. It is in fact astounding that in pursuit of meeting a sweet price point of Rs. 10,500 for the single SIM model and Rs. 11,500 for dual SIM, it lets go of the front-facing camera and an LED flash for the rear camera; something that the Lumia 620 (its name predecessor) had. But still, for many people, the Lumia 630 will be a breath of fresh air in the crowded affordable Dual SIM smartphone space currently hogged by Android.


Harsh is a gadget freak and a tech-enthusiast. His passions include nature photography and cycling.
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