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Nokia Lumia 630
Nokia Lumia 630
Nokia Lumia 630
Nokia Lumia 630

Informr score
The Nokia Lumia 630 currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Comfortable design
  • Smooth performance
  • MicroSD card support

What's bad

  • Poor display
  • Weak camera
  • No front facing camera
  • Limited app support

The Nokia Lumia 630 is a budget phone on a mission. By cutting a number of features and skimping a bit on internals, the phone hits a surprisingly low price-point. While it is one of the cheapest entry level smartphones around, does the price fit the features offered? Let’s dig into the reviews and find out.

The 630 carries the distinctive bright, sharp design for which the Lumia series is known with a little more plastic and a little less flair. However, reviews are quite positive on the overall design. Trusted Reviews states, “The Lumia 630 is a successful design, only lacking the dense, flex-free feel of the pricier Lumias.”

With its bold case colors and interchangeable cases, it offers a bit of personality in the entry-level market. Button placement and phone size was applauded by almost every review as making the phone comfortable to hold and great for one-handed operation.

Unfortunately, reviews get a little muddled from here.

The display, while bright and colorful, lacks clarity. Most reviews noted that the screen attracted fingerprints and smudges with ease. Referring to this issue, TechRadar said, “The screen, though responsive, does stick to the finger a little.”

Outdoor performance was equally lack-luster. While the display was capable of pumping out plenty of brightness, a lack of lighting sensor means manually adjusting the screen each time you step outside. Trusted Reviews was unimpressed, stating, “The screen disappoints next to the best Android phones at the price.”

Opinions on the camera are a mixed bag. Most reviews found the 5MP camera adequate for taking pictures for social media or quick snapshots. Nevertheless, a lack of front-facing camera or flash relegates camera use to strictly casual. In low-light conditions, most reviews noted that the camera did well at highlighting objects, but overall, the pictures lacked detail and included too much noise. Engadget notes, “It's nice to look at and takes good pictures, but it's otherwise a flawed device.”

Like many smartphones, the 630 appears to be a nightly charger. The harshest review came from Engadget, saying, “With fairly moderate use, I could barely get through half a day on a charge.” However, most other reviews found that they could make it through a day of light use, email checking and media streaming without much trouble, but only just. CNet notes, “You’ll almost certainly want to give it a charge overnight.”

Overall impressions on the device end on a slightly sour note. In trying to cut features, an in turn reduce the price as much as possible, reviews indicate that they might have cut just a little too much. As the entry-level market continues to fill up with options, the Lumia 630 might just be too little too late. While TechRadar notes that, “For a low price it does all the basics,” AnandTech sums up the bulk of reviews well when they say, ““definitely an improvement over last year’s version, but it isn’t going to blow anyone away”

Windows Phone
Operating system
Operating system
Windows Phone
1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1830 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

The first device to launch after Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia brings with it an improved operating system, along with a new balance of features for the low end.

- Jamshed Avari, Gadgets 360

Nokia and Microsoft seem to have trouble maintaining a competitive position with their Android rivals. Last year it had a strong budget showing with the Lumia 620 – it hit it out of the park with that phone. The Lumia 520 was a sensible, hugely popular follow-up. But it hasn’t kept...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews

The Lumia 630 Dual SIM is definitely an affordable smartphone, but doesn’t feel cheap at all. It’s the perfect low- to mid-range handset that Windows Phone fans can get these days, and given that Microsoft has started to release OS update more often, there’s a high chance the phone...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia

The Lumia 630 was a fun to use device over the whole testing period. I had no issues with it even though I am calling a high-end device my personal phone, well, at least not more than I am having with it already. You have to expect some corners cut, but besides the camera, there are no bigger ones....

- Lucas, WMPoweruser
Geek Squad
Geek Squad

The Lumia 630 is a really great device for the price, offering some fast hardware and welcome access to the latest version of the Windows Phone software. The phone obviously doesn't excel in all areas, such as the camera and screen quality, but these are easily forgotten about when you consider it c...

- Agent Plummer, Geek Squad

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia Lumia 630 user manual here.

Nokia backs up the Lumia 630 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Lumia 630 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Nokia Lumia 630's screen size is 4.5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1830 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 984 minutes, 564 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 630 Specs

Release Date May 14, 2014
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.51 W/kg
Body: 1.52 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
4x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, White balance, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel Density 221 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1830 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 420 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 564 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 528 minutes
Talk Time Up to 984 minutes
Standby Time Up to 25 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Bright Orange, Bright Green, Bright Yellow, Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.9 x 6.7 x 0.9 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 134 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA):

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

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