- Comfortable design
- Smooth performance
- MicroSD card support
- 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”
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
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...
- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
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...
- Lucas, WMPoweruser
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....
- Agent Plummer, 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...
- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
For fans of Windows Phone or anyone who fancies getting to know Microsoft's mobile OS without breaking the bank, the Nokia Lumia 630 is an excellent choice. A higher screen resolution would have made it even better, especially considering what you get with certain Android competitors at around the s...
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Nokia backs up the Lumia 630 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
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Manuals / User Guides
- Nokia Lumia 630 Manual (PDF)
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