Monday, 9 June 2014

Review | Nokia Lumia 630

At only £90, the Nokia Lumia 630 is one of the most affordable smartphones around right now.

Like the rest of the Lumia range, the 630 is a very bright and cheerful phone. It comes with a matte plastic case and this actually pops off, so you can slot in a SIM card and replace the battery should you wish. The matte finish isn’t quite as premium as the iPhone 5C’s gloss, but the handset feels very sturdy and should survive a few knocks and bumps. The Lumia 630 is available in either green, orange, white or yellow as well as plain black.

The Lumia 630 runs Windows Phone 8.1, which is the latest version of Microsoft. It brings with it a host of features that have so far been missing. Action Centre lets you pull down from the top of the screen to see notifications and settings, just as you would on Android and iOS. You can also keep tabs on your usage thanks to the Battery Saver app, Data Sense, and Storage Sense.Seeing as Nokia is now owned by Microsoft, services like a full version of Office 365 and SkyDrive now come as standard! You also get Xbox Music and Video apps.

The 5-megapixel camera takes bright pictures with plenty of contrast and comes with autofocus, though the lack of flash is a bit disappointing. The picture quality isn't bad, and colours are generally accurate. Also, the Nokia Lumia 630 doesn’t have a front-facing camera, so no selfies or video chat!

The Lumia 630 is fine for everyday tasks like web browsing and is great value for money. You have to expect a few compromises for just £90 after all!

What do you think?
Is the Nokia Lumia 630 good value for money?

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