Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

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

Processor
1.2GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
8 GB

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

Battery
1830mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1830 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 984 minutes (2G), 786 minutes (3G), 564 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The Nokia Lumia 630 is another one of those inexpensive smartphones that cuts out a lot of high-end features in order to reduce costs, but doesn’t cut out so much as to make things completely unusable.

- Adam Z. Lein , Pocketnow 

The Lumia 630 is fine for everyday tasks like web browsing, but it does occasionally struggle with games and HD video.

- Joe Svetlik , uSwitch 

Reviews summary

7.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 27 reviews

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.

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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”


Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

Cheery, low cost phone with a better camera than some bargain basement Androids

from 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 up the pace.

The Lumia 630 doesn’t have quite the same spark. It acts as a showcase of how much Nokia can now leave out of its phones thanks to the new regime of Windows Phone 8.1, but doesn’t really cost much less, and doesn’t add all that much more either. A larger scr... Full review

Softpedia

Affordability at Its Best

from 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 will get even better.

Only the Lumia 530 is cheaper than the Lumia 630 Dual SIM, but it doesn’t offer dual-SIM capability and comes with a lower amount of storage.

Price-wise, Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM is a great deal even when not on sale for a limited time. If you&rs... Full review

Geek Squad

By far the best phone you can get for this price

from 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 costs around a quarter the price of a high-end smartphone.

If you are in the market for a new phone, this should definitely be on your list of options. If you need a better camera or high-resolution screen, then you'll need to be looking at spending considerably more. However, if you ne... Full review

WMPoweruser

The low-end phone that performs as if it was high-end

from 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. With the Lumia 630 you get a very well performing low-end device with a good screen and respectable battery life, packed full with extra software some others normally would have to pay for... Full review
Digital Versus

Decent design and build quality with decent performance

from 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 same price. Still, this phone's screen does the job and the Lumia 630 is smooth and responsive to run. It also comes with plenty of Nokia apps pre-loaded and runs the freshly and highly successfully updated version 8.1 of Windows Phone... Full review
Coolsmartphone

OS and build-quality is top-notch

from Coolsmartphone
Overall, Windows Phone 8.1 has impressed me. The Lumia 630 has impressed me. This is a well designed, well built, well thought-out phone with an OS that isn’t a compromise. This is a well-formed package that you should consider. Go and check one out and see for yourself, honestly... Full review
What Mobile

A solid all-round entry-level handset to boot

from What Mobile
The Nokia Lumia 630 contains many positive traits. Its bright and smooth Windows Phone interface is eye-catching and performs most tasks well for an affordable handset. It beats its rivals – including the superior Moto E – in terms of app browsing, camera functions and gaming. Elsewhere, however, it is let down by some crippling debilities that include a lack of popular apps and games, unnecessary built-in software and a rather dull design... Full review
Pocket-lint

Affordable, nicely designed and feels good quality

from Pocket-lint

The Nokia Lumia 630 is something of a mixed bag. It's cheap, cheerful and Nokia succeeds in delivering a bright and well built handset that's ahead of many competitors' plastic offerings. It also gives you the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system experience, as well as the latest additions from Lumia Cyan.

But we found the software experience can feel a little slow and, with our review device, a little buggy too. There are hardware compromises too, especially in the display, when pitched against rivals such as the Motorola Moto G.

Affordability is one of the thing... Full review

Ars Technica

A Windows Phone on Android hardware

from Ars Technica

The Lumia 630 and 635 are both affordable, effective smartphones. Their cameras punch a little above their weight class; their screens fall a little short. They're decent enough, but this is a competitive space. With all the phones in this price range, one can tell that corners have been cut to keep the bill of materials low, so when you pick one of these phones, you're basically choosing the set of compromises you're happiest with. The Moto E, for example, is worse in some areas—a bit slower, a worse camera, less storage—but the extra RAM and slightly lower price may make it a... Full review

Engadget

An affordable phone you can live without

from Engadget

I can't help but feel that the Lumia 630 was thrown together to be a Windows Phone 8.1 demo device, and then someone decided it was suitable for a retail release. I couldn't disagree more. Forget that Microsoft still has come catching up to do before its mobile OS is considered on par with others; the hardware itself is lacking. The display is poor, and even the glass covering it is missing whatever coating most other handsets have to repel fingertip grime. There's no noticeable performance improvement over previous budget Lumia devices despite a newer, more capable chipset, and... Full review


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 14, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, India, Russia, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.51 W/kg
Body: 1.52 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1830 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 420 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 564 minutes
3G Surfing Time 528 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
984 minutes (2G)
786 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Bright Green, Bright Orange, Bright Yellow, 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
(4.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel Density 221 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Nokia Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, White balance, Exposure
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (WhatsApp, Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Hangouts, MySpace, Twitter, Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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