- Adam Z. Lein , Pocketnow
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.
- Joe Svetlik , uSwitch
The Lumia 630 is fine for everyday tasks like web browsing, but it does occasionally struggle with games and HD video.
- 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”
Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)
Cheery, low cost phone with a better camera than some bargain basement Androids
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
Affordability at Its Best
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
By far the best phone you can get for this price
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
The low-end phone that performs as if it was high-end
Decent design and build quality with decent performance
OS and build-quality is top-notch
A solid all-round entry-level handset to boot
Affordable, nicely designed and feels good quality
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
A Windows Phone on Android hardware
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
An affordable phone you can live without
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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