Nokia Lumia 630

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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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.

The "1-Minute" Review

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”


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
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...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
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....

- Lucas, WMPoweruser
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
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...

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus


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Common Questions


Nokia released the Lumia 630 on May 14, 2014.


The Lumia 630 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Nokia Lumia 630 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


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
4.5"

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

Processor
1.2 GHz

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 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 984 minutes, 564 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 630 Specs

Overview
Release date May 14, 2014
Regions available USA, UK, India
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 Type 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)
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 (Celluar) Up to: 528 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 984 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
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
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Nokia Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail
Messaging 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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot 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
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-NB, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA Pro, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
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
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
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 -
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Additional comments

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

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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....

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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 screen is welcome, but while it adds to certain experiences, its spotlight on the low-dpi screen is a real problem – especially if you compare it to Android rivals of the same price.

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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...

More

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’re looking for an affordable Windows Phone 8.1 handset, there currently is no better choice that the Lumia 630 Dual SIM now available on the market. 

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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 one...More

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.

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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...

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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 need a phone that can do everything pretty well and keeps things simple, then the Lumia 630 will be a great choice!

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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 th...More

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Elsewhe...More

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.

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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...

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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 things that starts to work against Nokia: with plenty of legacy devices, you could pick up a stronger Lumia device on contract that offers a better hardware experience without breaking the bank. That said, you can get the Nokia Lumia 630 from as little as £10 a month.

With Motorola dominating this market the Nokia Lumia 630 doesn't feel quite like the budget shining star it's designed to be. 

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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 better fit for your needs...

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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 better fit for your needs.

Ultimately, I'm left wondering if Nokia couldn't have apportioned its budget slightly differently. A dual-core processor would have probably done the job and could have freed up enough money to include 1GB RAM and that darned ambient light sensor. Had the company gone that route, I can't help but feel that the result would have felt like less of a compromise. As it is, I went through stretches where I never noticed the 630's limitations... and then stretches where the lack of memory was immediately apparent. It hurts. 

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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 battery life is nothing short of atrocious. It's even missing basics like a front-facing camera or HSPA+ 3G radio...

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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 battery life is nothing short of atrocious. It's even missing basics like a front-facing camera or HSPA+ 3G radio.

To its credit, the 5-megapixel camera is better than you might suspect, and it has the Lumia line's signature fun, colorful stylings. If the handset cost less, I'd probably feel differently about its shortcomings, but the truth is there are better and comparable phones available for less. I have no choice but to issue a stern warning to avoid it, as there are several attractive and more affordable alternatives. 

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