Part 2: A day with the Nokia Lumia 630… The good and the bad

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After a five day gap between the parts, I am happy to return and wrap up our comprehensive review of the Nokia Lumia 630. On October 31st, I talked mainly about the specifications of the device and is it a good option to choose between an Android phone of the class or no…

Just a heads up, this article contains various non-scientific tests, gaming tests, benchmarks and a brief account of a day with the Nokia Lumia 630.

Not so Scientific Tests…

BENCHMARKS

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We conducted a Benchmark test with the Nokia Lumia 630 using an accurate benchmarks app called Basemark OS II. So thanks to Rightware!

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The camera test was conducted and the phone got a massive 362 score under low light conditions while my Lumia 830 got a 316 score which is an amazing victory for a phone just above a $100 range. But real life tests proved it wrong under low light conditions.

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OVERALL SCORE

The phone gets an overall score of 441 from the tests which is pretty decent for a phone of this range. In brief, System got 563 points, Memory received a huge 743 points, Graphics 217 and finally Web tests showed a score of 415.

GAMING TESTS

We played around with a few games with this phone namely Asphalt 8 (click here to download) and Spiderman Unlimited (click here to download) which range from graphics intensive to not so graphics intensive games.

We noticed lag issues and heating up of the handset while playing Asphalt 8 considering that it is only having 512MB of RAM. Spiderman Unlimited was not much of an issue and the game went through smoothly with a bit of warming which is okay for a smartphone.

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BATTERY TEST

Using the standard WMPowerUser Battery Life test, which includes refreshing the WMPowerUser website home page every 30 seconds for the next 30 minutes while playing music at 15/30 Volume level and at 100% Brightness.

The device scored a decent score of 4h 10m.

OUTDOOR TEST

We took the phone out for a spin for an entire day on a 3G network and the phone went pretty decently for the day but the battery capacity of 1830mAh made us charge the phone 2 times in the day (luckily I was carrying a charger with me)

Call quality was decent and performance was nice for a low budget device.

The Good…

Being a low-end and a cheap device, the phone has a strong build quality and no design flaws were found. The back cover slips off easily unlike some Android devices seen on this range (there may always be exceptions)

Battery life was okay considering we had to charge it twice to get through the day.

The Bad…

Being a Low-End, Low Budget and a 512MB device, some issues were noticed and dealt with. We tried to put the phone up to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 but it failed and we had to use the Nokia Recovery Tool to get it fixed.

While removing the back PolyCarbonate Cover, we noticed that my fingernails chips off the plastic on the corners which is not always nice.

But, we have to cut some slack for this phone because this phone is only priced around $118 (or €94)

Final Verdict!

Wrapping up this review, the phone is a great device for new comers to the Windows Phone ecosystem. You can purchase this device from Ebay or Amazon listings.

Read my full indepth Review of the device by clicking here.
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