Review: Nokia Lumia 630/635 Part 1

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The Nokia Lumia 630/635, Microsoft’s “first of the new” device was announced back in June and has been selling it stores for a fairly cheap price compared to the newer editions like the 730/735 and the 830.

This phone is “first of the new” because it was the first ‘new’ device launching with Lumia Cyan or Windows Phone 8.1  alongside the Lumia 930 which in fact was previously a Verizon exclusive to the USA.

Let’s go over to the phone then!

DESIGN

The phone is designed similarly to the older 620 but more cubical in design. The front of the phone is Gorilla Glass 3 panel with a microphone infront and a speaker grill for calling purposes.

The back is made of PolyCarbonate material which is common for Microsoft Mobile and is removable. That means that you can swap it with a colour of your choice and also match your favorite Windows Phone Accent Color and also replace the battery.

As far as thickness goes, its 9.2mm thick or approximately 1cm thick. The buttons on the phone are all placed on the right-hand side which are the Volume Rocker Button and a Power/Sleep button.

On the top, there is nothing except the 3.5mm Headphone Audio Jack. On the bottom we only have a single MicroUSB connector.

For the dimensions part, the phone is 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm, 78.5 cm3 (5.10 x 2.63 x 0.36 in) and weighing at around 134gms (4.73 oz)

 WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Inside the box, we see the Phone (which is obvious) along with the Removable Battery which sits at 1830mAh. Other than these, you get pamphlets, a quick start guide and an AC Adapter which cannot be used for Syncing with your PCs or Laptops.

All the box contents
All the box contents

SPECIFICATIONS

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The phone has Entry-Level specifications. Let’s quickly brush over them and give you the right knowledge if you want to buy this phone.

PROCESSOR

The Nokia Lumia 630/635 is packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Cortex-A7 Processor with a Adreno 305 GPU.

RAM

The phone sports a mediocre 512MB RAM which can get you through all the tasks seamlessly.  You may have problems with 512MB devices as not all apps on the Windows Phone Store have support for it. But if you are in China, you can pick another variant called the Nokia Lumia 638 which features a 1GB of RAM.

DISPLAY

Talking of the display, it isn’t the greatest display for 2014 devices but is pretty decent. The display is a tad bigger than a WVGA (400×800) sitting at 400×854 with an approx 218ppi pixel density.

The screen has ClearBlack technology which means that it will produce excellent black colours.

It is also a IPS LCD Panel capable of producing 16 Million colours.

STORAGE

The 630 comes packed with 8GB of internal storage with 3.94 available on first start. The phone also supports expandable storage to up to 128GB via a MicroSD Card.

DATA

The 630 supports EDGE/2G/3G while the 635 supports EDGE/2G/3G/LTE and the 638 has LTE+ for China.

BATTERY

The Nokia Lumia 630/635’s battery sits at 1830mAh which is decent and while get you through the day. We will conduct some non-scientific tests and update you on that.

CAMERA

The camera is 5MP with AutoFocus, Geo-Tag and Panorama but is unfortunately lacking a LED Flash. It takes decent pictures too but it is “horrible” pictures in low-light.

Camera
Camera
Low-light
Low-light
In bright sunlight
In bright sunlight

OPERATING SYSTEM

The 630 comes pre-loaded with Lumia Cyan aka Windows Phone 8.1 and is upgradable to the latest Update 1 via Preview for Developers

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Part 2: A day with the Nokia Lumia 630… the good and the bad (Coming Soon…)

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