Nokia Lumia 630 Hands-on

Lumia 630

The Nokia Lumia 630 is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone in India running Windows Phone 8.1. It’s also their first phone with dual-SIM support. Yesterday, the company invited the media for the launch of the device, where we got to try the phone and get some hands-on time with it.

One of the good things about the phone is that it does not look like a budget smartphone. The general design is attractive and the build quality is good, too. I liked the shape as well, with a slight angle on the sides that makes holding the phone comfortable.

The 854×480 resolution LCD can’t match the 1280×720 display on the Moto G in terms of resolution but overall image quality was good for the price. The colors were good and it was plenty bright indoors although I couldn’t check how it performed under the sun.

The Lumia 630 has a 5 megapixel camera on the back. For the price, the quality of the images taken, even indoors, was very good. However, the lack of an LED flash is disappointing (I personally use it more as a flashlight than as a flash for the camera). The front facing camera was also conspicuous by its absence.

Windows Phone has come a long way from not being able to lock the display orientation or adjust the volume levels individually. You can now do both of those things, and several others in the latest update.

The latest 8.1 update brings the new Action Center, Microsoft’s name for the new notification center. It borrows some of the best ideas from the Android notification center, specifically the ability to have shortcuts for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, orientation lock, etc., at the top. The notifications appear below and you can clear them all at once and, interestingly, by a particular app. It is very well executed and by far the best feature on Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft has also handled the dual-SIM functionality well, with ability to have separate Live tiles associated with the two different SIMs and a simple switch in messaging app to switch between the cards on the go while sending messages, and the app will color coordinate the messages to each SIM. It’s another feature that’s well executed and one of the many new things to like about the new OS.

There will be more to say on the phone once I get to review it properly but for the price I do think it is very good overall. Motorola is undercutting Nokia heavily in the price department with the Moto E but if you are tired of Android and want to try something different then the Lumia 630 is a good option.