At £89.95 the Nokia Lumia 630 is the brand’s cheapest smartphone to date. The device is a lot lighter than the other Lumia’s and the plastic encasing gives it a much more hand friendly feel. The case is available in a range of colours including bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, white and black. This is the first model to launch with Windows 8.1 which is touted as the most personal smartphone operating system ever. It contains a quad-core Snapdragon processor to deliver a lightning fast experience with Word Flow, Internet Explorer and social apps like WhatsApp, WeChat and Instagram. I was curious to try out the OS and I can vouch that it has a lot of great features.
For a start the internet connection is much more sophisticated. It no longer drops off or bounces to the BT wifi one which is annoying and you can also decide how long to disable the wifi for. You get all your updates in one hub. For those of you who are similar to Samsung phones or tablets you will be aware that you get all your emails, instant messages and Social Media alerts at the top of your screen so all you have to do is swipe from the top to see them. Well Nokia have adopted this nifty little trick.
There are a few downsides to the Lumia 630; the major one being the lack of 4G. This is a huge pain because once you go 4G you cannot go back and the lack of speed in using your apps and emails is frankly jarring. The lower end Lumia’s are a pain when it comes to taking out the battery or SIM card. You have to physically press the back of the phone pull the front of the phone up in order to open it up. I was petrified that I would snap the thing, surely Nokia can come up with a much easier way of doing this?
If you are looking for a good entry phone for a teenager then this is it but if you are planning to upgrade from the Lumia 925 then you will be disappointed as there is not much progression. To be honest I don’t think the new perks of the new OS make up for the lack of 4G.
The Lumia 630 is available from Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2, Tesco and Amazon from £89.95. For more information please go to the Nokia website.