In this constantly changing time, the Nokia we knew since we owned those 1100s has changed to a completely new brand standard. Now an official subsidiary of the Microsoft’s Devices Group, Nokia recently launched the dual-SIM version of the Nokia Lumia 630. The Lumia 630 was the first phone from the brand after one of the biggest deals of this time closed. This dual-SIM version has been long awaited and it now comes as the first device to operate the Windows Phone 8.1 update. New software and new hardware both make the Nokia Lumia 630 dual-SIM a worthy competitor in its segment.
The Nokia Lumia 630 is not an exception when it comes to styling and body of this phone. While all the phones on the Lumia series seem to vary in design, they stick to the same theme of colorful shells casing a black front and buttons all on a side. The curves and the shapes, however, vary. This variation, in the case of 630, comes with its blocky and flat bar like structure. The façade features a Nokia logo and nothing else. Volume rocker and the power button find their way to the right edge of the phone but the camera shortcut key is eliminated. The left edge is blank as usual.
This Lumia comes with the good old Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 mainframe, which is basically integrated Adreno 305 Graphics to a 1.2 GHz quad-core system. There is a SensorCore, as the brand calls it, linked to the Bing Health and Fitness App which is a potent activity tracker and pedometer. Lumia 630 being on a lower end lacks advanced sensors and hence cannot use the tracker as much any higher end phone like the 930 would do.
The Nokia Lumia 630 can support up to 128 GB microSD cards, which is a bit weird since the phone itself sports an internal memory of just 8 GB. The 4.5 inch diagonal display disappoints with a poor resolution of 480x854 pixels. Since Nokia is name knows for its best among all display, colors and imaging quality, the lowly viewing angles and average color accuracy come as a huge disappointment.
While the phone features a GPS, it doesn’t even have a light sensor to adjust to ambient lighting. WiFi and Bluetooth support is the latest.
The new Windows Phone 8.1 update brings a lot of significant additions to the OS. One of the major add-ons is the Action Centre, as it is called. The feature lets you swipe from the very top of the screen to unveil an overlay that helps you attend all the notifications at once. Handy shortcuts like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Camera and Brightness can also be accessed through the Action Centre. A feature much missed in the previous OS.
While some of the features in the Nokia Lumia 630 might be overwhelming, some of them truly dissatisfy. In a nutshell, the new Nokia Lumia 630 Dual-SIM is a scattered and unstable list of functions and features. If some of them work for you, you might want to try it!