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Photos cannot really do justice to quite how bright it is. As it is set to sell for around 100, you could call it Nokias Windows Phone 8. But now that Windows Phones use everything from 480 x 800 pixels right up to 1080p, we can only assume its a pure cost issue.1 alternative to the Motorola Moto G, currently one of the most popular lower-cost phones. This resolution also marks a step down in sharpness from last years budget Nokia Lumias, the excellent Lumia 620 and Lumia 520.
The Lumia 630 display is 854 x 480 pixels in resolution, which is well below the 2014 standard for budget Android phones. Nokia has also applied a tapering effect to the phones lines, providing an added sense of deliberation. One of the star features of the Nokia Lumia 630s design is that everything is designed to be within easy reach. Here, you manually pick between low, medium and high backlight settings.
The colour continues onto the phones buttons too, giving it an assured look that is often missing from cheaper phones. Its immediately obvious, and one of the most off-putting aspects of the Lumia 630. We got hold of the orange Lumia 630, and its a real screaming highlighter-style shade.Nokia has got a few elements of the Lumia 630 display right, but others are way off.
5-inch screen. Display quality is more of a mixed bag. You can get a black Lumia 630 if youre after a subdued look, but we imagine many buyers will be attracted to the phone because of the bright green and orange shades its available in.
Colour is OK for a phone of this price. That said, the 4G edition of this phone, the Lumia 635, does have a glossy, shiny finish. The screen disappoints next to the best Android phones at the price, but otherwise this is a likeable phone for those on a budget. So whats bad Resolution.
It lets you fit more, smaller Live Tile shortcuts onto your phones home screen, showing off quite how blocky the screen appears next to more expensive phones. Angled viewing diminishes the brightness a bit, but as with most IPS LCDs, viewing angles are generally very good theres no dramatic contrast shift. It’s a sign this isn’t a top-quality screen.1s keyboard.
This is a mid-size phone, but Nokia still places the power button on the side rather than the top, meaning it sits right by where your thumb naturally rests for right-handers at least. This is becoming a norm for budget phones, and while peoples impression of what constitutes a large or small phone is changing constantly, it offers a pretty great compromise between display size and accessibility.SEE ALSO: Best Cheap Mobile Phones 2014Nokia Lumia 630 DesignLike almost all Nokia Lumia phones, the Lumia 630 has a plastic shell.Windows Phone 8.
What were most pleased to see is no sense of the display being recessed far beyond the top layer. Theres no particular display tech involved there are both IPS and OLED ClearBlack screens, but it is a generally reliable seal of quality. Once we could blame the software, as previous version of Windows Phone limited the resolutions available to phone manufacturers. Most phones have an ambient light sensor in their screen surround, letting a mobile tell how bright the screen needs to be for any occasion.
Even at top brightness the phone struggles with a bright, sunny day. Those phones use 800 x 480 resolution screens, but as they are so much smaller they both appear sharper than the Lumia 630. Texturing has been used in the plastic of the removable back to give it a bit of grip, and avoid the tacky feel of some phone plastics. If you’re picky about screen quality, you probably won’t be 100 per cent happy with this phone.
Having to flick between these as you move between outdoors and indoors is annoying, and technophobes who dont realise they can do this may just end up thinking their Lumia 630 is merely indecipherable when used outside. First, well cover the good bits. There is a slight blue-ish-ness to the blacks that makes us think Nokia labelling this a ClearBlack display is pushing it a bit, but for 100 it performs reasonably well.The backlight is also quite inconsistent.
What do we mean exactly You can still pull down the notifications menu while holding the Lumia 630 in one hand, but you have enough space to type away accurately using Windows Phone 8. For the uninitiated, ClearBlack is a stamp Nokia puts on the phones it thinks offer really good displays that provide a vibrant, punchy image. And its a shell that embraces colour. SEE ALSO: Best Android Phones 2014The Lumia 630 doesnt feel quite as strong or expensive as the higher-end Lumias, but the finish is good.
Less advanced IPS LCD screen types tend to look a little washed out, partly thanks to being made of a number of discrete layers between which are tiny air gaps. The lack of adaptive brightness is another screen complaint. There is a slightly dimmed area at the top that appears to be where the downward-firing backlight LEDs live. But the Lumia 630s screen is pretty immediate and vital-looking.
Nokia Lumia 630 ScreenThe Nokia Lumia 630 has a 4.1 reviewWith the screen off, the Lumia 630 has some of the design purity of the Moto G something generally missing from budget ZTE and Huawei rivals. Wed like to see devices of this size use at least 960 x 540 resolutions, if not 720p, as seen in the Moto G a phone of roughly the same price.SEE ALSO: Windows Phone 8.
There are no physical soft keys to label this phone has software soft keys, and as the memory card and microSIM slots sit under the battery cover, there are no on-body trays to deal with.The Nokia Lumia 630 is a low-end phone. Windows Phones have traditionally lagged behind the Android competition in terms of resolution.1 emphasises the resolution issue too.
The Lumia 630 is a successful design, only lacking the dense, flex-free feel of the pricier Lumias.