Nokia has began a fight to reclaim it’s position in the Smartphone market with the launch of 3 dual-core devices powered by Windows Phone 8, namely the Lumia 520, 620 and 720. Targeting different segments of the market and attempting to break Samsung’s hold over the Indian Smartphone market. This is an ambitious juggernaut launched by the Finnish giant and seems to be already making a few ripples in this vast ocean of the ever growing Smartphone world.
Today, we will look at the mid-range Nokia Lumia 620 and do an in-depth review of the same.
Lets turn our attention to the Technical Specifications of the Lumia 620
- Dual-core 1 GHz Krait CPU mounted on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset
- Adreno 305 GPU
- 3.8″ display with 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi pixel density)
- Weight: 127 g
- 512 MB RAM and 8 GB Internal Storage with a microSD slot expandable up to 64 GB
- GSM/HSDPA Network connectivity, requiring a micro SIM
- 5 MP(2592×1936 pixels) camera with 720p HD recording at 30 fps and LED flash
- NFC chip, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
- Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery
Now let’s take a category wise in-depth look at this device..
Design and Styling
Just like it’s target market (the mid level section) the phone also has moderate looks. It lacks the sharp sleek looks that most phones aim for these days. The curved pebble styled corners are rather not appealing to the eye. In comparison to the 520 and 820 it can be said as the black sheep of the bunch. However, the phone does have a variety of colour options to choose from: Lime green, Orange, Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, White and Black. No other brand allows the customer such a large variety of options to choose from. The matt finish on the back panel may make it look average but gives it an ergonomic feature. The matt finish gives it better grip an comfortable to hold it in your hand. The 127 gm of its body mass doesn’t feel to be equally distributed over the device. It seems a bit heavier on the bottom than it’s top. But, that is not certainly due to the positioning of the battery.
On the Right hand side edge of the device are placed the volume rocker, the power button and the camera button. The camera button is a huge advantage as most smartphones today lack it. The speaker is positioned on the bottom left corner behind the screen. The micro USB port at the bottom edge of the device and the 3.5mm audio jack being on the top edge.
The build quality looks lives up to the reputation of Nokia. Though it doesn’t feel like the best build quality in the market. It has a problem with it’s back panel. You have to push on the camera to open the back panel. This seems to be a very weirdly designed method. This will create smudges on your camera and can lead to scratches to the camera too. You can also add NFC Charging capability by changing the back panel.
The display screen is an 3.8″ TFT capacitive touch screen with Nokia’s “clear black” technology for those deeper blacks. The viewing angles on this phone are great you can see the screen with not much deviation from the actual colours from pretty much every angle. The touchscreen however isn’t as responsive as expected, specially after getting used to the Lumia 820. Lumia 820 had set a pretty high standard for the touch screen and Lumia 620 seems to lack the spark when compared to it.
Featuring Windows Phone 8 OS on the software side, you can expect some Amazing UI functions. The trademark Metro start menu with live tiles of Windows can be seen on Lumia 620. The Live tiles function like a home screen widget, hence you never miss a single notification of your most-used Apps(unless you forget to configure them properly) The lock screen of the device can be configured to display information essential to you like Emails, SMS Messages, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Without any reservations, I can say that the Metro UI is simply great. The black backgrounds with the huge white texts, which are a standard to the windows phones, are really a treat for the eyes. The seamless integration of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter into the OS is really handy to use. You can post to Facebook as well as Twitter from a single Tile called as “Me”. This is the central hub of all your social media notifications. It features Xbox Live that allows you to maintain your avatars, achievements, etc across all devices and hence enhances your gaming experience. It has Nokia’s Here Maps and Nokia Drive which do a very good job with navigation!
Apps can be downloaded from the Windows Marketplace. However, Windows Marketplace isn’t as populated as Google Play store or Apple’s App store. This falls as a disadvantage of having a windows phone. All in all, the User Interface of the device is convenient, easy to use, beautiful and elegant!
The is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, which hosts a 1 GHz Dual core processor and Adreno 305 GPU chipset. The 512 MB of RAM though may seem less, performs very well in a multi tasking environment. But due to the lack of RAM, the already short catalogue of games available on Windows Phone 8 OS becomes even shorter. Many games like EA’s Mirror’s Edge or the popular Temple Run aren’t compatible with this device.
Asphalt 7 Heat and NFS was tested on this an it worked like a charm! The performance of other Apps is pretty blazing fast. Lag is a thing of the past!
The device has a small 1300 mAh battery to power the phone. One might expect very less battery life but behold. Here is something really special. With no SIM card inserted and moderate usage of 30 mins daily the phone lasted for 9 whole days in a single charge! The phone won’t simply consume any battery if you don’t use it much. With heavy usage of social networking, light gaming the phone still lasted for a respectable 36 hours. The device comes with a battery saving mode to extend battery when it falls below 20%. This mode disables all apps running in the background hence reducing battery drain.
The Device has a speaker set on the bottom side of the device. It is adequately Loud and has decent sound quality. The Device has Dolby enhancements in it’s music player which can be activated when you insert the headphones. The sound quality is decent for a mid range phone. To get the best sound output you can use your Dolby enabled headphones!
The device has a 5MP camera that does an average job. The pictures in sufficient light are good. But when the light is insufficient the picture quality drastically depreciates. The pictures turn out grainy even with a LED flash. There are phones in approximately same price range in the market that perform way better than Lumia 620. This is one field where Lumia performs below average. The video recording can be done in 720p quality. One great feature is the Physical Camera button that most Smartphones lack these days. The camera can be accessed from sleep be long pressing the camera button. The phone also features “Smart Shoot”, which is very helpful in clicking group pictures. It clicks a burst of pictures and allows you to choose the best face for each individual and also remove objects from pictures. The phone also features an amazing panorama app which can click panorama pictures with ease. See a few sample pics clicked using the camera of Lumia 620:
Picture taken via Lumia 620 with Flash
Picture taken via Lumia 620 without Flash
Take a look at the Photo Gallery of Nokia Lumia 620
Now, let’s Sum-up the review by weighting the good against the bad:
- Good Pricing
- Good Multitasking capability
- Battery life is simply amazing
- Range of Color Options
- Wide viewing angles
- Dedicated camera button
- Light weight
- Not everyone likes its looks
- No FM Radio
- Average Camera quality
- Usual WP8 drawbacks
This may not be the best that Nokia can deliver but surely is a good piece of hardware. If you want to buy a budget phone and are a Windows lover, this is the phone for you! The price is targeted at the sweet spot of Rs. 14,000 on online stores and you can land a better deal at your local store. This phone competes with other phones from Indian manufactures like Micromax Canvas HD in the same price range, but it will satisfy one with a taste for Windows Phone Metro UI. I will rate this phone a decent 3/5.