Nokia is not the Nokia most of us grew up with. When we all had stepped into the world of mobile communications, it was Nokia all the way in India. The brand was near-synonymous with mobile phone then. A lot changed when iPhone and Android phones arrived in the market and gave a tough fight to Nokia's domination of the Indian market. The new phones were touch based and their operating softwares brought internet to the forefront of mobile devices. People started writing off Nokia. But that wasn't to be. Nokia went with Microsoft's Windows mobile platform. Microsoft made the world's most popular software and Nokia made the phones. The marriage had to click. Now Microsoft owns Nokia and together they have reoccupied the market.
The latest Nokia phone, the Nokia Lumia 630, is the first phone that was released after Microsoft takeover of the Finnish firm that was once the world's largest phone maker.
Lumia 630 dual-SIM is the first Nokia device that runs on Windows Phone 8.1. The dual-SIM Lumia 530 device has been priced at Rs.11,500, while its single SIM version is available for Rs.10,500.
The Lumia 630 is a successor to the the Lumia 620 so it replicates the usual Lumia design feautres with some difference. One of the most obvious difference is that the capacitive buttons on the front have now eloped and now part of the software interface.
The Windows Phone 8.1 offers several new features than the older version that makes the Windows Phone devices interesting and almost at par with other Android devices. For Nokia Lumia series devices, the Windows Phone 8.1 "Blue" is packaged with other improvements to be labelled as Lumia Cyan update.
Out of many features tagging along Windows Phone 8.1, the one that matter for the Lumia 630 are - Notifications and Action Center, Smart Dual SIM, SensorCore and Swipe Gesture for Keyboard.
While the native Windows Phone interface remains the same, there are several system wide improvements. Now users can engage in to screen and tiles customisations. Even the lockscreen can be customised.
Microsoft has included the Action Center that provides single swipe access to the key features. These features are the Quick Settings like options than can be switched on/off and view the array of notifications for your emails, SMS, alarms, social network updates and more. Swipe down gesture reveals the Action Center with the notifications at the bottom and four buttons for Quick Settings. Under the right most button is the All Settings option to basically choose which four buttons will be displayed. One can easily play around to choose four most frequently used settings. The Notifications API have been made available to the developers and thus in near future we can expect all the social networks, and other apps to show in the essential notifications. Action Center reduces the number of steps and scrolling required just to switch on or off a peculiarly frequent feature.
Lumia 630 makes a debut with a new Smart Dual SIM feature. Forward your calls between two SIM cards just so that you do not miss out on any important calls.
The Home Screen shows two separate coloured ties for each SIM - Dialer and SMS. Users can always merge the Phone and Messages tiles to see notifications on a single tile with numerical representation. Interesting bit is that from the Mobile+SIM settings in the Settings app, the user can always define the SIM card to be used for data connection. Not only that, User can also assign name to each SIM card instead of viewing the Operator names on it.
The interface does offer Smart Dual SIM option to let you choose call forwarding between the SIM modules. This feature ensures seamless forwarding of call between SIM cards incase one of them is out of coverage area or not reachable. Smart Dual SIM feature is a very crucial and beneficial feature for the Dual SIM configuration using Indian consumers to keep a check on their spendings on each SIM and also stay connected.
Microsoft and Nokia added an experimental like feature dubbed SensorCore which basically consists of a software layer that collects data from the sensors on the device. The data is basically collected to aid the new Health and Fitness oriented breed of applications set in store to arrive in Windows Phone store.
Only thing missing in the Lumia Cyan is the Cortana, Microsoft's own personal digital assistant. As of now, Microsoft has no plans of making it available for the Indian consumers. Several other improvements like battery Saver mode are worthy and much deserving for those who have been bearing Windows Phone platform since the Windows 7.5 update.
The Lumia 630 comes with a 4.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display with 480x854 pixel resolution with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and ClearBlack technology that makes it less reflective.
The display of Lumia 630 offers 218 pixels per inch compared to the 246 pixels per inch of Lumia 620.
The device is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 mobile chipset with Adreno 305 GPU for graphics. The quad-core CPU is always a welcome while the native GPU graphics support remains the same as the Lumia 620 - Adreno 305. Hence, do not expect a vast difference in the gaming performance. It packs a 8-GB on-board storage out of which only about 5-GB is actually available for the users while rest is reserved for the mobile operating system and the updates.
At the rear, it has a 5-megapixel camera but it has neither an LED flash nor a front camera. The phone does not have a dedicated camera key to capture images. Lumia 630 offers FM Radio,Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and there are no other fancy sensors other than the accelerometer. The lack of proximity sensor, compass and even ambient light sensor surprised us. Only the makers can justify the call to remove them from the package.
Location based services are powered by the GPS chip with the aid from Assisted-GPS and GLONASS support. There is no NFC or Infrared port and the phone offers microUSB 2.0 support. In the most competitive budget segment, Lumia 630 does not offer any hardware that is out of the ordinary and can make it stand out. Nevertheless, the hardware packed is just enough to get the things done whenever you want it.
Microsoft offers the Xbox Music and Xbox Games app for the users to look for and get content from their favourite artists. Nokia has introduced the Nokia MixRadio that brings a totally new user interface for its previous Nokia Music App. Users can enjoy live streaming of free songs with limited skips.
Nokia has offered the dual-SIM configuration support in this device along with Dual-Standby function. The latter means that a user does not have to open the phone's back panel in order to switch between SIM modules. The SIM slots can hold in micro SIM modules. One of the SIM card slot supports HSPA+">HSPA+ network for faster mobile web experience. Other connectivity options include WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity and the new WiFi Sense feature that automatically connects with the WiFi networks to conserve mobile data. Also, one can easily share the WiFi credentials with other contacts on Facebook, Skype or Outlook.
One of the biggest concerns of the smartphone users is the battery life. For Lumia 630, Nokia has packaged 1830 mAh Lithium-Ion battery in a removable mode. That means, if you are a heavy user, you can buy an extra battery to keep your phone number active. The built-in 1830 mAh battery does provide a decent run time.
Overall, the Lumia 630 is essentially a Nokia phone that has some Microsoft imprints.