Introducing the Microsoft Lumia 630- Review and Features

Microsoft, after acquiring Nokia has launched its first smartphone, the dual SIM Lumia 630 powered by Windows OS. The phone was officially launched in India on 12th of May. One fact that must be noticed is that Microsoft has dropped the name "Nokia" from its handsets which show a steady fading away of the Nokia brand that was once synonymous with cell phones.

The Lumia 630 has been launched as a budget phone, unlike the Lumia 625 and 620 which were middle range smartphones. The Lumia 630 has a FWVGA 4.5 inch screen with resolution of 854X480p, including pixel density of 221 pixels per inch on the ClearBlack LCD screen. The phone also has 8GB inbuilt storage space, RAM of 512MB and 5 MP back camera and no front camera. The battery strength is 1850 mAh.

The noteworthy features of the phone are the Windows latest OS version 8.1, dual SIM card slots, dual core processor which clocks in 1.2GHz, changeable multi coloured rear cover with a polycarbonate body that stands the test of time. The Office applications that are included in the phone are Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, OneDrive storage (which is a cloud service) meant for notes and documents. Navigation applications like Drive, Here Maps and Transit have also been included.

The phone is slated to hit the market on 14th of May and is available in two price ranges, Rs 10,500 for the one SIM slot model and Rs 11,500 for the dual SIM slot models. The phone is supposed to compete with the Moto E, the latest Android phone from Motorola and Micromax Canvas Elanza 2.

The Lumia 630 has undergone a number of changes compared to its predecessor models. For example, it is the first smartphone to be using the Windows 8.1 and is the first phone to have on screen buttons on the Windows user interface. Moreover, this is the first Lumia device that can be availed in a dual SIM model. Keeping these factors in mind, the Lumia 630 has the potential to bring a change of fortune for Microsoft, despite being much similar to its predecessors.

During the early half of April, Nokia had showcased the phone to global buyers at Microsoft's Build Conference. At that time, the takeover of Nokia was not complete. The launch was conducted over three cities in India- Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. The phone is available in two variants- the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 630 Dual SIM.

Features and Design

The Dual SIM Lumia 630 looks more like an elongated iPhone 5C with a matte finished back cover, at the first glance. It weighs 134 g and has the dimensions 129.5X 9.2X66.7mm. It feels solid when held in a hand. The ClearBlack LCD display unit is made with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The screen is very clear and has exact colour reproduction and it is very difficult to find any faults with it.

However, the biggest let down of the phone might be the exclusion of a secondary camera, which comes as a surprise in the time of selfies and phones which have 5MP secondary cameras. Nevertheless, it is better to be free from a camera rather than have one which has very low resolution. The 5MP back camera has an autofocus feature but no flash which is yet another disappointment.

Another decision by Microsoft which is quite baffling is limiting the capacity of the RAM to only 512 MB. This means the phone will be incompatible with quite a few games. On the brighter side, there is a quad core Snapdragon 400 processor which clocks up to 1.2GHz. The phone has a superb external storage capacity at 128GB. Despite having 8GB of internal memory, users can access only 4GB of it.

The Dual Sim smart feature permits users to swap SIM cars for sending texts or for access to 3G whenever they please. The phone also supports 2 different icons for messaging or phone for the two SIM cards or they can be fused into one even.

During the Build Conference, Nokia announced the SensorCore which included a SDK for developers. The SensorCore may detect a user's steps through the phone, capture it and transmit the information to apps such as Bing Health and Fitness. This technology present is there in the Lumia 630. Microsoft has gone to claim that for using these apps, users do not require wearing gadgets whose focus is fitness.
Camera Performance and Windows 8.1

This is the first time users will get a taste of the Windows 8.1 on a smartphone, which will bring the brand up to its competitors. It was time for Microsoft for implementing a feature that has resemblance to the notification centre for Android on a Windows phone. The notification slider in this phone is called Action Center. Two stages of swipe are there in it, starting from the top. The first swipe shows a single row containing the toggle for quick settings and it has 4 quick access buttons for a default set of apps to begin. This row can be customized. The second swipe will open up notifications from numerous applications.

Microsoft promoted the Word Flow Keyboard that it has incorporated for easy typing at the press conference. It indeed improved typing speed instantly. Users of the phone can now customize the background behind tiles which gives a break from the monotony of regular colours.

The 5MP camera manages to focus instantly without much lag. The picture clicked looks good on screen although there is loss of some details in the edges. Once the phone is available in the market, a full blown analysis can be made on the quality of the camera, including the zoom and video recording features.

The Lumia 630 has the heavy responsibility on its shoulder of providing a sneak peek into what Windows Phone 8.1 can do. The other phones from Microsoft will be updated with Windows v8.1 on 24th June. The phone gets into direct competition with the stupendously successful Moto G.


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