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Lumia 630 Review : “Value for Money” Dual SIM Windows Phone

Countries like India have huge demand for Dual SIM Phone, specially in the lower segment, and it only made sense for Nokia to come with a dual SIM Windows Phone to boost the sales further. I know people who always craved for dual SIM once they used the Lumia 520.

In this post we take on the Lumia 630 to find out if its offering something more to both Windows Phone users and new comers, specially from Dual SIM perspective. I love to call it, the Lumia 520 of the Dual SIM series.

Video Review:

Design and Build:

I never had a doubt about it with Nokia Phones. The build quality is more than value for money at this price. Let me break it up for you:

Style: Lumia 630 reminds of Nokia X and XL when it comes to form factor. It ‘s sleek, fits every hand perfectly and light weight. If you are a design lover, you should not fail to notice that the front is broader than the rear, thanks to the slant tapering. This really adds to the style because when you look at it from sideways, it looks beautiful compared to other Lumia phones.

Lumia 630 Side View

Buttons : There are two buttons. The volume knocker and the power/lock. They are thin, so it mixes will with the looks. When it comes to operating the buttons, you will have to get used to it. The primary reason is the design as its tapered.

I compared it with my 1020 where pressing a button is easier than with the 630. One solid advantage you get of this is that accidental unlocks or volume operations, while in your pocket, wont happen.

Lumia 630 Buttons

Grip: The tapering sides of the phone gives you the right grip. The rear side is dominated by the matt finished removable cover which adds on to this. The case not that strong when taken off the phone, but once its on, it fits so well that you wont feel it as a separate part. The case is matt finished and it attracts mark and dirt. I have a white unit and its even more visible.

The Smart Dual SIM Dialer:

The dual SIM version of 630 includes a smart dialer which makes it easy for anybody to use two numbers in the phone. The benefit lies in the UX making it easy to switch numbers. Here is the feature list:

Phone App: You can merge or link both the phone tiles to make it a single app. When you do that, you get a smart switcher which allows you to switch SIM. The switcher also remembers which number you use often to call a particular contact.

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Message App: The same goes for the messaging app. the benefit you get when the SIM’s are linked is ability to switch SIM and still continue to use the same message thread.

Check out More details on Dual SIM Feature

Display

When I first saw 630 at the Nokia even from far and with white background, the rich and sharp display reminded me of 1520 for some reason. 630 is not even HD but it looks pretty stunning. There are two core reasons for this. One that the pixel density is 221 PPI and second it comes with Clear Black Display tech. The later makes bright light reading possible.

When I played Asphalt 8 Airborne, I could see how beautiful the colors were reproduced on the screen.

Lumia 630 Display

Screen Quality:

The screen is built of IPS LCD (854 x 480) and protected by Gorilla Glass 3 which is damage-resistance from keys and other sharp object. Now this doesn’t make it full proof but overall it will be much less. So you can stay away from using a screen guard if you wish. I have used this since 5 days with keys in the pocket and I don’t see any visible marks.

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The phone attracts a lot of fingerprints and sweat which is annoying and it’s not the only Lumia phone to have this. However they don’t come in your way of reading anything on the phone but looks real bad when the phone display is off.

Performance:

The overall performance is great and it exceeds my expectations. It’s in fact better than what I have experienced on the Lumia 520 and bit more than the 525 as well. Thanks to the Snapdragon 400 Quad core processor and optimized Windows Phone 8.1.

I use loads of apps. Right from heavy games like the Asphalt 8 to twitter clients like Mehodh, to fitness and weather apps. Still after 5 days of experience, the device doesn’t lag anywhere. And I can bet on my past experiences with Lumias the device will not disappoint you anywhere.

The popular apps like WhatsApp, Line, Facebook, Twitter work just great. If you have any app you want me to check out, ping me up.

Those who know a bit how apps are developed. In Windows Phone 8.1, the apps are not 30% faster than earlier version so the experience will be even better.

Gaming:

630 just zips off anybody wining for its 512 MB RAM with its gaming performance. I played Asphalt 8 : Airborne and Temple Run 2 and both performed brilliantly. Though the stats of Asphalt 8 is what you should be considering.

  • No Frame drops.
  • No Lag.
  • Fast Loading time.
  • Recovery from Wreck is quick and without any drops.
  • No Heating issue even after an hour of gaming.

Below is the video which speaks for itself.

The games are optimized for 512 MB RAM and thanks to graphics processor of Snapdragon 400, which delivers.

Camera:

Lumia 630 comes with a 5 MP camera which takes pretty pictures in day time. So if your camera usage doesn’t involve much of low light usage or you aren’t keen, this will work out for you. Take a look at the pictures below as I elaborate more.

The low light or dim light pictures are artificially sampled to look brighter and the colors look artificial as well. However the lack of flash makes it a need to make your pictures look little better.  I would highly recommend you to use the Nokia Camera when taking pictures. The algorithm and tech will get you better result than the default camera.

Battery Life

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Day 1 : On 3G and WFI

The phone survived for 20 hours before hitting the low battery mark. Then it lasted for all night until shutdown in the morning.with over. This proves that battery drain overnight is pretty low.

  • I played music for 30 minutes over speakers and an hour over earphones.
  • Moderate calls, around 30 minutes
  • 1 hour of Gaming with Asphalt 8 heat, Airborne
  • Twitter all day long.

Day 2: On 3G : This lasted for 12 to 14 hours with usage like music, gaming, Mehdoh and so on. The overnight drain was bit high compared to when it was over 3G and WIFI.

Day 3: On Wi-Fi : It lasted for 24 hours straight.

Taking all these into consideration, expect around 14 hrs of battery life on Lumia 630. I am guessing this will improve over time/.

Motion Sensor

630 has inbuilt motion sensor which can track your daily steps, calories burnt and act as true pedometer without getting heavy on the battery and work in the background.

It uses the Nokia’s Sensor SDK and any app or service like Fitbit, Endomondo  who wants to get the data can use the API and collect the data anytime they want.

Speakers :

Lumia 630 Speakers

The audio is pretty amazing when you use your headphones with 630. The audio is clear, sharp and loud. Those who are keen on equalizer, its missing on the Lumia 630. The music audio over headphones can also be controlled separately.

When it comes to listening music over external speakers, I was little disappointed for two reasons. One the speakers bass is really bad as the audio at high volume just creaks out and second when kept down with face up, the audio get cut off.

The OS : Windows Phone 8.1

Lumia 630 is the first phone that has hit the market with Windows Phone 8.1. and Nokia’s CYAN update. There are many new features and improvements. You can read more about the update on our Windows Phone 8.1 coverage. I am listing some which you would quickly want to know:

  • It supports Bluetooth 4.0 which will let you connect to many devices which need low energy profile. Expect more fitness device to connect. As an example my Fitbit connects but doesn’t know what to do.
  • Moving Apps to SD Card
  • Supports Internet Sharing.
  • You can change Start Screen Background
  • You can set ringtones for emails, sms and contacts.
  • Notification Center is available.
  • Supports VPN and Workplace to connect with your company apps.
  • Sync Settings across devices.

Missing Sensors:

One of the biggest drawbacks for the Lumia 630 are the missing proximity and ambient sensors.

Proximity sensor comes in handy to turn off any touch reaction to the screen when you are in a call holding it close to your years.So with that missing, every time you make a call make sure to lock your phone else you will either be ending up the call or hit a button. Ambient Sensor helps you save battery by controlling the brightness of the phone according to the ambience light.

However, it also lets you control the level of brightness using the display settings. So if you feel the levels are just not enough, go ahead and change it as per your need.

Value for Money:

To my experience, the phone is perfect if Windows Phone and DUAL SIM is your choice. While Windows Phone 8.1 has bridged the gap by rolling out all the missing features, the Smart Dual SIM feature makes sure you can use both the numbers without any confusion. Not to forget, the smart call forwarding doesn’t let you miss any call and further lets you personalize who can pass through and who gets a busy tone.

Priced at Rs 11,500 for Dual SIM and 10,500 Single SIM, it’s totally worth your money.  However, I would still put up few things which are missing before you give it a final go. The phone does not have Flash but day light photos are great. It misses the Ambient sensor but then the OS allows you to change the brightness levels to your choice.

If you are planning to buy it online, check out the listing on Flipkart where you may find additional discounts. If you are looking for offline deal, check out the stores around you.

WPXBOX's Verdict
  • Design and Build - 9/10
    9/10
  • Display - 9/10
    9/10
  • Camera - 7/10
    7/10
  • Performance - 9/10
    9/10
  • Battery - 8/10
    8/10
  • Music and Speakers - 6/10
    6/10
  • Gaming - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value for Money - 8/10
    8/10

Summary

If you are looking for a budget, dual SIM phone, Lumia 630 is a perfect choice. Its smooth, has a brilliant for factor, comes with smart dual SIM feature.

8.1/10

About Ashish

A die hard fan of Windows, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone and Xbox, Loves to Do Video reviews on Windows Phone Apps, Games, Xbox Games, Xbox Tutorials. He Owns a Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 550, Lumia 1020 & BLU WIN HD LTE and have used all the Lumia Phones and Non Lumia Phones as well.
  • Prakash

    Hi Ashish,

    Thanks for this awesome review. I did some google search and got info that Lumia 630 does have Proximity and ambient sensor but the answers are confusing.

    http://www.wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-630-isnt-missing-proximity-sensor (This link says it has it)

    http://telecomtalk.info/nokia-lumia-630-gets-sensorcore-instead-of-ambient-and-proximity-sensors/117562/ (This link says it does not)

    http://www.wpcentral.com/lumia-630-introduces-sensorcore-excludes-ambient-and-proximity-sensors (This says proximity sensor is not there but Sensor Core does the job and ambient sensor is missing)

    Can please let us know about SensorCore…feature…? is it way ahead of proximity sensor..?

    So is it that 8.1 version of phones will come with SensorCore and no proximity and ambient sensors..?

    Thanks,

    Prakash

    • Ashish

      Hey Prakash, Its not there. I am pretty sure because my screen doesnt turn off when I am on call. I always have to lock my phone while on call.

      • sfl

        My Lumia 630 Screen turn off automatically when I put it near my Ear..

      • Dear @Ashish , SensorCore does the job of Proximity Sensor in Lumia 630 (Let your ear touch the glass of the phone above while receiving or calling phones )

        100 % working and I have tested in Lumi 630 ( Dual Sim)

    • Ashish

      Also Sensor core is for tracking movements and has nothing to do with proximity and Ambient sensors.

      • Prakash

        Yes Ashish,

        The proximity sensor is not there but the function does exist as per this link: http://tripplegate.blogspot.in/2014/04/no-proximity-sensor-for-nokia-lumia-630.html

      • yes you are absolutely right about sensor core but although the lumia 630 lacks an actual proximity sensor but it does its job even better than the proximity sensor. I dont know how. When you are on a call… in the call screen.. just touch anywhere on in screen and the screen turns off by itself but nokia is clever here.. the fucntion wont work when you touch the on screens buttons or the other button on the call screen … in case you wanna do something else while on the call. I have been using the phone (lumia 630 dual) for a month now. So i cant be mistaken or fooled during every call i recieved or made during the last one month.

  • Hari

    I believe it will be good, if your video review covers hands-on experience of opening apps, browser speed etc.. (just like how game review done) … Impressed by this 630…looks good

  • Lawrence

    i found a huge sar rating for this phone 1.51 w/kg, will this affect my health in any way????

    • Even the Moto E has a huge SAR value: At the Head – 1.50 W/Kg, At the Body – 1.36 W/Kg. But still people are going for it. I feel that people should go for the phones whose SAR values are below 1.

  • vinesh

    i am facing overheating issue. i have given it to nokia care centre. They said they have replaced mother borad or some other component. i am still facing over heating issue. kindly confirm is it this problem only with my device

    • sanjiv

      I am also facing heating issue during conversations.

  • Sagar

    I know that this place is for discussion about lumia, but as no more comments can be posted on your article on asha 502, I had no other option but to post it here.

    Please inform Nokia to build some good apps (some of which must work offline), so that the phone can be used like a “smartphone !”. The Pdf reader, My pocket office are horrible apps. The reviews are also suggesting the same. Moreover, WPA2 enterprise connection is not available. It feels really bad when someone with a Samsung phone, which costs around Rs. 3500 connects to WPA2 enterprise network, while Asha 502 can’t….There is not even an offline torch app….so if its dark, first you have to connect your phone to wifi and then only you can turn on torch….isn’t it a joke in the name of an app….

  • The reviews was amazing and thanks for it :)
    I am tired of using the slow and laggy Android so I am going to switch to Windows and as 630 comes with the latest Windows 8.1 out of the box and is dual sim, I am gonna go for it. I just have one query… 512 mb RAM is fine for me as I simply dont play games.. I just want a simple hassle free phone for calling and texting [whastapp and similar stuff] and browsing ,which should at least last for four years. Now some people are warning me about the low RAM and saying “Beware,the phone may not be able to support future apps” . So kindly please clear this doubt for me. Is the sentence in the quotes REALLY true??

  • everything is good in lumia 630 dual but i facing over heat problem with this mobile. how can i rectify the overheating of this phone

  • Naveen

    i am also facing heating problem while talking. is there any solution to rectify it. please help me.

  • Indian

    some ppl said upgrading sw to latest solves heating issue..not sure though, chck with nokia support .Anyways i think nothing wrong with moving to latest sw, unless you are looking for a replacement

    • yep there’s an update out for lumia 630.. and it has helped solve a lot of problems in my case..

      • shailesh

        ronishji, mene kal hi lumia 630 dual sim liya. conversation me bahot garam ho ja raha hai…any solution. please bataye …

        • update maar lo.. theek ho jayega.. mera toh theek ho gaya.. kuch puchna ho toh mail kar dena..

  • Prakash

    @ Ronish: What problems were solved after this issue..?

  • Prakash

    @ Ronish: I meant what problems you were facing and what all have been fixed after this firm ware update…01061.00066.14235.36002..? Correct me if this is not the update you are talking about. Because I got this update.

    • @Prakash : at first there were some bugs like the phone used to restart on its own if it was left ideal for some hours (happened with me for almost every other night) . Camera auto focus was not continuous (you had to tap the screen to focus). There was a problem with the earpiece which I faced only once and the service centre people fixed it taking out the sim card and putting it back again. (they said that my docomo sim wasnt of a good quality hence the problem). I found that many forums were filled all of the above bugs. And finally the heating problem which many users have reported. After the update the restarting problem was fixed (till date didnt face that issue) and the camera now focuses continuously and till date I havent come across the earpiece problem too and the heating is gone now except for when you play games (mid or heavy resource ones). I guess heating during playing games is common in every device…some face it more while some less.

  • Tanishq

    Hey Ashish can you please check If The Sims 3 works on Lumia 630 or not.By the way awesome review.

  • @Prakash : at first there were some bugs like the phone used to restart on its own if it was left ideal for some hours (happened with me for almost every other night) . Camera auto focus was not continuous (you had to tap the screen to focus). There was a problem with the earpiece which I faced only once and the service centre people fixed it taking out the sim card and putting it back again. (they said that my docomo sim wasnt of a good quality hence the problem). I found that many forums were filled all of the above bugs. And finally the heating problem which many users have reported. After the update the restarting problem was fixed (till date didnt face that issue) and the camera now focuses continuously and till date I havent come across the earpiece problem too and the heating is gone now except for when you play games (mid or heavy resource ones). I guess heating during playing games is common in every device…some face it more while some less.

  • Vishwas

    can this device be used for gaming ,eventhough it has 512 mb ram i am very confused between canvas a1 and lumia 630 my only worry is may be after 1-2 years the minimum requirements for games would be 1gb and this phone may turn out to be worthless !!!

    • Ashish

      Vishwas, Thats a good point. While it doesnt have any problem, but if you want a Windows Phone at this price segment, and with 1 GB RAM..pickup a Canvas WIN W121 from Micromax or Xolo WIN Q900s.