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Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM Review: Back to Basic

One of the first phones to launch with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box has finally arrived Malaysian market. And finally we got to review the new Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM, which is not only one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 handsets in the market but also the first Windows Phone device with dual-SIM capability. Meanwhile, this is also our first review on Windows Phone device, and here comes the full review.

Nokia Lumia 630 official photo

- Dimensions: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm
- Weight: 134 g
- Display: 4.5" FWVGA (480 x 854 pixels) IPS LCD with ClearBlack
- Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- RAM: 512 MB
- Memory: 8 GB, microSD card slot
- Camera: 5 MP Camera, 720p video recording
- Battery: 1,830 mAh
- OS: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan

Nokia Lumia 630 retail package

Just like the Nokia XL, the Lumia 630 comes with a brand new white retail package instead of the blue one from previous Nokia devices, probably is because it is now a part of Microsoft. The box contains the device, charger, battery and manual guide. Unfortunately, the device doesn't have a proper microUSB cable and AC adapter, which brought some inconvenient for transferring file.

The Lumia 630 has the same design language as its predecessor, Lumia 620. The battery cover covers all the sides of the phone, which causes many people thought that it is a phone casing.

Nokia Lumia 630 live photos

The device has an attracting look, its boxy design gives us a thought of Lego brick. What we actually like about the Lumia 630 is its built material, it's plastic material though. The plastic material doesn't get dirty easily plus it is not fingerprint magnet. The speaker is located at the back of the device but it is very small, which means you might accidentally cover it frequently.

Nokia Lumia 630 handling

The Lumia 630 is nice to hold though it's a little bit slippery. Although 9.2 mm thickness is not very thin, but we think that it is the perfect dimensions for the device.

The Nokia Lumia 630 has a 4.5" IPS LCD display with FWVGA (480 x 854) resolution and ClearBlack technology. The display is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is pretty resistance to scratch.

The Nokia Lumia 630 has a 4.5" display

The display is bright and vivid, though FWVGA resolution is not the sharpest in its class, but it doesn't affect our viewing experience. So far we have no complain on its viewing angle thanks to IPS LCD panel.

The Nokia Lumia 630 is powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 512 MB of RAM only. Surprisingly the device can handle high graphics games like Asphalt 8 well, though lagging is present. Multitasking may not be the best for it as it has only 512 MB RAM, but it would be okay if you're not a heavy multitask users.

The Lumia 630 is one of the first devices to launch with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. Just as usual, the new Windows Phone 8.1 comes with Lumia Cyan, which comes with some exclusive features that only available for Nokia Lumia devices.

The Nokia Lumia 630 is running on Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan

The new Windows Phone 8.1 comes with several improvements and changes, as well as new features.

Lockscreen | Homescreen | Apps drawer

The lockscreen hasn't change at all, but after unlocked the screen you will notice some changes on the homescreen. The new homescreen has finally brought the support for background image for some tiles, but not all. The apps drawer hasn't change since Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 8.1 customization

Just as usual you can change the lockscreen background, the theme and, with Windows 8.1 you can now choose background image on start screen and show more tiles.

Notification area

Another change on Windows Phone 8.1 is the notification area. Windows Phone 8.1 finally brings the support of notification area, which means you can now check your notification easily. You can also get to access those quick settings on top of it but you can only set four quick settings at once.


The main highlight of Windows Phone 8.1 is Cortana. Cortana is Microsoft version of Google Now, S Voice and Siri. It supports reminders including people-based ones - you can tell her to remind you of something next time you call some of your contacts. It also supports reminders by location (home, work, university, stores). So it can remind you to congratulate your colleague for their birthday before starting with the work-related questions.

Cortana can also remember places, important people to you (it can even suggest such people based on your activity), plus it can actively control your quiet hours mode. It can fully interact with your phone and carry out all kind or commands related to it - make a call, send a message, add appointments, take notes, set alarms, play specific music or playlists, navigate you to locations or simply search the web. It can also turn on/off settings or give you straightforward answers to simple questions (such as, who is the president of...). Plus she can even tell jokes and sing songs, even though we don't see her winning Grammy anytime soon.

The Lumia 630 comes with 5 MP auto-focus camera without LED flash and a dedicated camera key.

The camera interface and modes

The camera interface is very familiar - it offers white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed up to 1s and exposure settings. You can choose between 5 MP 4:3 mode and 3.7 MP 16:9 samples, there are no other resolution options. You can even get more camera functionality via Lenses and it comes with fully manual mode, which let you capture everything manually.

Nokia Lumia 630 camera samples (3.7 MP)

The Lumia 630 has impressive camera, its camera is the best for a 5 MP shooter. Although our camera samples are all 3.7 MP due to 16:9 aspect ratio, but it shows good result with good contrast, noise is kept well under control and the level of resolved detail is amazing. The low-light scene is amazing, its camera is able to capture more lights than usual, which is quite competitive to Asus PixelMaster technology.

The device packs a 1,830 mAh removable battery. Based on our usage, the device is able to last for around 14 hours for moderate usage and 6 hours for heavy usage, which is quite impressive for an affordable smartphone.

Final words
The Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM is priced at RM 549, which is relatively high with its specifications. However, what you need to know is it's a Windows Phone device, which means specifications are not the most important thing you need to care.

Asus ZenFone 4 | Xiaomi Redmi 1S

The Asus ZenFone 4 and Xiaomi Redmi 1S are the closest competitors to the Lumia 630. Both devices are running on Android OS and with lower price tag. But, if you want to try out something different besides Android OS, the Nokia Lumia 630 is the phone that worth to buy.

- Impressive display
- Impressive camera
- Stable operating system

- Windows Phone 8.1 doesn't have as much apps as Android and iOS
- Price tag is a little bit high

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