Review: Nokia Lumia 620 – Sitting In The Middle

Review: Nokia Lumia 620

The Lumia 620 was announced alongside the high end Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Back then it was Nokia’s first budget Lumia running on Windows Phone 8. Numerically, Lumia 620 stands as a elder brother to Lumia 610 but with more than double the power.

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Lumia 920 and 820 are for the upper market niche while Lumia 620 is for taking care of the buyers concerned about the budget. When Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 didn’t even exist, Lumia 620 made a big punch in the budget segment. In India it received great response from budget buyers despite the lack of the features found in its bigger and better siblings. But since then situation has changed. Now there’s an ultra cheap Lumia 520 and bigger Lumia 720, each with its own USP. In such situation Lumia 620 has in house pressure but that doesn’t mean it’s any short of skills.
Let’s see what it has got up its sleeves.

Design:

Lumia 620 takes very neat and clean design approach. But since it comes from the Finnish manufacturers which is famous for its design, how would Lumia 620 miss that DNA? Nokia uses polycarbonate shells for Lumia 620 that embrace the device. The shells are pretty sturdy yet soft on palms. No sharp corners anywhere, mostly pebble feel. Nokia uses new technology for Lumia 620 shells called as ‘Dual Shot’. In this type of shells, there are two layers of different colors are used. Both the colors remain distinguished but when you look at the handset you see different mix every time. Our unit had Cyan-White shell which wasn’t that exciting but Nokia has some other cool colors for Lumia 620. There’s even IP54 certified rugged shell for Lumia 620 available which gives it protection from water,dust and drops to some extent.

The Lumia 620 has 3.8” LCD display with WVGA resolution. Nokia as usual has used their ClearBlack technology which improves viewing angles as well as increases readability in direct sunlight. The WVGA resolution gives the pixel density of 246 ppi which is nice enough for this screen size and keeps images sharp; at least it’s better than 4.3” displays on Lumia 720 and Lumia 820. Below the display you should find a usual set of Windows Phone buttons.

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The chin of the device is a bit bigger but it lets you hold the device comfortably something that we missed on Lumia 820. Above the display, from left, is a VGA camera followed by proximity and an ambient light sensor while earpiece sits right in the middle.

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On the right side,in top to bottom order, there is a volume rocker, a power cum lock/unlock key and lastly a shutter key.the left side which hosts nothing.

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On the top there’s a 3.5mm audio jack but this time Nokia has put it on the shell instead of main body. Advantage here from user’s perspective is that if the audio jack goes bad, usually doesn’t, he can just replace the shell and get it working again. There’s a microUSB port and a mic on bottom.

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The Lumia 620 has microSD slot for memory expansion and its hot-swappable. It also uses microSIM cards which is actually under the microSD slot but you need to remove the battery to access it. Nokia has attached a small strip to pull out the SIM tray.

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Hardware:

The Lumia 620, as a budget phone, makes some trade offs. For starters, it comes with 1 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Krait core processor with 512 MB of RAM. Hardware isn’t big concern yet because only a small number of apps don’t run on this configuration including the recently released Temple Run game. But then there are games like Asphalt 7 Heat that still run very smoothly on this phone. The OS itself is very well optimized to run on this hardware. You might see some stuttering on homescreen and/or in menu list but nothing significant. We can tell you for sure that you won’t get such performance on Android phones with same configuration in this price range. Also, Android and apps tends to hog more and more resources over the period of time thereby slowing down the entire OS. You won’t face such things with Windows Phone for sure, at least our experience says so.

The only thing that Lumia 620 misses is the super sensitive touchscreen which allows you to use it with gloves on. Rather it’s the only Lumia handset to not to have it whereas even cheaper Lumia 520 comes equipped with it.

Camera:

The Lumia 620 has a 5 MP AF camera with LED flash. The camera isn’t very spectacular. It manages to produce mediocre images. Do not expect it to replace your point and shoot camera. It’s only good for casual photography. The images captured by Lumia 620 aren’t rich on the details yet the color saturation was very good. Noise was under control too. The LED flash is strong enough and should give you good results indoor.

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The video recording is restricted to 720p HD (30 fps). Videos retain average amount of details plus there’s slight stuttering in videos and dropped frames as well.

The camera UI is simple and clean to use. There are few settings available to optimize picture quality but we’d have liked more settings like the ones HTC has on its Windows Phone handsets. Usability of the camera can be further increased by adding different lenses.

Entertainment:

On this front, Nokia has made sure that you don’t miss anything. To begin with, it offers good sound experience. It uses Dolby technology which increases your experience. It also comes with Nokia Music which integrates Nokia Mix Radio as well as Nokia Music Unlimited. The latter allows you to download unlimited songs from Nokia store. But the phone doesn’t have FM Radio just like all other Windows Phone handsets. You can download and listen to podcasts.