Windows Phone on a Lumia 630


I posted asking forthe fans to help me pick a phone, I received no helpful feedback so I decided to apply some thinking to it.

 

Requirements


 The market (According to my budget).



The Purchase  

I went and got one, I didn't like the fact it was white, because the cover is easily stained. But it's easily replaceable without unscrewing the phone. It's available in 4 colors.
The screen size is 4.5' which is just perfect. The touch is also very responsive and quite easy to use. The word flow input is really handy and super easy to type with!


Nokia 630 Specs and features

The official Nokia info-graphic used to promote Lumia 630


The OS is Microsoft Windows 8.1 which is in my opinion better than Android JB and Symbian. It's stable and responsive even tho the RAM is just 512 MB. As soon I opened it downloaded a couple of updates and its running Cyan Update (latest version).


Battery life and connectivity

It uses Wifi and GSM 3G. And using Opera Mini is the best way of saving data. Battery life is good with a 1830 mAH battery, and the battery saver is even better. Managing multiple apps at once is good also.

The camera

The camera is good. And auto focus makes it better. Doesn't have a flash and no front camera (total bummer if you are a selfie addict!) Here is a comparison between E6's 8MP and Lumia 630 5MP, the picture was taken under the same light circumstances to be fair.








Taken with Lumia 630
Lumia 630 at 5MP

Taken with E6
Nokia E6 at 8MB

Applications


The apps have been a constant pain for Windows Phone. The store has many apps. But much like Android they contain ads and some are totally useless. I felt that the apps shipped with the phone were better than the store free counterparts. The ones I didn't find were Snapchat and Dubsmash which I never use! There are third party apps for sites like Instagram (6tag). I haven't tried side loading apps so far.

Prodcutivity


  • Typing with Lumia 630 is so easy and effective, it's even better than the QWERTY keyboard I was so fixated to, it lived up to the hype, I must say!

  • Interface

    The unique interface that stands out from Android and iOS, uses tiles instead of launchers. You can control the tile size, while app tiles bring live updates, and you can group tiles in folders.
    Lumia 630 home screen
    Lumia 630 home screen




    Lumia 630 app list
    Lumia 630 app list




    Lumia 630 lock screen
    Lumia 630 lock screen




    Multi-tasking with office and Opera mini
    Multi-tasking with office and Opera mini



    Adaption concerns

    If you are coming from iOS or Android, there is an app to transfer all your data to your new device.
    As for getting used to Windows phone, that's a personal matter, my first day was oblivious! I didn't know where was anything and I was a bit frustrated, but in no time I got used to it and it became a daily routine to use. I recommend visiting Windows Phone's official site for tips and help. All about Windows phone is a great community for Windows Phone users to read and interact.
    It's up to you to be open minded and don't try and turn a Lumia into an Android / iOS device!

    Windows 10 support

    Windows 10 upgrade. On paper Lumia 630 is upgradable to Windows 10. I tried to upgrade it to 10 using Windows Insider. But that's a separate post!
    I received an e-mail saying that Windows 10 is coming soon to Windows phone (not that I care or anything like that).
    The general rule of thumb is that any Lumia device running Windows Phone 8.1 Cyan is able to get Windows 10. But there are performance concerns for devices with RAM less than 1GB, don't jump head first, that's all I'm saying!

    Look and feel

    It looks really nice and feels sleek and chalky. Not too heavy, fits nicely into the hand, at 4.5' it's perfect for typing with one hand.



    Lumia 630 with box

    Lumia 630 with box front and back, credit goes to Gizbot
    On the right side there is a volume rocker and a lock/power button to the left, nothing on the right.
    The headset jack is at the top, the usual 3.5 mm while the USB charge port is at the bottom.
    Lumia 630 with box front and back

    Lumia 630 with box front and back (not mine)
    The back side has the camera and a speaker at the corner.
    The back cover peels off and can be replaced, there are several color options to go with.

    Features



    Draw backs



    Final Words

    I've always admired the sleek Lumia design. And my only problem was the operating system. Windows 7,8 mobile weren't as good. But Windows 8.1 is a mature OS that can rival Android. Good camera, good feel and design. It's totally worth checking out. The only downside is the lack of some apps. But other than that all is good.
    I had it for around 3 months now. And I'll see if its a good pick. Mostly it's productive and handy. I recommend it as long you find accessories for the phone. If you aren't then the Archos Cesium 40 is a good call.

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