Nokia Lumia 620 Review

 

Nokia Lumia 620
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Feature set summary for Nokia Lumia 620 review

The offering of Nokia apps stands out here – especially Nokia Music, which makes the most of the Nokia Lumia 620's 100 decibel speaker and the Dolby headphone enhancement.

 

Style and handling summary for Nokia Lumia 620 review

The Nokia Lumia 620 is definitely aimed at younger users. However, it still manages to look pretty grown-up, and its curvy chassis makes it comfortable to hold for extended periods.

 

Battery power summary for Nokia Lumia 620 review

A disappointment. You get about a day in normal use, and only three and a half hours if you’re streaming video.

 

Performance summary for Nokia Lumia 620 review

Its performance matches its smooth curvy exterior – we encountered no lag and the Windows Phone 8 OS runs beautifully.

 

User friendliness summary for Nokia Lumia 620 review

Nokia's Lumia 620 makes the best use of Windows Phone 8 of any release so far, and the bright, clear screen means that almost everything is not only easy to see, but looks good too.


Nokia Lumia 620 Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

Pros :
Great sound; Nokia apps; Comfy to hold; Bright, sharp display; Speedy performance. 



Cons :
Disappointing battery life; Sparce choice of apps; OS could be more user friendly. 

 

Verdict:

With its impressive speaker, good build quality and choice of bright covers the Lumia 620 is aimed at a young market. It offers a smooth experience and lots of features but the sparcity of apps available in the Windows Store will be deal breaker for some. It’s a pity because it’s a really good handset.

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Full Review and Specification for the Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia is obviously targeting the youth market with its Lumia 620 – just look at those colourful cases, the lower price tag and the 100-decibel speaker. But don’t just write it off as a kids’ handset – because the 620 is actually a very slick device. Not only that but it’s one of the most affordable Windows Phone 8 handsets around – and its performance is possibly the best of any of the Lumia phones.

 

Get a new look


There are a number of cases available in different colours – and you can change the look of the operating system to match your chosen case! The covers snap on and off easily (although you have to push the snapper lens to get them off, which is a bit odd).

 

The display measures 3.8 inches and is sharp and bright, offering good depth despite the size. That’s mostly thanks to the ClearBlack display, which gives a deep black that makes everything else really stand out. Video and images all look amazing, and with the 480x800 pixel resolution, you get great sharpness. Plus the screen is really responsive.

 

Good to hold


Nokia Lumia 620 Side Angle


 Apparently the Lumia’s design is based on a cup – well it might not hold a good cup of coffee but it is comfy to hold for a while, thanks to its curvy chassis. It’s just the right weight (127g) for its size (115x61x11mm) and is well balanced. It feels like it would stand up to the sort of knocks a phone can expect to get.

 

Because it measures only 3.8 inches, the Lumia 620 is good to use one-handed – nice if you’re put off by the likes of the beastly Galaxy S III. The display does feel a little small when you’re using the keyboard, though. You can’t customise the native keyboard, and if you’re a quick typist you might find yourself making a few mistakes. Nor can you download SwiftKey or Swype to help you out… the only one on offer is the rather disappointing Slydr. Even then it doesn’t let you replace the keyboard, instead to have to type your copy then copy and paste into the email or text window. Bizarre.

 

Losing power


 The battery life is also a disappointment. We only managed three and a half hours when streaming video on full brightness over a Wi-Fi connection. Okay, it’s better than the HTC 8S, which is its budget WP78 phone, but it’s still below-par. In normal use you should get a working day out of a fully charged battery, but not if you’re working it hard. Mind you, it charges up in only 90 minutes. Having said that, you may need to use a different plug from the one provided. Because its USB cable is inserted into the left side, we found it was too wide for some extension cable setups and some wall sockets.

 

Onboard memory comes in at 8GB, but actually only half of it is usable – the rest is taken up by the OS and ready-loaded apps. But luckily this can be extended up to 64GB by microSD cards.

 

Where to next?


 There are some unusual non-intuitive quirks too – don’t know which apps to fire up? Then hold the back button down and all your open apps will be shown in a scrollable window, so you can choose which one to go to. But you can’t close them from the same place, which seems strange.

 

Nor can you get to Wi-Fi or any other settings by pulling icons down from the top of the display. Instead you have to go into the settings menu, which is not terribly user friendly.

 

And if you’re downloading apps, be prepared to get sent back to the homepage once you’ve done downloading. Click install and you’re sent back, so if you want to get more than one app, you have to go back and do the journey to the store all over again.

 

As we know with WP8 handsets, the sparcity of available apps is an issue – as is the fact that it gives apps access to your location data as well. But we do like the fact that you can delete programs from the app menu. 

 

Power is provided by a dual-core 1GHz chip teamed with 512MB RAM. The phone runs really smoothly and offers the best experience of WP8 that we’ve seen so far. The layout is user friendly and has some neat animations that fit well with this speedy, bright handset.

 

Snap it up


Fire up the snapper using the dedicated key on the side of the handset. Half press to focus and full press to fire the shutter. It’s a five-magapixel snapper that does a reasonable job – but it’s the neat features that set it apart. Try Lomogram for neat filters, Cinemagraph (half gif, half picture) and Smartshoot, which lets you combine images to produce the perfect shot. There are lots of fun features - not surprising considering the young market Nokia has aimed the 620 at.

 

Nokia Lumia 620 Camera

 

The music offering is also impressive. Nokia Music offers a good alternative to the likes of Spotify – offering a great range of mixes, giving you a playlist based around your chosen genre. The ‘create a mix’ option is fun – choose three artists and Nokia Music uses them as inspiration for a playlist it thinks you will like. We found some cool new music, and were also reintroduced to some old favourites.

 

 

The external speaker offers an amazing 100 decibels – that’s louder than both the Lumia 920 and 820. You get even better sound using headphones, especially with Dolby switched on. The headphones also fit really securely into the headphone jack.

 

Our conclusion


With its impressive speaker, decent build quality and fun colourful covers, it’s obvious the Lumia 620 is aimed at a young market. And while it is a good price, offers a smooth user experience and has loads of features, the lack of apps available will be a deal breaker. Which is a pity, as it’s a really decent handset, especially at this price.

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Nokia Lumia 620 Specification

GENERAL

Type of device Smartphone
Operating System Windows Phone 8
Dimensions 115.4 x 61.1 x 11.0mm
Weight 127 grams
Form factor Touchscreen
Input Touch Screen
Processor speed 1GHz dual-core
CPU Qualcomm S4
Graphic chipset  
Announced December 2012
Status Available
 

DISPLAY

Screen size 3.8 inches
Screen type LCD
Resolution 480x800
Display type 16.7 million
 

Memory

RAM N/A
Internal storage 512 MB
Memory card slot
 

Camera

Camera 5 megapixels
Secondary camera N/A
Special camera features Secondary camera resolution 640 x 480 pixels
 

Sound

3.5mm Jack
Music player ASF, Wav, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2
Audio recording
Radio
FM Radio description  
 

Video

Video recording
Video player Touch focus, Landscape orientation, Geo-tagging, Auto and manual white balance, Still image editor and Lenses applications
Video calling
Video streaming
 

Additional Features

Browser Supported web technologies: XML, CSS 3, HTML 5, HTML 4.1, CSS Browser: Internet Explorer 10
Games Download via Marketplace
Voice control
Voice dialling
Other  
 

Messaging

SMS
MMS
Email
IM
 

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
USB
NFC
GPS Magnetometer, A-GPS, WLAN Network Positioning, Glonass, Offline maps, Speed limit warnings, Online and offline favourites, Turn-by-turn voice guided navigation
 

Network

Band HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
EDGE
GPRS
HSDPA
4G/LTE  
 

Other

Colours (Standard) Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Orange and White
Handsfree speaker phone
Customisable ringtones
What's in the box Sales Package: Nokia Lumia 620, Nokia AC-50 MicroUSB Charger, Nokia Battery BL-4J 1300 mAh, Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD, Nokia Stereo Headset WH-108
Website http://www.nokia.com
 

Battery

Standby 330 hours
Talktime 9.9 hours
Battery life multimedia Music playback time: 61 h

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By Simon Thomas on 08th February, 2013


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