Nokia makes some great phones, but it also makes a whole lot of them, with similar names and often aimed at similar segments of the market, so telling them apart and working out which one is right for you isn’t always easy.
Case in point: the Nokia Lumia 630, Lumia 620 and Lumia 525, three phones which are similarly numbered and all aimed at the low end of the market. So what are the differences between them? Read on to find out.
One thing that’s fairly standard across Lumia handsets is the design and these three are no exception. They all have colourful plastic backs, but there are some small differences. The Lumia 630 is 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm, 134g and comes in orange, green, yellow, white or black. The Lumia 620 is 115.4 x 61.1 x 11mm, 127g and comes in green, orange, magenta, cyan, white or black and the Lumia 525 is 119.9 x 64 x 9.9mm, 124g and comes in black, white, yellow or red.
So the 630 is the heaviest and slimmest, the 620 is the thickest and comes in the largest range of colours and the 525 is the lightest and comes in the fewest different colours.
The Nokia Lumia 630 has the biggest screen of the three at 4.5 inches. It’s a 480 x 854 IPS LCD ClearBlack display with a pixel density of 218 pixels per inch. The Lumia 620 is the smallest, with a 3.8 inch 480 x 800 TFT ClearBlack display and a pixel density of 246 pixels per inch and the Lumia 525 slots in the middle with a 4.0 inch 480 x 800 IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch.
The main thing to pick between the three is size and pixel density. The Lumia 630 is the biggest but has the lowest pixel density while the Lumia 620 is the smallest but has the highest pixel density, so in turn it’s the sharpest of the three.
However it’s also worth noting the different display technologies. The 630 has a superior display to the 620 (which is only TFT and therefore a little more washed out) and the 525 (which doesn’t feature ClearBlack technology and therefore doesn’t have as good contrast).
None of these are powerhouse phones but nor are they equally powered. The Lumia 630 has the fastest processor, as it’s equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400. However it only has 512MB of RAM.
The Lumia 525 has a worse 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor but it has 1GB of RAM and the Lumia 620 is weak in both regards, with a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 512MB of RAM.
Thankfully Windows Phone doesn’t need much power to perform so all three of these handsets are adequately equipped, but the Lumia 620 is definitely the least powerful of the three.
While the Lumia 620 is the least powerful it arguably has the best camera. All three handsets have 5 megapixel main snappers, but the Nokia Lumia 620 has an LED flash, while the other two don’t. It also has a front facing camera, which neither of the other two do. Sure, it’s only VGA, but that’s a whole lot better than nothing.
The Nokia Lumia 630 has an 1830 mAh battery promising life of up to 600 hours on standby or 16 hours and 20 minutes of talk time. The Lumia 620 has a 1300 mAh battery which is quoted for up to 330 hours on standby or 14 hours and 40 minutes of talk time, and the Lumia 525 has a 1430 mAh battery which can keep going for up to 336 hours on standby or 17 hours of talk time.
So the Lumia 630 has far and away the best standby time, but a similar talk time to the Lumia 525. The Lumia 620 fares the worst of the three for both standby and talk time.
All three handsets come with 8GB of built in memory and all three support microSD cards, however while the Lumia 630 will take cards of up to 128GB, the Lumia 620 and 525 are capped at 64GB.
Connectivity options are mostly quite similar. All three phones support Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0, however the Lumia 620 also has NFC built in.
So there you have it. There are lots of differences between the Lumia 630, 620 and 525 but most of them aren’t all that substantial. Broadly speaking the Lumia 630 can be considered the highest end of the three, with a respectable amount of power, a large screen, a slim build and good battery life.
The Lumia 525 trades processing power for RAM, has a slightly chunkier build and a smaller screen, but otherwise the experience is similar.
The Lumia 620 meanwhile is a bit of an anomaly. It’s the oldest of the three and can be seen really as the predecessor to the Lumia 630, with a smaller screen, less power and worse battery life. However its camera is better and it has NFC support so if those things matter to you it’s the only choice.
All three phones retail for roughly £120 which makes choosing between them slightly easier. The Lumia 525 is a tough sell in the face of the Lumia 630, while the Lumia 620 is only worth it if camera and NFC support are major concerns.
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