Nokia is taking the first initiative to bring Windows Phone 8 to the lower end of the market by launching the new, affordable Lumia 620 smartphone. It has nice looks, decent specs and offers a good set of features which make it a great alternative to mid-range Android smartphones. Let us see if you should be buying this handset.
The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a all-plastic shell with plenty of color options like lime green, magenta pink, cyan, yellow, orange, white and black. Since the back panel is removable, you are not restricted to a single color option. You can buy multiple back covers and use them whenever you want to give the phone a unique look every time. The bright and dual-tone colors help the phone distinguish itself from the heap of smartphones in the market that sport a standard black colored body. On the right edge of the device, you’ll find the volume rocker, shutter key and the power/stand-by key. The microUSB slot for data and power transfer can be found at the bottom while the 3.5 mm audio jack is available at the top.
The front side of the phone is occupied by a 3.8-inch touchscreen display and three Windows Keys – Start, Back and Search. The screen is covered with a single sheet of glass and has a resolution of 480 X 800 pixels. With 5-inch phones entering the market, the Lumia 620’s display is certainly not the largest among the current lot of smartphones. However, it offers enough space for navigation, selecting items, etc. with your fingers. It also has good brightness levels and vibrancy which results in a good viewing experience.
The Nokia Lumia 620 runs on a dual-core 1 GHz processor which combines with 512 MB to provide an efficient and smooth performance. You’ll encounter the occasional lag but that’s hardly going to be an issue for a budget smartphone user. The phone also offers 8 GB of on board memory with an option to use a microSD card of up to 64 GB. Nokia deserves a pat on the back for doing its best to promote Windows Phone 8 by adding more functionality through its own set of apps. Even on the low-price Lumia 620, the company has provided apps like Nokia Drive, Nokia City Lens, Groupon App, Nokia Music and Nokia Maps to make the software package more enticing for users. The phone’s 1300 mAh battery doesn’t look too good on paper, but in reality it provides a good performance. A single charge should easily you through the day with decent amount of life still left in the battery.
Nokia Lumia 620 comes along with a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash. It supports autofocus and touch focus, and offers a range of features and settings. Windows Phone 8 also allows you to add more functionality with the help of lenses from the Windows App store. In terms of picture quality, you get nice sharp images with good contrast and rich colors. However, indoor shots sometimes suffer from noise and smudgy details. The camera can also record videos of 720p at 30 fps. You also get a second camera of VGA resolution at the front for video calls.
The Nokia Lumia 620 is a great option for smartphone users who want to enter the Windows Phone 8 world. It offers a smooth performance, good camera and nice features which make an attractive proposition for budget phone hunters.