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Nokia Lumia 630: Battery Life, Call Quality and Verdict

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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Nokia Lumia 630 – Battery Life

One of the issues with the Lumia 630’s closest numerical forbear the Lumia 620 was that it had a pretty small battery. Nokia largely solved this issue with the Lumia 520, and it had packed a respectable brick into the Lumia 630 as well.

The phone uses a 1,830mAh battery, which you have easy access to simply by taking the phone’s back off. Capacity doesn’t sound that great at first, but we do need to consider quite how low-res the phone’s screen is. With 480 x 800 resolution, the Lumia 630 only has roughly a third the number of pixels to drive as the Moto G.

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We were able to get at least a day and a half out of the phone, and it holds onto its charge fairly well when not in use. Nokia says you’ll get 600hrs out of the phone in standby – the reality will almost certainly be a bit less, but it does mean your battery won’t drain down much overnight.

The Nokia Lumia 630 also has a battery saver mode, which limits screen brightness and background data in order to conserve battery. It’s pretty effective, but we don’t recommend using it 24/7, just when you need to drag out the last few per cent of battery. Why? Limiting backlight brightness makes the phone’s display tricky to read outdoors.

Nokia Lumia 630 – Speaker and Call Quality

As is common among Nokia phones, the Lumia 630’s call quality is pretty decent. The call speaker offers quite beefy sound, which should help out when you’re taking calls in slightly noisier environments.

The internal loudspeaker isn’t quite so hot, though. Top volume is decent but the sound is a little coarse and bass-light, as you’d probably expect at the price.

The Lumia 630 has a pretty standard speaker setup, with a single mono speaker on the back.

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Nokia Lumia 630 – Connectivity

The Nokia Lumia 630 offers fairly rudimentary connectivity. The main omission is 4G, which is found in the slightly more expensive Lumia 635 if it is a must-have.

Other less useful missing bits include an IR transmitter, used to let a phone work as a universal remote, ac Wi-Fi and NFC. Nokia was once a big supporter of NFC (it featured in the Lumia 620), but even it seems to have conceded that it is not all that useful for most people.

Aside from 4G and a few bells and whistles, the Lumia 630 has just about everything you’d need. There’s GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and 21Mbps HSPA (about as fast as 3G gets in phones). There’s also an FM radio, which is often missing from phones these days.

Should I buy the Nokia Lumia 630?

Nokia and Microsoft seem to have trouble maintaining a competitive position with their Android rivals. Last year it had a strong budget showing with the Lumia 620 – it hit it out of the park with that phone. The Lumia 520 was a sensible, hugely popular follow-up.

But it hasn’t kept up the pace.

The Lumia 630 doesn’t have quite the same spark. It acts as a showcase of how much Nokia can now leave out of its phones thanks to the new regime of Windows Phone 8.1, but doesn’t really cost much less, and doesn’t add all that much more either. A larger screen is welcome, but while it adds to certain experiences, its spotlight on the low-dpi screen is a real problem – especially if you compare it to Android rivals of the same price.

We don’t demand Moto G-like sharpness, but a blocky display sees the Lumia 630 arrive already well behind the curve.

Display issues twinned with the continuing app issues of Windows Phone mean most tech fans should probably consider an Android alternative. The Moto E, Moto G, EE Kestrel and Alcatel Idol One Touch S offer more for your money.


The Nokia Lumia 630 is a cheery, low cost phone with a better camera than some bargain basement Androids. But its screen resolution is quite poor and the availability and load speed of apps are issues.

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Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 8
  • Calls & Sound 7
  • Camera 7
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Performance 7
  • Screen Quality 6
  • Software 6
  • Value 7
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April 8, 2014, 5:58 pm

ill be getting it and lumias are very nippy.


May 29, 2014, 2:48 pm

The Microsoft product design people have clearly implemented a harmonising aesthetic as part of the nokia merger, this has the same reverse contours of the surface tablets, and straight edges where there were once curves. The same is true for the new 930. The 1520 and 1020 appear to be the last of what I think was great designing by nokia. As a designer myself I can admire my 1020, but have to accept the majority will go for more blingy and less absolutist aesthetics. To my eyes, the new htc one is like a new bmw with alloy wheels, all very nice of course. Hopefully the market will still have room for some awkward yellow Saabs in future-


May 29, 2014, 7:19 pm

Hopefully there will be a fairly quick revision, or launch of a 730. All it really needs is a 1280x768 screen, 1gb ram and a flash. Would buy at Moto G money.


May 29, 2014, 8:14 pm

No Whatsapp? Just a hitch. Its been on Windows Phone for ages along with loads of other good quality apps and will be back shortly. You won't be longing for more apps with Windows Phone and it provides a superb experience on a value for money phone. The 630 is something of a bargain and unless you have high end desires you will love it.

Hugh Bear

May 30, 2014, 7:19 pm

I disagree with this review. {phone_name} is clearly better than the competition at this price of {phone_name.price_range} in {phone_name.market}. Windows 8.1 is the best phone OS - it's the only phone OS that puts the user first.
-Will this do?

Hugh Bear

May 30, 2014, 7:24 pm

Well done. This is EXACTLY how real people talk. Do we work in the same office in Bangalore?

Milo Benz

June 17, 2014, 11:30 am

I also disagree with this review. Two things: the writer assumes "this is a budget phone" so the review is adjusted to that instead of asking "does this particular phone do what its supposed to do?". The second: the review ignores some of Nokia 630's main advantages: Dual SIM, replaceable battery, expandable memory, latest OS, fast performance - all that at a very low price.

In fact, this phone will shock most people. Nokia made excellent hardware (Gorilla 3 screen wrapped in a very pleasant cover that allows access to SIMs, MicroSD, battery) while providing great apps, full MS Office functionality, best maps on the market, FM radio and a great music streaming service, good calendar, email, SMS functionality and all the essential apps one would really need. Battery life is much better then any of the "flagships" out there. Camera is just 5 MP but produces very good shots and even the lack of flash is an afterthought when you see the well balanced, well exposed photos this smartphone takes. And all of this for just US$150. I would say it is quite an achievement.

Nokia and Microsoft could have put in a better rez screen but I am sure all of us prefer longer battery life and that is what Lumia 630 delivers. Also, it would be nice to have a front facing cam for video talks but again, I think most people would rather have a lower price and a sense that if anything "goes wrong" they can just walk into a store and buy a new phone...

The only thing I wish MS did different is not to "disable" a clock that most Lumia phones have when in "off" mode. Doing this is not cool - it is a trace of old, mean MS that is looking to limit what Windows users can and can not do with their machine...

Recommend this phone to anyone who doesn't "have to have" a status symbol.

Mark Adams

July 3, 2014, 6:49 pm

I will upgrade from my nokia 610 to this. My 610 was a refurb is still working great, I never put a case on the phone, and it only has a few knicks in the plastic from drops, no screen protector either and no scratches.....I hope the 630 is just as reliable. It is going to cost me $215 CAD w/ shipping


September 29, 2014, 9:30 pm

Using this phone for the last 2 weeks and have to say its just downright brilliant. I cannot believe the reviewer did not mention the Nokia here maps SAT NAV application that are worth the price of the phone alone, Unlike google map navigation they are simplified fully offline (no caching messing) ideal for roaming with no charges, This reviewer is pro android and very biased. I have seen the Moto G and while it has a lot of great aspects the camera is not as good, it's beaten out the gate with the Nokia Here Sat nav and is a fair bit dearer,


February 25, 2015, 2:23 pm

useless battery-life. have to charge phone twice a day after only three and a half months of usage. i am only texting on apps with the phone, nothing else.

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