70

An affordable phone you can live without

70

After spending time with a second review unit, our opinion of the Lumia 630 has improved. Battery life is actually one of the handset's strong points, and the display installation was much tighter on our second review unit. Combined with a respectable 5-megapixel camera, it's not a bad package. That said, the 630 is still missing basic components like a front-facing camera and HSPA+ 3G radio, and there are plenty of good alternatives at lower or comparable prices.

Critic reviews

7.1
9 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.7
  • Display
    7.2
  • Battery life
    7.7
  • Camera
    7.5
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    7.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.9
  • Media support
    6.0
  • Durability
    7.1
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.2

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User reviews

6.8
6 reviews
6.0
Engadget Jun 17, 2014

Where other affordable Lumias have struck the right balance between utility and price, the 630 falls short. It's nice to look at and takes good pictures, but it's otherwise a flawed device. With various better options available for the same price, the Lumia 630 is one to avoid.

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7.0
CNET Jun 6, 2014

The Nokia Lumia 630 is a cheap, vibrant alternative to Android and its Windows Phone 8.1 software is easy to use. The app store is still a problem though -- if you like getting new releases when your Android and iOS-toting friends do, a budget Android phone like the Moto G is still the way to go.

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7.0
Ars Technica Jun 22, 2014

Ultimately, I'm left wondering if Nokia couldn't have apportioned its budget slightly differently. A dual-core processor would have probably done the job and could have freed up enough money to include 1GB RAM and that darned ambient light sensor.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 24, 2014

With Motorola dominating this market the Nokia Lumia 630 doesn't feel quite like the budget shining star it's designed to be.

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8.0
GSM Arena May 23, 2014

The Lumia 630 has the same winning combo as the Lumia 520 that sold in millions: a simple, yet durable design, a good balance of features at a bargain price. We wouldn't be surprised to see it repeat the feat of the former and become the Lumia line's next rising star.

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8.0
Forbes May 22, 2014

While it won’t be long before Microsoft removes the Nokia name from its newly acquired handset division, the Lumia 630 shows what a talented unit it has acquired. Nokia has made a handset which outperforms any in its price bracket.

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7.0
PC Pro Jun 11, 2014

The Nokia Lumia 630 is a pretty good smartphone. Performance is acceptable, battery life is good, and even the camera is tolerable. Although the Windows Phone Store still can't match its Android and iOS counterparts for the quality or number of apps available, we like the latest ... update.

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8.0
The Inquirer Jun 10, 2014

The Nokia Lumia 630 isn't perfect, lacking key features like a front camera and running just 512MB of RAM, but, considering its budget price, the perks more than make up for these shortcomings.

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First Looks

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Engadget Apr 2, 2014

Another interesting feature on the 630 and 635 is SensorCore, which involves low-power health monitoring. Essentially, SensorCore can keep an eye on how many steps you've taken, miles you've walked and calories burned, and it logs the information into the Bing Health and Fitness app.

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SlashGear Apr 2, 2014

In the hand, the Lumia 630 feels like a cross between recent mid-range Nokia Windows Phones and the Nokia X family of Android-based handsets. The squared-off styling and interchangeable casing is reminiscent of Nokia X.

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Pocket-Lint Apr 3, 2014

In the hand the Nokia Lumia 630/635 feels solid enough. It can't hold a candle to the Lumia 930, but it reminds us very much of the Lumia 520, only larger - and that's a good thing.

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TrustedReviews Apr 3, 2014

The Lumia 630 seems like another neat little Windows Phone mobile that should sell by the truckload if sold at the right price.

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9.0
JeroenHaaksema JeroenHaaksema

After using an iPhone 3GS , a Lumia 800 , an iPhone 4S and now finally back to Windows Phone I can say that it never felt better. It's snappy , the app's aren't as big of a problem as it used to be and I really like Cortana. I do not agree with Engadget's review and I do recommend anyone in the...

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2.0
Costan Costan

Keeping in mind this phone has been advertised with a £90 rrp on every single press release for more than one month and Microsoft decided to put it on sale with a £130 price tag, this can't be but another experimental overpriced entry level mobile phone. Nokia is dead, welcome to Microsoft! ;)

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7.0
jegoran jegoran

Phone is excellent for the price. Everyone should look it this way. Ratio value for money is great. You get much more than you have payed for the device. It comes out of the box with Windows 8.1 which is great, but bellow average camera is something that really doesn't make any sense. Call...

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