Nokia Lumia 620 hands-on guide: What you need to know
The Nokia Lumia 620 has landed bringing with it an amazing splash of colour and a great feature-set in a budget Windows Phone 8 package. Here we take a look at what you need to know about with our Nokia Lumia 620 hands-on guide.
The Nokia Lumia 620 is causing something of a buzz right now. It’s an amazingly affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone with a style all its own and a price that simply can’t be beat. So much so that the UK tech press are pretty much in agreement that this is the best entry-level smartphone out there today.
But what will you find if you decide to opt for the Nokia Lumia 610? For starts, it’s based around a 3.8-inch TFT display with 800 x 480-pixel resolution. You’ll also find it comes with Nokia ClearBlack technology, so you’ll easily be able to read it outdoors as well as in.
While there is a trend towards larger smartphone sizes, the smaller screen size means the Nokia Lumia 620 fits perfectly into the hand. We love the size and shape of it, with the overall weight of 127g being highly portable.
In terms of physical features on the Nokia Lumia 620, these have been kept to a bare minimum, something you’ll find in keeping with all Nokia Lumia devices. So, you’ll along with the function keys on the right-hand side you’ll find a 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the phone and a microUSB port on the bottom. We love this minimalist look as it gives the Nokia Lumia 620 that touch of class you won’t find in similarly priced rivals.
The Nokia Lumia 620 runs on a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and is backed by 512MB of RAM. This may be an entry-level smartphone, but we’ve not noticed any lag or delay when using the Nokia Lumia 620, making it a great everyday smartphone that comfortably runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system, as well as all the Nokia software associated with more high-end smartphones, such as Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music.
The Nokia Lumia 620 comes fully kitted out with the latest back-end features you’ll need. For example, NFC sits along the 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth 3.0 allowing for wireless connectivity, while the GPS/A-GPS means you can fully make the most of sat-nav courtesy of Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive.
You’ll also find two distortion-free high-amplitude microphones fitted, so there is the best audio quality possible for this class of smartphone – something you won’t find elsewhere at this price range that’s for sure. Then there is the addition of Dolby Headphone as well as the Nokia Graphic Equaliser, which allows you to customise audio to get the sound experience you like.
The Nokia Lumia 620 packs in a 5-Megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. It’s capable of handling video capture at up to 720p HD resolutions at 30 frames per second. What’s more, there is also a VGA front-facing camera for those who like to make video calls.
When it comes to storage there is a modest 8GB of internal memory but the addition of a microSD slot means it is capable of handling cards up to 64GB in size. You’ll also find 7GB of Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage. Nokia has neatly placed the microSD to the side of the battery, so you don’t need to power down in order to swap cards out, all you need do is take off the back cover and away you go.
Talking of battery, the Nokia Lumia 620 serves up a battery life of up to 14.6 hours/up to 9.9 hours in GSM/WCDMA modes. You’ll also find a standby time of up to 330 hours. We’ve found that it’s good to keep you going all day but if a long battery life is essential, it may be worth thinking of switching to the more powerful Nokia Lumia 820, for example.
The Nokia Lumia 620 is available in a range of colours including, lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. It’s this choice and array of colours that makes it stand out from the crowd. The dual-coloured shells are interchangeable and the good looks are built to last – with the colours running all the way through the plastic so the scratches never show.
The Nokia Lumia 620 can be bought for as little as £149.99 (inc. VAT) here in the UK and comes in a range of colours. We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on the Lime Green dual-shot cover, as well as a number of matt editions, such as the Yellow, White and Cyan.
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