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Nokia Lumia 620: Packs a punch

Nokia Lumia 620: Packs a punch



3.8-inch capacitive TFT touch-screen


Windows Phone 8


dual-core Snapdragon S4 1GHz Krait


8GB internal, microSD up to 64GB, 512MB


5MP rear, VGA front


Wi-Fi 802.11 (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth, NFC




With all the features, the Lumia 620 is a jam-packed Windows Phone 8 newcomer that won’t shortchange you. Instead, it will still leave you with money to spare.

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If you are a budgetarian and not one to compromise quality, you might want to consider checking out the Nokia Lumia 620. Even though it runs on Windows Phone 8, it can still go head-to-head with other Android-run budget phones.

Looks-wise, this entry-level smartphone exudes sophistication with its flat back and interchangeable rear covers. Although quite heavy for the size, the Lumia 620 is still comfortable for one-handed use because of the curved sides and smooth, solid feel.

You can keep things interesting with eye-catching interchangeable back covers, which make use of dual-shot shells that combine two layers of plastic. These allow you to mix and match translucent plastic with the opaque, and matte and glossy finishes.

The Lumia 620 is Nokia’s most affordable Windows 8 smartphone yet, but the quality is certainly far from being cheap. With a dual-core Snapdragon S4 1GHz processor and Adreno 305 GPU under the hood, it obviously doesn’t skimp on the good stuff.

The screen uses a ClearBlack display that helps better viewing under direct sunlight. It also helps enhance color vividness, contrast, and crispness.

Windows Phone 8 feels luxurious for a phone this affordable. Far from Android and iOS rivals, Lumia 620 wins you over with Windows Phone 8’s trademark clean, big, and bold live tiles, and minimalist but customizable home screen. Although the Lumia 620 does not run at lightning speed, it still offers slick usage without experiencing lags. But you would have to deal with the short list of available apps, which can’t compete with the App Store and Google Play just yet.

The upside of having a Windows Phone 8 OS is the Microsoft Office that comes pre-installed and a free 7GB online storage in SkyDrive. To keep your files safe, the Kid’s Corner feature allows you to set up a safe area just for children, banning them access to your email and other sensitive data and apps.

The 5MP back camera takes decent shots. A steady hand is required because this phone is not equipped with optical image stabilization. However, what’s worth mentioning is the way it performs in low-light situations; photos taken without flash appear bright. The camera captures accurate colors but you should expect a bit of grain.

There are two cool camera features: Smart Shoot and Cinemagraph. Smart Shoot allows you to take a series of group shots and smartly combines the best faces of everyone.

Cinemagraph helps you easily create a moving image by letting you choose which area of a short video clip you’d want to keep moving, while the rest becomes masked out and appears still. These can easily be shared to social networking sites or saved as GIF files.

With all these features, the Lumia 620 is a jam-packed Windows Phone 8 newcomer that won’t shortchange you and still leave a cent to spare.

Review by Lara T. Tan

First published in Speed May 2013

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