The Nokia Lumia 630 is Nokia’s first and probably one of the earliest devices to run the Windows Phone 8.1 OS out of the box, while most of the other smartphones with Windows Phone OS are to get this update and they are running the Windows Phone 8. The smartphone comes with a 4.5-inch FWVGA display and its powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a quad-core chipset clocking at 1.2 GHz, and having 512MB RAM.
For someone who is wondering to have a decent smartphone in the budget price range, this one is a good choice. But before you purchase one, there might be a few questions in the mind. We were asked a few by our readers and a few were the commonly asked questions when any smartphone selection is being done. Read below for the same.
Before buying the phone
Don’t expect really much when you talk of graphics output, because the FWVGA resolution isn’t going to impress in any way, but the screen size at 4.5-inch is pretty neat, and there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Lumia Color profile, Wide viewing angle making the display clear and easily visible on wider angles too. Can’t complain about the resolution though, as that is what Nokia has decided to give in the Lumia 630.
First of all, this is a Dual-SIM smartphone, thus you can use two SIM cards at the same time with the Smart Dual SIM feature, and both the SIM cards supported are Micro SIM cards.
Thanks to the new Windows Phone 8.1 OS, the feature of transferring apps to SD card, and installing the apps directly from the SD card is possible. This was one of the major drawbacks earlier with the Windows Phone OS where one couldn’t do much because of the limited internal storage, but with the App to SD card support, now it’s better.
Nokia has been doing a great job with the interface of the Windows Phone, where a lot of apps are coming pre-installed. Some of the important apps which we see already installed in the Lumia 630 include Company Hub, Microsoft Office apps, OneNote, HERE Drive, HERE Maps, HERE Transit and the HERE apps are the one which help in the navigation of the user and give directions. Nokia has even included a few camera apps for better photography: Nokia Camera, Cinemagraph, Nokia Storyteller, Nokia Refocus. The other useful apps you get in the Lumia 630 are Nokia MixRadio, Xbox Music.
The 5MP shooter of the Lumia 630 is very decent and better than many similar modules used in the other smartphones, especially for the features provided by Nokia to make it better. But one of the disadvantages during the low-light conditions is that, you don’t see an LED flash, thus the captures in low light aren’t any good. The Autofocus is continuous and the focusing on the objects is neat, although you might not notice the background defocus that well. To make the captures better, the Nokia Camera, Cinemagraph apps would come to good use.
This phone won’t be any exception, as the Windows Phone OS doesn’t come with the USB On-the-go support, and the feature isn’t included even in the Windows Phone 8.1 OS, thus the Lumia 630 doesn’t have the OTG support.
Everything looks good in the phone, except for the RAM which is just 512MB which although we are sure Nokia has thought to be enough because of the Windows Phone OS, but still the multitasking would take a hit because of the low RAM.
After buying the phone
As said above, you can insert two SIM cards and both of them would be Micro-SIM cards. In addition to this, you can also insert a MicroSD card for storage expansion. Once you remove the back cover of the Lumia 630, you would see the three slots after pulling the battery out. One SIM card slot would be in the center, while above it would be the slot for MicroSD card, while the other SIM slot would be on the outer side, but not visible when the cover is in position. While inserting the SIM card in the phone, you should push it in to hear a click noise, or else the placement isn’t right. Read below on how to remove the back cover.
Removing the back cover of any phone is a bit of hassle, because you actually don’t know whether you are pulling it out in the right way or not. To remove the back cover of the Nokia Lumia 630, you need to place your index finger or nail tip of it on the front top left corner where there is a tiny slit seen between the display and the back cover which extends up to the front. Now, push on the Nokia logo on the back of the phone, and try to pull out the cover using the index finger which you placed on the front. It requires a bit of power.
The Nokia Lumia 630 comes with the internal storage of 8GB and you can use the MicroSD card for storage expansion, but if you are someone looking for an option to not use a card but get extra storage, Microsoft is offering 7GB of free cloud storage through Microsoft OneDrive app, where you have to register or enter using your Microsoft account, and the free cloud storage is directly shown there. You then just need to select the files you want to upload and store in the cloud.
Nokia uses the SensorCore which would provide all the tracked data to the Bing Health and Fitness App in the phone, and you can check all the fitness activities, number of steps walked and the calories burned, right within the app. One of the advantages here is that the SensorCore doesn’t use much of the battery, and you don’t need to wear a smartband or activity tracker to check the step count. Go to the Bing Health and Fitness app and setup the profile, and then the phone would start doing the job.
While shifting from an old phone to a new one, the main issue you would have is about the data transfer. But the Microsoft OneDrive can do the job easier because you can easily upload all the content to the OneDrive account and restore that in the new phone. It isn’t a hard task, because you just need to go to Google Play Store in your Android phone and download the OneDrive app and upload the content there. Then, set the same up in the Lumia 630 and download the content from the app. One of the advantages with this, is that you would have a backup in the cloud.
One of the other important data types which one would want to have in a new phone transferred from the old one, is the contacts. It’s easy for the Android to Android transfer because the Google account would do everything right away, but for someone shifting from Android to Windows Phone, here’s how to do it. Open the app called Transfer my Data which is present in the list of apps in Lumia 630, and that is the app which would help you transfer all the contacts from any phone which has the Bluetooth connectivity, to the Lumia 630.
Just tap Continue, turn the Bluetooth in both the devices On and select the old phone from the list of discovered devices, and the transfer would be done automatically.
Resetting the phone is the only option when the password is forgotten. And to do that, you need to make sure the phone has enough battery and then, switch off the phone. Then press and hold the volume down button and connect the charger. An exclamation mark would be shown on the screen. Press these buttons in the sequence – volume up, volume down, power, and volume down. This would reset the phone, and it would take a while for the phone to reset and restart. One of the problems with this is that your data would be lost after the reset, but that is the only way you have when the password is forgotten.
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