Display and software
The Lumia 630 comes with a 4.5 IPS LCD screen supporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The screen is guarded by a coat of Gorilla Glass 3, but it heavily reflects smudges. Probably another coat would have saved us from the trouble of rubbing the screen like an Aladdins lamp.
The Windows 8.1 live tiles look, as always, fabulous and there is a new addition called the notification bar to the action centre. Another addition is the Word Flow feature that allows you to swipe rather than type a message.
Storage and performance
The phone is equipped with an 8 GB internal storage, and it can be extended up to 128 GB. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 Quad Core. We did not experience any hiccups with the Lumia 630. Things ran smoothly despite the 512 MB RAM and that is where Windows has been able to score over Android. However, for some inexplicable reason, the Lumia was not detecting the closest Wi-Fi router in our building despite picking up the ones far away. The phone does not drain the battery quickly and it is good for a day of basic use.
For those whose day begins and ends with a selfie, they will have to turn the phone turtle and use their imaginary photo grid instead. By doing away with the front camera, it seems like Nokia frowns on those caught up in the whirligig of duckface selfies. They have thus, in all probability, chose to deny millions of their right to master that perfect pout. The remnants of this, probably, cost cutting measure is a no-frills 5 MP camera that records at 720p quality.
The 630 is a good addition to the Lumia stable despite the minor tweaks and improvements. It has its faults and the price bracket does not give it much room to appease the most demanding of customers. People nowadays want all features a designer could cram into a smartphone regardless of whether they use it or not. The 630 may have trimmed a lot of fat to bring the price down but people do not turn heads just to look at flashy back covers.
* Estimated street price: R10,700