Not for selfie lovers

2014-08-30 00:00

NOKIA’S entry level Lumia 630 takes all features of a high-end Windows smartphone and places it in a cheaper bracket.

The 630 comes with the familiar Windows 8 tiles that are easy to navigate through and now, with updated software, can compete with iOS and Android operating systems.

Windows 8.1 also features “Cortana”, which is a digital voice assistant to rival iPhone’s Siri and Android’s S Voice.

Navigation through the phone is fluent as swiping traces the fingertip.

Under the hood, the device features a 1,2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 512 MB of RAM, allowing for impressive response time.

The 630 comes standard with 8 GB of built-in memory, as well as microSD slot for expandable memory.

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro-USB allows of a wide range of connectivity options.

Nokia seemed as though they wanted to throw in some fun, but it was a hit and miss with handsets coming in five morbid colours including orange, green, white and yellow, and obviously your usual black and white.

The plastic back exterior is seamless with a matte finish that feels great in your hands.

There are two interruptions on the rear of the device for the small loudspeaker and camera lens.

Nokia smartphones have become known for their Carl Ziess camera lens esand high-quality imagery.

The cost of producing the device at this price point resulted in the inclusion of a lesser, 5MP rear camera — and no, there isn’t a flash either.

The device comes preloaded with a Skype app. Ironically, there is no front-facing camera to make full use of it.

The handset includes dual-SIM slots that could be argued was a waste.

There is not much to rant about the display of the device because of its poor 800 x 480 resolution with 271 pixels per inch — heavyweight smartphones come in at around 720 pixels.

The phone weighs 134 grams and is a slender 9,2 millimetres thick.

A total of two buttons are both on the right edge of the handset, with a volume switch and the power button just below it.

For a Windows smartphone, the price excuses all quality shortcomings.

When compared to other phones in its price bracket, Nokia offers value for money.

If you are not a selfie king or queen and don’t want to fork out the cash for a high-end Windows smartphone, this is the phone for you.

The Nokia Lumia 630 gets a six out of 10.

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• rumana.akoob@witness.co.za

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