5 reasons why the Lumia 630 is better than the Lumia 520

I’ve had the new Nokia Lumia 630 (dual SIM, international) for 24 hours now, tinkering with it here and there, learning what’s new and what’s good and bad about it. I pay a lot of attention to what people write in our comments and our forums to get a pulse on what you think about the latest devices or apps.

It seems that a lot of people have read the specifications of the Lumia 630 and determined this is not much better than 5xx series from Nokia. For myself, it’s odd to compare because, by default, the Lumia 630 should be better than the Lumia 520 (or 525), though people see some of the ‘missing’ features of the Lumia 630 and think it is some weird 520 successor.

I think that’s wrong, and I have a few reasons that will show why the 630 fits nicely into the 6xx line.

1. Gorilla Glass 3 and ClearBlack Display

The display on the Lumia 630 is nice. It’s a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 resolution (really 800 x 480, the extra space is for the virtual keys). For one, that’s a 1/2 inch bigger than the Lumia 520 or 525. But that’s not that big of deal. What is a big deal is the inclusion of Gorilla Glass 3 and Nokia’s ClearBlack technology.

Corning Gorilla Glass is super important for scratch protection, durability and being a higher quality glass. The Lumia 520’s display is a bit on the rough side when compared to higher end Lumias as it gets more fingerprints it’s harder to clean, and it’s not as smooth as the Lumia 630.

ClearBlack is Nokia’s dual-layer polarizer technology found on the 6xx devices and higher. It’s what makes the blacks black, colors more vibrant, low reflectivity and better outdoor reading. In short, it’s awesome, and it makes a huge difference in quality when comparing the Lumia 5xx to the 6xx series.

Winner: Lumia 630

2. Snapdragon 400 vs Snapdragon S4

The Lumia 630 has a Snapdragon 400 Quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, versus the Lumia 520’s much older S4 dual-core clocked at 1GHz. While I wouldn’t call the Lumia 630 very fast, its processor takes on Windows Phone 8.1 appropriately with little to no stutter at all. The Snapdragon 400 is also much newer, handling the latest technology including Nokia’s SensorCore, enabling the pedometer in Bing Health & Fitness.

Winner: Lumia 630

3. Camera

The Lumia 630 has a 5 MP rear camera. The Lumia 520 has a 5 MP rear camera. Both are 1/4 inch sensors with f/2.4 apertures and the same focal lengths. They should be the same, right? Wrong. As you would expect, the latest software and firmware of the Lumia 630 outshines the Lumia 520, especially in image noise. A lot of that is probably attributable to the Cyan firmware, which the Lumia 520 will get too, but the sensor in the 630 may also be newer and of better quality.

As can be seen in the crop samples above, the Lumia 630 has much less noise and greater sharpness.

Winner: Lumia 630 (notwithstanding Lumia 520 Cyan update)

4. Battery and talk time

The Lumia 630 comes with a larger 1830 mAh battery with a rated 13.1 hours of talk time. The Lumia 520 has a smaller 1420 mAh battery with a 9.7 hour talk time.

Will that hold up in the real world? Probably, but we’ll need to test to find out. It shouldn’t come as a surprise though that the new Qualcomm chipset improves battery performance in the Lumia 630, even while giving more CPU. We’ve seen that in the Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 as well with their 800 chipset.

Winner: Lumia 630    

5. Device Size

But the Lumia 630 is bigger, right? Yes and no. It is taller, but the Lumia 630 is only a hair wider, and it’s slightly thinner than the 520.

Lumia 630 – 129.5 mm x 66.7 mm x 9.2 mm; 134 g

Lumia 520 – 119.9 mm x 64.0 mm x 9.9 mm; 124 g

As you can see by the dimensions and weight, you’re getting significantly more battery, CPU and a larger display on the Lumia 630 with a negligible 10 g in weight and a thinner phone. (Seriously, in the real world you can’t call the 630 heavier, as 10 g is not noticeable).

Winner: Draw (though I’d give the Lumia 630 a nod for ‘more for the size’)


You can get the Lumia 630 with dual SIM (and that’s way cool).


What is the Lumia 630 missing that has some people upset?

  • Dedicated camera button
  • Ambient light and Proximity sensors

The dedicated camera button is “solved” by having the quick action keys in Windows Phone 8.1 or the camera Tile. I think most people would prefer the dedicated camera button, but in using the Lumia 630 I can’t call it a deal breaker for my own use. You may be of a different opinion, but since most smartphones don’t have a dedicated camera button, I don’t see it as a sin against humanity.

As to the ambient and proximity sensors, I can see how they’re nice but so far in using the device I don’t notice the difference. On the Lumia 630, you can change brightness with the Quick Action keys, and even set them to their own custom levels. I personally don’t find it a big deal and many people like to manage their own display brightness.

But what about phone calls?

So the million question: how does the display turn off if on a phone call without a proximity sensor?


Yup, when your ear/face hits the touchscreen on the Lumia 630 it turns off. The experience is exactly the same with or without the proximity sensor, so most people won’t notice. I assume the proximity sensor may be more accurate, especially if you’re one of those people who tips the phone away from your face, but let’s just say Nokia “solved” that too. As to whether you like it or not, well, that’s a personal choice but for myself it’s irrelevant.

Finally, there’s price. You can find a dual SIM Lumia 630 for just under $200, which is certainly more than a single SIM Lumia 520, which can be had for around $60 (on sale) from AT&T. There’s a good reason for that though, which is the Lumia 630 is not a successor to the Lumia 520! So yes, it costs more. But when the ‘Lumia 530’ comes out, it too will have a better processor, better camera, larger display and be cheaper than a Lumia 630.

Lumia 630 vs. Lumia 520

Wrapping it up

In conclusion, the Lumia 630 is a better phone in many ways than the Lumia 520. It’s meant to be, after all. That doesn’t mean the 5xx series is still not important. Quite the contrary when you take into account Windows Phone market share. But those who are dismissing the Lumia 630 right off the bat due to changes in Nokia’s priorities I think are mislead. It’s a quality, well-built phone.

Now, is it an upgrade from the Lumia 620…Well, I can do that next if people are interested.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Good review. Phone should do good and give the Moto G a good run.
  • It gives the moto g a good run with only just the camera. You just can't get a good picture with that thing.
  • With these phones directed to compete in merging markets, pics, just like the RAM is of no importance. The price point is everything.
  • Yes, but so is what you get at that price point - if two phones are the same price, better pics will make a difference at least to some of the buyers. :)
  • [ slightly off-topic ] Agree, for emerging markets. For budget conscious, MS/Nokia has 520. For budget conscious yet gamers, 525. But for budget conscious with mid-high end specs seekers, we still have no answer. This is where Moto e wins (no need for Moto g yet) eliminating 520, 525. And 630 isn't even comparable due to its higher tag price. Don't know if any WP can compete this little giant.
    PS: moto e is spreading like a virus at least here in India.
  • For mis range I guess 625 has done decent job. Mainky coz of screen size
  • Yeah, at double price tag of Moto e. I'm not saying it hasn't done well or it's not mid-high end but at the same time price is a big point for emerging markets like India and China (as aitt told in above comment)
  • Now that 630 and 635 is out.. I think 625 looks a bit misplaced in the whole line up..
  • lumia 520 despite being an year old can give moto e a run for money..yup indian mkt seriously needs a successor to 520 in a price bracket of 7k-8k!!give 630's camera a flash you will have a serious competitor to moto g(or rather eliminator)!! in short in india we want a true successor to lumia 620.which still is nowhere to be seen!!
  • Remember Microsoft also have x devices and Asha devices too
  • Nope at least i don't think so Moto e won't be a match even compared to 520 let alone 630!And with the windows 8.1 coming up these phones won't stand a chance.Ok moto series performs a bit better coz its android but still no expandable memory and a shitty camera-these are the major factors these phone will run out and this is where Wp8.1 will pick.Besides major apps are on the roll.Now if in the future a low cost wp device with a Quad Core processor and 1 gb ram comes up then that will be end of Moto.But till then...lets c
  • Would be nice if you could customize the color scheme just like the Moto G
  • I dont know about the cost at your place but the moto g 16gb non expandable, cost WAY more than the 630 in my place. We have to wait for the 730 to really compete with the Moto G.
  • This phone is not for me. I only am here for high end Lumia but I have to say they design of the 630 os quite attractive. Though I thought most people complained about the ram of the 630
  • That is a legit complaint if you're a gamer. I'm not sure the 630 is aimed at those people, but yeah, even I'd like to see that 'solved'.
  • MS does claim 8.1. is more resources/ memory efficient Perhaps that will help over time?
  • Gaming wasn't an issue few days back but with emergence of developers who wouldn't / can't make even small games work on low ram devices, it's becoming a pain for majority of WP users. So, as a new device, it had to be taken into consideration watching the current scenario where games like subway surfers won't run on it (i know it wasn't targeted at gamers but then it shouldn't be a let down). I wonder if it was more important to put a sensor core than installing a GB of ram to maintain price?
  • i heard about many 630 dual-sim handsets having an issue wherein call audio completely stops on earpiece as well as loudspeaker. and can only be fixed by restarting the phone after removing the battery and sim and putting them back again. and it is said to be WP8.1 dual-sim software issue, nothing particular to Nokia's Cyan firmware (no sources, so can't say if it's true).
    other than this, i simply can't understand why they only have 1gb or 512mb ram phones (excluding extreme high end 2gb ram phones). why can't they have a 768mb ram device too? it could help drive devices with 480p displays well while supporting more apps and better multi-tasking.
    it's so simple. some may complain about developers having to go through one more app support check for those devices, but it'll be worth it.
  • 530???Is it really coming??? If it is then i'll be waiting!
  • Daniel, can City Lens or similar apps be installed on 630? Does it lack a magnetometer?
  • Yep,no compass,so no City Lens.
    No camera button,but then I hated accidentally hitting it on 920 and Ativ,5mp I won't miss it.
    Facing cam,only seen the girls use it for putting on makeup,knock..
    512 ram,this phone locks up less...0.... and runs cooler than 920,haven't tried it on bigger games,it won't load,maybe it says more about the buggy games that had memory holes on 1 & 2gig....
    I do miss the equalizer in audio settings tho,but am still pretty impressed at the value of this phone.
    But for games...I think I really do need to bite the 1520 phablet,if performance increase is better than this,phabulous.
  • Just tried subway surfers on this phone.AAAwesome.Great 3d game and phone.World at Arms can give me a refund,hope the class action kicks in,I'll join.
    Hmmm,1520,probably won't need it to play anything but next decades games(and buggy World at Arms).Thanks guys,any other good games I can try on it?
  • I've got both high end and low end devices in past two years including 920, 1020, 1520, as well as 525 and 620. But I still think this 630 is attractive! I don't mind to get one if it come to US sometimes soon. Though, still waiting for the successor of 1020...
  • I totally agree with this statement, I own a 1520 but I do appreciate the styling of this cellphone
  • Damn dude..mind sending the 1020 or 1520 my way? (already have a 920) :P
  • Ditto... I was all interested in this because I was *SURE* that the days of 512MB were gone... and the Lumia 525 gave me good reason to think that... and then they announced this. Yeah, the processor is a tad better, the screen's made of better material and the camera performs a little better... but without 1GB, this is very very hard to consider a viable option with the 525 being the true resolver of Lumia 520's major problem. If they'd thrown in a front-facing camera (how much would a cheap little VGA quality front facer have bumped up the cost, honestly?) and 1GB RAM I'd be all over this. *Sigh*... that's kind of like leaving a plumper for a model chick... then going back to the plumper.
  • MS has said "…apps written using Windows 8.1 app model and XAML stack consistently
    runs 30% faster than apps written using the Windows Phone 8 Silverlight
    app model. It also consumes significantly less memory…" Thus, with these optimizations and new app models, perhaps  512MB on the 630 is much less of a "problem" (and thus less of a mistake if at all) than on the 520.
  • I'm testing the 630 and I really, really don't miss the 1GB memory of my 1020. Are you a gamer? That's another story. But if you're a gamer, maybe you won't go for an entry level phone, isn't it?
  • My wife has had the 720 (512 ram) for a year now and not even once complained about lack of RAM. Not even one single time. In fact she probably doesn't even know how much RAM her phone has. Not everyone is an enthusiats about their phones and not everyone plays 3D games on them. 99% of smarphone owners care about calls, txts, emails, whatsapp (and alternatives) and internet acces as well as a half decent camera so they can send picture messages to friends and family, and most of those pics will probably never make it to a big screen. You are here for 1020, 930 and 1520, I understand, so am I, but you and I represent the other 1% of smartphone owners, which 630 is not targeting.
  • yup and that's what low budget phones are aimed for.Still being a gamer i love my 520 despite the fact i can't play many top games on it but only for the fact that it is hell lot of buttery smooth than those low cost laggy Android phones.
  • Yes exactly.  My wife has a 720 and she loves the phone. My only complain about this 630/635 phone is the lack of front camera. I was planning to give one to my mom, I'm encouraging to use more skype video and because of no front camera I must skip this phone.  The 1320 is huge for her, and I know she doesn't need a high end (1520-1020-930).  So I don't have a Lumia for her ... (which is disappointing....) The 720 is impossible to find these days.
  • +1020 on True Black. I dont think Nokia/MS gets enough credit for the quality of the displays on their phones.
  • For myself, ClearBlack makes a huge difference in screen quality. It's not easy to dismiss and why it's #1 on my list.
  • meh $39 bucks for an awesome phone still cant be beat
  • Absolutely true. But the perception from people seems to be that the 630 is a 520 follow up this more expensive and has major flaws. But that's just not the case. You do get more for your money with the 630.
  • If they would have added 1gb ram it would definitely be a best seller.
  • Quite true, I don't feel the difference between 1gb and 2gb on my 1520 and 920...but I did feel the delay on the 525 and 620...just not sure about the plan of MS launching a device with 512mb at this moment...even motoG and motoE have 1gb...
  • If they give this 1gig of ram who will buy mid end phones then, remember 520 did it with with just 512ram...so 630 wth 1gig would imbalance things in WP
  • The mid end phones will have front facing camera's and led flash. I doubt there will be imbalance.
  • good point there, buddy
    pretty sure the 730 will be a 1 gig device
  • In the US at least, the 620 is hard to find, so I think many were hoping the 630 would have a front facing camera (and a flash, maybe) to feel like a real upgrade from the 520. I know I did. CPU and Gorilla Glass is all good, but the 520 CPU did the job (even in 8.1) good enough, and fewer people care about the glass I think than the FFC. But you're making a strong case for the 630 over the 520 for sure.
  • I also suspect that Nokia/MS also may have just moved the whole price point placement of the lower end. 630 launched at a lower MRSP than 520 did, and 530 will be even cheaper. Give it some time and 630 will be quite cheap (and already is, particulary on carries that subsidize them in some contract models) to buy and 530 even more so, once it has come out and been on the market for a while.
  • Nice yes but the features that are lacking makes me wanna stick to my tried and true 820 :) hoping for a 820 successor or mid range device from Microsoft
  • I can see that, but the 8xx series really has not done well or sales.
  • I agree that sales performance weren't great but having a device akin to a flagship like the 920 is awesome my Device has alot of the flagship features such as Carl Zeiss optics and glance but priced reasonably and I'd like to upgrade to another mid range
  • but the problem with the 820 is   just   both are like  the same, have same  lens   but the 920 have  pureview  technology, so the people that see the 820 later of  think very well  go by the 920 because by a bit more money they get an 820 upgraded version, just is that, i am not saying that the 820 and 8xx series should come with a classic plastic  lens and underpowered but   probably phone companies   prefers offer the 920 by   margin of sales that they get   which is a percentaje of the cost of the phone which the operator  gets, in my case  with claro Chile operator they offer the 820 but is not that louder    offered  i think because cost 200 dollars less than the 820 and get less money the operator by  the sale of the  820 versus 920 sales
  • They were too mean on 820 it lacked important things, I had money to buy 820 but without much effort I chose 720...value4money
  • Interestingly though, the 820 with 8.1 on it becomes waaay more relevant. The biggest issue was internal storage. Toss in a 64 GB card with 8.1 and NOW you have a great device! Battery still sucks though, lol.
  • Depends on the user.......:)
  • You chose to have a lower spec cpu and gpu you obviously do not play heavy duty games so a 820 would be a waste on you.
  • The 820 is like a 920 mini same specs my mom had its a great phone with micro SD something the 920 didn't have. It's Nokias fault the 820 didn't do to well no advertising lack of details.
  • Still wouldn't buy this over the 520, let alone the 620 which imo destroys this phone. CPU in particular isn't really a pro as even the quad core devices aren't really significantly faster than dual core WP so no real benefit there. And with the cyan update who knows how much better the camera will get in the low end WP's. No thanks.
  • I see in almost no way how the 620 "destroys" this phone. Care to elaborate? I can't even find ONE reason (I say that as someone who really likes the 620; the 630 is a followup to that phone). Quad core matters. I'd pick a quad core Windows Phone over dual core any day of the week.
  • Only two positives from 620's side..... Camera flash and ffc..... May not be deal breakers for all though....:)
  • Ah, good point. Yeah, those are nice.
  • They are for me. I don't use my FFC much, but it seems like minimum basic equipment for a smartphone in 2014. The flashlight I use almost daily.
  • I know this isn't that kind of website but is there a chance for you to run some games or heavy duty apps between one dual core and quad core WP? I'm kind of curious about the OS or the apps using more than 1 or 2 cores. Not every program in a PC uses more than 2 cores and 4 cores has been there since a long time. So, quad cores being new to the smartphone arena... well I'm curious xD Thanks,
  • Agreed,I just upgraded from a 620 to a dual sim 630 and I genuinely miss none of the' missing' features, and love the new size, speed and features of 8.1 ruining on cyan.
  • We know you meant "running", but that does kind of kill your positivity.. :¬)
  • Size. The 620 has a sane size. The 630 loses features in favor of increased size - Ambient light sensor, camera button, flash. The 630 is not the successor to the 620. It's a bigger and more powerful version of the 520 with round corners.
  • 620 has a nicer design, proximity and ambient light sensor, LED flash and a camera for video calling. 630 has: 2 extra cores that don't make any difference in performance at all.
  • The lack of whatsapp might haunt lumia 630's sales though!!
  • Sigh
  • My thoughts exactly
  • No whats app?? Really? :O why? I didnt know that..
  • Yup.. Whatsapp chose to unpublish their app to fix a notification issue that is only there in wp8 with gdr 3 which eventually will be superseded by wp8.1.. Couldn't get any stupider than this
  • Sarcasm detectors set to /OFF.
  • Whatsapp is available now with more features..
  • that affects all Windows Phones as of now, and is expected to be temporary.
  • Obviously its temporary but unpublishing the app is an extreme step which makes no sense.. Also how would you pitch this to any new WP customer !!
  • Seriously?!, I am going to sell every product I own that begins with an 'M', just to be sure I get them all
  • mariokart? :(
  • Not any more. Whatsapp is back in the store.
  • Please do the review of comparison between 620 and 630
  • yes, please! Nice review this one.
  • Of course it's better than 520, it's everything you should be expecting on a 530. The fact that you have to compare it to 520 speaks volumes. Not to mention less ram than 525.
  • Nah, I think it's perception from users who see no camera button, etc. and think this is worse. I've seen quite a few comments of "this phone sucks" from people who haven't touched it. I think it's a great phone so far. Let's face it. Some of the finer distinctions between the 5xx, 6xx and 7xx series are lost on people. I'm telling you what those differences are.
  • Then you've wasted a lot of time explaining CPU and camera etc. Those are not the differentiators at all.
    And the key complaint is the RAM. I mean c'mon 512MB is just inexcusable. If it were named 530 sans ClearBlack, it's a no brainer. But the current form is just sub par for 6xx.
  • I completely disagree.
  • Like I noted above, MS has said "…apps written using Windows 8.1 app model and XAML stack consistently
    runs 30% faster than apps written using the Windows Phone 8 Silverlight
    app model. It also consumes significantly less memory…" Perhaps 512MB is a less of a problem going forward and a draw for new OEMs to join - they can still deliver great performance with low bill of quantities.
  • There are too many "fine" distinctions. MS needs to simplify the product lineup, especially now that more OEMs are coming on board. They should stick to a Low/Med/High lineup, maybe occasionally adding a specialty device like the 1020 or 1520.
  • I really couldn't agree more! Given how low the specs are on this device a 530 seems redundant. Any cheaper and you might as well get a Nokia X otherwise what's it there for? So I'd say 630 (low) 830 (mid) 930 (flagship) 1030 (beast camera phone) 1330,(bugdet phablet) 1530 (flagship phablet). There's absolutely no need for anything else.
  • Agreed!!!! There is no need for a 720. Let alone a replacement 730    
  • Dedicated camera key may not be sin against humanity, but it sure is sin against Nokia Lumia lovers.
  • Looking forward to your review Daniel.
    As always. Good job D :)
  • I can give you 8.1 reasons.
  • Simple, cause 630 is a higher number than 520. No, but only complaining I hear is the lack of features on the 630?
  • Wait. Screen turns off when I touch the screen while on call? So, if I had to make a con call would the screen turn off?
  • It's simple: while pressing the screen, the display is off. Lift pressure off of screen, it's back on.
  • We have the Lumia 630's in testing and it is impressive, the design is perfect and 8.1 is great though was disappointed that no all video playbacks have scroll :-( Would have been happy to pay the extra for front camera and dedicated camera button because that part is a pain.
  • How does the 630 stack up to the 625, overall? And how are you finding the battery life? I read a review that criticised the fact the screen would not always cut out, and this affected the battery detrimentally (think it was gsm arena or techcrunch, I forget which)...
  • Daniel...Why you keeping silence under RAM.....And what its good over 525....It looks like Nokia made him write the review...Pardon if am Wrong
  • Whatever.....I still love my Lumia 520.
  • I don't think I was arguing against the 520. But it should be obvious that a 6xx serious would have more features than your 5xx series. I'm simply illustrating those here because I don't think it's clear to some people.
  • Yep good point Daniel.
  • Lumia 520 is 512 mb, Lumia 620 is 512 mb, Lumia 625 is 512 MB, Lumia 630 is 512 MB. There is no winner/loser there. Nokia made me write this? I bought this phone. I'll be frank: I've seen lots of stupid complaints from people on the 630. I felt like telling them what advantages it has. But hey, if it's easier for you to accuse me of being dishonest, then go ahead...
  • But no front facing camera, that's what these phones need to blow away the competition at these price point.
  • 520 doesn't either. I wasn't reviewing the 630, I was comparing it to another phone. Save your comment for another article ;)
  • Vs 620 please Dan....:)
  • There are certainly some serious tradeoffs between the 620 and the 630. I don't own a 620 but if I did, I would really think hard about upgrading to the 630...
  • I wouldn't and I have both. 620 is slow and tiny, no way is that better in any way.
  • My sister in law has the 620, it's a neat little bugger (you're right, it is pretty small). I recommended it to her and she really enjoys it. She likes to take a lot of pictures and this is where the 620 has an advantage over the 630. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there's a very large segment of the market that will be beyond satisfied with the 630. As with anything else, one needs to buy according to their needs; but if you think you need a FFC, dedicated camera button, flash, (and NFC, the sensors mentioned in the article, etc.) then, as I mentioned, you'll need to really think hard about upgrading to the 630 if you currently own a 620.
  • I seriously think on buying the nl630 two sim ver and leave my beautiful tiny nl620 in the drawer. First it has a new processing unit and better battery. Still I would make a trade off: Glance, front camera, flash and camera button...nfc
  • daniel i think you just forgot that you are talking about second most sold smartphone of lumia range!!if bigger means a better phone then i dont know what to say!! processor, screen size and gorilla glass sounds like an upgrade... but why do you always talk about pros??are there no cons??these are better than 620 but mind you 620 can still run WP efficiently..yours could be slower but not everyones...you seriously dont understand the emerging markets!!here we want everything a budget phone can give u ie flash ffc and we seriously dont mind a slower processor if we get those things !!an avg user sees no flash no buy instantly...but not pays that much attention to dual or quad!!in india flash is used less as a flash more as a torch..some pedometer sensor cant sell a phonee dude, it has to get some legs too!! 630 an upgrade from 520---definitely without thinking....630 an upgrade from a 620--thought once twice..could be better but not worth an upgrade!!
  • I have a 620 Dan ....  its too tiny .. though ... 630 is good good Upgrade ....  Flash is not  a big deal considering  nokia camera's   night photo  qualities  ......  am gonna get a 630  for my Mom on my 1st salery !!! :D 
  • Why waste your money???? Better off saving a few more weeks and getting something with at least 1GB ram  
  • Do 620 vs 630 next, pleeeaaaseee
  • I think I can't compare with these two phones. It's very different price range.
  • I'm interested do that Lumia 620
  • Interested in a 620 vs 630
  • I own a Lumia 620. Please suggest whether I should upgrade or not.
  • If you have 8.1 on it. I recommend not upgrading to 'this' phone.
  • This phone is a pretty big downgrade over 620, despite what this article may claim.
  • Anyone can tell me how accurate is the pedometer....?
  • Math says it's 110 better!
  • I just wish it didn't have that massive chin.
  • Leave Jay Leno out of this!!!!!!!
  • But how is it possible to use the dialer while on a phone call? If someone needs to press the number 1 to get to the support area of a company or something like that?
  • they thought of that. I believe the screen turns off if a large area is in contact for more than a tap. Smartphones differentiate between taps and swipes routinely, so there's no reason it can't also differentiate a large area. By the way, how does Glance work if it's set to peek? Don't other lumia's use the proximity sensor to know when to show glance?
  • I'm guessing the surface are of the touch is part of the equation to turn off the screen. It's a guess, let's wait for Daniel to cofirm or deny.
  • The screen only turns off if a large area (like you cute little cheeks - boy you look young for a cell phone user, good for you for picking WP!) of pressure is held against it. When you take it of your cheek, it turns back on and "fingering " it does not turn it off.
  • I do hope the phone doesn't get overly excited about you fingering it :)
  • A successor is suppose to have better specs then the previous gen when it comes to mobile.. So a 1gb ram is a must.. U give a quadcore processor with 512mb of ram!!! Seriously? Its like a huge body builder with a small d****!!! :P the phone built is awesome..i expect nothin less from NOKIA... Oly complain is the ram...if moto e can provide a 1gb ram at such a small cost thn y not Nokia...
  • And a successor is supposed to be costlier as well but this one is cheaper.
  • The problem is simple.  That there has to be an article explaining why the $200 630 is better than the $60 520 does not bode well for the replacement of the 520.
  • The 520 wasn't $60 when it was launched.
  • Yup. Not sure why people forget that part. It was around $130, but shit, why let facts get in the way.
  • 520 has been out a long time and is being phased out. 630 MRSP at launch was lower than 520's. 530 launch price will be lower than 630's. Bodes quite well, actually.
  • So what would you buy, if you had to spend your own money?
  • What about front facing camera
  • That's the 630 hidden feature.
  • No.
  • According to me people find it a deal breaker because of two main condition!!!
    1) Ram
    2) No front facing camera
    Otherwise the phone is awesome...
  • Well said.  If this is so marginal, the replacement for the 520 is going to be a dog.
  • Wow Lumia 630... Nice
  • I don't find the lack of 1 gb ram or an ambient light sensor or flash or a camera button a problem.
    But really the lack of front facing camera in the 630 is an issue. Especially with selfies being the trend nowadays.
  • Yes, to me this is the ONLY fail in the spec list for this phone, even the 625 model had it. The rest is not of a big deal.
  • Still I feel, there has to be a serious feature run through and answer back to moto g.
  • 625 way better
  • The only way I would consider, buying this phone is if it had 1gb ram. But as it doesn't, I'll pass. Hoping for a 730 or an 830. Fingers crossed. :)
  • The primary differentiator between 5xx and 6xx is the screen.   I think you are right, 7xx & 8xx devices will come with 1GB.  I know there were some sale issues with prior mid-range devices but I think those are going to be the most desireable devices for current 5xx owners.  Hopefully Microsoft is making that point with carriers as they decide which devices to carry. 
  • Only 512 MB of RAM, pass.  I can't imagine a significant manufacturing cost increase to bump up to 1 GB.
  • I can. More importantly, I can imagine a significant reduction in the profit to the OEM. And: even a few % points on that is significant.
  • Really, then explain to me how the Moto G has 1 GB of RAM and priced to sell under $200?
  • Could be several things 1) some of the other materials/parts are cheaper in the Moto G 2) Moto has ordered a larger number of those memory chips and has a lower unit cots 3) Google was/is (afaik Lenovo deal has not closed yet) subsidizing Moto G and is willing to take a lower or no profit on it. The 3 option is probbably the most important  - how would you otherwise explain there was (and perpaps still is) no other major brand Android phone with equal specs at the same price point? Furthermore, perhaps Android needs 1GB to run smoothly enough for a device at this price point, whereas WP8.1 doesn't? Btw, RAM, afaik, also consumes battery power fairly significantly so I guess that is another point of optimization.
  • Unless you work for Msft/Nokia you are the consumer.  Why as a consumer are you defending an OEM and criticizing another?  Shouldn't you be criticizing MSFT/Nokia for not giving you more bang for you buck.  I get fanboyism, but not at the value of the consumer buying power.  Also there is more to 1 GB of RAM then just OS.  Take for example the GoPro app.  It won't run on a device with less than 1 GB of RAM. Hey Daniel, is there a iSupple teardown of this phone would love to know the costs????  I tried Google/Bing and nothing.  
  • I am not defending or critizing any OEM, just trying to explain and understand. IIRC, the recommended price for the Lumia 630 at launch was $159 (before tax and subs). Typical margin is something in the order of 10%. $16. I would (purely) guess the price difference between 512MB and 1GB is about $2. That's 12.5%. Not insignificant. IF the OS runs well on 512MB, MOST apps run on it OK, AS MS has done a lot of optimization with 8.1. allowing more apps to run on 512MB better, and AS the phone is targeted to lower end of the spectrum, one can perhaps understand WHY Nokia chose to put in 512MB. :) Of course, if Nokia could profitably give me 920is specs or even more  for the same buck, I would be happy. :) I do think they are already giving quite bit of bang for the buck with the 630.
  • Based on your math your trying to tell me the cost to build this device is $144 ($159-$16).  I highly doubt that when the price to build the most expensive iPhone 5s is $218 or the price to build an iPhone 5c 16gb is $173.  Even the 1520 est cost to build is $213. Nokia is not loading this phone up with high end materials, the amount of RAM is a good indication of that.
  • No, not at all. Bill of materials of a given phone is not the only cost an OEM has.  I was talking about the overall profit margin. AFAIK, a typical industry margin is somewhere around 10% (obviouly Nokia's smartphone business did not get anywhere close to that, unfortunately, in the recent years; Apple probably has much higher margin, and I recall seeing that Sammy too has something like 15% nowadays). On a cheap phone the device specific margin is probably slightly lower than on a higher end phone.  
  • Please Help me I have get a nokia lumia devices. but i have two choices nokia lumia 630 and nokia lumia 920 Please tell me which is better. but i only have 350 dollars is that any midrange device coming from microsoft if any midrange coming from microsoft ill wait for that phone please please solve my problem sorry for poor english
  • There's not even a doubt, get the 920. I wouldn't change my 920 for 4 of those crappy 630.
  • I would pick the Lumia 920. You can have a quad core CPU in the 630 but the Pureview camera does worth more in my opinion. Also there is a 512 MB vs 1GB of memory in favor of the Lumia 920.
  • You need to ask your self what you need/use the phone for. 630 is a newer and better phone in some aspects and 920 is a old, and better in other departments.
    If gaming in your phone is important 920 wins with more memory (all games will work)
    If your living a active life and exercise is more important then anything else, 630 wins.
    Keep doing this comparisons and you get your answer. 920 is old now, but still a great phone and used to be a flagship phone.
  • In My Country Nokia Lumia  630 cost about 170 dollars and Nokia Lumia 920 cost about 290 dollars. i have 350 dollars tell me which best to buy
  • is that any midrange device coming from nokia cost about 350 dollars please tell me ill wait for that phone
  • I think it will sell very well. The screen on the 520 was an eyesore. The screen is the first thing people see and it will make sense as a 520/521 upgrade, especially in a store setting with blinding lights. I think the design is intentional and well aimed.
  • I still think 520 looks better than 630
  • I mean...your right to your opinion, but...for me, just no way is that even close to being true.
  • Well, maybe the matt finish yellow with contrasting black of 520 in the 5th pic from top made me say so
  • is that any midrange device coming from nokia cost about 350 dollars please tell me ill wait for that phone
  • None that I'm aware of
  • I haven't seen one in "person" but I have seen 625 and 520 and I assure you that touching and feeling the devices side by side, the 625 is waaaay better than the 520, it feels more polished and premium.  I know that the 630 is very similar to that one.
  • Oh well, that's good
  • I own a 520 the screen is really not that bad.... Better than similarly priced droids.... And few reviews I read state 630s display is worse than 520s
  • Uh, OK. Wipe your paws on both screens for a few minutes, then go use the phone outside in the sun. The difference between the 520 and 630 is where they put the money, which is clearly the screen first. I think you're "not correct".
  • Personally I haven't used a 630....i just read a review over an Indian tech site....my bad
  • Why not 1gb RAM?! :(
  • Sometimes the tiles blank out on my Lumia 520.
    Does that happen with the 630 also?
  • It happens even in my 920
  • My 1020 too. But only for an instant, though.
  • Nice to see images improved on cyan. 720's camera looks yellowish, too much noise. Hope this will be fixed on cyan.
  • Wait for 730...
  • But they 'forgot' to provide a standard handsfree headset in the package. That's gonna be a deal breaker in countries like India. After spending so much(Rs.11k+) they have to buy a headset separately?? .. That's stupid.  
  • Larger screen means lesser PPIs .... And I have heard 630s screen is poorer than 520s in terms of quality... Sure clear black is a welcome... But the lack of even the most basic sensors is unacceptable....512 RAM will do but cant they just add a flash?
  • Unacceptable? How. Why? Explain to me like I'm five why you think a proximity sensor is so important to your daily usage of a phone.
    "And I have heard 630s screen is poorer than 520s in terms of quality."
    That is complete FUD. How is that even possible. The 520's screen is pretty much crap compared to the 630. Night vs Day.
  • I own two 520's as backup to my 820 and my wife's 925. The screen on the 630 's similar to the 820 so I am sure it is better than the 520. As I see them side by side daily. But I would hardly call the screen on the 520 crap. Especially considering the price difference between the two. I think the comparison will be how it does in sales vs the Moto g and to some degree the Moto e. 200$ may be a bit much. 
  • Proximity sensor may be not and Nokia has also provided a way around but I surely would like an ambient light sensor. I have used phones(android) without one and I hated it and its quite annoying to change it manually and windows only gives a low, medium and high to choose from.
    Regarding the screen quality, I read it on NDTV gadgets. They said colors look washed, viewing angles are poor and the low PPI count made 3 column view look terrible
  • And also lack of inbox accessories
  • I'm using Lumia 630 for a little while ago (belong with my very own Lumia 920, 925 and 1520), I'm very annoying because of proximity sensor and light sensor. Graphic is pretty great! Performance is good. No proximity sensor is sucks!
  • No camera button, no fun
  • 625 vs 635 !!!
  • To the untrained numpty, surely by definition a 6 series is better than a 5 series, a 7 better than a 6, 8 series better than a 7 and so on and so on etc............doh !!!
  • Lets say I need to buy my son a Windows Phone this summer before he goes into highschool. What would be a great choice. Yes he has an XBox One, games, chats, takes pics all of that. I'm not looking for the cheapest phone not the most expensive. Sound off....now! Thanks
  • [WP Central posted my comment in response to wrong comment]
  • 630 would be great.. It's cheap.. Only downturn is the ram... But there are many games available for 520 as well... And developers have started optimising their games for 512mb (e.g temple run 2).. Or other option is 525 if he's into gaming a lot...
  • If you're on AT&T in the US you should be able to find some good deals on the Lumia 820 out of contract... I think I remember seeing it on Amazon for just under $200.
  • You can get a 920 for around $200 on ebay right now.  
  • I would say the Lumia 920 unless he really need and SD card slot in his phone.
  • Ok, sure it is better but I have a question for you Daniel, is is worth 40 € more ? Lumia 520 is 100 € in Germany and Lumia 630 (single SIM ) is 140€. Thing is, that's not phone for me ( I will keep my Lumia 820 for one more year :P ) but for my mum. She uses my ex phone , Nokia C6-01. She is not power user, hardly can do anything more than calls and SMS. I'm not sure if  purchase of Lumia 630 is justified for her. And sice she also has small hand she is not a fan of big phones.
  • Nokia lumia 925 will be a good choice!!! If cheap then nokia lumia 720..
  • Lumia 630 is a waste with only 512 MB ram
  • But it has all that wasted space at the bottom, that could have been used for bigger capacitive buttons! :)
  • Yeah, I don't like the onscreen keys especially if the bottom bezel is almost a quarter of the screen!!
  • well, its not just empty space inside the phone there so I would call it wasted. ;)
  • This is getting more and more ridiculous by the day.
  • 600 series must have camera flash...the ram can remain the same
  • I think the Lumia 730 will be the perfect WP:
    - perfect price; - FFC; - 1gb RAM; - HD display; - perfect size and weight; - 4G.
  • And all the other phones that "Microsoft OY "is gonna manufacture will also be a waste.
  • Sorry for a complete off topic comment.
    A like the Lumia 630. Is a good smartphone. Even better here in Brazil. But Nokia Brasil is doing a horrendous job and every day I hate her more.
  • That's my next editorial...I want a 720 replacement badly.
  • Me too!! Even though  I will probably get a Lumia 930 in this year's end.
    Look at the lastet numbers from AdDuplex: Lumia 720 is doing great here in Brazil.
  • And please tell Microsoft / Nokia if they can't afford 1gb RAM for 720 successor I will volunteer to buy for them... Small phone manufacturers are giving people 1gb Ram why not them, what's wrong this people my goodness.. Or they are waiting to be swallowed alive by Android army
  • This. With the features of the 620 along with the power of a quad core s400 and 1 gb ram and maybe some exclusive distinguishing features from competition (Moto G), and right about the same price or even lower, it will be an instant hit and will give a tough competition to Moto G.
  • I didn't go for it and bought a 525 instead with 1 GB RAM and i think after cyan 525 will be better than 630 coz hardwarewise both hv same features xcept for cbd and gorilla glass dual sim and quad core
  • "Except for processor, gorilla glass, dual sim, chipset" -> Really have the same hardware, uh?
  • I just want to know two things. Is Glance supported on this device and is there an equalizer?
  • No glance and no equalizer!
  • Daniel, it was Eflop himself that called the 630 the successor to the 520. You can do the 630 vs 620 next... Though it's pretty obvious the 620 smashes it XD
  • 525 ATW!!! *_*
  • I was wondering are the camera modules the same on the Lumia 520 and 630? The added sharpness and better noise reduction could be due to a hardware improvement.
  • I don't know where I read this, but it is true. This seems to be only a phone with the most lower specs to run WP 8.1, like an example phone. Yes, we can compare it against other lumias, but what about comparing it against the competence, like the moto g?, for just a few more dollars you get a way better phone (maybe except for the camera). Is it that nokia doesn't think this?. How does someone can recomend this phone in this situation?
  • Moto g isn't a "way better phone" at that price Xperia L and 625 are, but unfortunately people like Google's shit more than anything.
    (and I never meant you by people)
  • The l630 isn't a valid upgrade from a l520. Period. I'm waiting on the green l1520.
  • I don't even think the ram or proximity sensor are any reason not to buy this LOW END device, but I get the feeling that the markets this phone is aimed at will miss that front-facing camera for skype and the like, but all in all, this looks like a decent phone for the price
  • Sorry but no ffc, proximity, light sensor, 512ram, and now no Whatsapp, this phone will flop beyond comprehension. Just look at the top sellers at the various Amazons, the Moto E/G dominates while the Lumia 630 is nowhere to be seen.
  • WhatsApp? C'mon....
  • Daniel kudos. You're doing a great job... Patiently replying to many ridiculous comments.
  • I have the 625 and would like the comparison between this and the 630 to see if it's worth upgrading being that there's the rumor that my carrier(TELUS) might be carrying the 630 soon. I bought my 625 for$200 outright.
  • Draw facepalm
  • Because it's 630, not 520.
  • Oh thanks. Didn't notice ;)
  • Still say it should have 1gb ram
  • The Lumia 530 "will have larger display"??? Seriously?!! O.o
  • I picked up on that too!
  • Lol ikr :P how do they know it will have a bigger screen? Is it confirmed yet? Maan i just want clearblack display on a 530 soo baad!!
  • The lumia 620 had front camera and back flash. Why would its successor remove features? Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I'll take a stab: Nokia discovered people didn't really use or care about those features. Proof: Lumia 520 is a top selling Windows Phone with no flash or FFC.
  • hmm 520 top selling with no flash and no ffc but at less price..u always forget the price!!!
  • Then the 630 should have been named 530 no way its better than 620 apart from processor. For me its a serious downgrade to 6xx series
  • I still keep wondering why they called it 630... I was expecting improvements over the 620 when this device was announced. What I expected from a 620 successor (which is what the 630 should have been): 1. Slighly higher screen size (maybe the 4.3" panel from the 720) with the same resolution. 2. The 1.2 GHz  quad core processor. 3. 1 GB RAM 4. 1.2 MP HD Front Cam 5. 5 MP Rear Cam with flash and FullHD Video 6. FM Radio. Most of the above are only slight improvements and some of them are already in the 720. But judging by the naming schemes, guess the 620's true successor would be the 730. Then 720's successor would be the 830. The 820 may not have a successor at all. The huge price gap between the 930 and a possible 830 may be filled with mid range phablets.
  • Because they wanted to increase the size at all costs. Fuck this size dickwaving contest. It's basically impossible to find properly sized smartphones by now. 620 will likely be the last Lumia to be sized comfortably.
  • The 530 sounds I interesting, how confident are you that it is real?
  • Daniel, thank you. I have been making these kinds of arguments all along, of course losing handily to those who KNOW better. :)  Regarding the camera button, I wish they  would implement e.g. double tap power key to turn it on (Good old N900 had some functions like that and worked quite well I thought). "But when the ‘Lumia 530’ comes out, it too will have a better processor, better camera, larger display and be cheaper than a Lumia 630." Hmm. How could you possibly know all that though? :P  
  • The Lumia 630 can also handle up to a 128 GB SD card (vs. the 520/521 which can take up to 64 GB) and its camcorder has continuous autofocusing and an additional video sharing feature.
  • this is the post I was looking for.  thanks for that.  My daughter has a 520 and won't upgrade to anything without a micro sd.
  • I am not buying 630 just because of ram. I might go with 525
  • Same here, I bought 525 just because of that, I really don't care about some noise in my photos because if I wanted clearer photos, I would go and buy DSLR and not a cellphone. All that I care is about playing some game while travelling and using apps. On 512 RAM, I can't even play Subway Surfer :|
  • Photos comparing sharpness are not good examples since they just seem to be focusing at different planes. The 520 is focused on the basketball player while the 630 is focused on the object behind. On the other hand, the first two sets of photos do show Lumia 630 have much lower noise than the 520.
  • Among 512ram
    720 s best...
  • ..and more expensive ;) That's how these things work, as they should!
  • Yes, please do the 630 vs. 620/625 :)
  • I think Lumia 630 is a great phone, but it still seems more like an upgrade to 520 to me since it has no flash and no front facing camera, I think they made a mistake there, cause people want to get that for low price as well, they could've say: Ok lets take proximity and light sensors, lets give them a shitty flash and ff camera.. No? :) what do you guys consider is an upgrade from my 920? (Lumia1020 not in competition)
  • Daniel, we need the 630 vs 620 comparison.
  • Lumia 530? Is it real?
  • It looks like they are 'redistributing' the features and prices of the WP8.1 phones a bit. The Lumia 630 loses the flash, front facing camera and camera button of the 620 but is also cheaper. Probably when all x30 phones come out in a few months, the lineup would make more sense.
  • One of the reasons I can't like either are lack of flash. My phone is my flashlight. I can't go back to trying to illuminate things in the dark with just the screen.
  • Under Cons, 630 having no front camera even though no flash for rear camera should be highlighted!!
  • Lack of dedicated camera button. As silly as that sounds, that's one of the best unique features about Windows Phone. Sure you can live without it, but once you have it, it's pretty hard to go back to not having it.
  • I like the looks of Lumia 520. I think L630 is only good for dual sim.
  • Yeah, the same comparison between lumia 620 and 630 is needed as myself being a 620 owner , should switch on to 630 or stick to my good old 620? @Daniel If you can then please post similar comparison for 620 and 630
  • If only they could've put flash and a button for the camera on it for the same cost I think it would sell a whole lot more. Imo.
  • One thing to be aware of if you get the 620 for the dual sim: Only the sim chosen for data connection will connect to 3G, the other will fall back to 2G only (probably to save battery?).
    At least where I live, some carriers do not support 2G connections at all, so this can be a problem.
  • Meh 620>630. The only place where 630 is better than 620 is the larger screen and the sensor core.
  • 512 mb ram only? -_- seriously 1gb should be the standard now. What is the point of putting Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 and Adreno 305 gpu in Lumia 630 if it has only 512mb ram?
  • True that...
  • Lack of RAM = No go.
  • Excellent review Daniel, was thinking of getting this phone for my wife and now after reading your review I feel more confident that this is a really good handset, only thing is she is worried that the lack of flash will make the camera less useful. What do you think from your own personal experience using the 630?
  • Please don't buy this phone... Your wife would repent...!!..or at least u will..
    UNTIL AND UNLESS you want a dual sim lumia... Dont buy this...
  • She likes the 930, a lot more expensive but may be worth it in the long run
  • For the reference there are many exiciting offers coming for wp8.1 I good source has leaked a micromax mobile powered by wp8.1 with
    1. 2gb ram(not confirmed..could be even more...but not less)
    2. 5 inch full 1080p res
    3. Snapdragon 800
    4. 13MP back+flash +1080p recording
    5. 5MP front
    6....guess the price...!! UNDER ₹25k..!!
    Or UNDER $390
  • Yeah..thats right..if u r planning for a long run phone...go for 930...at least the phone's technology will not get outdated in next 2-3 years...but 630 surely would be a piece of chunk after 1year...who will care about 0.5gb ram when 2-3gb ram powered mobiles are coming in the market.....
  • Look at all that bezel. Eesh.
  • Anyway about it's it's a fail for Windows Phone, sure as it's cheaper it gets more WP devices in more hands but,...Why dont they just put 1gb on all devices? This 512mb thing causes so much fragmentation on Windows Phone, Never mind all the data used by people bitching about every game that comes out that does not support 512mb devices....#DealWithIt Skip this phone, spend a little extra, buy used if you have to and get model with 1gb of ram..... If you still want to buy it, then DO NOT COMPLAIN WHEN EVERY GAME COMES OUT WITH OUT 512mb SUPPORT. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED This is my biggest ANOYANCE with Windows Phone...
  • "This 512mb thing causes so much fragmentation on Windows Phone"
    It actually doesn't. Comments here are just skewed that way. Regular people buying these phones don't notice.
  • I think it is obsurd for games to require more than 512MB of ram... All high end games work great on the iPod touch 4th generation (2011) which only has 256MB of ram and a single core 800Mhz A4 cpu!! Games like NOVA 3 on WP require 1GB... that's 4 times MORE. If you need to blame someone then blame the game developers for not optimising their code.
  • 630 is bad offer by Microsoft.....
    Higher price and not so required features... if a person is buying a low range phone...he/she is definitely not concenred about processor or image noise...
    Most of the low end user compare mobiles on basis of cost,ram,battery,size.. If one is concerned about performance they go for mid range...
  • "The Lumia 630 comes with a larger 1830 mAh battery with a rated 13.1 hours of talk time. The Lumia 520 has a smaller 1420 mAh battery with a 9.7 hour talk time." Open GSMArena review of 630 and read: "The Nokia Lumia 630 turned out quite the poor stand-by performer. Instead of the promised 600 hours, our unit lasted about 200-210. And we've tested it three times just to be sure. In the end, acknowledging the low stand-by score, the Lumia 630's overall endurance rating came at 55 hours. It is an average endurance and means your phone will last 2 days and 7 hours if used it daily for an hour of video playback, calling over a 3G network and web browsing."   So larger capacity doesn't mean that 630 is better than 520.
  • Might have something to do with the 630 having a larger screen? Either way I am not so sure the 630 is better than the 625 in all ways - but I'll wait for the review! I'm interested to see what the battery life is like with two Sims inside - that's going to be interesting!!!
  • Isn't the 630 missing a compass as well?  I'm not speaking in comparison to the 520 but just in general.
  • I believe I know why it is taking so much time for WhatsApp to come back to store, probably "Microsoft OY" is busy spoiling Mixradio just like their Xbox music.
  • No biggie,but I'd like to point out that the Lumia 520 has a 1430mAh battery, and not 1420mAh as stated in the article
  • Well 630 is a clear winner..what about comparison between L620 and L630???
    In spite of larger screen,quad core processor and bigger battery I think 620 is better..right?
  • It's better to compare 625 & 630 - 625 is the clear winner inho.
  • BUT...625 doesn't have a ClearBlack display. See, there's always something. Plus 630 has a better CPU.
  • The 625 has 4.7" Gorilla glass 2 display with ultra sensitive touch (works with gloves), front facing camera, Rear facing camera with LED Flash, Full HD 1080p@30FPS Video recording, Ambient light AND Proximity sensors, 4G-LTE support, 2000MAh battery... and it is CHEAPER!   The 630/635 are a replacement for the 520. The 525 has 1GB Ram and plays ALL high-end games so it cannot be compared to anything lower that the 820 which currently costs 3 times the price...
  • I think the article should have been of 620 and 630..this is where most of the people are getting confused.
  • This is fun reading.
  • If compared to Nokia Lumia 620, how does the 630 score?
  • With those surface like sides and that little curve in screen, I'll pick 630 anyways, but it needs at least a front facing camera.
    I went to a priority store today and the guy there recommended me XL over it, and why not? XL looks more feature packed and more of a good deal for the one who never experienced a windows phone.
  • The 630 apparently has an audio equalizer. That makes me think of upgrading from a 520.
  • The Lumia 630 looks like a really nice phone to me. I don't play a lot of games on my phone anyways so the lack 1 GB of RAM doesn't bother me
  • Lumia 635 4G is my choice.
  • Any idea , when original cyan update will hit the Indian market
  • Alright, so where the hell can someone in the US buy a 620? They were just in stock on Expansys last week. I emailed them yesterday asking why they suddenly disappeared from the site. Their response: "No, we are no longer carrying them . We have been advised by our suppliers that they have been discontinued."
  • I hear July.
  • Refering to the 930? Or you're hearing the 620 is "officially" coming to the US in some manner around July?
  • Sure the 630 is better than the 520. It is a 600 series device instead of a 500 series. It is a 30 gen device instead of a 20. You would expect it to be better. The big thing that people take issue with is not with the device itself, but with the idea that it is REPLACING the 520. The real issues:
    1) screen size. I personally cannot use the 520 because I have fat fingers, but people like my wife love the small size and even wish it was a little smaller. A 520 replacement should offer the same screen size and shrink the bezel where possible, not jump up in screen size while attempting to keep the same general dimensions.
    2) No need for a quad core. Unless quad core processors have magically gotten cheaper than dual core ones, then we could continue to see a cheaper dual core 520 replacement that uses a newer chip that gets even better battery life and weighs even less because it would not need a bigger battery. Besides, what quad core capable app is out there that will install on a 512MB device? If anything keep the dual core and bump the ram up a little. Sadly I suspect that WP9 is going to require a quad core processor and 512MB of ram, which is why all new WP devices seem to have them. That is going to leave a lot of WP users in the dust, but we will cross that bridge when it comes.
    3) Price. My work is all about providing technology (specifically desktops and laptops) to low income families, seniors, etc. Most of them own an old cracked iPhone or Android device that they got as a gift, or bought used, or got as a hand-me-down device. They would like to replaced their old beat up and cracked devices, but never feel like they can afford it. I always tell them about the 520/521 only costing $60 and often have to pull up the MS store website because they do not believe me. They can afford a $60 device, but double or triple the price and they simply cannot make it work because even $60 is a major sacrifice for them. This is the growth market, and if the 520 is replaced by a $150 device then MS is going to loose out on those customers who will eventually move up to a better device if/when they manage to get their lives turned around. So ya, 630 is a perfectly fine device, especially at the expected $150 price point, and if it coexists along side the 520 or a future 530 then great! Options are almost always a good thing. But if the 630 replaces the 520 as has been reported, then this is a bad move and Android is going to retake the low-end market that we have been chipping away at.
  • Completely missed the line about the 530 coming out. I suppose that makes the above statement a bit ridiculous, but previously we had been hearing that the 630 was the 520 replacement and that was why there was so much angst about the 630 coming at a higher price with some odd features.
    But comparing the 630 to the 620... not so sure that is a step in the right direction. Sure it is cheaper, and you gain a better CPU and SD card support... but everything else seems to be a big step down from the 620 and I am not sure the lower price quite justifies it.
  • Commenting on the typo. You state that the 630 is slightly thinner than the 520. Correct me if I'm wrong but the last time I checked 9.9 mm was way thinner than 9.2m. (I know that meters is represented by M but just had to bust some balls).
  • I miss the nokia glance screen on the new lumias. It's an strange thing that the asha phone has it but not the high range o medium-low phones. Wtf is happening here !!!! XD
  • :) fixed
  • -520-525+620-625+720+820+920+925-930+1020+1320+1520 haha
  • Well i don't agree,
    First its not good for the pocket
    Second if we agree to pay so much, shouldn't they include front cams, flash etc, why cut it
    If dual sim is only feature then it can be skipped because all the features that r missing in it(not in 520 either) does make the owner sad sometime... Also no whatsapp as of now, so why shuld one buy it now, wait for app in future and u might find a much better phone than 630 or 520
  • Nice review! I own a 620.
    620 v/s 630 please!!!
  • I love these devices. I have my 1020 and won a 625 which is a brilliant side kick. Its actually comfier to hold than the 1020 and despite the low res screen the size is just perfect. Being able to throw it into a pocket and not worry about it is a breath of fresh air too. Was really surprised by how well 8.1 ran on it too - really slick. You get a lot more value for money at this end of the market.
  • i hate the design, lumia 520 still better in design. At Least lumia 930 is so beautiful, i give my eyes to have it
  • This article is misleading. The claim that "Snapdragon 400 is much newer than Snapdragon S4" is ridiculous, as the MSM8227 (Snapdragon S4) and MSM8230 (Snapdragon 400) are indistinguishable - in fact, the MSM8230 was originally marketed as Snapdragon S4. Furthermore, more cores doesn't mean better performance - the Lumia 630's SoC uses ARMv7 cores, not Krait cores. The Lumia 630 has more cores, and those cores are clocked higher - however, those cores are also substantially weaker than the cores found in the Lumia 520. In single-threaded workloads, the Lumia 520 can be expected to absolutely hammer the Lumia 630.
  • Doesn't sprints HTC and Samsung WP have the snapdragon 400. Cause they lag alot at least the phones they had on display really sucked.
  • There is no "the" Snapdragon 400. "Snapdragon 400" can refer to a number of different SoCs. Some are dual-core Krait, some quad-core Cortex-A7. The dual-core Krait Snapdragon 400s are clocked from 1.0 to 1.7 GHz. The two phones you mentioned contain 1.4 GHz Krait cores, so those phones should have CPUs that perform at roughly 93% the speed of the Lumia 920's. If this doesn't happen, the problem is something other than the CPU. Snapdragon 400 is a branding, as was Snapdragon S4. There is no inherent performance difference between the two.
  • Two points 1. The camera point is pretty much moot. By the look of the pictures the sensor is the same, it's just the denoise algorithm that changed. It denoises more so it looks cleaner yet at the same time the details are lost - that's the giveaway that it's just algorithm, not a new sensor. 2. The amount of RAM. I fail to see how adding a larger memory chip would increase the cost of the device so much that they ommited it. I run dev prev on a 620 and that device just LAGS AS HELL. It wasn't completely smooth with 8 but the 8.1 is just a pain to use. I hope it's down to firmware but the Resuming and Loading delay will not be solved by firmware - it can't magically increase memory for apps. Prime examples of bad user experience on 512M devices are Facebook and Viber apps - facebook is laggy as hell and Viber takes forever to load. Some more lightweight apps are faster but almost every app gets to the Resuming or Loading screen here and there. With 1G RAM this could be mitigated to a much bigger extent. Bonus point: ambient light sensor. Before I had the L620 I had a cheap Andorid without ambient light sensor. I had it set to a fixed brigtness but it was a pain. At night it burnt my eyes, in sunlight I had to push to watch. As it was my business phone and I used it often inside and outside managing brightness manually would be a neverending process that I gave up upon. So yes, 630 may be a better device to an extent but certain ommisions are quite backwards considering past models and current situation on the smartphone market. It's not the individual parts that count, it's the phone as a whole and 630 as a whole is IMO quite disappointing.
  • kudos.
  • 630 is ugly it looks like my daughter's kurio tablet with that humongous bezel.
  • My only complaint about the 630 is the giant waste of space at the bottom. There's enough space for both dedicated and virtual buttons down there. Probably wouldn't bother most people, but I can't stand unnecessary, wasted space.
    The same issue bothered me coming from the 920 to the 1020.
  • IC'mon I still think that 620 is better that 630, no front cam no led flash and 512mb ram are some issues that worry me to upgrade from my 620 to 630. I don't see any positive thing apart from the qard core processor that this phone should be called the succesor of 620.
  • Front facing camera will make them cry... For this reason Microsoft didn't give it.... Really stupid they are
  • I think you should be comparing it to the 625. Assuming you can upgrade 625 to wp8.1, why would anyone buy a 630?
  • Great article Daniel! But here's something to think about: Lumia 720 vs Lumia 630. It's a close one, but on paper I'd put the 720 first (for front faceing camera, the main camera and compass). The price point is the same... Have a look. http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5321&idPhone2=6232  
  • I have one argument for the 630 that is more relevant than specs. I just bought two Icons for our household. One for me and one for my wife. When she saw the 630, she said, "Oooh, that's pretty. Can I get one of those"? She said this with a white Icon in her hand. I was dumb founded and I felt, "schooled" at the same time.
  • I'm thinking about buying it in the next time. I think I can live with some of the missing stuff, and for that money I think it's a great device and for me a significant improvement to my 8s and it's from Nokia, so it must be good. ^^ The 512MB RAM is not much memory but for many games and apps it's more than enough so it's not a bummer.
  • Yes please compare it to the 620. Can you also compare the 930 to the 920 while you're at it ;P
  • I wish I could get rid of the proximity sensor on my 920, I always use bluetooth and it's constantly dumping me back to the phone call screen if a finger gets anywhere near the sensor. It makes the action center extremely hard to access while in a call.
  • One drawback of the 520. Those Capacitive buttons dont light up like it does on my 925. I know how important it is to have those capacitive buttons light up especially in the dark. That being said, I look forward to upgrading to the 630. I like the size and the better battery.
  • Great review! Gonna show this post to my sis to make her upgread her Lumia 520 (as soon as the 630 comes out here in the US) 
  • The comparison is just wrong. The phones are from different price ranges and the author is so awed by the 630 that he chooses to neglect the small things like proximity sensor and auto brightness which for many are a major letdown. I'm not speaking for myself but I've seen my friends rely on those features too. Many people don't like to slap the phone on the cheek when on call and not having brightness is just inconvenient. I myself like customized brightness but sometimes I just want to leave it on auto and I've seen many other people do it. It's not fair to compare 520 and 630 because both are released at different times. Of course 630 will have a better processor and camera, it came 1 year later. Battery life and Gorilla Glass are definite and very strong pros but having a tie in the device size section is just not one. Also, I don't see the author mention lesser pixel density on 630 because of the bigger screen size. I'm a fan of 520 because it gives a lot of smartphone features at very less price. But the 630 doesn't provide extra improvements over 520 that are worth the price difference between them. Maybe they'll add features missing in 520 like compass and better battery life in the upcoming 530, which the author has nicely put at the end of the article.
  • daniel after reading comments i think now you seriously need to write a review of 630 vs the tiny and slow 620(as u called it)!!and please dont be biased and be honest!!!
  • I would really like to see a direct comparison between the Lumia 620 and Lumia 630, and even the Lumia 625 (wich I own one) (by the way, you guys didn't do a Review of that last one), to see if really, the 630 it's a true succesor from the 6xx series.
  • I chose Lumia 720 over Lumia 520 around a year back and I can say that I am happy with my choice. The reason for chosing 720 was that it has a Front Facing Camera and ClearBlack Display. I am eagerly waiting for Windows 8.1 update so I can push apps to the SD card storage. However I would like to upgrade to a new and better device, probably with 1Gig of RAM and a better camera. Lumia 630 is not my cup of tea. Maybe Lumia 930. Its not yet available in my country (India).
  • While comparing to 520, it is a "better" device, as far as "windows ecosystem", it fails on numerous levels to help increase MS acceptance. Having no front facing camera is a significant ommision, since for some measily savings, they will fail to convert new users to Skype Calling! Having these users join the skype ecosystem, use the system, get their friends to install skype and use messaging, their parents, etc is a huge long term failure. Get these users hooked into the platform, instead of saving a dollar or two on the camera. And while not much worse than 520, having a subpar camera is an oversight. While yes, this phone is in a price sensitive market, having the camera as a differentiating factor, building brand loyalty would've been a big thing. Those users might be willing to upgrade to the 9xx series next time around. Plenty in the US would've used this as a great phone for kids, teenagers and parents, but having these subpar specs.... Moto G has 720p screen, and front facing camera, and is fairly snappy, with a great ecosystem. I'd be perfectly willing to get 635 if it had those specs and a much better camera for around 200 to 250. Maybe call it Lumia 735 :)  That would be a great upgrade to 520 instead of the 630, which I think is somewhat of a letdown.
  • Comparing a $200 phone to a $60 phone is a joke.  When MS Nokia comes out with the Lumia 530 for $99 let me know how it compares.
  • When Nokia Lumia 520 was announced, it was $180. So pretty much same prices range as 630/635 and pretty sure in a year or two, 630 will be 60.
  • I don't think it's an upgrade to 620 it's more closer to 520 in terms of price and specs.
  • Have the L520. This L630 does not have DOUBLE TAP TO WAKE according to g-s-m-a-r-e-n-a review. Finally decided :) so NEXT!
  • A big issue for me .! Mainly this phone does not run with automatic brightness ...!!! That's why I'm not buying this phone .!!--!! What's wrong with you nokia they don't bother what people wants.! Often launching new phones without a flash light they don't bother what people demanded...!-! Senseless Nokia Ever .! They Never Improve thier self..!-!
  • The question was never whether the 630 is better than 520 but more on the lines of should it be a 5XX device or a 6XX device in terms of naming convention. The fact that you are comparing it with 520 and identifying 5 features where its better only highlights that the phone should have been a 5XX device. All the advantages that have been listed are "incremental upgrades" from a 520 and not distinct new functionalities. Just as the 520 variant with 1 GB RAM was named 525 ... this phone should have been named 530 and 535 rather than 630. No front camera and No flash are the biggest reasons i believe this should not have been called 6XX device. By naming convention , a 630 should be better than 620 / 625 ... which i do not believe it is !!!  
  • Predictably, those who would be too spontaneous would then post this in ebay or the like in few weeks time.
  • I personally believe that Lumia phones should have been with WP8.1 from the start. If so, Nokia would have complimented the OS well and not patch things up on its own. Clever MS I say or just slow.
  • I would kill for a yellow Lumia phone on VZ.
  • what about RAM ? 630 has 512 ..and many apps can't be run at 512   
  • Does the 630 have glance?
  • i'm confused.  if the screen now turns off when you touch the screen, how do you handle calls where you have to tap the number pad (press 1 to do this, press 2 to do that, type in the first 3 letters to choose the menu option, etc.).
  • I think it would have been better if Nokia didn't remove the dedicated camera button - it has become a standard for all Windows Phones since 2010. Anyway, what does the Wifi icon with an arrow mean?
  • People, people, people. Please pay attention to what Stephen Elop said when this device was launched. He said the L630 is the new entry level device for the WP8.1 range of devices. Just like the 520 was the old entry level device for the WP8 range.   In other words, there will NOT be a Lumia 530! Ignore that this is a 6 series device. This go around, it seems they will have less separate models in the range, so they are not going to use the 5 series name this time, everything gets bumped up one digit, and there will be only one true "mid range" phone. The 630 targets and beats the Moto E, you can bet a 730 will be designed as a Moto G beater, leaving 830 as the only true midrange phone.   So the 630 *is* the 520 replacement. Let's look at specs - neither has flash, FFC, NFC, compass. Both have 512MB. They've swapped Super Sensitive Touch for ClearBlack, which makes WAY MORE sense in emerging markets (how sunny is it in India and Brazil? And how many people in those countries have ever worn gloves to keep their hands warm?!).   And then here are the hardware improvements. A faster CPU. Not by much, but it is faster for multithreaded loads. Sure, a single threaded app will run faster on a 520, but any dev still writing single threaded apps in 2014 deserves a slap.   A bigger screen, with better colour fidelity and better viewing angles. I saw a Lumia 630 in store yesterday, put it up against the 520 display model and the 630 cleaned its clock!   30% bigger battery. A HUGE deal. My biggest gripe about smartphones is that with my usage, patterns, they never last a whole day of waking hours use.   Just the screen and battery alone are enough to make me choose the 630 over the 520.   The only place they've gone too far with the penny pinching is the ambient light sensor, but again, in Brazil everyone has their phone turned all the way up in the day, and all the way down at night. A light sensor only make sense for us Northern Europeans with our months and months of gloomy weather, as a way to save battery.
  • Edit: and one more thing that shows the 630 is the new 520 - the 630 doesn't have the audio equalizer. The 520 didn't either. The 620 did. Face it guys, the 6 Series is the new 5 Series.
  • It's easy, when MS will release next major update (WP 8.2 or something like that) then tell us, that only devices with 1GB or more will get it (even if that update migth be more optimized).
  • I didn't like that processor efficiency comparison. Looking at most of benchmarks and battery tests in GSMArena, i think krait cores are better at efficiency than A7. 630 might have snapdragon 400, but not the krait cores, that 520 has. The latter has more performace per core and is far less power consuming, in that sense.
  • They should make it that there more memory too
  • I wonder what day more or less the lumia 930 will be available for sales in Brazil, and how would go about his price, because I am waiting for this anxiously dreamed device * - *  
  • You left out that the 630 has an LCD screen. This can be a game changer for some people who love AMOLED and the double tap to take or glance screen.
  • And the winner is... the Lumia 625! Better at EVERYTHING than both the 520 and the 630/635. Cheaper too!
  • I've had a 520 for 3 months now (after my 8X died on me) and I've been quite impressed with the little guy. Yes, it does struggle a little with 8.1 preview, but it's totally functional (sans camera sluggishness). The 630 looks to be a nice step up from the 5XX line for the price.
  • Well, I would love to see it against the 620, since that's the phone I am aiming to buy and the 630 isn't quite the phone I would wait for. The lack of flash is a major flaw for me
  • the lumia 820 was useless, but right now i imagine the 830 coming with a lower price than 820. I think that will be something like this: lumia 530 = what a lumia 330 would be (512 mb ram, 4 gb, snapdragon 200, same camera as lumia 630) lumia 630 = lumia 520 succesor lumia 730 =  1 gb of ram, snapdragon 400, 4.7 inches qHD, same camera as lumia 720. lumia 830 = 1 gb of ram, snapdragon 400 (insted of a high end SoC), 8gb, 5.2 inches HD and the lumia 925 camera. i think that lumia 530 and lumia 830 will be launched in this year
  • All I want is the performance of my lovable Lumia 521 in larger 4.5" screen size. I'm not understanding the function keys and how they relate to the bezel and usable screen size, but judging by the photos, it looks no larger (visibilty wise) than the 521. I'm in tears as I begrudgingly renew my next months plan with my Moto G, when in reality, I love the windows user interface by far.
  • The 630 has very big disadvantage: On-Screen-Buttons! They suck big time ... 
  • Just saying.. Here in Brazil, some people see the 630 as a follow up from 520, not 620. Why? No camera key, no brighness and proximity sensor and only 512Mb of RAM. Bua a large amount of people don't! And for one reason, the price! Here, we can buy a 520 for something like R$450,00 with no contract. And the 630 will cost about R$699,00 !!! Too expensive for brazillians needs... What the people here whants is: Dual-SIM (ok.), TV (the brazillian version will have TV), cheap (about R$400 ~ R$500,00) and the capacity to install and play Candy Crush Saga (sigh... )! To that kind of people, Moto G (Moto E and even Sony Xperia E) is more interesting, even they don't have TV. For TV, here we can buy lots of made-in-China "smartphones" for about R$100 ~ R$300. If Microsoft Mobile (aka Nokia) really wants to sell lots of Lumias 630, 530, whatever, they really has to reduce the price tag...
  • is it true that phone gets heated up fast?
  • Yea bring on the 830 and the 530
  • In fact, the display on the 630 is not bigger if you look at the usable area. That's rarely even 4 inch, because the software symbol takes away a lot of pixels
  • Is 0.5 GB RAM enough for Winows 8.1?
  • I don't think we can compare the 620 with the 630 at this moment. The 620 is still on Lumia Black while the 630 already has Lumia Cyan installed.  
  • Sorry guys but this list is baloney. For there are two reasons why it could be better, and none of them are fulfilled, which just makes it an alternative but not an improvement: 1. Does it not have the crippling 512MB RAM any more? It still does. So that doesn't make it better in any way, and ends any discussion right there.   2. Does it have a faster processor? No, it has a downgrade. You sentence "The Lumia 630 has a Snapdragon 400 Quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, versus the Lumia 520’s much older S4 dual-core clocked at 1GHz" is completely wrong. It may have two more cores, but it also has the much weaker processor architecture, instead of the fast Krait cores. The 200Mhz more mean nothing, in comparison with the 1Ghz Krait it comes out as if it was a 800 Mhz Krait core. The two extra cores mean nothing when the cores themselves are a downgrade. In 2014, Nokia should have had 1GB RAM and Quad Core Krait across the range. This is just ridiculous. While the 520 was a good value proposition and for it's time had good internals, with an up-to-date processor, and only had RAM as a real drawback and sacrifice because of the price, the 630 itself is nowhere near being such great value as the 520 was. And the screen is also horrible. Motorola managed to get a proper amount of RAM and a proper display resolution in the same price package, Nokia skimped like they have always done, and why they have ultimately failed in the smartphone space as early as 2008-2010. They don't deliver, others do deliver. Simple as that.
  • Biggest negative is 512MB RAM
  • Moto E is ugly.
  • Negatives? What is the Lumia 630 missing that has some people upset? Dedicated camera button >>> This is not a deal breaker Ambient light and Proximity sensors >>> This is not a deal breaker I have seen the 630 on-hand and the one thing I don't like is the low resolution screen.  You can notice pixels that may turn-off some people.  Its biggest issue could be battery life since its dual-sim.
  • This makes no sense, surely the 630 is the upgrade from the 625 not the 520?
  • Yes and I'm beginning to tire of articles like this (Not Daniel's fault) where you have to justify why some product is better than another. It should be obvious. Putting it simply, Nokia is still doing a terrible job of differentiating the different models. It should be obvious that a 630 is a step up from a 520, but it just isn't. What's worse is that I just bought a Nokia 625 instead a 630 for my dad, and it's clearly a much better phone. - Camera flash is a deal breaker. What's the point of having a fancy Clearblack screen when your photo's come out all poor in bad lighting conditions? - In a modern world, you can't not have a forward facing camera in my opinion. But what's shameful is there is one on the 625 but not the 630. How are consumers supposed to make informed decisions? - If you've got used to a hardware camera button, it IS POSSIBLY a deal breaker. I will really miss this if I ever move away from my 1520. - One more bug bear, totally unrelated (But when having a rant, why not), is that SD card slots are a deal breaker for many of us. I have 40-60GB of music and other media on my phone card and this pretty much means that I'm limited to a 5XX/6XX or 15XX. Bad. I'm a massive fan of this site, but Daniel, why can't you just say something is shit, when it's shit? I don't believe you work for Nokia, and everyone is entitled to an opinion of course. But in the cold light of day a $60 phone that does 90% of the things a brand new much more expensive phone can do is not going to have potential shoppers going for the latest and greatest. I appreciate that this 520 didn't start off as a $60 phone but if I walk into my local store and and I have these two options, it'd be 520 all the way and I'd spend the rest of the money on beer. No beer was consumed prior to this rant. Which is a shame.
  • oh dont start off the SD card argument lol ;) I am waiting on the Lumia 930 and am not fussed by the lack of SD slot. Mainly as i come from iPhone so am used to it, and managing my storage. I did buy a Lumia 625 as a dev phone, and its really awesome, only thing that lets it down for me is the resolution and the camera.  That said your comments make this article make more sense now.
  • Haha yes the SD card slot argument - a step too far maybe. The point is sort of valid though, why are SD card slots so randomly placed throughout the range? Logically speaking, an SD card makes the most sense in the cameras with giant camera resolutions - so that you can take the SD card to a shop to get the piccies developed easily. I don't know what Nokia design teams smoke, but I'd like some of it.
  • My Lumia 520 still rocks \m/
  • On-screen buttons are disgusting, I rather have a 520 even if they were the same price.   And the lack of light/proximity sensors is hilarious.
  • It's the on screen buttons that I can't take on the 630 there is clearly enough bezel for it below the screen stop cheaping out and do it.  For the small diffrences pointed out above I don't think tripling the price for the 630 is worth it. Now if the 630 cost 120 bucks I may be in however too much money not enought phone for me.
  • I wonder if the people that argue that 512MB is enough do anything besides browse the internet.
  • I love my l520,but as an upgrade I will never take 630,I want some thing which will suppress my 520 & that thing is not 630.
  • Corning glass & clear black is not an upgrade & processor wise I would say tie however degrading sensors and make it look like an upgrade is cheap play
  • Is it true that l630 don't have double tap to wake?
  • Hey Daniel can you also do a lumia 630 vs lumia 620 cause i own a 620 and i don't see the 630 as a successor to it. please and btw when are you gonna put up the 630 review
  • I love my 630 so far. Now coming from the 521 is it much of an improvement? In my opinion yes it is. I find the screen to be much nicer. The speed of app opening and closing is faster and my battery last much longer. Plus the fact that I got it for free makes it even better.
  • This is the bizar technology that i ever seen.......