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Nokia Lumia 620 review

The best budget smartphone on the market
Tue Feb 12 2013, 16:42

Product Nokia Lumia 620
Website http://www.nokia.com/gb-en/products/phone/lumia620/
Specifications 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 3.8in 480x800 Clearblack touchscreen, 5P rear-facing camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 3G and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity, 8GB internal storage, microSD memory expansion up to 64GB, 1,300mAh battery, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, 114x61x11mm, 127g
Price £150 on pay as you go


THE NOKIA LUMIA 620 is the company's cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset yet, undercutting the Lumia 820 and 920 with its £150 pay as you go price tag. 

Not only is the Lumia 620 undercutting its top-end siblings, it's also putting pressure on its Android competition, with few handsets with similar specifications matching the Lumia 620's sub-£200 price.

So, does this mean that Nokia has skimped on features to keep this phone cheap, or is the Nokia Lumia 620 simply great value for money? Read on to find out what we think.  

Design
The Nokia Lumia 620 arguably is one of the most beautifully designed budget smartphones ever.

One of the handset's main selling points is its interchangeable covers, which reminded us of the early 2000s when we used to change the fascia on our Nokia 3210. Nokia's colourful Lumia 620 covers are a bit more impressive, and the firm has even released 3D printer information so customers can design and build their own custom cases. 

Nokia Lumia 620 design

These cases are available in black, white, pink, green, blue and yellow. We opted for the pink cover, which sports a soft-touch, matte feel, but are also fans of Nokia's two-tone green and yellow case, which boasts a shinier, more flashy look.

Our only real gripe with these covers is that it can be quite tricky to get the rear case off the phone, and we might have lost a nail trying to do so at one point. 

It's not just the covers we became quite fond of, as the Nokia Lumia 620 is a nicely designed handset overall. It's compact at 115x61x11mm and fits nicely in the hand thanks to its curved shape. It's a pretty rugged handset too, managing to escape scuff-free from our clumsy hands.

Screen
The Nokia Lumia 620 sports a 3.8in 480x800 Clearblack touchscreen, which is surprisingly impressive given the handset's cheap price.

The Nokia Lumia 620 is available in Pink

Nokia's Clearblack technology ensures everything looks bright and crisp, even when the phone is used outdoors, while the WVGA resolution ensures everything is detailed enough. The screen isn't on a par with the Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5, but it shows the Lumia 620 punching above its weight. Saying that, we did notice a slight yellow tinge when using apps with bright white backgrounds, such as Spotify, but this shouldn't prove too much of a nuisance.

Next: Software and apps, performance.

 

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