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Nokia Lumia 620 review

Tue Feb 12 2013, 16:42

Given that the Nokia Lumia 620 has performed so well up until now, we were expecting the camera to be its downfall.

However, while the 5MP rear-facing camera isn't going to blow your mind, it's a decent little camera that stands up to, if not outdoes, its Android competition. Images come out detailed with natural colours, the autofocus is excellent and there's even a dedicated camera key on the side of the handset, a rarity among budget smartphones. It's also capable of shooting HD 720p video, which it manages to do well. 

The Nokia Lumia 620 has a 5MP rear-facing camera

There's also a 0.3MP camera on the front of the phone, which while no good for taking photos means the Lumia 620 is capable of making Skype video calls. 

Battery life and storage
Well, there had to be something bad, didn't there? The Nokia Lumia 620 features a 1,300mAh battery, which although it doesn't sound terrible on paper proved a bit of a letdown during our testing. The phone struggled to make it through an entire day, even when we just used it for sporadically checking emails and browsing the web. Watching videos and gaming really take their toll on the battery too, and we noticed that after half an hour of playing Wordament the battery had drained by around 20 percent.

Storage on the Nokia Lumia 620, on the other hand, is excellent. Although it comes with a modest 8GB of storage built-in, this can be expanded with an additional 64GB via microSD, matching the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5 for a mere sliver of the price. 

In Short
The Nokia Lumia 620 is, quite simply, the best budget smartphone on the market right now. In fact, we still can't quite get our heads around the fact that it can be picked up for just £150, given the performance of the smartphone. 

We'll happily recommend the Lumia 620 above its similarly priced Android competition, and it's the ideal smartphone for those looking to give Windows Phone 8 a spin. µ

The Good
Gorgeous design, excellent screen, Windows Phone 8 is improving, good camera, up to 72GB of storage.

The Bad
Battery life isn't great.

The Ugly

Bartender's Score



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