Thanks to Nokia Italia, I had the opportunity to test the Nokia Lumia 620. Its not a brand new device (it was announced in the late 2012), but I thought it could be a good chance to finally try out Windows Phone 8 for a longer period (a week).

The 620 is a nice little device with 3.8 inches (~246 ppi pixel density) TFT Clear Black screen is perfect for one-handed use and performs quite well under direct sunlight. Blacks are not so deep, but color reproduction seems quite accurate – although it can look a bit washed-out to OLED screen lovers (like me); the WVGA (800×640) resolution is pretty decent for its size.

Underneath the display, you can find the usual three back lit WP keys back, home and search; volume rocker, power/stand-by button and the comfortable shutter key are placed on the right side. One of the coolest features of the 620 is swappable-covers – one of the features that made Nokia known in the past.

The 620 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU clocked at 1GHZ with 512MB of RAM and the Adreno 305 GPU. It also packs NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3,0 connection (yes, you can finally share files!).

Memory

Internal storage is what you expect from this range of device, but luckily its 8GB storage can be expanded via micro SD (Nokia being very modest on higher models, hope they include this in all their future models).

Photos/Videos

The camera is a 5 Mpx sensor with a single LED flash and auto-focus but no Carl Zeiss lens. It records 720p videos with Rich Audio Recording. I’ve taken a bunch of photos and a couple of videos, you can do the math.

Speaker quality

The rear speaker performs well; it’s quite loud but sound becomes scratchy at the maximum volume. Unfortunately, being placed in the rear of the device, its volume conspicuously decreases when you put the device on a soft surface (like a couch or a bed).

Battery

The 1300mAh battery seems little for nowadays gigantic power packs, but thanks to the restrained hardware and the small and less-resoluted screen, it can drive you throughout the day with a moderate usage.

Call quality

I carried the 620 in some gray areas and it performed quite well, it’s faster than the Lumia 710 (the other Lumia I had) to lock the signal. Call quality is good, and the front speaker is loud and good enough to provide a comfortable call experience.

Nokia Apps

You cannot review a Lumia without referring to the vast app selection Nokia has planned for its devices; it brings the WP experience to a whole new level. HERE Maps, Drive+, Transit are so well-integrated it’s a pleasure to use them; Cinemagraph filter is perfect for funny moments with friends, but it takes some time to process images because of the CPU.

I shot some pictures and Videos with Lumia 620 which are below. I am a armature photographer and i think the Pictures are pretty good for a budget low end device.

You can view the full-resolution photos on Flickr: Click here

The Lumia 620 is capable of video recording up to 720p; featuring the Rich Audio Recording technology, it can record a surprisingly good audio.

Here you can watch to two short clips, one at night and the other in a noisy environment.

Conclusion

The Lumia 620 is a well-balanced device; you will hardly find another smartphone as good with a pretty decent camera as this in its price-range. WP is smooth, fluid and a web page render fast ・ CPU shows its limits into heavier activities, but have no issues or sluggishness throughout common daily usage; during heavy tasks you can feel the area immediately below the camera (where the CPU is located) becomes slightly hot, but it doesn’t dramatically affect the use.

The 620 is perfect for young and casual users looking for a budget, compact and well-built smartphone, with bright and interchangeable covers and a fast keyboard (in spite of the small screen) for heavy-texting. In addition to that, it packs all the WP values, from SkyDrive and Office integration to great mail experience. The Lumia 620 is the first device to introduce the dual-shot cases, as always Nokia brings the niche features in all their new devices.

Post originally published on SmartGadgetsCentral

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