Yes, yes, yes – we want our smartphones to be strong under the hood, quick to action, and ready to perform all of the tasks we ask of them.
On the other hand, it would be a lie to say that design and aesthetics are not important, which is why the adorable Moto G and Nokia Lumia 620 are hitting it big with the masses. Here is an overview of the Nokia Lumia 620, a fantastic little entry level smartphone which proves to be more than just a pretty face.
The first thing you will notice about the Lumia 620 is the candy colored rear cover. Available in blue, lime, purple, yellow, pink, and the standard black and white, the colors can be layered and are available in matte and glossy finishes for a customized look. The 620 weighs in at a stout 4.5 ounces, and it looks a lot like its big brother, the Lumia 920. Disappointingly, the screen is only 3.8 inches with 800 x 480 pixel WVGA resolution. While these numbers are nothing to get excited about, the polarized screen coating is, giving you incredible screen visibility even in bright light situations. The standard buttons are on the edges, including volume, power, and camera shutter, with a headset jack on the top and microUSB charging slot on the bottom. The microSD card is, unfortunately, difficult to access underneath the battery below the back cover.
Performance & OS
The Lumia 620 runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system, which is smooth and user friendly. Preloaded apps include ESPN, Nokia Care, Smart Shoot, and Microsoft Office Suite. The processor is a dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, giving it decent speeds about what you would expect from a phone in this price category. Call quality and battery life are a bit disappointing, though, with distortion in certain talking situations.
One feature that you will really appreciate in the Lumia 620 is its 5-megapixel rear camera. It takes very nice photos that are ideal for social media and blog posts. It is also capable of shooting in 720p HD, and videos are quite good in quality. The front camera, a VGA resolution device, is good enough for video chats but little else. Don’t expect high quality selfies from this one.
For the most part, the Nokia Lumia 620 is a fantastic little phone, especially for newbies in the smartphone market. Parents will find this to be the perfect phone for teens, especially with its low pricetag (available for $99.99 USD with contract from Aio Wireless) and decent feature set for the money. If you are looking for a nice Windows phone without breaking the bank or wanting to upgrade from an older, slower device, you will enjoy the look and feel of this phone, even though it is not top of the line. Those who can afford to spring for the better Nokia Lumia 920 should go for it, but if price is an issue, the Lumia 620 will get the job done for most casual smartphone users.