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Nokia Lumia 620: Don’t Buy It?

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There’s no denying that the Nokia Lumia 620 is a very attractive little phone.

While some consumers will not be able to get past its candy-coated exterior, I encourage you to dig a little deeper into the specs on this device. Chances are, you will not find it quite so cute after you see how it stacks up performance-wise to some of the similarly priced competition. There are definitely better devices out there, especially if you will be signing a contract with a service provider upon purchase. Here is what to look for, as well as some much better options, keeping in mind that the Lumia 620 retails for $99.99 at Aio Wireless with contract.

Red Flag #1: Display Resolution

While the Nokia Lumia 620 does boast a nice polarized coating for bright light display performance, the truth of the matter is that this is only a WVGA display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. This is a pixel density of 245 pixels. Not only that, the screen is a paltry 3.8 inches, well below the size of the industry’s top performers.

Red Flag #2: Processor Speed

The Lumia 620 has a 1.0 GHz dual core processor, giving you lots of limitations when it comes to speed-hungry gaming applications. This phone is easily overwhelmed by excessive app downloads, limiting you to just a few for optimal performance.

Red Flag #3: Call Quality

Communicating via the Lumia 620 is iffy, and people receiving your calls may report that your voice sounds distorted or muffled. White noise is also problematic with this device. If you cannot hear the person you are calling or vice-versa, doesn’t that defeat the point of having a cell phone in the first place?

Red Flag #4: Battery Life

With an onboard 1,300mAh battery, this is hardly a phone ready to go the distance. The phone is rated for only 9.9 hours of talk time on 3G, which is fairly limited as far as smartphones go.

Red Flag #5: Storage Capacity

The Nokia Lumia 620 has 8 GB of internal storage, which is not bad, but it’s not great either. You can expand it up to 64 GB with a microSD card – that is, if you can find a place to put it and a way to insert it. Access to the microSD slot is so difficult that there are specific included instructions telling you how to do so. Think cover removal, battery removal, and then a difficult insertion process.

Other Options

If you go with AT&T and sign a 2-year contract, you can still get the look you love with Nokia’s bright colors, but with a much, MUCH better phone. Take the Nokia Lumia 1520, for example. The 16 GB red 1520 retails for $99.99, and it has a 20 megapixel (yes, you read that right) camera, a 1080p display, and a 2.2 GHz quad core processor. This is a no-brainer for most users. You will get the design that you like, the Windows 8 Phone user interface, as well as a fantastic phone that is built to keep up with the elite smartphones. Why pay $99.99 for the 620, when you can have all this for the same price?