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Well-designed low-end smartphone [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
[June 22, 2014]

Well-designed low-end smartphone [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]

(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) GOOD BUY: Although a budget smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 630 Dual Sim is useful for work and play, writes Arman Ahmad Question: What is it? Answer: The Lumia 630 Dual Sim is an affordable Windows phone 8.1 from Microsoft Devices. It is the first Lumia dual sim-card smartphone.

Question: What are some of its basic specifications? Answer: The phone is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM. It has 8GB of storage on board and you can expand it further with a micro-SD card up to 128GB. If you have lots of apps, pictures and videos to store and share, there is plenty of storage here for support. Coupled with Windows 8.1, the phone is responsive, and menu navigation is surprisingly quick.

Question: What are its features? Answer: Physically, the phone is of the right size and weight. It is light, weighing just 134g. Slightly smaller than an S4, it is suitable for one handed operation and fits in your pocket perfectly. It has an attractive matte polycarbonate design with changeable casings which feels robust and is pleasing to the touch. The rear cover can be easily removed by just flexing and snapping the plastic back cover off, giving access to the battery, both SIM slots and the micro-SD slot.

Question: How big is the display? Answer: The 4.5-inch ClearBlack screen is designed for visibility in bright conditions and also offers good viewing angles.

The screen resolution stands at 854 x 480 pixels. The display is well- protected with a Gorilla Glass 3. If there is a downside to the display, it will be the oil and grime that easily sticks to it.

Question: What is the camera like? Answer: The phone has a rear facing 5MP camera, but no flash. The camera is not on the front which only means it is not for selfie snappers. The camera may not produce sharp pictures like that of high-end phones but it has features on board to make the most out of your picture taking moments. You can adjust brightness, ISO and other features or leave it on auto.

The smartphone doesn't have a dedicated camera button. You need to navigate a pull down menu to activate the camera.

Question: What type of connectivity is available? Answer: For connections, there is WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and HSDPA 3G. WiFi connects rather quickly. For surfing the Web, it is supported by Internet Explorer.

Question: How long does the battery last? Answer: The 1,830mAh battery should last almost two days before being completely drained with average usage. Of course, you won't get that far playing games and watching videos full time.

Question: What apps are available? Answer: It has been reported that there are approximately 400,000 apps between PCs and mobile devices in the Windows App store. The Windows phone store alone has 250,000 of apps. You will find all the popular apps you need for work and play.

Among others it has a one swipe notifications from Action Centre, the new Microsoft Enterprise feature pack, Microsoft Office, OneDrive, camera, and HERE Maps and Drive+, which work seamlessly.

Question: Where can I buy the phone? Answer: The device is available at Nokia stores at a recommended retail price of RM549.

Question: What colours are available? Answer: It is available in yellow, black and white.

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