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Nokia Lumia 620 review

There's a new baby in the Lumia family

Our Verdict

There's not a whole lot that the Nokia Lumia 620 does wrong. As an all-round, jack of all trades budget handset it does a great job. We'd love it if the screen was slightly bigger or it had a little bit more RAM, but for the price we can't really complain.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 14.60 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great value
  • Solid specs
  • Expandable storage
  • Useful Nokia apps

Against

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Cramped keyboard
  • Slow browser
  • Small screen

The Nokia Lumia 620 is standard Windows Phone 8 through and through.

When you turn it on or unlock it you're greeted with a lock screen complete with the time, date and battery level overlaid on customisable wallpaper.

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You can clear it with an upwards swipe and you'll land straight on the Start screen (or whatever screen you were last on).

Microsoft has done a great job with the Windows Phone 8 start screen, making it arguably more distinctive than those on either iOS or Android.

Rather than a series of horizontally scrolling screens, Windows Phone 8 scrolls vertically and doesn't have separate screens - it's just one continuous stream of apps.

It's not necessarily a better way of doing it, but it's certainly different from the competition.

The apps themselves are laid out as tiles, which can be made into any of three different sizes.

They largely follow a uniform colour scheme (of your choosing) and they slot together elegantly.

We've said it before, but it's very hard to make the Start screen on Windows Phone look messy or ugly.

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Many of the apps on the Start screen can also have live tiles. Much like a widget on Android, this means that the tiles aren't static.

For example, the People app will scroll through pictures of your contacts and the Calendar app will display upcoming events and reminders - all right there on the start screen.

Tapping a tile will open the associated app, while if you want to resize, move or delete a tile you simply long-press it and then either drag it into a new position, tap the size button that appears, or tap the unpin button to remove it from the screen.

Aside from doing that and picking a colour scheme for the tiles, the only other customisation option available is picking from a light or a dark background - there's no custom wallpapers here.

The only thing other than tiles on the start screen is the time, which is displayed at the top-right of the screen.

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However, if you tap the top it will also briefly bring down a battery bar, signal level and list of any active data connections.

Swiping right from the start screen brings you to a list of all of your apps, including those not currently pinned to the start screen.

You can launch any of them from here by tapping on them, and pin them to the start bar or uninstall them by long-pressing them.

This is also where you'll find the settings screen, though that too can be pinned to the start screen for easier access if you'd prefer.

From here you can customise the colour scheme, set up Wi-Fi networks, change your ringtone, adjust the brightness and more.

Most of the options are fairly standard and self explanatory, but there's one that's worth mentioning - kid's corner.

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This enables you to set up a separate user area for children, where you can limit access to certain apps and media.

Once it's set up you can easily get to it by swiping right from the lock screen.

The Nokia Lumia 620 isn't the only phone to have this feature, but combined with the low price tag, robust back and colourful, changeable covers, it makes it a fairly child-friendly handset.

That's about it for the main interface. It's very simple, and for the most part very intuitive. Despite being a low-end handset, the Nokia Lumia 620 also has enough power to make getting around a breeze.

Scrolling and swiping on the screen is fast, smooth and responsive, and with a 246ppi display, everything looks fairly crisp and clear.

The only other thing to mention is the three soft touch buttons at the bottom of the screen.

As with most other things on the Nokia Lumia 620, these are a standard Windows Phone 8 feature.

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But for those new to the OS, there's a Back button on the bottom-left, which scrolls back through the previous screens and apps that you've used.

If you long-press it you can even get a visual overview of them all and simply tap on the one that you want to return to.

Then there's a start button in the centre that takes you back to the start screen.

Long pressing this one brings up a voice search box. It can be used to do an internet search, open apps or even text or call contacts.

Better yet, it actually works. Or it does if there's no background noise anyway - good luck using it in a pub.

Finally, on the bottom-right there's a search button; this simply launches Bing and enables you to tap out a web search.

All in all, both the interface and performance are pretty comparable to the HTC Windows Phone 8S, which given that the Nokia Lumia 620 can be bought for less money is pretty impressive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time14.60 Hour
Product Model620
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)127 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, EU RoHS, REACH, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Conference Call, Caller ID
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height115.4 mm
Width61.1 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerNo
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 620 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon S4
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Number0023C16
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 620 Smartphone
  • Micro-USB Charger
  • Battery
  • Connectivity Cable
  • Stereo Headset
Limited Warranty2 Year