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Nokia Lumia 620 review

There's a new baby in the Lumia family

Battery life

We've been pretty impressed with the Nokia Lumia 620 in most areas - for a budget handset there's not much that we could realistically expect it to do any better. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, the battery could be its downfall.

Rated at 1300mAh, it was never likely to be great, and going into this review it was our single biggest worry.

Nokia Lumia 620 review

Depending on your usage patterns, you might be alright with it, since the drain when the screen is off doesn't seem too great, so if you mostly have the phone on standby, but maybe make a few calls and listen to a bit of music you should easily get through a day, probably more.

If on the other hand you plan to spend a lot of time watching videos, browsing the net or using games and apps, then you can expect it to plummet.

Nokia Lumia 620 review

We put the Nokia Lumia 620 through our standard battery test of running a 90 minute video from the handset, with the screen at full brightness, emails and social networks set to send push notifications and the battery starting fully charged.

By the end of the video the phone's charge had dropped to 64%, in other words under those conditions you can expect at most 4.5 hours of video before the battery conks out, which really isn't very good.

You can improve that a bit by turning the brightness down or turning on the battery saver, which stops apps running in the background and turns off automatic email syncing, but we'd still hoped for more from it.

On the other hand, battery life seems to be the bane of Windows Phone 8 in general, because none of the other currently available handsets seem much better, so if you're set on Windows Phone 8 it's a problem that might be unavoidable for now.

Connectivity

Nokia Lumia 620 review

The Nokia Lumia 620 has a fairly standard array of connectivity options, specifically dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, HSDPA at 21Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76Mbps.

It also features Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and GPS.

It's all pretty easy to set up, with options in the main settings screen for turning on and configuring connections.

But we do wish there was a quicker way to turn Bluetooth on and off, since it's buried several screens deep.

While acceptably fast for most things, the Wi-Fi proved quite slow at loading desktop pages, sometimes taking up to 30 seconds to fully load a page.

However, when sticking to mobile sites, it was plenty fast enough.

Nokia Lumia 620 review

Getting files to and from the phone is pretty easy. There's built-in SkyDrive integration for a start, enabling you to easily upload photos and other files at the touch of a button.

You'll also find some other cloud storage sites are supported by apps available in the store.

If you want to get a lot of things onto your phone then you might be better off plugging it into a PC, which, once done, enables you to use it like a USB flash drive and just copy and paste files to the handset.

The folder system is simple too, with clearly labelled Picture, Music and Video folders.

Finally, if you've already got files on a microSD card you can also just pop that into the phone and get at items that way.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 3.0
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height115.4 mm
Width61.1 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time330 Hour
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