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Nokia Lumia 620 review

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Maps

Nokia Lumia 620 review

Being a Nokia handset, the Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a handful of useful Nokia apps in addition to the standard Windows Phone 8 stuff.

On the mapping front, there's Nokia Maps, which is a decent piece of mapping software.

We're not fans of its fairly muted look, but it's got some useful features such as the ability to download maps for offline use and find nearby places.

It's also integrated with Nokia Drive, which is a pretty good free sat-nav service.

It doesn't have a ton of features, but it'll get you where you're going. We were also impressed with how fast GPS locked on to our location, only taking a few seconds.

Apps

In terms of apps, the Nokia Lumia 620 comes with Nokia Music, which we talked about on the Media page of this review. Thanks to free mixes, it's better than Microsoft's music player.

Nokia Lumia 620 review

There's also City Lens, which uses your phone's camera to point out attractions and restaurants in the nearby area. It's a bit of a gimmick really, since you can get much of the same functionality from Nokia Maps without making a fool of yourself, but it's still fun.

Finally and least interestingly there's Nokia Care, which is basically just a manual for your phone.

Nokia Lumia 620 review

Other than the Nokia apps you get standard things such as a calendar, calculator and alarm clock, along with Microsoft Office and OneNote.

The mobile version of Microsoft Office is surprisingly fully featured, with all the options for creating and editing documents and spreadsheets that you're likely to need on the move.

We're not sure the 3.8-inch Nokia Lumia 620 is the best place to use it, but it's nice to have anyway.

While you don't get a huge number of apps pre-installed, what's there is all pretty good.

Getting more apps is simply a case of finding and downloading them from the Nokia or Windows Phone 8 app stores, and while the selection isn't close to what's available on Android or iOS, it's still quite reasonable, with apps to suit most needs.

For the gamers among you there's also a selection of Xbox Live games that aren't available on other mobile platforms, though again the overall selection of games is smaller than on Android or iOS, and with its small screen and average processor the Nokia Lumia 620 doesn't make for the best place to play them.

Nokia Lumia 620 review

The placement of the speaker also means it's very easy to accidentally cover it while playing, resulting in quiet, muffled audio.

Once installed, you can find your apps by swiping right from the start screen. You can launch them from this list with a tap, or long-press them to get the option to pin them to the start bar or uninstall them.

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