Review: Nokia Lumia 620
4.0Overall Score

Price (RRP): $329
Manufacturer: Nokia

Remember when Nokia said you could personalise your phone with colourful covers that really represented who you were?

We’re showing our age here, and we haven’t really seen that in a phone since the Finnish brand made pre-smartphone devices like the 5110, 6110, 3310, and 8210. Still, it’s bringing the idea back in a new smartphone that not only delivers a colourful operating system, but a way of making the cases match.

Features

A new entrant in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 line, the Lumia 620 aims to bring the easy contrasty look of the new Windows Phone operating system to a $329 price point, unlocked and outright.

Starting with the touchscreen, the Lumia 620 includes a 3.8 inch display, with the resolution set to the older standard for Windows Phone, 480×800. With that specific size and resolution, the clarity of the display is measured at roughly 246 pixels per inch, about 80ppi lower than that of the Apple iPhone 4, 4S, and 5.

Windows Phone 8 is obviously the operating system used here, but in the handset, Nokia has equipped a 1GHz dual-core processor, as well as an Adreno 305 graphics chip.

Less than one gigabyte of memory has been included here, with the Lumia 620 running only 512MB to keep the system smooth, while included storage for your own things – music, movies, pictures, documents, and apps – is set to 8GB, with a microSD slot included for expanding that considerably.

Wireless connectivity is unsurprisingly included here, and while Nokia has made the Lumia 620 to be a budget handset, you will find a GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Near-Field Communication, and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi. The mobile internet connection isn’t one of the 4G LTE ones seen on the Nokia Lumia 920, but it should support roughly 21Mbps max over standard 3G networks.

You can’t expect a phone without a camera these days, and here in the mid-range Lumia 620, there are two, with a 5 megapixel camera on the back capable of recording 720p HD video, while the front features a VGA camera for low-resolution selfies and video chat.

Ports are about as limited as buttons, and interestingly, there are more of the latter than the former in this phone. For ports, you’ll find only a microUSB port at the bottom for charging and transferring data, while a 3.5mm headset jack sits up top.

Buttons, on the other hand, are all along the right edge, with a volume rocket, power button, and the dedicated camera button being kept in there. The front of the handset also features buttons, but they’re all soft and lack tactile feedback, with the back, Windows Start, and search button all left there as part of the typical Windows Phone template.

Also included in this handset is a slightly different part of the design, which allows you to push against the camera from behind and separate the smartphone from the case, changing it with other external case colours that can be acquired from other merchants.

A 1300mAh battery is also included.