Nokia Lumia 620 Review: Lighting The Way For Low-Cost Handsets

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  • Good Processor
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Low Price
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  • Poor Battery Life
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Nokia is extending its Windows Phone 8 range even further, right down to the budget end of the market. The Lumia 620 brings Microsoft’s leading platform to a compact handset that sells at an affordable price, expanding the Finnish firm’s line-up way beyond the high-end Lumia 920 and mid-range Lumia 820.

Bearing quite a resemblance to its mid-range cousin, the Lumia 620 could offer a cheaper alternative to those considering  mid-range Windows Phone handsets. But has Nokia trimmed its flagship range back too far, or does the Lumia 620 do everything the higher-specced handsets can but at a reduced cost?

Nokia Lumia 620 Front Top

Key Features

  • Dual-core, 1GHz processor
  • 3.8-inch TFT display with Nokia ClearBlack technology
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 720p video recording at 30fps
  • 11mm thick
  • 127g weight
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 1300mAh battery

Design and Build

The Lumia 620 looks fantastic and its chunky, pebble-shaped frame has more than a hint of HTC’s Mozart about it. Rounded edges and a matte finish are the order of the day, both serving to create a device which sits very comfortably in the hand and is easy to grip.

Using the phone with one hand is no problem at all, something that is appealing in a budget handset, especially if it may only see occasional, sporadic use. The handset’s physical keys are all lined up along the right hand side and protrude just enough to make them very easy to find without having to glance at the device.

Changeable shells made a return to Nokia’s range with the Lumia 820 after an absence of many years, and the Lumia 620 features them too. While some removable cases can feel quite delicate, the shell casing here feels very tough and sturdy, an aesthetic that is carried through to the rest of the  handset.

Screen and Performance

Nokia has seen fit to incorporate its ClearBlack technology in the the Lumia 620’s 3.8-inch display and the results are excellent, with the bold colours of the Windows Phone 8 user interface standing out in strong contrast to the dark background.

The display itself has a resolution of 480×800 pixels with a ppi of 246, and while this isn’t the highest spec seen on a smartphone the phone shows images reasonably well, with clarity and depth.

Nokia Lumia 620 Front

The touchscreen can be a little unresponsive however, and while this isn’t very noticeable, it does become apparent when trying to tap  links on webpages or double-tap to zoom in and out. Overall though, the Lumia 620’s display is of a good quality, squeezing the big, bold blocks of WP8’s user interface into the small space without any distortion or loss of clarity.

Under the Hood

Impressively for a budget phone, Nokia’s new device features a dual-core, 1GHz processor, the same as that in the mid-range HTC 8S. This is an impressive amount of power for a budget phone and it’s to Nokia’s credit that it has been included here. Equally as impressive is that the Lumia 620 has 8GB of internal memory, twice the storage space that the HTC 8S has. With the Windows Phone 8 software taking up around 2GB of space this leaves 6GB free for apps, music, photos and movies which is excellent for a handset in this price range.

Since WP8 does not allow app data to be stored on an external memory card the impressive amount of internal memory should prove useful.

There is also support for  microSD cards of up to 64GB, which greatly increases the amount of storage space available. If a user chooses to save the internal memory for apps and keep media on the external card then the Lumia 620 offers possibly the best storage capacity of any budget phone on the market.

Nokia Lumia 620 Bits

Battery Performance

The Lumia 620 is very much like a budget handset when it comes to its battery, a 1300mAh power cell which may struggle to keep the handset running for long.

Under moderate use which included online browsing, taking photos, and playing music through headphones for just a few hours, we noticed a significant drop in charge and heavier use resulted in even more demand on the available power.

Since much of a smartphone’s battery power is used by the display, the Lumia 620’s small screen could prove to be an advantage and serve as less of a drain. However, with heavy use the handset will struggle to make it through a day with one charge.

Operating System and User Interface

We’ve always been impressed by the lack of lag in the Windows Phone operating system and the software is seemingly able to work smoothly even on low-powered devices. There are few hold-ups at all when browsing around the user interface and the impressive processing power that Nokia has included really comes into play. People Hub is as impressive as ever, pulling all your contacts and communications into the one place in a way that isn’t matched by other platforms. The whole of Windows Phone seems to be based less on presenting apps to the user and more on delivering information, and the lively constantly changing essence of the homescreen is fantastic.

Along with the major UI functions, users also have access to 7GB of free space courtesy of  Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud-storage service, which integrates seamlessly with the software. SkyDrive can be accessed through apps such as the Office suite as well as the picture gallery and it’s easy to upload photos and files with a simple tap.

Nokia Lumia 620 Front Edge

Additional Features

Nokia has added several of its own apps to the Lumia 620, many of  which have been seen across the range of its Windows Phone 8 devices. Nokia Drive serves as an excellent satnav, using the firm’s NavTech mapping data much in the same way as the Here maps app on iOS does. Users are presented with a minimalist interface and offered very clear instructions, both onscreen and via audio.

Alongside this is Nokia Music, which offers an excellent alternative to the native Xbox music app. Presenting a simple menu system which makes it easy to select the tracks you wish to play, the app also provides artist information and highlights gigs happening in your area.

Nokia’s augmented reality app City Lens, which uses the phone’s camera to provide a live view of your location and overlays it with local information, is also included, as well as  several third-party apps including  GroupOn and Nectar points tracker.

Camera and Video

A five megapixel camera is a reasonable offering for a budget handset and while the Lumia isn’t going to achieve top quality mobile photography it is more than capable of taking quick snaps on the move.

The camera seems to have some trouble with changes in light and images tend to be over-exposed when captured near a light source such as a window. However, the touch focus function works really well, and a simple tap on the display focuses the camera and automatically captures  an image, with small details picked out clearly.

Nokia Lumia 620 Back Camera Detail

There are several extra camera functions which can be downloaded separately, including Smart Shoot, which offers a burst mode function that takes several images over a short space of time before allowing you to choose the best.

The Lumia 620 can hold its head above other budget phones in terms of  video quality, with 720p recording on offer at 30fps. While the kind of image stabilisation seen in the high-end Lumia 920 was never going to make it to this device the resulting footage is clear and free of distortion. The same problems with changes in lighting occurs with video but the quality is still very good for a handset in this price range.

Connectivity and Multimedia

Nokia has included NFC with the Lumia 620, bringing the possibility of contactless payments to a budget handset should the use of the technology become more widespread. This also opens up a range of possibilities for sharing between devices and pairing the handset with other peripherals, such as NFC speakers.

Beyond this there is Wi-Fi and a microUSB port and we had no problems using either of these connections while testing the handset. It’s also worth noting that transferring files to the device from a a PC running Windows XP does not require any additional software and the computer recognises the phone as an external drive.

Nokia Lumia 620 Front Bottom

Performance and Verdict

Nokia’s Lumia 620 is a great budget handset which brings excellent software and  hardware at a very low price. This device runs the same version of Windows Phone as the high-end Lumia 920, something which is unlikely to occur with  platforms such as Android, and anyone looking to acquire a cut-price handsets running Google’s OS would be wise to consider Nokia’s new device.

The Lumia 620 is a compact smartphone with some big feature and has a great, chunky design that feels comfortable and certainly gives the impression that it can take quite a bit of damage. Its processing power and internal memory are very good for a budget device and several of its specs can challenge the mid-range of the Windows Phone world. Nokia has created an impressive, low-cost handset that offers a lot for its price.

59 thoughts on “Nokia Lumia 620 Review: Lighting The Way For Low-Cost Handsets

    • Hi Sharath

      We haven’t tested the Lumia 520 so we can’t say how well it performs, unfortunately. While the Lumia 620′s screen was a little unresponsive we didn’t find this to be a massive problem though and it is an excellent all round handset.

      Do you have any other questions about the device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  1. Hi Chris,
    I want to buy Nokia Lumia 620. I read the review that there is a little problem

    concerned about battery of nokia lumia 620. So is there any such facility NOKIA

    gives that the original battery(1300 mah) can replace by 1500 or 1650 mah battery

    for better performance in the case of battery problem?

    • Hi, Amit

      We don’t know of any replacement batteries that will increase the power of the Lumia 620 but they may emerge over time. If battery life is a concern, it may be worth looking at the Lumia 820, a mid-range device which has a bigger, 1650mAh power cell.

      Aside from that, take a look at our tips on improving your smartphone’s battery life, which may be of some help to you.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset, or any of Nokia’s devices?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, ML

      We found the Lumia 620 to be an excellent, cut-price handset that offers Windows Phone 8 in a compact package. Anyone thinking about buying something like the Lumia 820 or HTC 8S should definitely consider this as an option.

      Do you have any other questions about the device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  2. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the lovely review. Great to see you very humbly replying to
    every comment.I want to ask did you find any issues with touch response apart from
    opening small links in browser. I have seen such issues with low end
    Nokia phones and even HTC 8S had touch screen issues.

    • Hi, Kataria

      We’re glad you liked the review and thanks for the positive feedback on it. Although the Lumia 620′s handset isn’t the best we’ve used its performance only really became a problem when tapping on links, as you’ve said. Other functions throughout the user interface worked perfectly and there aren’t any significant problems overall.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  3. Hi Chris
    I have a Lumia 710, does the 620 ring and vibrate when you receive call until answered, the 710 only vibrates once in the ring and vibrate mode and I have missed calls when in a noisy enviroment.
    The font of the numbers in people/contactson the 710 is too small, is it larger on the 620 or can it be made larger.
    Another complaint on the 710, when you receive a text message can you call the sender? that was always an option on the early Nokias.

    • Hi, Graham

      The Lumia 620 only vibrates twice as it rings and does not continue to do so for any longer. We don’t know of any way to change the font in the People Hub but it is possible to to ring someone after they have texted you. Simply tap the contact name or phone number as it appears at the top of the message screen, bringing up a page of the person’s details. Then just tap the phone number to call them

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  4. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for the lovely review. Great to see you very humbly replying to every comment.
    I want to ask did you find any issues with touch response apart from opening small links in browser. I have seen such issues with low end Nokia phones and HTC 8S.

  5. Hi Chris,
    I’m from Malaysia and your review is spot on. I’ve used the Lumia 620 for almost a month, and i must say its a really good phone nonetheless.
    Though i do agree that the battery life is poor.
    May i ask, if i put 2G as my highest connection speed with my data connection on, will the phone’s battery life drain faster or slower than putting 3G as my highest connection speed ?

    • Hi, Arif

      Thanks for the kind words about the review, we’re glad you liked it. The battery life of the Lumia 620 is quite low, as you say, but turning off 3G is a very good way of keeping any handset running for longer. From what we have found testing many handsets it can be a good idea to simply switch your 3G and mobile data off and on as you use the device, keeping the battery running for longer.

      Do you have any other questions about the Lumia 620?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Ijaz

      Windows Phone 8 doesn’t have the capability to play .avi files on handsets running the platform. However, there are several desktop applications available which will convert .avi files into formats which can be played on the Lumia 620.

      Do you have any other questions about the device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialphone

    • Hi, Jagadish

      As a UK retailer we aren’t able to give any details about pricing in other markets, unfortunately. However, the Lumia 620 is positioned at the more affordable end of the smartphone market and is likely to cost considerably less than high-end handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 920.

      Do you have any other questions about the device?

      Thanks
      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Kevin

      The Windows Phone 8 platform doesn’t currently support FM radio, unfortunately. However, the Lumia 620 is capable of playing radio over WiFi or a mobile data connection, with several radio playing apps such as TuneIn being available from the Windows Phone Store.

      Do you have any other questions about the device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Shanu

      Games work well on the Lumia 620, with the processor and WP8 software working well to offer smooth performance. The display also performs well for a budget device, with videos appearing clearly and with a good degree of detail.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  6. Hello Chris,

    One of the most important aspect reviewers often forget is call quality. i see that the 820 and 920 have issues in that department, can you tell us how the device performs in that area

    • Hi, Nicholas

      We didn’t find any problems with call quality with the Lumia 620, nor did we with the other Nokia devices that you mentioned when we tested them. The Lumia 620 offers loud, clear sound quality that we found to be very easy to use.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  7. Hey Chris are you aware of the ‘other’ storage issue present on the devices running Windows Phone 8 in which the inbuilt memory is getting filled by the ‘other’ storage and is not getting freed?Is the issue present in Lumia 620 too?Do you know the solution for that issue?.I am providing you with an image of what exactly is happening.
    Thanks in advance and great job with the review. :)

    • Hi, Samartha

      Thanks for the feedback on the review, we’re glad you liked it. As for the problem you mention with the ‘Other’ category in the device’s internal storage, the data held there is made up of the handset’s temporary files such as internet, search and map history. Deleting these should free up more space for apps and media on your handset.

      Do you have any questions about the Lumia 620?

      Thanks again

      Chris, Dialaphone

  8. Can you compare it to the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, please?
    Because I was going to buy that one for a present.
    But I am surprised by the Nokia 620 and I am might change my mind for it.
    What do you think?
    Thanks

    • Hi, Kyriacos

      The Galaxy Ace II is an excellent handset but it runs a version of Android which has since been surpassed and may not have all the features you could wish for. On the other hand, the Lumia 620 is a cut-price handset which has the very latest Windows Phone software and fast, fluid performance. You may prefer Android since it has more apps available for it but if that isn’t an issue then the Lumia 620 could well be worth considering.

      Do you have any other questions about either device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Vishal

      Both the Nokia and Samsung handsets are excellent, cut-price smartphones with a lot to offer and are very similar on specs. Both have dual-core, 1GHz processors, although the Samsung has more RAM and is available in both 8GB and 16GB versions, unlike the 8GB only version of h Lumia 620. Choosing between the two could come down to this, or it may be a choice between Windows Phone 8 and Android Jelly Bean, depending on which platform suits you the most.

      Do you have any other questions about either handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  9. hi, considering i’m using somewhat 1h of music, 1h of browsing and taking 2-3 photos per day…… then for how much time this phone will survive?????? means if we turn off the 3G if not using…. then will this phone survive for more than a day???
    Please reply, i’m gonna buy this phone….. I don’t want any demerits after buying tis…..
    THANX IN ADVANCE…

    • Hi, Vivek

      From what we found when testing the device we imagine that it would last a day under the usage that you have described. The battery life will be further enhanced should you turn off 3G when not using it, something which works well for many smartphones.

      Do you have any other questions that we can answer?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hello again, Jys

      Yes, Windows Phone 8 has support for a digital compass so the Lumia 620 will be able to use it.

      Do you have any other questions that we can answer?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Jys

      Although the Lumia 620 doesn’t have a digital compass pre-installed on the device there are several such apps available for free from the Windows Phone Store.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  10. Thanks for you answer about battery life.
    I’m a possessor of a Lumia 800 and I’m quite satisfied; my biggest concern is that switching to 620 could result in reduced life.
    Do you have any direct comparison, or do you plan making one? Given the size, it seems to me that Lumia 620 could be a replacement for the 800.

    • Hello again, Luckyland

      No problem at all! The Lumia 620 could definitely be a replacement for the Lumia 800, bringing to the new Windows Phone 8 platform at a low price. We don’t have a direct comparison between the two handsets but we do know that older Lumias suffered from battery problems which have since been cleared up with newer models. The Lumia 620 doesn’t have a great battery life which is a shame since it is otherwise a very good handset but it could be worth considering something like the Lumia 820 or Lumia 920 for your next device.

      If you have any more questions, just let us know.

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Vaz

      At the moment, Windows Phone 8 is capable of playing almost all MP4 video formats along with H.264, H.263 and WMV. However, it cannot play MKV files and does not have support for subtitles. We found that while the Lumia 620 has a small display it’s of a high-quality and offers an excellent platform for showing video considering the handset’s price range.

      Do you have any other questions about the device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Bonny

      Audio quality on the Lumia 620 through an inexpensive pair of headphones is reasonable and certainly comparable to several more highly positioned handsets such as the Lumia 820. However, HTC’s Windows Phone 8 devices benefited from the inclusion of Beats Audio technology and, although adequate, the Lumia 620′s capabilities cannot match that of the HTC 8X.

      Do you have any other questions about the device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  11. Hello, I’m thinking about how well this device running. Which one do you suggest between Lumia 620 and HTC 8S since both of them have similar spec ?
    And could you tell me does this device have anti-scratch display or something like that ?
    Thanks before.

    • Hi, Bayu

      The Lumia 620 runs very smoothly, with only some slight hang-ups when loading web pages. Compared to the HTC 8S, the Lumia has more internal memory and the same spec of processor but could be a cheaper option.

      We don’t know of Nokia’s device having any sort of scratch-resistant glass, but we found its display to be quite touch when testing the device.

      Do you have any questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  12. Hi there!

    How about the quality of display as compared to Xperia P? Without looking at the numbers (i.e. ppi and resolution), do both look the same with your naked eye?

    • Hi, Nokian

      We haven’t tested the Sony Xperia P so we aren’t able to directly compare the two devices. However, we can tell you that the Lumia 620 makes good use of Nokia’s ClearBlack technology and the Windows Phone 8 user interface looks great on the screen.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Luckland

      While the Lumia 800 has a larger, 1450mAh battery the older Lumia devices were known to have problems which battery life. However, as we mentioned in the review, the Lumia 620 does suffer from poor battery life itself and if a long life from Windows Phone 8 handset is what you are looking for it may be worth considering a higher-end handset such as the Lumia 820 or 920.

      Do you have any questions about the device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  13. Hi!
    I have one question. In comparision to HTC Desire X what is the difference between battery performance (1650 mAh vs 1300 mAh). I mean real difference as a percentage in battery working time e.g. browsing internet or listening to music.

    Battery performance matters a great deal for me. What do you advice me to buy – rather HTC Desire X or Nokia Lumia 620?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Hi, Chris

      In terms of battery life, we found that the HTC Desire X lasts noticeably longer on one charge than the Lumia 620. If battery life is a major concern of yours when choosing a handset then it may be better to go for the HTC device.

      Do you have any other questions about the Nokia Lumia 620 or HTC Desire X?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  14. I was wondering, will there be batteries on the market with higher capacity in the future? I mean the battery is replacable, so there will be third-party(maybe first-party) companies that will make a bigger battery? :)

    • Hi, Timo

      Unfortunately, we don’t have any information about whether manufacturers will be producing larger batteries for the device in the future. While the Lumia 620 is a very good handset we did find its battery life to be a little disappointing and if this is a priority to you it may be worth considering a handset with higher specs such as the Lumia 820 or Lumia 920.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Jonny

      As we are a UK retailer we aren’t able to give any information about how the Lumia 620 will work on US networks. However, we can tell you that it is not compatible with LTE but does have HSDPA.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Vikram

      The Lumia 620′s dual-core, 1GHz processor is enough to handle the device’s OS smoothly and should be good for gaming. Also, while the handset’s display is small it is of a good quality and this, combined with the Adreno 305 GPU, should provide a good platform for gaming.

      Do you have any other questions about the Nokia device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

  15. Greetings! I’m seriously thinking of replacing my old iPhone 3GS with the lumia 620.
    You mentioned in your review that the screen was a bit unresponsive. Is this noticeable only on explorer, or in the UI one general? Does it generally lags?
    What other windows phone 8 devices are on this price range?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi, Talos

      While the Lumia 620′s display is a little unresponsive it isn’t something that caused massive problems when we were using the device. The low sensitivity isn’t limited to the browser but it only becomes troublesome when trying to click on the small links on webpages.

      The handset is impressively free of lag overall, running smoothly throughout. This is one of the least expensive Windows Phone 8 handsets around and is definitely worth considering if you want Microsoft’s OS without spending a lot of money.

      Do you have any other questions about the handset?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

    • Hi, Checki

      The size of the battery in the Lumia 620 is disappointing and we would have liked to have seen a larger power cell built into the device. We found that battery wasn’t as poor as it could have been had the handset had a larger display but it may still struggle to last a full day under heavy use.

      However, there are other handsets in Nokia’s range which include larger batteries, such as the 1650mAh one in the Lumia 820. If a good battery life is vital to you then it may be worth considering something like that.

      Do you have any other questions about Nokia’s budget device?

      Thanks

      Chris, Dialaphone

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