“Good things come in small packages” – I’m sure we’ve all heard that at one point or another. The latest in affordable smartphones from Nokia may just prove that point. The Lumia 620 isn’t the biggest and badest device available today. Its also not the most expensive. In fact, its down right affordable. Priced at $0 on contract, or a whopping $250 if you wanted to purchase it outright, this is one device you can afford to have in your collection.
Besides this amazing price, what else does the 620 offer that makes it so good? Let’s start out with the features: 3.8 inch screen, SnapDragon S4 1Ghz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 115.4 x 61.1 x 11.0mm, 130 grams, 512MB of memory with 8GB of storage and a MicroSD slot for memory expansion up to 64GB, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and a 1300mAh battery. The Telus web site shows the 620 as having “4G Speeds”, and says it’s capable of 21Mbps download, but then says the expected average is 4-6Mbps, which is pretty respectable given the price point. Nokia has gone the extra step to produce packaging that is environmentally friendly. The box is made from recycled paper, and the packaging is fully recyclable.
The Lumia 620 is significantly smaller than the Lumia 920 and 820. And compared to the 710, it’s only a hair shorter. Size may not be important to everyone, but I’m finding more people saying that phones are just too big these days. You won’t be saying that about the 620. It’s a great size for any pocket or purse. It fits nicely in everyone’s hands and it’s very lightweight too.
The side effect of a smaller phone is twofold – you have a smaller screen, and thus better battery life. The 620 is amazing for battery life. I have 1 push email with light traffic in terms of email volume, combined with WiFi and Bluetooth always enabled but never connecting to anything, and of course, cellular data was turned on. The results were spectacular battery life. The phone would easily last days and days without having to plug it in. Battery life is highly objective as everyone’s usage pattern is different, so of course, your mileage may vary. Even still, I think you’ll be impressed with the battery life of this little device and it’s 1300mAh battery.
The Lumia 620 comes with 8GB of storage, which isn’t that much. I tend to fill that space pretty quickly once I load my music and start taking pictures and videos. In fact, both of my kids have managed to fill their 8GB phones with pictures and video’s on numerous occasions. Thankfully, the 620 has something the bigger more expensive models are missing – expandable memory. There’s a MicroSD card under the battery door that supports up to a 64GB MicroSD card. Once you insert a card, you can tell Windows Phone to use it as the primary spot for storing new music, video’s, and pictures. 64GB cards are hard to come by, but I have routinely found 32GB cards for less than $30. So it’s very affordable to expand the memory to something a little more useful. This is the one spot I would like to see changed on new phones. The cost difference between 8 and 16GB is pretty small. Can’t we just get ride of 8GB phones? With the youth of today running mad with video’s, pictures (including Instagram) and music, there’s no love in small memory footprints. It just frustrates the user when space runs low. If a user can pickup a 32GB card for less than $30, surely Nokia could up the memory from 8 to 16, or even 32GB for a lot less than $30. Until this happens, at least you can do it yourself with this phone, by adding a MicroSD card. I strongly recommend doing this right from the start.
The camera on the Lumia 620 is as good as many of the point and shoot camera’s I have used over the years. Color saturation seemed a little high and this was especially noticeable on bright sunny days. You can see the red in the picture below is a little overpowering in the image. Of course, this was also a extreme close up on a windy day. So it could also be related to the flowers movement in the wind. But as you can see, the pictures are still crisp and clear. The camera is very responsive, there’s no lag that I noticed when you push the shutter button. This has been a bigger issue with the competitors devices in the past. Certainly not an issue on this phone.
The phones overall construction is very good. There is no noticeable flex when holding or using the phone. While the battery door is a little tricky to remove, it never felt like it was going to break or bend like so many of the other phones on the market today. I never dropped the phone, so I can’t comment on how durable it might or might not be. But given Nokia’s track record in this department, I would be fairly confident that this is a sturdy phone. As well, replacing the battery door with the more water/dust proof cover will improve the lifespan of the device, especially in the hands of a teenager.
Overall, I find the 620 to be a great phone for the price, and one that just might end up in my collection. If you’re looking for an affordable replacement, or you are looking for something small and pocketable, or if you’re looking for a phone you can give your child, the Lumia 620 is definitely something you should look at.