Nokia Lumia 620 review

There's a new baby in the Lumia family

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The Nokia Lumia 620 is a great little handset. While it can't compete with most other Windows Phone 8 handsets, such as its big brother the Nokia Lumia 820 or the HTC Windows Phone 8X, with a price tag of just £150 (around AU$225/US$235) it doesn't have to.

It has set its sights squarely at the low end of the market, and its only real Windows Phone 8 competition there is the HTC Windows Phone 8S - a handset that's pretty similar yet costs more.

We still have some reservations: it's a shame the battery isn't better, and both the screen and keyboard are a little cramped for our liking, while its changeable, colourful shell is no substitute for the stylish, premium look of the HTC Windows Phone 8S.

Plus if you look beyond Windows Phone 8 there are other low priced options to consider, such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, though the specs on that can't quite match the Nokia Lumia 620.

We liked

The Nokia Lumia 620 is seriously cheap for what you get. Its specs are comparable with handsets that cost £200 (around AU$300/US$313) or more and yet it can be yours for just £150 (around AU$225/US$235).

Its performance is generally smooth and responsive, the screen isn't bad at all for such a budget phone, and like all Windows Phone handsets it handles contacts and messaging impressively well.

The bundled Nokia apps help it stand out from HTC's offerings, thanks to the thoroughly decent Nokia Drive sat nav service and Nokia Music, which has all the features you'd expect of a music player along with free radio mixes.

Thanks to the changeable back cover it's also quite a lot more physically customisable than most phones, and while it doesn't have much internal storage, with support for 64GB microSD cards, space never needs to be an issue.

We disliked

The battery is the single biggest problem with the Nokia Lumia 620. Most users will probably get through a day on a single charge, but if you plan to watch a lot of videos then you might want to carry a charger with you just in case.

The web browser is also a little slower than we'd like, and being essentially stuck with Internet Explorer is a pain - though that's an issue that all Windows Phone 8 handsets currently suffer from.

We also wish that the screen and keyboard were both just a little bit bigger, since right now they can feel a little cramped - particularly when you start hitting the wrong button on the keyboard.

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Final verdict

There's not a whole lot that the Nokia Lumia 620 does wrong. As an all-round, jack of all trades budget handset it does a great job. We'd love it if the screen was slightly bigger or it had a little bit more RAM, but for the price we can't really complain.

The only real issue is the battery, and that's an issue to some extent with every Windows Phone 8 right now.

It might not have the style of the HTC Windows Phone 8S or the specs of the Nokia Lumia 820, but with a big enough microSD card it's got more storage than either of them, and it really is one of the best value phones - particularly at the low end of the market - that we've seen in a long time.

The Nokia Lumia 620 is a great budget handset. It's also brilliant value, and the only sub-£200 (around AU$300/US$313) Windows Phone 8 option right now.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
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 Address
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