Nokia Lumia 620 review

Is this £150 Windows Phone 8 really a bargain for business users?

Nokia services

All the Nokia services are on-board, but you don't have the choice of using Bing Maps out-of-the-box. You'll have to use Nokia's Maps until you set up your Windows account and are allowed to download Bing Maps.

Nokia's services aren't bad, although there is a little beta feel to them, but they do all work together well, whether you're trying to navigate through the streets of London, or just find a nearby restaurant.

Other Nokia services you'll find preinstalled include Nokia Music (although Microsoft's default Music+Videos app is available), Nokia City Lens and Nokia Drive Beta.

Performance and Battery

Internet Explorer is the pre-installed browser and it performs well, although that screen is a little smaller than we're used to and you will find yourself scrolling more than usual.

SunSpider benchmarks on the Lumia 620 returned a time of 1470.6ms pretty high in comparison to the Nokia Lumia 920 and iPhone that both typically score less than 1000ms.

Using WP Bench, the Lumia 620 scored 181.47 for speed, which doesn't compare favourably to higher-end devices like the Nokia Lumia 920, but slightly better than the similarly-priced HTC 8S which scores 170.

It doesn't have much impact on the running speed though. We found things to tick along smoothly despite having around ten apps open at any one time.

Oddly, both battery life and data consumption seemed much higher using the Lumia 620 than on the Samsung Galaxy. After three days of using the Lumia 620 (granted, we did have to download quite a few apps) we were told we'd almost reached our data limit, which has never happened on Android before. We purchased another 100MB and had used this too in a day, only downloading a PDF reader (5MB) and a 5MB PDF, plus a handful of text-only emails (attachments are strictly set to not downloading automatically).

For a device with a small screen and little going on in the background, it's surprising the battery drained from 100 per cent to 20 per cent in about six hours. By 8pm, it had completely died without battery saver mode.

Overall

There's no denying the Nokia Lumia 620 is a cheap device and although it won't appeal to everyone's tastes, it's a great smartphone for business users.

It may not be the easiest device to type lengthy emails on and the battery life and isn't as good as we hoped but it probably the best 150 smartphone we've had the pleasure of reviewing.

Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 620 is a good choice for those on a budget. It does everything you’d expect from Windows Phone 8 in a small and colourful package.

OS: Windows Phone 8 Display: 3.8in ClearBlack display (800 x 400 resolution)  Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz dual-core  RAM: 512MB Internal storage: 8GB + 7GB SkyDrive + up to 64GB via microSD Camera: 5-megapixel rear, 640 x 480  pixels front Connectivity: AGPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi channel bonding Ports: micro USB Weight: 127g

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