Lumia 630 launched in India – Overview & First Impressions

In the first Lumia launch in India after the Nokia Mobile division acquisition, Microsoft Devices today launched the Lumia 630 in India. The Lumia 630 is the first device which comes with Windows 8.1 out of the box, and to top that off, it’s also the first Lumia with Dual SIM capability. The 630 will be available in India as two variants; the Dual SIM will hit the stores first at a best buy price of Rs. 11,500 and the single SIM version will be available later for Rs. 10,500.

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Quick specs of the Lumia 630

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Display, 4.5 Inch Clear Black FWVGA (854 x 480) screen
Processor, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon S400
Memory, “512MB RAM,  8GB internal memory onboard, MicroSD up to 128GB + 7GB Cloud Storage on OneDrive”
Camera, 5 MegaPixel Autofocus rear camera
OS, Windows Phone 8.1
Dimensions, 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm weighing  134 grams
Colors, “Bright Orange, bright green, bright yellow, and white and black”
Connectivity, USB 2.0 | Bluetooth 4.0 | WiFi | 3G Network | A-GPS and Glonass | 3.5 mm audio connector
Battery, 1830 mAh removable battery for a rated talk time of 13.1 hours on 3G and standby time of 25 days
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Highlights of the Lumia 630

The  Lumia 630 features quite a few firsts in the Lumia Range of phones. As we mentioned earlier, this is the first to come with Windows Phone 8.1 factory installed. So you get all the Windows Phone 8.1 goodies like the Notification bar, Word Flow Keyboard, Third Row of tiles on the home screen. Did you know that the Guinness Record holder for the fastest texting using an on-screen keyboard used a Windows Phone 8.1 device with Word Flow?

This is also the first in the Lumia range to ditch the capacitive button at the bottom of the phone, and feature on screen buttons. The good thing here is that you can customize the color scheme for these buttons now, as evident from the screen below.

Customizable on Screen Buttons

It’s also the first Lumia with Dual SIM capabilities. The 630 also comes with a new SensorCore which allows the device to track motion for health apps like Bing Health and Fitness. The SensorCore is very low powered and won’t take up much power at all even if it tracks your activities all day.

The Dual SIM features on the phone come with a Smart SIM feature allowing you give a custom name each of your SIMs. The Message and Phone call logs for both SIMs can also be linked to give you a single view of all your activities across both SIMS.

Overview

Positives

The Lumia 630 comes with a lot of features packed in at the mid-range price point they are launching the phone at.

  • The Quad Core processor on the phone makes it run snappy. In fact, after playing with the device for a while at the launch event, I would have to say that the phone was well powered, not displaying lags at all. In fact, the Microsoft/Nokia folks featured a demo showing two of the competitors in the same price range choking with on a browser demo which worked well on the Lumia 630.
  • The build quality is in lines with the Nokia heritage of the device of sturdy but stylish devices. The bright colors options which they come in are meant to appeal to the youth. For oldies like me, give me a white or black any day.
  • The SensorCore continuously monitors motion data allowing health apps to track your activities, allowing you to track your fitness activities without investing on a separate health monitoring wearable. Initially you can use Bing Health and Fitness to track your progress, Microsoft will be exposing API to this for third party apps to use this data as well.
  • The Smart Dual SIM features are a welcome addition to the Lumia range. Also, the phone comes with an option to add additional storage via a Micro SC card. With Windows Phone 8.1, you can move your apps and data over to the Micro SD card to better manage the use of your storage.

 

Negatives

Apart from these plus points, there are a few negatives which I would like to highlight. Not all may see these as negatives, but if you are a spec hunter, you’ll find them missing on the 630.

  • The device doesn’t come with a front camera, so if you are someone who takes a lot of selfies or uses Skype for video calls, this may be a disappointment. Even though the phone takes good quality pictures with normal indoor and daylight conditions and features the brilliant Nokia Camera App, the phone lacks a flash if you need that for night shots.
  • The display Clear Black display is quite good, and has a large viewing angle but unfortunately, is only a FWVGA screen which means that it’s resolution is 854 X 480 with a pixel density of 218 pixels per inch. It would have been great if they had managed to pack in at least a 720p display in here, since some competitors in that price range feature that.
  • The 630 also comes only with 512 MB RAM on the phone. Even though Microsoft says that almost all the apps on the store should work on this configuration, there may be one or two games which may choke on this. Of course, if you are not a heavy gamer, you can ignore this shortcoming, since it won’t affect you at all.

[Contest]Good at Speed Reading? Nokia is giving 3 Nokia X if you Win #SpotTheX

Nokia X promotion – Nokia is running a contest on Twitter – where you get the chance to win a Nokia X phone and Nokia Gear. All you have to do is to watch the following video and see if you can spot the answer. In the list of apps which run on Nokia X, they have repeated One of the apps twice. If you are quick enough in reading, you should be able to spot it.

Found the app? Then just tweet the name of the App along with the hashtag #SpotTheX and you’ve earned your entry into the contest. Nokia will pick up 3 winners and announce them on April 18th. What are you waiting for? Let’s get going:

Contest Details and Terms

Nokia X Launched in India for Rs. 8599

Yesterday, Nokia launched their first Android powered phone, the Nokia X in India. The phones on sale already in the major cities in India priced at Rs. 8599. We covered the basic specs of the phone in our previous write-up about the Nokia X phones and platform. The bigger brothers of the phone the Nokia X+ and XL will be launched in India over the next 60 days.

To recap-here are the specs for the device:

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Operating System, Nokia X Software Platform (based on Android 4.1.2)

Dimension, 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm

Weight, 128.66g

Camera, 3MP Fixed Focus Rear Camera: No Front Facing Camera

Display, LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch 4” display

Processor, 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core Processor

Memory & Storage, 512MB RAM + 4GB Storage

Battery, 1500MAH battery with 10.3 hour talk time on 3G and standby time on 3G of up to 22 days

Colors, “Green, Red, Cyan, Yellow, Black and White”

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Here are a few more points about the Nokia X which we didn’t cover in our previous writeup

  • For the launch, Nokia has an offer where you get 10GB of space on Microsoft’s One Drive.

  • Nokia is looking at the Nokia X platform not to be a true Android experience, but defines it as  Nokia  Experiences + Microsoft Services.

  • Nokia is looking at The Nokia X range of phones to be a bridge between their Asha Range of Phones and the Lumia range. Since the Nokia X comes with the Microsoft services bundled, Nokia is looking at the Nokia X phones to be the starting point for users who’d later graduate to the higher priced Lumia range of devices

  • As we said earlier, Google Play is not available on the Nokia X, but you can get your apps from the Nokia Store, or any of the other third party app stores like Amazon Apps, Yandex, Mobango or more. In fact, if you don’t find an app on the Nokia Store, they’ll give you suggestions on where you can get that app from

  • There are quite a few preloaded apps and games on the phone, some of which include – Vine, BBM Messenger, Skype, Facebook, Monopoly, Fruit Ninja, Viber, SimCity and more.

If you are looking for the best price for the Nokia X online, check out MySmartPrice.com.

All You Need to Know about the Nokia X Phones and Platform

Just a few days back, Nokia announced their  foray into building Android phones, with the announcement of the Nokia X family of phones. They launched the Nokia X, X+ and XL which range in cost from €89 (≈ Rs. 7600) to €109 (≈ Rs. 9300).

Nokia X Platform

Xtraordinarily_xcellent__the_Nokia_X_family_-_Nokia_ConversationsThese devices run on a forked version of Android Jellybean 4.1.2. Even though this phone runs on Android, it’s not Google certified, which means that you won’t get any of the services from Google, including the Play Store. Instead Nokia provides their own App Store to get your apps, and they integrate with Microsoft’s services to get you going. This is not a surprising move, considering that Nokia is in the process of merging with Microsoft.

Even the interface of the phone resembles a mashup between Windows Phone and Nokia’s Asha. The home screen contains tiled icons similar to Windows Phones and the Nokia X also has a Fast Lane interface like Asha has.

But why a mashup of Android, Nokia and Microsoft services?

One of the reasons could be that the Windows Phone platform is still lacking a lot of apps which are available for Android, Nokia can now release a low-end phone which can run most apps which people expect to run on a phone.

The other reason could be because the Windows Phone eco-system requires manufacturers to adhere to some standards while building the phone. This prevents the cost of the phone from going lower than it is currently. It’s only last week that Microsoft announced that the next version of Windows Phone allows lower spec devices to join the Windows Phone family.

There were also rumors floating around Microsoft was planning on providing Android app compatilibity in their next version of Windows Phones. This ties in well with the Nokia X platform.

Why forgo Google Services? Nokia & Microsoft still want people to upgrade to their premium Lumia or other Windows Phones. Giving users an Android phone which integrates Microsoft Servies could reduce the upgrade friction and at the same time pulls bring new users to the Microsoft services fold.

Nokia X Phone Family Specs

The three devices are powered by Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset. Nokia X and X+ dont have a front facing camera, while the XL comes with one. X & XL+ feature a 4 inch IPS LED screen, while the XL comes with a bigger 5 inch screen. The phones are Dual-SIM devices (with Single SIM models in some regions).

Here’s a table showing the specs of the the devices:

via Nokia Conversations
via Nokia Conversations

Apps

Nokia X comes with Nokia’s services like Here Maps and Mix Radio, and also features Microsoft services like OneDrive and Skype.

Nokia X also comes with a range of third-party apps preinstalled like BBM, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Viber, Vine and Twitter. You also get the Swiftkey Keyboard for free. You can find more apps from the Nokia Store or from third-party stores like Amazon App Store, GetJar, Slide Me and more. If you have the  apk files for apps handy, you can side load those as well.

Not all apps from the Google Play store will work on Nokia X, especially ones which integrate with Google APIs to work. Nokia estimates that around 75% of the apps on the Play Store should work on this platform and that most of the remaining ones would require minor modifications to run on the Nokia X devices.

Nokia X Platform for developers

Apps which require Maps, Notifications and in-app purchases are the those which won’t work straight from the Google Play store. Apps which don’t use these features should work without any change and the developers can upload the apk files directly to the Nokia Store.

For these developers will have to port to use Nokia services via the Nokia X Platform SDK. The Nokia X platform provides alternates to like Here Maps, Nokia Notifications and Nokia in-app payments for apps to use these features. When developers complete porting apps over to this platform,  they can Nokia’s Remote Device Access service to test the app out on actual handsets.

Nokia also offers a tool for developers to check for App compatibility. All the developer (or a power user) has to do is to head to the Nokia X App Compatilbity page and upload the application’s apk file, and the tool tells you whether the app will work on Nokia X devices.

Nokia X Video

Nokia Launches the Lumia 1520 in India

In a press event yesterday, Nokia launched their first Phablet in their Lumia range here in India. The 1520 features a 6 inch screen with a 20 Megapixel Pureview Camera which also boast of a Rich Audio Recording. More on that a little later in this post.

Nokia Lumia 1520

Here are some quick specs of the Lumia 1520:

  • Windows Phone 8 with the latest Nokia Black update.
  • Display: 6” full HD 1080p LCD , ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for glove and nail usage, Gorilla Glass 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2GHz Quad Core )
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal user memory this is expandable via a micro SD card  up to 64GB
  • Camera: PureView 20 MP Auto Focus ZEISS optics with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 2x lossless zoom, oversampling technology, dual LED flash.  Rear Camera: HD 1.2 MP wide angle
  • Battery: 3400 mAh (non-removable) with built-in wireless charging.
  • Networks: GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 
  • Audio: Rich Recording with four microphones; Wide-band Voice and multi-microphone noise reduction with four microphones; Dolby(R) Headphone,  FM radio

The 1520 is quite a slim phone for all the features it packs, especially a beefy 3400 mAh battery, which should  give you quite a lot of play time on the device between charges. The device also features Wireless charging capability, so you just need to drop the phone on a wireless charging plate and you’re on charge.

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The 1520 comes in four colors – yellow, white, black and glossy red. I played around with the glossy red version of the phone and was immediately in love with it, given that I had a read 920 earlier. The rest of the colors come with a matte finish.

On the camera, well the 1520 follows in the long line of the PureView greats with Ziess Optics, Optical Image Stabilization and the Pureview Oversampling technology to give you great photos during daylight and low light as well.

Apart from the great camera, the 1520 comes with Rich audio recording. An industry first with this device, it with four microphones, which enable the phone to pick up sound from your intended source while you’re recording and the rest of the of the microphones are used to cancel out the other ambient noise to give you great sound from your recorded video.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is available in stores now at a best buy price of Rs. 46,999. If you are heading to check out the phone, don’t miss checking out the Nokia Protective Cover CP-623 for the Lumia 1520 as well. This should be available in the next few days, which provides flip cover protection for the phone and doubles up as a stand as well. This should retail around Rs. 2999.

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Nokia Refocus App now available on Windows Phone Store

A few weeks back we told you that Nokia had some camera tricks up their sleeves for Lumia users through their Refocus app. Well if your phone has been updated to the latest Lumia Amber update, you can head out to the Windows phone store and download the Nokia Refocus app on your phone and start taking pictures.

How the app works is by taking around 3-8 photos at different focus points when you click a snap, and then merges them into a magical snap which you can play with the different focus points later on.So make sure you have your subject close to you before taking a snap and keep your phone steady while the snap is being clicked for best results.

Once you’ve clicked your snap, you can share this with your friends by uploading the snaps and sharing the link. The photo is first uploaded to Skydrive and then to a page on refocus.nokia.com where even your friends can try out different focus points in your photo.

Apart from this feature, Nokia has also bundled a Colour Pop feature which allows you to selectively retain colors in certain areas of your photo and convert the rest to black and white for an artistic twist to the photo.

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The Nokia Refocus app is available to all Lumia phones which have a PureView camera. Here are the models for quick reference – Lumia 920, 925, 928, 1020 and 1520. So if you own one of these models, head out to the Windows Phones store and take the app for a spin.

Nokia Refocus – Focus Later – Coming Soon to a Lumia Phone Near You

How many times have you had taken snaps where your subject was out of focus? Well even the best of us have done that at some point or the other. Now how about having your phone take a picture which you can review later and then change the focus? Pictures speak louder than words, so try this out. Click on the wall on the left to focus there, or the street to focus on that.

Impressed?

This was taken using the Nokia Refocus app. Nokia Refocus essentially does some *magic* maths and creates a depth map on the scene you are trying to photograph. When you click the photo, the app then goes and takes multiple photos at varying levels of focus and saves a composite image which you can later open up and adjust the focus on. The app works well when you’re trying to capture a near by object along with objects further out. Awesome work from the Nokia team, who excel in mobile camera phone technology.

Can’t wait to get it?

According to the Nokia Connects team, the app should hit the Windows Phone store in the coming weeks. So keep an eye out on the Nokia Collections section of the Store.

The bad new? Not all Lumias get this.

Only the following phones are capable of running this app as of now:

  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 928
  • Lumia 1020
  • Lumia 1520

Check out more Nokia Refocus Sample Snaps

In the Future, Charge your Phone in Seconds with Lightning

Nokia has teamed with scientists from University of Southampton in the UK, to tame the lightning to try charging a Lumia 925 with it. This sounds a but like Benjamin Franklin flying a kite in a thunderstorm. But this experiment goes to show that taming nature’s forces can sometime lead to surprising results.

In a lab setting, they simulated lightning using 200,000 volts of electricity sent across a gap of 300 millimeters. This gave up lightning sparks between that gap, this energy was then captured via a transformer to charge the phone. The surprising results of this experiment was that they were able to charge up the phone fully in a matter of seconds.

You shouldn’t try this at home, but if this actually makes its way to your homes through consumer channels in the future, this would be a breakthrough, since you won’t need to carry your spare batteries and battery packs with you when you travel, just plug your phone into the nearest lightning charger, and you’ll have enough juice in seconds to last you another few hours.

Here’s a video from Nokia showing you how it’s done.

via Nokia Conversations

 

Nokia Launches the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 625 in India

Nokia has just launched the much awaited Lumia 925 in India for Rs. 33,499, along with the mid-range Lumia 625 for Rs. 19,999. Whilst the selling point of the Lumia 925 is its brilliant camera and its aluminum frame, the Lumia 625 is touted as an entertainment device with its big 4.7” screen.

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The Lumia 925 being a spiritual successor to the previous flagship Nokia 920 comes with improvements to the camera and design. The Lumia 925 becomes the first phone in the Lumia line to feature an aluminum frame, with polycarbonate back available in white, grey or black. The result is it makes the phone thinner and lighter; this is a huge relief as the 920 was too heavy and bulky to live with. The Lumia 925 will also taste the much appreciated Nokia Pro Cam seen first on the Lumia 1020 once the Amber update is out.

Nokia Lumia 925 Specs:

  • 4.5″ 16M-color PureMotionHD+ AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 1280 x 768 pixels, with a 332 ppi pixel density.
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, [email protected] video recording and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Optical Image stabilization with floating lens technology
  • 32GB of inbuilt storage ( Not expandable)
  • Aluminum frame, with thinner and lighter profile.
  • FM radio
  • White, grey or black color.
  • Rs. 33,499 retail price.

Nokia Lumia 625 front and back

On the other hand, the Lumia 625 is purely marketed as an entertainment device. The device boasts a huge 4.7” screen, biggest in the Lumia line up and it looks like Nokia wants its users to fully utilize this screen. For starters, Nokia is offering goodies worth Rs.16000 in the form of an Entertainment package out-of-the-box. This includes movies, eBooks from Flipkart and access to the Nokia Music Store, among others.  The phone also comes preloaded with Your Movies app, through which the users can not only stream but also download movies.

Nokia Lumia 625 Specs:

  • 4.7″ 16M-color IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen of 480 x 800 pixels, with a 199 ppi pixel density
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, [email protected] video recording
  • 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB.
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-core Krait with 512MB RAM.
  • Orange, Bright green, Yellow, Black and white colors.
  • Upgradeable to WP8 Amber.
  • Rs. 19,999 retail price.

Follow the link to the press release for more – Nokia Lumia 625+925 India Launch Press Release.

Nokia Lumia 920 GDR2 Update – Get it Now through your PC

It looks like Nokia’s gearing up to send out the GDR2 update (code name Amber)  for the Lumia 920, and have uploaded the same onto their servers. It may still be some time away before the OTA update hits your phones. As of this writing, I still don’t see the update for my phone yet.

If you’re the impatient kind and want the update now, there’ a way you can do that. You can flash the update on your phone via a the Nokia Software Updater for Windows. A word of warning here, this method of updating can wipe your phone’s data so make sure you backup everything before you do this.

Download the Windows software from this link, install that on your PC or laptop. Then just follow the instructions on screen to update your phone. If the software tells you that the update available is 3047.0000.1326.2002, then you’re ready to flash the Nokia Amber update on your phone. Update and enjoy!

If you’ve updated your phone, tell us what you like or loath in this latest update.

via mynokiablog.com