Live at vowe's magic flying cirucs :: Windows Phone 8.1 on Lumia 630

by Volker Weber

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This just in today: a spanking new Lumia 630, which ships with Windows Phone 8.1 and Nokia Cyan. Neon yellow, my least desirable choice from the range of five colors: orange, green, yellow, black and white. Orange and green are better, white is very clean and black ... is black.

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Thse colors are bright, very bright. Last year's yellow is mellow compared to this material. Even brighter: the Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12.

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Setup was a breeze. But 8 GB of memory is very tight. Will have to find a decent SD card if I want to keep some music on the device. At least it is expandable, unlike the high end 930.

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The Lumia 630 is the first device to ship with Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan. On the 1020 I just upgraded to Developer Preview 2.

I need to play with it for a little more before I can recommend it. So far it feels very snappy. And I suspect this would be the perfect phone to buy for your kids.

Some obvious corners that Nokia had to cut: no front facing camera, no flash, no camera button, on screen Windows buttons, low display resolution (800 x480), no ambient light sensor. But you will love this: replaceable battery and covers. If you buy the wrong color, just get a new cover.

Comments

What's the delta of the OS release numbers compared to Dev preview 2?

Ingo Seifert, 2014-05-16 16:58

DP2 is newer.

Volker Weber, 2014-05-16 17:02

Holy moly... does this glow in the dark???

Ragnar Schierholz, 2014-05-16 17:04

No flash, no camera button, no brightness sensor?
I guess the Lumia 620 will still be the better choice as it gets WP 8.1 and Lumia Cyan in summer too.

Manfred Wiktorin, 2014-05-16 17:44

Als Einsteigertelefon /Low-budget Smartphone bestimmt gut.
Gab es hier Cortana auch auf deutsch?

Lukas Gerlich, 2014-05-16 19:09

Danke, Volker. Wirklich kein Helligkeitssensor? Kann ich mir kaum vorstellen. Bin gespannt auf Deine Erkenntnisse.
Persönlich sind mir hier zuviele Kompromisse gemacht. Insbesondere die fehlende Frontkamera schmerzt.

Hubert Stettner, 2014-05-16 19:37

Beim 930 steht: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer

Beim 630 steht: Accelerometer

Da fehlt also noch mehr.

Volker Weber, 2014-05-16 19:51

Gefällt mir irgendwie, aber ich bin nicht die Zielgruppe.

Ich bin gespannt auf das 930 und das werde ich mir genauer ansehen.

Karl Heindel, 2014-05-16 19:54

Ich kenne den Eintrag bei z.B. Nokia Developer, hoffe aber immer noch, dass das jemand unglücklich eingetragen hat. Wegen des fehlenden Näherungssensors war das bei WPCentral:
http://www.wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-630-isnt-missing-proximity-sensor

Magnetometer und Gyroskop sind sicherlich eingespart. Ich kann mir aber nicht vorstellen, dass es keinen Umgebungslichtsensor hat. Evtl. kann Ben Lampe hier ja mal Licht ins Dunkel bringen.

Wenn Du es im Dunkeln mit dem oberen Ende unter eine Lampe hältst - regelt es dann die Displayhelligkeit hoch?

Hubert Stettner, 2014-05-16 20:13

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