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Hands On with Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8

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The Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 are high-end smartphones that are doing pretty well for themselves. Nokia’s latest addition to the Lumia family is a handset aimed at the mid-budget market. The Nokia Lumia 620 is not the perfect smartphone, but it does have some interesting features.
Let’s start by putting it up against its closest competitor.

The Lumia 620 with HTC’s Windows Phone 8S-

Both are actually quite similar on paper. The handsets come with a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and 480x800 resolution display. They even have identical cameras (5MP) that shoots decent 720p videos.

Crucial differences:
The Lumia 620 has a 3.8 inch screen while the 8S comes with a 4 inch display. Not a huge difference, but in an era where size matters HTC trumps the latest Lumia. However, the 620 comes back strong in two areas.

First of all, it has ample internal storage space at 8GB. This is double the space than what HTC’s handset offers users. The deal clincher is the price. While the HTC Windows Phone 8S sells for a little above $300, the Nokia Lumia can be yours for $250 or less. Case closed.

If you’re familiar with the Lumia series, then you will know that it’s all about the color. You can clothe the Lumia 620 in a variety of back covers depending on your mood. The curved edges of the plastic cover make it easier to handle than most phones, and it looks aesthetically appealing at the same time.

The buttons are strategically placed on this handset. While the volume rocker and the power/lock buttons are closer to each other, the one-shot camera button is towards the bottom. All three physical buttons are on the right side of the gadget, thus leaving the left side empty, and adding a touch of class to this budget Windows phone.

Battery life:
Since this is a Windows phone, usage is bound to be on the higher side and the battery needs to live up to expectations. This is where the Nokia Lumia 620 might falter, just a little. The 1300mAh battery is said to offer 14 hours and 40 minutes of talktime or 61 hours of music. This would be great, but manufacturer estimates are seldom completely accurate.

You should get this phone simply because it runs the Windows OS. The other platforms out there are quite similar to each other, and Microsoft’s revolutionary design is a joy to behold.

The vertical scrolling of apps is a refreshing change from the overdone horizontal screens. The tile format makes the phone look cool, and is quite convenient to use.
Aimed at the low-end market, the Nokia Lumia is out there to attract first-timers to the Windows phone arena. With an unbeatable price, it does exactly that. The bundled Nokia apps, smooth interface and 64GB expansion make it a worthy smartphone to pick up.

The smaller screen and moderate battery life are the only, yet crucial, drawbacks. If you can get over these two issues, then the Nokia Lumia 620 is a great choice.

This is a guest post by Jena Branch of, a site that offers savings and current information on cox cable packages.
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