Nokia Lumia 620 review round-up

A few reviews for the Nokia Lumia 620 has popped up on the net today, and the handset appears to have had a pretty good reception.

Above is Engadget’s video review of the handset, and they ultimately conclude the device hits a high water mark for all entry level smartphones.

They conclude:

The Lumia 620 represents a new high-watermark for entry-level smartphones, regardless of OS. Ignoring the app drawbacks, the phone provides a great web browser experience alongside the full Windows Phone 8 feature set. It could be a very exciting phone for Nokia — it’s an exciting one for us. We’ve mentioned the price several times during the review, but for a new smartphone with the latest version of its respective OS, it’s a steal. The phone might house a less-capable camera, but for anyone sick of oversized, unwieldy, expensive smartphones, Nokia now has an entry-level Windows Phone to lure the bargain-hunting crowds away from Android, if the Nexus 4 proves too expensive.

What’s more, it’s arguably more attractive than most Google-powered phones around the same price point and could prove to be a huge hit among smartphone beginners. There’s also a good chance that the more-gadget obsessed might pick up the Lumia 620 as a second device to give Microsoft’s mobile OS a try — and with compatibility on two US networks, it might be worth an import. It delivers real-world performance as good as Windows Phones that cost more than double. If anything, it’s making us reconsider whether those other rivals are worth the extra outlay.

CNET also looked at the device, the pro’s certainly outweighed the cons:

CNET found:

Good

  • Very affordable
  • Colourful, removable cases
  • Enough power for everyday tasks
  • Bright and bold screen
  • Handy bundled Nokia apps
  • Decent battery life

Bad

  • Windows Phone 8 app selection is still very limited

They concluded:

The Lumia 620 provides a lot of the best features from Nokia’s top-end phones, but with a significantly lower price tag. Its colourful cases not only make it more fun, but help take the worry out of damaging your mobile.

It’s not only a great option for enjoying your first taste of Windows Phone 8, it’s a superb choice for younger users wanting a slick phone in your pocket that’s a bit different from the swathes of budget grey Android phones their mates are running.

The handset scored 4 1/2 our of 5 stars.

Pocket-lint also gave the device a once-over, and similarly scored the handset 4 1/2 out of 5 starts, noting:

For anyone looking for the right Windows Phone to buy, we honestly think this is the handset for you. We loved pretty much everything about it – the battery is a concern though – and Windows Phone 8 is a more mature and enjoyable OS than any previous version of Windows on a phone.

While Windows Phone gets some stick it’s only when you spend any time using it that you realise it’s a complete and competent mobile OS. Apps can be an issue, but if you honestly think about the software you use on your Android or iOS phone in any given day, it’s a fair bet that Windows Phone has apps that do the same.

Nokia is struggling right now, but phones like this have the skills to appeal to all manner of people. It’s sensibly priced, while having more than enough hardware features to make it flexible and versatile. If you’re looking for a good mid-range phone, this little Lumia deserves some real consideration.

Hopefully the device’s reception in the market will be equally positive.

See Engadget’s review here, CNET’s review here, and Pocket-lint’s review here.

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