Nokia Lumia 620
With the Nokia Lumia 620, Windows Phone 8 is heading downmarket. No longer just the domain of flagship phones with giant HD screens and pricetags to match, you can now get Microsoft’s latest and greatest on a charming little phone with a 3.8-inch screen that costs just £150. If you’re stuck firmly with pay as you go, is this your next upgrade? Let’s find out.
Cheap phones need cheap materials - but Nokia’s managed to use them to its advantage. The robust Nokia Lumia 620 is a cracking piece of hardware that succeeds because it goes against the flow. It’s not especially thin, so Nokia gave it a curved shape with a flat top that disguises this. It’s made of plastic, so Nokia gives you a range of different, beautifully coloured shells to snap on.
You can tell Nokia’s put some serious thought into the Lumia 620’s design, from the positioning of the power button to the fact that the changeable covers have the headphone jack built into them so it won’t break when you switch. And though the 3.8-inch screen is small, it’s sharp, easy to use one handed, and seems to take up most of the front face because it’s placed so close to the top edge.
The 620’s predecessor, the Lumia 610, sadly ran a crippled version of Windows Phone which couldn’t cope with all apps and games on the Windows store. No such problems for the Nokia Lumia 620, which runs full fat Windows Phone 8, and can do almost anything its bigger brothers, the 820 and 920 can - including video chat via a front facing camera.
Windows Phone’s easy to use live tile screen and People hub meanwhile are a perfect fit for first time smartphone owners, letting you see what your friends are saying and get up to date info without the complications of setting up widgets on an Android homescreen. Nokia’s excellent services on top of this - free satnav with Nokia Drive, free tune streaming with Nokia Music - are the icing on the cake. This is the perfect, no-fuss, My First Smartphone.