Nokia Lumia 620 review: Auxiliary troops
The Nokia Lumia 620 packs a 3.8" ClearBlack LCD (that's first gen) of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels). The pixel density of 246ppi provides excellent sharpness and the image quality is surprisingly good.
Brightness levels are good and make up for the blacks, which are only average, so the overall contrast is excellent for the class. Colors are very punchy and viewing angles are quite decent too. There's a lot of color shifting going on when you increase the viewing angle, but what's on the screen remains legible unless you reach absolute extremes.
Here's a microscopic image of the screen's RGB matrix. The pixel arrangement is pretty standard for an LCD unit.
Although we found the blacks and pixel density of the Lumia 620 to be only average we should note that the contrast is very good, particularly for this price range.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Sony Xperia Z||0.70||492||705|
|Nokia Lumia 620||-||-||-||0.72||762||1068|
|Oppo Find 5||0.17||176||1123||0.51||565||1107|
|Sony Xperia S||-||-||-||0.48||495||1038|
|Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III||0||174||∞||0||330||∞|
|HTC One X||0.15||200||1375||0.39||550||1410|
|Nokia Lumia 920||-||-||-||0.48||513||1065|
|LG Optimus G||0.14||197||1445||0.33||417||1438|
|Apple iPhone 5||0.13||200||1490||0.48||640||1320|
The smartphone also excelled in our sunlight legibility test, beating much more expensive offerings in the process.
Nokia 808 PureView
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
Samsung Omnia W
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy Note
HTC One S
Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
Huawei Ascend P1
Nokia Lumia 900
Sony Xperia Z
Samsung Galaxy S III mini
Motorola RAZR i
Apple iPhone 4S
HTC One X
Oppo Find 5
Nokia Lumia 620
Apple iPhone 4
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Sony Xperia V
Sony Xperia U
LG Optimus 4X HD
HTC One V
LG Optimus Vu
HTC Desire V
LG Optimus 3D
Nokia Asha 302
Nokia Lumia 610
Gigabyte GSmart G1355
HTC Desire C
LG Optimus L7
LG Optimus L9
Sony Xperia E dual
Samsung Galaxy Pocket
Sony Xperia tipo
Samsung Galaxy mini 2
The Nokia Lumia 620 is comfortable to use and single-handed operation is quite easy. As we said, it could have been thinner, but having all the controls on one side and a small display certainly helps.
We are not particularly excited about the 11mm profile of the Nokia Lumia 620, which makes the smartphone feel a bit bulkier than it should have been, but it's not too bad either way. The ample space below the capacitive keys at the front could have also been put to better use.
As for the 127g of weight, we think Nokia found a good balance between pocketability and a solid feel. Furthermore, the smartphone's curved sides allow it to fit perfectly in-hand.
As an added bonus, the matte black finish really facilitates the grip and we'd take it any day over the glossy lime green version we previously had around.