by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik
As we reported back in April , ‘Nokia X has experienced a good amount of traction in India‘, this was mostly due to the fact that it was the first dual SIM smartphone from Nokia. Since then, Nokia has released slightly upgraded versions of Nokia X in the form of Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.
Earlier this month, Nokia released the Lumia 630 Dual SIM, yet another dual SIM smartphone at a similar price range.
But this time, the company has used a proper smartphone operating system: – Windows Phone 8.1, instead of limited, forked version of Android (AOSP).
Since then, consumers will be in a dilemma over which device to pick up – either the Nokia XL or the Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM.
They both come at a same price and have almost similar hardware specifications.
In my own personal experience, I would definitely prefer the Lumia 630 Dual SIM over the Nokia XL and here’s why.
Hardware wise, the Nokia XL comes with a Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 768MB of RAM & 4 GB of ROM.
The Lumia 630 on the other hand, comes with a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM.
The Snapdragon 400 not only has more CPU cores, each CPU core is faster than that of Snapdragon 200 cores (ARM Cortex A7 vs ARM Cortex A5), but even the GPU is faster in the Snapdragon 400 (Adreno 305 vs Adreno 302).
Although it would seem that Lumia 630 has lower amount of RAM, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 is much more hardware efficient than Nokia’s X software platform.
The Lumia 630’s screen is smaller but is protected using Gorilla Glass 3, making it smoother to operate as well.
The Lumia 630 has a better camera than the Nokia XL because it has autofocus and an ability to record HD videos.
The actual image and video quality of the Lumia 630 is better.
Lumia 630 supports microSD cards of up to 128 GB whereas the Nokia XL supports only 64 GB microSD card.
All the connectivity options are faster in the Lumia 630 in comparison.
Even with smaller 1830 mAh battery, the Lumia 630 lasts twice as much as the Nokia XL, thanks to much better software optimisation.
Microsoft has promised that it would continue the Nokia X series of Android smartphones, but the company would definitely prioritise the development of its own Windows Phone platform compared to Android.
The chances of theLumia 630 receiving future software updates are much higher than that those of the Nokia XL.
With the launch of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s smartphone platform is neck to neck with Android and iOS in terms of necessary software features.
There is a notifications centre, quick setting toggles and a brand new File Manager, just like Android.
The overall user experience of using the Windows Phone is much better than using the Nokia’s X software platform, at least in a state that is now.
And one should always focus more on the user experience rather than hardware specifications while choosing a smartphone over others.