Nokia Lumia 630: What's in the box?

Yesterday, we began our in-depth look at the Lumia 630, with a broad overview on what the new entry-level Windows Phone 8.1 handset has to offer. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be examining various aspects of the device in detail, and today, we take a look at you’ll actually get when you buy one.

The Lumia 630 is the first handset to be released since Microsoft took over Nokia’s devices and services business, and to mark this change, the device features new-look packaging. This is the first time that the box design has been updated since Nokia released its first Windows Phone, the Lumia 800, in late 2011.

Open up the box, and you’ll immediately be greeted by the star attraction – the handset itself.

The color on the device comes in the form of an interchangeable rear ‘shell’. When you purchase the handset at retail, you’ll have the option of choosing which color shell you would like, indicated on the outside of the box. Shells are also sold separately so that you can swap to a different color later. 

Removing the shell isn’t too much of a challenge…

…which is just as well given that you’ll need to open up the device to insert the 1830mAh battery and your SIM card. The microSD slot is also located here, but you’ll need to purchase a card separately.

You’ll also find a ‘Quick Guide’ to help you get started with setting up the device. It’s a pretty brief read, but it does point new users towards the pre-installed Nokia Care app, for info on Windows Phone along with tips and tricks to help people get the most out of the handset.

As you would expect, there’s a charger in the box too. This is just a standard charger with a microUSB connector at one end, and a wall-plug at the other.

This was a bit of a surprise – we were expecting to find a more versatile dual-function charger, which includes a proper microUSB data cable (to connect the device to a computer), that can also be connected to a special plug for wall-charging. 

Nokia's choice here was likely intended to help keep costs down, but it means that the Lumia 630 does not include a data cable, so if you need to connect the handset to your computer, you will need to purchase one separately. This may not be an issue for many users, especially given that Windows Phones now rely far less on PC connections than they once did, and plenty of people will likely have a spare cable lying around. But some, like first-time smartphone buyers, upgrading from feature phones, may find the absence of a data cable to be an inconvenience.

That's all you get in the box though. The Lumia 630 doesn’t come with a headset either, so if you’re hoping to use the device to listen to music or for hands-free calls, you’ll have to buy this separately too, or see if you’ve got one lying around the house. The 630 includes a standard 3.5mm audio-out jack though, so you’ll be able to plug most headphones in there to listen to music without any issues.

These ‘missing’ items are perhaps less of an issue in developed markets, where many buyers may will have owned several generations of smartphones, and are therefore likely to have a spare data cable or headset lying around. Indeed, in such parts of the world, Nokia’s decision to exclude these items from the box may be viewed as a positive move, since it helps to cut down on technology waste.

In emerging markets, though, where Microsoft will be aiming to sell the 630 in significant numbers to consumers buying their first smartphones, the lack of a headset, may well be more of an issue. Using the built-in FM radio, for example, will not be possible without a compatible headset, which will need to be purchased separately, and for the most price-sensitive buyers in these markets, such a purchase will add to the cost of ownership.

Stay tuned to Neowin in the days ahead as we focus on some of the features of the handset itself.

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My 521 had come with the power plug this same way, no ability to use it as a data cable. I understand trying to save costs, but that is really an inconvenience (though for me I had a data cable lying around).
Oh well seems like a nice phone, if I were in the market for one, but lack of front camera turns me off.

architecton said,
Just get a Lumia 625 while they're still around!

The 630 is a really bad deal imho...

Agreed. Just picked up the 625 unlocked for £80 ($136). You get brightness sensor, flash and still the great experience of 8.1. No brainer really!

Thanks for this news. If the review article about the Lumia 630 wasn't enough, I now have a review about what is in the box. /s

Who really cares what comes in the box? Why is this even news?

Hey at least it's something that's actually happening compared to "This is what the iWatch May look like." "This MIGHT be a new iPhone component." That stuff should be on Neohyperthetical!

You're not missing anything with the exclusion of the data cable. The one that came with my Lumia 520 was too short to be of any use.

The interchangeable-shell option hopefully will lead to a stocking of shells at kiosks and carrier-owned stores - yes; I AM looking at you, VZW and AT&T Mobility, not to mention T-M and Sprint. (For me personally, I like the idea of having a three-back rotation - green/blue/black (not necessarily in that order).)

We've got the UK retail pack, but as you can see from Nokia India, for example, other countries also state that you only get the phone, the charger and the Quick Guide in the box. http://1drv.ms/V2F1ih

We haven't checked the Nokia site for every single market though! Which country did you buy yours in?