Nokia Lumia 625 Prices & Tariffs

Nokia Lumia 625

Features

  • 4.7 inch display
  • Windows
  • 5MP camera
  • 8GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 15 hours 10 minutes
  • Standby: Up to 3 days 18 hours
  • 72.3mm wide
  • 133.3mm high
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Average Score

69/100

The Lumia 625 delivers a lot of bang for your buck. It covers off all of the basic smartphone activities well, is a plea...

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Nokia Lumia 625 Specs

Display

Type TFT capacitive
Screen Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Screen Size 4.7 inch (11.9 cm)
Touch Screen Yes

Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Front Facing -
3D Resolution -
Flash Type LED
Video Camera 720p

Music and Video

Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Video Calls No
FM Radio Yes
Audio Formats MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA
Video Formats MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV

Physical

Form Factor Slate
Width 72.3 mm
Height 133.3 mm
Thickness 9.2 mm
Weight 159 grams
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro No

General

GPS Yes
Battery (3G Talk) Up to 15 hours 10 minutes
Battery (Standby) Up to 3 days 18 hours
App Store Windows Phone Marketplace
Processor Type Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon
Operating System Windows Phone 8
Release Date -

Connectivity

Main Connectivity 4G LTE
Maximum Data Speed 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
USB 2.0
Bluetooth Yes
Networks GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Data Networks HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

Memory

RAM 512MB
Internal 8GB
Expandable -

Messaging

Push Email Yes
Text Messages (SMS) Yes
Picture Messages (MMS) Yes

Nokia Lumia 625 Reviews

Mixed

WhistleOut Review

"The Lumia 625 delivers a lot of bang for your buck. It covers off all of the basic smartphone activities well, is a pleasure to use, and it is roughly half the price of the top-end models."

Joseph Hanlon (WhistleOut)
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83/100

"The biggest advantage is battery life. The Lumia 625 had 65% left after 24 hours in our standard battery benchmark, but anecdotally, we found the 625 lasted much longer than the average smartphone with fairly intensive use of 3G services. "

pcpro.co.uk
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80/100

"We push our devices the same way in our reviews, with general use, social networking, speed tests, media playback, phone calls, messaging, and app usage, and in the Lumia 625, we saw two days of usage without any problems. In fact, if you didn’t use your device as often as we did, you could probably..."

gadgetguy.com.au
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80/100

"This device runs impressivey well – scrolling through the home screen is smooth and there is rarely any slow-down. It seems that Windows Phone 8 is so well optimised it doesn’t really need super fast quad-core processors."

Mixed

" No one would mistake the 625 for a premium handset, but then again, Nokia's not trying to deceive anyone, either. This phone is sturdy, fun and agreeable to use, which is more than satisfactory considering the price."

engadget.com
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70/100

"Screen is low resolution and not a great performance display, you miss out on things like compass and NFC, limited apps, larger screen size doesn't extend functionality of OS"

pocket-lint.com
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70/100

"Apps are not the Lumia 625’s strong point. Windows Phone 8 has the weakest apps and games selection of all the major mobile platforms. If you’re a mobile gaming fiend, stay away. "

trustedreviews.com
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70/100

"Nokia has a focus on imaging, but the camera is pretty basic on the Lumia 625. It comes with a 5 megapixel camera without Carl Zeiss optics or anything too fancy. The front facing camera is also a measly VGA quality camera. Photos from the rear camera don't look bad though and are perfectly acceptab..."

ZDNet.com
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65/100

"The 4.7-inch IPS LCD display is the fly in the ointment in the otherwise very well-rounded package that is the Lumia 625. It’s the largest display ever put in a Lumia phone, but it features a middling resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA) that makes icons and text look fuzzy. Overall, the display is..."

phonearena.com
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Mixed

"In the hand, the Nokia Lumia 625 doesn't feel really impressive, nor does it feel cheap. It just feels, well, uninspiring. It's rounded in a nice way, it's a little thick but squarely hits the marks you'd expect for a phone that is half the cost (and then some) of the Samsung Galaxy S4. "

Techradar.com
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60/100

"For a phone of its size, the Lumia 625's too-low resolution is fuzzy and dull compared to premium Lumias. The 625's 5-megapixel camera struggles taking photos in the shade."

CNET (reviews.cnet.com)
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60/100

"The slightly cheap feeling isn't helped by the 625's 159g weight, which makes it feel slightly dense compared to the 128g of the similarly sized Lumia 720."

v3.co.uk
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50/100

"The Lumia 625's internal storage capacity is less impressive at just 8GB, only 5GB of which is usable. Fortunately, this can be upgraded to a maximum of 64GB using the phone's microSD card slot."

theinquirer.net
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Average Score

(13 Reviews)

69/100
 

Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Design

It would seem that if Nokia succeeds in its comeback strategy, one of the key tenants of its return to favour with be in the unique, but familiar design of its phones. This is a long way of saying that all Nokia Lumia phones look the same, but it this is most certainly by design, and not out of a lack of inspiration. Like you can with iPhones, HTC phones, and to a lesser extent Sony phones, a Nokia handset is recognisable from across the aisle on a bus or carriage in a train as being a Nokia handset.

The Lumia 625 might not cost you as much as a Lumia 925 or 1020, but it is recognisably part of the Lumia family. It's rounded corners, glossy screen and the matte-finish on its battery cover give it away, as would seeing Windows Phone software installed on the phone if it were turned on.

It doesn't feel like the top-line Lumias low. While the polycarbonate bodies of earlier Lumias felt sturdy and pleasant to hold, the Lumia 625 feels like plastic. The battery cover here is a stiff plastic that gives off a hollow-sound when you tap at it. It certainly still feels sturdy, but you can't expect it to survive the scuffs and knocks of everyday life without showing wear and tear.

The screen is large for its $399 price tag. Nokia opts for a 4.7-inch TFT LCD panel for the 625, which really is a decent sized screen for the money. It gives you plenty of screen real estate for whatever you are doing with the phone, be it gaming, working, emails or web browsing.

It isn't the best screen of recent Nokia releases, but this is one of the trade-offs for the price. The colours look a little dull, even when the screen is turned up to the highest brightness setting. The screen resolution is also a tad low, with 480 pixels by 800 pixels on offer. This doesn't impact everyday use too much, but it certainly doesn't look as nice as a sharper display would.

Windows Phone

The core of the user experience relies on Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, and for the most part it does a solid job of delivering the basics in a smartphone. As it has been from day one, the Windows Phone OS is super fast and responsive, and though the 625 runs on slower, older processing hardware, you'd never know from using the core system.

Our review handset is running on Windows Phone 8, and while it ticks most of the boxes when you list out what it is capable of doing, our main consternation comes from how it does them.

Changing key phone settings is probably the best example. Turning on Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth or initiating Internet Sharing are accessed through separate sub-menus in the Settings app. Because the word Settings begins with 'S', it is far down on the list of installed apps accessible through the home screen. Once you've found settings, you then have to scroll again to find 'Wi-Fi' then go into the sub-menu and make adjustments.

There are a few shortcuts here, like the Search button in the Apps List screen and the fact that you can 'Pin' the Settings app shortcut to the Live Tiles screen, but this doesn't speed up what is a process with way too many keystrokes for such a central smartphone activity.

There are other things that Windows Phone does very well. We love how the 'Messaging' app is a mix of SMS and Facebook chat, and that it gives preference to the latter if you're friends are online. The Xbox branded services are also excellent, now with Games, Videos and Music.

Camera

A key focus for Nokia's high-end phones is photography, especially where it uses its special 41-megapixel image sensors, like in the Lumia 1020. For $400, you don't get this much camera love, but you do get a very serviceable 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash.

The auto-focus is fast and accurate, and the photo processing takes but a second to complete. Colour reproduction in the images could be better, with some weird chromatic aberration showing up in some of our test shots, and an only passable performance in low-light.


(This final photo was taken using the camera's digital zoom)

Hardware

As we alluded to above, the processing hardware in the Lumia 625 is good, but nothing to write home about. Nokia choose a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor for the job, with a decent Adreno 305 graphics chip and 512MB RAM.

More exciting is the inclusion of 4G networking hardware in this mid-range phone. This is tri-band LTE hardware with support for the 900/1800/2600MHz frequencies, which covers a far few of the 4G LTE networks around the world.

It has the standard array of other connectivity hardware too, with A-GPS for navigation and Bluetooth for connecting to headsets or other phones.

Overall

As it is with other low-end Nokia Windows Phones, the Lumia 625 delivers a lot of bang for your buck. It may not do everything that Samsung and HTC phones can do, but it covers off all of the basic smartphone activities well, and it is a pleasure to use, and it is roughly half the price of the top-end models.

If anything, it's greatest competitor could turn out to be one of Nokia's own. The Lumia 520 is selling like hotcakes, and when you can buy it for $199, you can see why. You do get a much larger screen with the 625, and faster hardware, but if you are just looking for the basics, it would be wise to consider the 520 before committing to the more expensive model.

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