Nokia Lumia 625 review

Big screen, low price, but is it any good?

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The Nokia Lumia 625 is a bit of a mixed bag. In some ways it's a definite improvement over the Nokia Lumia 620 - thanks to better battery life and 4G support. But in other ways it's actually possibly worse. The screen for example, while bigger, is a lot less sharp and the price tag is a little higher.

We liked

The Nokia Lumia 625 has quite good battery life and 4G support. Those are probably the two biggest things going for it. It also has a good music player and handles contacts and social network integration superbly - but then so do all Windows Phone 8 handsets.

It's a fairly snappy performer despite having quite low specs and the inclusion of a microSD card slot is appreciated, but it's kind of necessary given that there's only 8GB of built in storage.

We disliked

We've been debating whether the screen size is a good or a bad thing, but given the low resolution we're inclined to say that for most people a smaller screen would be preferable. The fact that the large screen adds weight, bulk and presumably price to the phone isn't ideal either.

The camera isn't great and the dial pad could use some work, but really the screen coupled with the price tag are the main issues.

Final verdict

We're not really sure who the Nokia Lumia 625 is aimed at. For most people the negative qualities of the screen would probably outweigh the positives, which given that you could snap up a Nokia Lumia 820 or a Moto G (2014) for similar money makes it a bit of a hard sell.

If you really want a big screened Windows Phone 8 handset on a budget then it's worth considering but the resolution lets it down. Its 4G credentials could also be a selling point but the Lumia 820 supports 4G too and shouldn't set you back much more and since the Lumia 625's launch various other affordable 4G phones have arrived.

If neither of those things is a concern then you'd be better off saving your money and getting a Nokia Lumia 620, which worse battery life and lack of 4G aside is probably a better phone.

The Lumia 625 isn't bad, but it's not great either and with the Lumia range as crowded as it is there's not really a place for it.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, WCDMA 2100, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 850, GSM 1800, LTE 2600, LTE 1800, GSM 1900, LTE 800
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time23.90 Hour
Product Model625
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)159 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density201 ppi
Front Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
Height133.3 mm
Width72.3 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time552 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 625 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon S4
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAmbient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberA00013555
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationMore room to play

Upgrade to the big-screen experience. The 4.7" display gives you more space for watching videos, browsing, playing games and using apps.

High-quality video. No waiting.

Love online video, love the Lumia 625. With 4G speed, videos load super-quickly - so you can watch your favourite clips without interruption.

All style. All substance.

The gentle curves and unique semi-transparent shell of the Lumia 625 give it a look that you'll love showing off. And you can always swap colours with the changeable shells.

Limited Warranty2 Year