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Nokia Lumia 625 review

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

Our Verdict

The 625 is snappy enough and does all the usual Windows Phone things, but it's overpriced, the camera isn't great and the screen isn't very good: it's bigger but less sharp than its predecessor. You'd be better off with a Lumia 620 or a Nexus.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 23.90 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good battery life
  • 4G enabled
  • MicroSD slot
  • Decent music player

Against

  • Low res screen
  • Overpriced
  • Average camera
  • Only 8GB of storage

The Lumia 625 has two browsers on it: Internet Explorer and Nokia Xpress. That's a rarity for Windows Phone 8 devices as most only have Internet Explorer - a browser that probably won't be to everyone's taste - but the mobile version isn't too bad.

Nokia Lumia 625

When using Internet Explorer, a permanent address bar at the bottom of the screen lets you easily tap out a web address or search, and while it does take up a bit of space, the screen is big enough that it doesn't really matter.

You can also access a pop-up menu by tapping the three dots next to the address bar. This menu has options to refresh the page, change tab (or open a new one), view or add a page to your favourites, share the page or pin it to the start screen.

You can also get to the browser settings screen from here, which lets you pick between mobile and desktop versions of sites, change your default search provider and more.

Both the tabs and favourites screens are easy to use. Tabs appear as thumbnails while favourites are shown as a text list, but from either screen you can just tap on a page to go to it.

Actually viewing websites is intuitive too. You can double tap or pinch to zoom and swipe to scroll around the page.

Nokia Lumia 625

The Nokia Lumia 625 is plenty responsive here, with no slowdown. Sites load quite quickly when you use mobile pages.

The front page of TechRadar, for example, takes three to four seconds to load over Wi-Fi and only six or seven over 3G. Desktop sites can take up to 10 seconds longer though.

Nokia's Xpress browser isn't hugely different. In fact the layout is pretty similar, but it has a few extra features such as the ability to tap on a word to look it up.

The screen on the Lumia 625 is both a blessing and a curse for web browsing, as while the large size means that you can usually read a web page quite comfortably without too much zooming or scrolling, the low resolution means that things are never entirely sharp and generally don't look all that good. It's also not helped by the fact that the screen seems to pick up a lot of smears and smudges.

That's unfortunate, and along with the lack of many browser options it makes the internet experience a little underwhelming. It's perfectly usable but fails to impress, and we actually prefer browsing the net on the smaller-but-sharper Nokia Lumia 620 screen.

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
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Waiting, Call Forwarding, Conference Call, Call Log
Pixel Density201 ppi
Height133.3 mm
Width72.3 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
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