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Nokia Lumia 625 review

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

Battery life

The Nokia Lumia 625 has a 2000 mAh battery. That's a lot bigger than the 1300 mAh battery in the Nokia Lumia 620 and actually matches the battery size of the Nokia Lumia 1020.

However it's not removable and given the screen size it's justified in having a bigger battery than the 620.

Thankfully, the Lumia 625 seems to have far better battery life than the 620, despite that sizeable screen sapping it. In general mixed use we never felt in danger of running dry before the day was up, and for light to moderate use it could probably keep going for a couple of days.

Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia claims that the battery can manage up to 6.5 hours of video or 90 hours of music playback, which sounds more or less fair based on the performance we experienced.

As always, we put the phone through a battery test where we turned on Wi-Fi and push notifications, set the screen to full brightness and played a 90-minute video starting from a fully charged battery.

By the end the Lumia 625 had dropped to 79% - which is pretty close to the performance of the Nokia Lumia 925 and a lot better than the Lumia 620, which had dropped to 64%.

The Nokia Lumia 625 still doesn't have amazing battery life, but it should be enough for most users and is easily comparable to or better than most other smartphones. In fact the increased battery life is one of the few real reasons to opt for it over the Lumia 620.

As with other Lumia handsets there's also a battery saver mode which stops things running in the background, to help you eke extra life out of it.

Connectivity

The Nokia Lumia 625 has a variety of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSDPA at 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi hotspot support, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

Nokia Lumia 625

However the headline feature is 4G, as this is one of the cheapest phones available that can actually get a 4G signal.

For anyone who wants 4G on a tight budget that's quite a big selling point, but we can't imagine too many people fall into that camp, especially when 4G contracts are so expensive anyway.

All of the connectivity toggles can be found in the main settings screen and while it's sometimes annoying not being able to turn things on and off from the start screen they are at least clearly labelled and easy to find.

Getting content to and from the Nokia Lumia 625 is done by plugging it into a computer. You don't need any special software; you can just dive straight into the folders, so it's easy enough to do.

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