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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

Maps

Nokia Lumia 625

The Nokia Lumia 625 comes with HERE Maps and HERE Drive. The former is mapping software while the latter is a sat-nav and both are pretty good at their respective jobs and free to use.

HERE Maps very quickly locked on to our location every time we used it, and can get directions and highlight local businesses and points of interest.

You can also view a satellite image of an area, see public transport lines and even view traffic information from the map itself.

It's fairly plain, and we're not huge fans of the washed-out colour scheme, but it works well.

HERE Drive works quite well too. You can download maps for use later so that you won't need a data connection when out on the road, you can set up specific commutes allowing the app to warn you of traffic and suggest alternate routes, and it's all round easy to use, giving you a clear display that's simple to follow when driving.

Apps

Nokia Lumia 625

The app selection on the Nokia Lumia 625 is standard Lumia fare. There's an alarm clock, calculator and calendar, all of which work much as you'd expect and in the case of the calendar allows you to import data from linked accounts.

There are also a couple of fairly pointless inclusions in the form of Angry Birds Roost, which basically just gives you access to Angry Birds wallpapers, ringtones and the like and 'World of Red Bull' which has a variety of Red Bull sponsored extreme sports videos and news stories.

The two most interesting apps are OneNote and Office, which are mobile versions of these Microsoft applications.

They're stripped down a little from the desktop versions, but they both work pretty well and could come in handy if you plan to use your phone for work and already use either of them on your computer.

Nokia Lumia 625

One app that wasn't pre-installed on our review handset but which may come with release versions, given that it's advertised on the Nokia Lumia 625 website, is JobLens.

It's a tool for finding jobs, as you might have guessed from the name. You can link your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to it to find jobs in your network, or just do a blanket search.

You can then view job locations on a map, allowing you to look for work in very specific areas. It's definitely a handy tool, but when it comes to actually applying you'll probably want to switch the phone for a computer.

There aren't a huge amount of apps pre-installed on the Nokia Lumia 625 then, but much of what's there is genuinely useful and you can always get more from the Windows Phone Store, though the selection is a little more limited than on the Android or iOS stores.

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