Review: Nokia Lumia 625
4.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $399
Manufacturer: Nokia

When you’re looking for a new smartphone, the combination of 4G LTE and a big screen normally means a large price tag, but Nokia’s Lumia 625 aims to prove that you can get both without spending big.

Features

Nokia seems to have more phones than anyone else at the moment, throwing its hand in with the seventh device we’ve heard about for the 2013 season.

That device is the Lumia 625, a handset that does a little more than take the idea from the handset above it in ranking and decrease its performance and specs slightly, which is the way it normally seems to go.

In this handset, customers will find a 4.7 inch display capable of showing 800×480 resolution, which will show roughly 199 pixels per inch and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2.

Technology inside the Lumia 625 includes a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with Adreno 305 graphics chip, 512MB RAM, and 8GB storage, of which roughly 5GB is available to you, though there is a microSD slot underneath the removable case for upgrading this considerably.

Windows Phone 8 is the operating system used here, capable of handling apps made specifically for Windows Phone, of which there are more becoming available, even if the pace does appear to be slower than market leaders iOS and Android.

As expected, there is a camera on this handset, with a 5 megapixel module on the back accompanied by an LED flash and autofocus, while the front features a VGA camera.

Connections on this handset include support for 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and of course the wired microUSB data and charge port that most devices come with.

The battery practically takes over most of the device, with 2000mAh included, the same amount used in both the Lumia 920 and 925 handsets.

Nokia has made the casing in this phone removable, with the microSD and microSIM slots found underneath.

Few ports or buttons exist here, with the ports seen only in the microUSB below and 3.5mm headset jack up top, while the hard buttons are Nokia’s typical volume rocker, power button, and camera shutter on the right, with soft buttons for back, home, and search on the front beneath the screen.

Performance

Nokia’s Lumia 625 is an interesting little device, and one that might surprise you.

Normally, the Lumia range works off numbers, in that the higher the number, the more high up the range is. Right now, we have the high-end devices sporting numbers like 820, 920, 925, and 1020. That “20” or “25” on the side signifies a 2013 phone, for some reason, and is reflected throughout the range. Mid-range devices sport numbers like 620 and 720, while budget is handled by the 520 at the present time.