The Nokia Lumia 625 is a decent Windows Phone designed to offer budget buyers big screen usability and 4G speeds. However, with few of the custom Nokia innovations that made other Lumia devices great, it's unlikely to tempt new users to the Windows Phone platform.
Big screen is pleasant to type on, reasonable battery, interchangable covers
Low resolution screen, low memory, restricted selection of Nokia apps
Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon
Display: 4.7in 480x800 IPS LCD
Storage: 8GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM
Camera: 5MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera
Connectivity: 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900; 3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100; 4G LTE
Operating system: Windows Phone 8
The Nokia Lumia 625 is the latest affordable Windows Phone device from the Finnish phone maker. Costing around £200, the Lumia 625 targets the same space as the Nokia 620 released earlier this year, but comes with the added perks of a larger 4.7in display and 4G connectivity. Nokia lists the phone as being the cheapest ever 4G handset, arguing it is tailor made for businesses on a budget.
However, with Nokia already having plugged every price point in the UK market, releasing its Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 handsets mere months ago, many have come to question whether these additional perks will be enough to entice new business users to the Windows Phone 8 platform or persuade those already on it to upgrade.
Design and build
Visually, the 625 looks like a slightly stripped down cross between the Lumia 720 and 520 models. The 625 features the same rounded corners as the 720 and a detachable plastic cover system like the 520. Being a different size, it cannot use covers made for the 520, though.
We found the 625 felt far more like the 520 than the 720, despite its increased 133x72x9.2mm size. This is because the plastic backplate has the same slightly cheap feeling matte finish as the 520.
Considering the 625's affordable £200 price tag, this isn't too much of a problem though it does make the phone seem slightly dull compared to other Nokia Windows Phones, which feature vibrant designs and a wealth of novel design touches.
The slightly cheap feeling isn't helped by the 625's 159g weight, which makes it feel slightly dense compared to the 128g of the similarly sized Lumia 720.
Despite this, we found the 625 to be a solid device, like many other Nokia devices. While the white chassis we used was prone to picking up dirt marks, we found it more than tough enough to survive the odd drop and accidental bump.
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