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Nokia Lumia 625 review

An affordable but solid Windows Phone
Mon Sep 02 2013, 16:47

Product Nokia Lumia 625
Website Nokia
Specifications 4.7in 480x800 resolution IPS LCD touchscreen, dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card, 5MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 2G GSM, 3G HSDPA, 4G LTE, 1x microUSB port, headphone jack, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, 133x72x9.2mm, 159g
Price £200


FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia's Lumia 625 is the firm's latest affordable Windows Phone smartphone, as it looks to continue the success of the Nokia Lumia 520 handset.

Costing around £200, the Lumia 625 targets the same market as the Nokia Lumia 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.

However, with Nokia already having plugged every price point in the UK market, many have come to question whether these additional perks will be enough to entice new users to Windows Phone 8 or persuade those already using it to upgrade.

Design and build
Visually, the Nokia Lumia 625 looks like a cross between the firm's Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 models. The Lumia 625 features the same rounded corners as the Lumia 720 and a detachable plastic cover system like that of the Lumia 520.

Nokia Lumia 625 three-quarter

We found that the Nokia Lumia 625 felt far more like the Nokia Lumia 520 than the higher-end Nokia Lumia 720, despite its larger 133x72x9.2mm size. This is because the plastic backplate has the same slightly cheap feeling matte finish as the Nokia Lumia 520.

Considering the Nokia Lumia 625's affordable £200 price, 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 many novel design touches.

The slightly cheap feeling isn't helped by the Nokia Lumia 625's 159g weight, which makes it feel slightly dense compared to the 128g of the similarly sized Nokia Lumia 720.

Despite this, we found the Nokia Lumia 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 tough enough to survive the odd drop and accidental bump.

Next: Display and software.

 

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