Nokia Lumia 625 Review
Interface and Functionality
The Lumia 625 runs on Windows Phone 8 GDR2 with the Amber update, an interface that looks the same on all recent Lumias - from the most affordable ones to the top-shelf handsets. The platform hasn’t evolved much in the past year and still welcomes users with a two-panel home screen consisting of a Live Tile-filled screen, and another panel which is a vertical list of all apps listed with their name and icon.
To freshen things up, Nokia brings in a set of exclusive applications that aim to enrich the experience. The Lumia 625 features three notable ones: Nokia Smart Camera, Nokia Music and HERE Maps. Nokia’s Smart Camera allows you to take multiple shots and either pick the best one of them, or edit or combine the sequence with some neat effects (the app is limited in options due to the low amount of RAM). Nokia Music is probably our favorite music player of all as it brings free audio streaming (with some limitations), and is great for music discovery. Nokia’s HERE Maps is another great application that comes with free offline turn-by-turn navigation, a feature not freely available on Android or iOS.
In terms of customization, Windows Phone 8 allows you to change the size of Live Tiles (three sizes available) and their color, but that’s about as far as it goes. Microsoft built a simplistic platform that is easy to grasp, and comes with deep integration of Facebook and Twitter right into your phonebook, but it lacks the sophistication of Android and lacks a unified notification center.
Basic functionality however is well covered. The phonebook contains all necessary fields and syncs online. All Windows Phone devices are great for texting as the built-in on-screen keyboard is accurate and very snappy.
Processor and Memory
This should not come as a surprise, but we ought to say it - general performance is buttery smooth on the Lumia 625. Transitions and animations all work without a hitch, and the only slight niggle is that loading times for some apps seem too long. We’ve noticed this on higher end Windows Phone devices too, but here it’s even more obvious.
The Lumia 625 features a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 chip with only 512MB of RAM and the Adreno 305 graphics chip. Digging deeper, we find that the handset is in a somewhat unique position - it is the only Nokia device running on a Qualcomm MSM8930 chip, a middle-ground solution between Nokia’s higher end devices based on the MSM8960 (Lumia 1020, 928, 925) and the its lower-end portfolio featuring the MSM8227 chip (Lumia 520, 620, 720). The MSM8930 on the Lumia 625 is built on a 28nm LP manufacturing node. Technically, the processor architecture is Krait 200 and the RAM is an LPDDR2 with 533MHz bandwidth.
For gaming, the device is good but not great. Recently, some of the most popular games on the Windows Phone Marketplace (titles like Temple Run) got optimized to run on devices with 512MB of RAM like the Lumia 625. More visually demanding games like Halo: Spartan Assault for instance simply won’t run on this phone as they require a minimum of 1GB of RAM.
The handset comes with 8GB of internal storage and you can expand that via microSD cards of up to 64GB.
Internet and Connectivity
One of the big advantages of the Lumia 625 is its support for 4G LTE connectivity, a rarity at such a low price point. Windows Phone comes with the mobile Internet Explorer browser, a snappy solution that works without a hitch when zooming and scrolling around webpages. Microsoft’s platform does not allow other browsers on the Marketplace, so popular solutions like the cross-device syncing Chrome for instance are missing.
Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n and GPS. The Lumia 625 is also one of a few Windows Phone devices to support Bluetooth 4.0. On the flipside, it lacks NFC connectivity.
7. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 133; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
PhoneArena's scores are more like specs ratings than overall experience ratings. A low-end phone will always get a mediocre score.
16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1388; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Untrue. The 520 received an 8. Contrary to what some fanboys might think, an 8 is well above average.
20. Edmund (Posts: 601; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Contrary to what other fanboys might think, not everyone likes using android or google\'s invasive services.
22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1388; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
What does that have to do with anything? The Nokia Lumia 520? Perhaps you've heard of it. It's a Windows Phone 8 device.
17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1388; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Yes, the world is ending because someone doesn't agree with you. Prepare yourself for the apocalypse.
2. jsdechavez (Posts: 651; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
PA doesn't give normalized ratings for budget phones. Budget phone lovers can't be happy?
4. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
xperia sp is way better than this pixelated screen phone RIP nokia
5. sri_tech (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Xperia SP is a good phone but the display is very bad.
Its washed out and dull.
8. Glim12808 (Posts: 344; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Xperia SP has better screen?!! LOL you must be blind!!!
6. veer.d (Posts: 79; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)
I think L625 is cheapest 4G phone.
PA says they give rating on the base of price range then it deserve more
9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1522; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
6.5? Hahahahaha..... Anyways I liked the orange (reddish orange) color very much, this is a nice budget phone.
10. Edmund (Posts: 601; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
I looked at the score, then who was writing the review - the miserly 6.5 made sense.
I had to laugh at the cons
"Feels overpriced compared to similar Android devices" :
Lumia 625 - $215 (unlocked through Amazon)
Sony xperia SP - $350 (terrible display, especially outdoors)
Galaxy Core - $??? (last generation phone with no LTE, Cortex A5 processor, Adreno 203GPU, 720P max video recording)
Sony xperia L - $240 ( slower 1ghz processor, 720P HD recording only, No LTE)
It's as if he was scraping the bottom of the barrel for cons LOL
14. samsony (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
but 720p on SP is better than 625 tho.
And it got Adreno320 and Krait 300
Btw 625 is a good phone tho
15. Pedro0x (Posts: 240; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
What about xperia m?
I wouldn´t recomment this lumia 625 to anyone, pixelated screen, terrible OS, large bezels, low contrast, pretty awful camera. But on the other side 4G connectivity is a welcome addition and 2000mAh is also very good, I´d expect that a low-end with such a high battery would last longer but it is okay. To summarize it all, this is not a very good buy.
18. Pedro0x (Posts: 240; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
It is overpriced for what it offers, nexus 4 is so much better offer than this.
11. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
201 ppi is not bad. We were just used to hd screens.
12. DFranch (Posts: 103; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
What would the similar dual core, LTE capable Android phone, with a 4.7" screen & a 2 day battery, costing $215 be exactly? Another BS rating of a Nokia phone by PA.
19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1388; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Nexus 4. Quad-core, LTE capable with rooting or if you stick with 4.2.1, 4.7" screen. You probably won't get 2 days of life out of it, but the 8GB version is $199. I would say that's a decent trade-off.
13. 7thspaceman (Posts: 719; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
the real nice things about this device are it's screen size color cases and you can go in store and afford to buy it at one shot. For a new to smart phone buyer this is a plus
21. lorenzattractor (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Actually, Halo: Spartan Assault was updated a while ago to work on 512mb devices.
24. mandal001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Very Nice Phone... Its Valu for Money..... I dont Know why Phone Arena Given 6.5 ??? i thought its 9 out of 10 one mark less for Camera ... nice look if u want lumia go for 625..
25. Mohammad_Abu-Shukur (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
which is better lumia 625 or 720???
i am so confused about it
i want to change to lumia...but i am confused among 525 or 620 or 625 or 720
please help me
26. mandal001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
NOKIA 625 Is the best... 720 is TFT Display... but 625 is IPS display...