Nokia Lumia 625 ReviewNokia Lumia 625 6.5
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.
Nokia Lumia 625 Review - Interface and Functionality
|Display||4.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (201 ppi) IPS LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
0.5 GB RAM
|Size||5.25 x 2.84 x 0.36 inches|
(133.25 x 72.25 x 9.15 mm)
5.61 oz (159 g)
|Battery||2000 mAh, 23.9 hours talk time|