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Nokia Lumia 625 Review

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Camera


The Lumia 625 features a 5-megapixel main auto-focus camera with a single LED flash on its back and a VGA front camera.

There camera interface is fairly plain - there are only a few preset scenes (macro mode and backlight), and you can also set the ISO, white balance, exposure and aspect ratio of the photos beforehand, and that's about it. You can fire up the camera by holding down the camera shutter key. There is also the Nokia Smart Cam app on board that allows you to capture images and edit them with some neat effects – you can remove moving objects or create an action shot for instance.

Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Camera interface


The actual images are decent, but not great by any means. The biggest issue with the images is that they lack noticeably in sharpness and detail (noise cripples in even during daylight shots), and colors also turn out burned and a bit on the cold side. All of that makes them right about average, but after all that’s an affordable device, and one cannot expect miracles.


The handset records up to 720p HD video at 30 frames per second and the recording quality is about average. We could pick the nits and say it skips a frame every once in a while to the point where it looks choppy when you record fast moving objects, and it lacks fine detail, but we do not consider those fatal flaws for such an affordable devic


The front VGA camera is a welcome addition to an affordable handset and it will mostly come to use for video conference.


Multimedia


The spacious 4.7” display is a valuable asset for media - it might not be among the best out there, but it is large and video and images benefit from that. The phone supports most popular codecs and plays back Mpeg-4, H.264, and WMV files at 720p with ease.

The handset comes with a built-in music and video hub that stores a history of the content you’ve seen and heard. There is no built-in YouTube player, but you can download feature-rich ones like MetroTube on the Marketplace.

Nokia Lumia 625 features two music applications on board - the Xbox Music Store and Nokia Music. We love both, but Nokia Music deserves a special mention for its free song streaming Mix Radio service - great for music discovery and it could save you a few bucks if you use it instead of a paid streaming service. It allows you to build your own playlists based on as many as three artists you mention and you can even cache playlists for offline listening. The only downside is that you can only skip not more than 6 songs each hour.

Multimedia apps on the Nokia Lumia 625 - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
Multimedia apps on the Nokia Lumia 625 - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
Multimedia apps on the Nokia Lumia 625 - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
Multimedia apps on the Nokia Lumia 625 - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Multimedia apps on the Nokia Lumia 625


The loudspeaker on the back gets pretty loud which sound is tinny when you crank it up to the maximum.

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 03:44 7

1. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)


6.5? What\'s happening with the world?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:37 4

7. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 148; 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:23 1

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2179; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Untrue. The 520 received an 8. Contrary to what some fanboys might think, an 8 is well above average.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 18:34

20. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Contrary to what other fanboys might think, not everyone likes using android or google\'s invasive services.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:49

22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2179; 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:35 2

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2179; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Yes, the world is ending because someone doesn't agree with you. Prepare yourself for the apocalypse.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 03:54 5

2. jsdechavez (Posts: 703; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


PA doesn't give normalized ratings for budget phones. Budget phone lovers can't be happy?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:09 3

3. mottykels (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Why PA why?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:25 1

4. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


xperia sp is way better than this pixelated screen phone RIP nokia

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:29 4

5. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Xperia SP is a good phone but the display is very bad.
Its washed out and dull.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:40 1

8. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Xperia SP has better screen?!! LOL you must be blind!!!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:30

6. veer.d (Posts: 85; 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

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:47

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2625; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


6.5? Hahahahaha..... Anyways I liked the orange (reddish orange) color very much, this is a nice budget phone.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:55 6

10. Edmund (Posts: 654; 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

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:45 1

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

Yo point?

Btw 625 is a good phone tho

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:54

15. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:13

18. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


It is overpriced for what it offers, nexus 4 is so much better offer than this.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:56 3

11. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


201 ppi is not bad. We were just used to hd screens.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 07:43 1

12. DFranch (Posts: 140; 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 10:26

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2179; 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 07:47

13. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1084; 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

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 19:13

21. lorenzattractor (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Actually, Halo: Spartan Assault was updated a while ago to work on 512mb devices.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:51

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..

posted on 08 Nov 2013, 09:55

25. Mohammad_Abu-Shukur (Posts: 20; 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

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 11:15

26. mandal001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


NOKIA 625 Is the best... 720 is TFT Display... but 625 is IPS display...

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 05:14

27. contentsetter (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


This phone is good for youngster, who prefer to buy gadgets either for pass time or for show off, not suggestible for serious buyer, or for office use.

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Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 625

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display4.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (201 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
512 MB RAM
Size5.25 x 2.84 x 0.36 inches
(133.25 x 72.25 x 9.15 mm)
5.61 oz  (159 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 23.9 hours talk time

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