Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Introduction


The newest member of the Lumia family is colorful like all its other peers and brings a spacious 4.7-inch display and the traditionally smooth performance of Windows Phone 8.

It is a device of budget, though, and that means a lot of compromise is involved too. Firing up the low-res screen speaks about that in an instant, and it’s not the only compromise. Will this fly in the ointment spoil all good that’s going on with the Lumia 625? Let’s find out.

Nokia Lumia 625 Review
In the box:

  • User manualUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Headphones

Design


The Lumia 625 looks like a grown up Lumia 620 - it features the same translucent plastic shells that are easy to take off and swap. The color options include lime green, reddish orange, yellow, white and black. Nokia is once again using its ‘dual-shot’ technology applying a base color layer as the foundation and a different color layer on top for a more vibrant, neon-like color. Unlike the Lumia 620, though, the buttons on the side do not contrast and are painted in the same colors as the case. Speaking of it, the plastic casing has a soft touch to it that contributes to a better in-hand feel of the device. The build quality is overall solid.

Nokia Lumia 625 Review
Front camera - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Front camera

Windows keys - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Windows keys


Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 625

Dimensions

5.25 x 2.84 x 0.36 inches

133.25 x 72.25 x 9.15 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia SP

Dimensions

5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy Core

Samsung Galaxy Core

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia L

Dimensions

5.07 x 2.56 x 0.38 inches

128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 625

Dimensions

5.25 x 2.84 x 0.36 inches

133.25 x 72.25 x 9.15 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia SP

Dimensions

5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Samsung Galaxy Core

Samsung Galaxy Core

Dimensions

5.09 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

129.3 x 67.6 x 8.95 mm

Weight

4.37 oz (124 g)

Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia L

Dimensions

5.07 x 2.56 x 0.38 inches

128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The Lumia 625 is a large device, but it’s thin at 9.2mm and weighs a fairly heavy 159 grams (5.6oz). It’s not something you’d be able to easily use single-handedly, but then again most devices this size aren’t.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is a large device and not something you’d be able to easily use single-handedly - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
The Nokia Lumia 625 is a large device and not something you’d be able to easily use single-handedly - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
The Nokia Lumia 625 is a large device and not something you’d be able to easily use single-handedly - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

The Nokia Lumia 625 is a large device and not something you’d be able to easily use single-handedly


Just as any other Lumia, Nokia placed all the physical buttons on the Lumia 625 on its right side - the lock key is at the top, the volume rocker in the middle, and the dedicated camera shutter key below it. All buttons have nice travel to them and are comfortable to press. On the bottom, Nokia has placed a microUSB port and on top is a 3.5mm headset jack.

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 625 - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
The sides of the Nokia Lumia 625 - Nokia Lumia 625 Review
The sides of the Nokia Lumia 625 - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 625


Back - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Back

Rear camera - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Rear camera

Back covers - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Back covers

SIM tray and microSD card slot - Nokia Lumia 625 Review

SIM tray and microSD card slot




Display


The 4.7-inch IPS LCD display is the fly in the ointment in the otherwise very well-rounded package that is the Lumia 625. It’s the largest display ever put in a Lumia phone, but it features a middling resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA) that makes icons and text look fuzzy. Overall, the display is simply not sharp enough - pixel density comes at the lowly 201ppi.

Colors on it look a bit washed out, and not as vivid as we would have liked. It seems that almost all (if not all) Lumia 625s come with a very visible light leak that further spoils the experience. Nokia has now admitted this, but blames it on LCD tech limitations and does not consider it a valid reason for device returns.

The display picks up a lot of reflections outdoors and brightness just isn’t sufficient, all making this one of the least usable screens we’ve seen for outdoor use.

On a more positive note, the display is well protected against scratches with Gorilla Glass 2 and features Nokia’s super sensitive tech that allows you to use the display even with your gloves on. Viewing angles are also good.

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27 Comments

1. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

6.5? What\'s happening with the world?

7. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 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 unregistered

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

20. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

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 unregistered

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

2. jsdechavez

Posts: 784; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

3. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Why PA why?

4. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

5. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

8. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

6. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 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: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

10. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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: Jul 30, 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

15. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

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

11. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

12. DFranch

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 20, 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 unregistered

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: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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 unregistered

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

24. mandal001

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 25; Member since: Nov 08, 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: Oct 31, 2013

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

27. contentsetter

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 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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Lumia 625
  • Display 4.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(15.2h 3G talk time)

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