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Nokia Lumia 625 Review

Nokia Lumia 625

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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

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

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

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Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 625

OS: Windows Phone 8
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display4.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (201 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
0.5 GB 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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