Product Review of the Nokia Lumia 625
The Nokia Lumia 625 has been on the market since July 2013. Billed as an affordable smartphone by its manufacturer, the Lumia 625 is a mid-range phone with great features and has much to offer for the budget-conscious buyer, including its low price. In this article, we take a look at the Lumia 625 and its key features and benefits.
Features at a Glance
The Nokia Lumia 625 is a mid-range phone with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, an Adreno 305 graphics chip, 512MB of Ram, and 8GB of storage. The phone comes with a microSD slot (which accommodates up to 64GB) and a rear 5MP camera and a VGA front-facing camera. There’s Bluetooth 4.0 LT, Wi-Fi, GPS, 4G, and LTE.
The phone is powered by a 200 mAh battery. The IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen has 16 million colours and is generously sized at 4.7 inches (480 x 800 pixels). The screen, with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, is designed to be tough, even though it uses the super sensitive touch technology. One omission from this smartphone is the lack of Near Field Communications (NFC), which is surprising as NFC is ubiquitous in smartphones today.
The 5-megapixel camera is nowhere close to the 8-megapixel iSight camera on the iPhone 6 or the 16-megapixel camera on Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but it is a perfectly usable camera that comes with an LED flash.
The camera’s auto-focus works quickly and accurately, but the camera can be challenged to perform well under low light. However, Nokia has bundled an excellent Lumia Smart Camera app with the phone to address this issue.
Test runs suggest that the Lumia 625 can run for up to two days or more on a single charge. If you don’t make a lot of calls, a single battery charge could run for longer.
Though the phone’s specs rang from the low to mid-range, the phone performs well in test, largely thanks to the fact that Nokia retains control over the operating system and the hardware.
Windows on the Lumia 625
To Nokia’s credit, the Windows OS on the phone works smoothly, in spite of the Lumia 625’s mid-range hardware. However, there’s a glitch which Nokia should correct. For example, the menu item for changing key phone sittings is hard to access, as “Setting” is located close to the bottom of the list of the apps accessible through the home screen. While the Settings app can be pinned to Live Tiles, it’s still time consuming for the user to have to scroll to the bottom of the list in order to access what is a key menu item.
The Lumia 625 features attractive ergonomic rounded corners, a glossy screen, and a matte surface for the battery casing. While the phone does feels plastic to the touch, it is sturdy to hold, and the phone doesn’t feel heavy at 159 grams.
The casing can be changed around for a new look; users can choose from black, white, yellow, green, and orange. The screen itself is acceptable but not spectacular. The 480 x 800 resolution is obvious when you’re reading text.
Is the Lumia 625 the Phone for You?
The Nokia Lumia 625 is a great phone for those looking for an inexpensive phone that’s fairly powerful and has a range of features. While the Lumia 625 doesn’t quite match top-of-the-line models from other manufacturers such as Samsung or HTC, or indeed Nokia itself, the phone delivers a powerful package considering its inexpensive price tag (it retails for around $220). The Lumia 625 also a good option to consider if you’ve always wanted to try out a Windows phone but need to work within a constrained budget.