The Nokia Lumia 620 is among on the first set of Windows Phone 8 that was launched last year. It is also the most compact with the smallest screen size from the batch, even the Lumia 520 has a wider display. This maybe a perfect size for others, but the game has changed as more entry-level Android phones are getting larger displays while getting close to phablet range.
Nokia has realized that they need to refresh the 620, so they introduced the Lumia 625. It sports a 4.7-inch wide screen, improved performance, and better aesthetics over its predecessor. But the question that remains unanswered is how big the changes it brought. Is it worth an upgrade or a switch? Read our review to find out.
Nokia Lumia 625 Windows Phone 8 Philippines official specs, prices, release
- Display: 4.7-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) LCD, Sunlight Readability, Color and High Brightness Mode, Super Sensitive Touch
- Size: 133.25 x 72.25 x 9.15 mm, 159g weight
- CPU: 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, up to 64GB expandable microSD, 7GB free SkyDrive cloud storage
- Camera: 5 megapixels, full HD/1080p video, LED flash, VGA front-facing camera
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, WiFi b/g/n, NFC, GPS/GLONASS, FM Radio
- Sensors: Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer
- Battery: 2000 mAh, up to 15.2 hours talk time on 3G
- Colors: Orange, Yellow, Bright Green, White, Black (changeable shells or back cover)
- Release: August 2013
- Price: €220 / $290 / P13,200 in Philippines local price before taxes and subsidies
Design and build quality (7/10)
The Lumia 625 feels solid every time I hold it. The rounded corners and curved edges give a well-built impression despite the shell is made from polycarbonate, non-metal material.
The front houses a curved screen which looks premium and classy on black.
Its back shell could be easily removed if you follow the instruction that was printed in the box. There are five shade of shells that are available right now — orange, bright green, yellow, black and white.
I compared the Lumia 625 over some entry-level Android phones, and I found out that the Lumia 625 is very well-made, solid, and has more attractive appeal due to the large, curved screen parading on front with the bright shells wrapped on it.
Lumia 625′s display has all features that I want for a smartphone except on one thing — resolution.
The Lumia 625 features a large display that even makes few high-end smartphones look small. It also rich with Nokia’s high-tech blessings such as Sunlight Readability and Super Sensitive Touch. Throughout the trial, the display remains bright, colorful and active in both outdoor and indoor scenes.
But it got one thing that makes it a bit downgrading experience, and it’s having a low resolution (WVGA). It just doesn’t work well on this type of screen, jaggedness and pixelation are quite visible. I am not just sure on how recognizable and persistent this to other users. But given the fact that it’s priced right as an entry-level, Nokia maybe doing right after all.
I find the loudspeaker of the 625 average. As far as I remember, the 620 has louder speaker output. But difference is not much. Still, the sound is audible on speaker mode and on earpiece when calling.
The Lumia 625 camera performs average in my case. On still photos, sometimes it struggle to select a correct white balance. But sometimes it manages to capture correct color in auto mode.
Compared to the Galaxy Core, the 625 has bit noisy shots and it struggles to produce accurate colors and white balance. Auto and manual focusing on subjects are more on hits on the other hand.
It’s the only on the video section that I think the Lumia 625 camera excels most. It can capture up to 1080p or full HD video. It’s really surprising given the fact that it’s an entry-level Windows Phone 8.
Performance and Battery (9/10)
In terms of speed, the Lumia 625 is like a sports car on nitro. It performs fast on opening apps and very constant with no lag on running demanding tasks.
I played Temple Run and Pale Swordsman without hiccups or whatsoever. Recording a full HD video is surprisingly fluid, too.
And with a 2,000mAh fuel, Nokia has just propelled the Lumia 625 to the finish line first and grabbed the top spot on battery life test over its competitors.
The Lumia 625 lasted for more almost two weeks from full charging to complete drain for standby mode, while 2-3 days with moderate use of web browsing, SMS, camera and running apps.
The biggest differentiator of the Lumia 625 over the 720 and 620 is the addition of the 4G LTE radio and the lack of NFC. I think it’s a right move for Nokia for letting a major chunk of users to experience the latest and most-demanding technological feature today.
The rest of the connectivity side of the device is rich with features including Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11n, and set of sensors.
The Amber (Windows Phone 8 GDR2) brought few tricks on the Lumia 625 out-of-the-box. There is Nokia Smart Cam, settings for display profile, FM Radio, and few other things that this update had brought to older Lumias.
The number of apps from the Windows Phone market is growing fast. While it would take a lot of catch up for Microsoft to par with Android or iOS, nevertheless, Nokia and Microsoft are doing great on bringing exclusive apps and some major titles to Lumias.
Total score of Lumia 625 on our review: 7.3/10
- Low display resolution
- Mixed camera performance
- Average audio on speaker
- Large display
- Solid build, attractive design
- Very long battery life
- Snappy performance
The major selling point of the Lumia 625 is the 4.7-inch display it houses on front. This is a feature which is rare to current segment where the Lumia resides. I could name few competitors with the same or larger display over it but it would be few and there are gaps on prices and hardware specs offering. In short, the Lumia 625 has advantages versus other smartphones, including the Android-powered ones, particularly on its display, performance, and battery.
The Lumia 625 is a smartphone that is hard to beat on its segment. It has a very good hardware offering on top of a fresh and fast-growing ecosystem of Microsoft. Nokia and Microsoft will just need to hasten the development of WP8 by bringing major titles and improved users experience. Nevertheless, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a very good entry-level device if you’re a first time user of Windows Phone or just planning to switch or upgrade from another ecosystem.