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Nokia Lumia 625 Hands-On Review Round-Up

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We got a go on the largest of Lumias – here are our thoughts

 

Nokia has just unveiled its Lumia 625, the largest of the Lumia family at 4.7in – and although it may be big, it's affordable too at £200.
We've gone hands-on with the 4G-toting handset – and scoured the internet to find out what other publications made of it.


Power

nokia lumia 625 power Stuff's Will Dunn got his hands on the Lumia 625 at the Nokia event, and reckons that “the dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 is not going to outpace your 500-quid blower but it'll do most of what WP8 can offer”. While Pocket-Lint’s Stuart Miles expressed similar power concerns, he reckons that “Windows Phone 8 runs a lot better on low-specs compared to Android on similar hardware”.

Design

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 Despite the price, Will Dunn likes the feel of the Lumia 625 in the hand. “It’s not crazily thin or beautifully made but it’s actually less bricklike than the 920,” he says. Mike Brown of NokNok.tv likes Nokia's latest version of its bright polycarbonate shell – saying that, "You’ll find the colours even richer than previously. You’ll be amazed at the attention to detail and value for money Nokia has added to this smartphone”.

Camera

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At 5MP it’s nothing to write home about and, as Will points out, you shouldn’t expect it to perform anything like the Lumia 1020.

Value for money

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There’s extra value added by the 64GB microSD slot, something the Lumia 1020 is sadly lacking. “All in all, for 200 quid (so, free on a fairly cheap contract) you're getting a lot for your money,” says Will. Although he does point out that, “if you can't afford a swanky phone, can you afford a 4G contract?”

 Nokia Lumia 625: Specs

Nokia might not have cut many corners when it comes to design, but a quick look under the hood reveals where savings have been made. The display, storage, RAM, and connectivity have all been hit in the name of price-cutting. 
The large 4.7-inch IPS display that includes some, but not all, of Nokia’s highly praised screen technology, is the first area where cracks are apparent. And while you do get quite a few enhancement features – Sunlight Readability Enhancement, High Brightness Mode, Color Enhancement and Super Sensitive Touch – it's not enough to save the Lumia 625's display.   
 
The low resolution of 480x800 pixels and the resulting pixel density of 201ppi deliver noticeably below-par results, and serves as the first real reminder that what you’re looking at is very much a budget smartphone – in this respect it is leagues behind other, higher, Lumia handsets and competitor devices like the HTC’s 8S and HTC 8X.
Rocking a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM might cause issues for handsets running Android, but here Windows Phone 8 is the order of the day and everything ticks along rather nicely. Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements pay dividends once again in this regard.
Unlike most Lumia handsets, the Nokia Lumia 625 does not feature NFC meaning no tap-to-share functionality and no wireless music with NFC-enabled speakers. Wireless charging is also MIA.




 

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