Ever since the first phone in the series, the Lumia phones started to attract the customers with a redefined build and the Winows phone OS which has been improved quite well. The Lumia phones are present in almost all the price segments and we have seen some good budget and mid range phones from Nokia like Lumia 520, 620 and now Nokia came up with Lumia 625 which sits in the sub 15k segment. The Lumia 625 comes with a bigger screen at 4.7 inches, a dual core processor and 5MP camera. Let us find out what the phone has got and see how it performs in the real world.
Design & Display:
Since it is a Lumia, the design and build quality can be obviously guessed. Yes, it is almost like the traditional Lumia phones and looks pretty decent. Nokia has given the same capacitive buttons for navigation. The backpanel is removable and you can see sim card slot and micro SD card slot here. The good thing about the Lumia phones is they come in various colors and 625 comes in yellow, orange, green and black. The phone is not so lighter and not so thinner at 9.2 mm but has some good weight at 159gms. The build quality is obviously very good and there is a good amount of grip and it feels so good to hold in hand. The phone comes with a 4.7 inch IPS LCD screen with 480x800 resolution and 199 ppi. Viewing angles are not so wide enough and colors don’t look that punchy. There is some good amount of brightness levels but still its no where really sufficient to sunlight legibility. Overall, the display leaves a lot to be desired.
The phone comes with Windows Phone 8 and users can upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 via software update. The new UI is more user friendly and much more improved and we get whole lot of new features with the recent release. The same resizable live tiles sit up in the homescreen and the app drawer is traditional list view. The multi tasking interface is good where you hold the back key and we get overview of apps in the background and we can select whichever necessary. Most of the UI feels fluidy and the device runs smoother without showing any lags.
Camera & Audio:
The phone comes with a 5MP Auto Focus camera with LED flash at the rear and a VGA cam at the front. The camera UI is pretty much the same what we have seen in other Lumia phones. Focusing is good but it just doesn’t take pictures quickly. The image quality is not really great but there is a good amount of detail and minimal noise in the day light pictures. But when it comes to low light pictures, the detail is lost and images have some noise. Overall camera is more or less average in this case. The audio output is decent, the loudspeaker is not so loud but produces clean output and with the headphones plugged in, the audio is nice and decent.
Connectivity & Additional Features:
The phone comes is single sim version, supporting one micro sim card which can placed at the back. No issues with network reception and call clarity is very good and clear. The device also supports Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and A-GPS. We get most of the apps we have seen in other Lumia devices like HERE maps, Microsoft Office, Xbox Live etc. The app store is growing and we can see most of the famous apps which we see in Android or IOS now coming to Windows Phone too. Internal memory is limited to 8GB and the device supports micro SD cards upto 64GB.
Performance & Battery:
The device runs on Snapdragon dual core processor at 1.2 GHz along with 512 RAM and Adreno 305 GPU. One thing to consider here is the Windows Phones OS doesn’t need so much RAM and processor speed to perform smoother unlike Android. Similarly, the Lumia 625 runs pretty smoother and we didn’t observe any lags during multi tasking or normal operation. But the disappointment is lower RAM due to which some of the heavy games are not so playable. The Asphalt 7 is playable well and we didn’t see any hiccups. Battery capacity is of 2000mAh and with the not so power hungry Windows Phone OS, the phone easily lasts more than a day under normal to above normal usage.
Decent design & build
A bunch of useful preloaded apps
Good battery life
Display could have been better
Only 512MB RAM
So far there is nothing great or wonderful about the Lumia 625 but it’s pretty decent. Of course the specifications are mediocre while the rivals offer a lot better at a similar price segment. Nokia has only given us some average Lumia phone with a bigger display. If you’re looking for a device in similar price segment Moto G, Asus Zenfone 5 could make a better deal and if you definitely need a Windows Phone, the Lumia 720 with the reduced price feels a better choice.