Nokia Lumia 625: Mid Range Warrior
If you skip the discussions over market-share or the acquisition by Microsoft,
Who Is It For?
Nokia 625 is a Window smartphone for the people looking for a decent mid-ranger.
The Lumia 625 features a 4.7 inch display, the largest ever in a Nokia device. The device is obviously big, but the rounded corners and edges make it very ergonomic, and it's not difficult to use it with only one hand. While the device is not gorgeous and a little heavy at 159 grams, it still stands out amongst a plethora of similar looking, mid-range Android phones in the market.
The screen has a Gorilla Glass 2 layer above it but it hurts that Nokia has opted for a low
Under the hood, the 625 has a
Essentially, in terms of performance, the phone sits on the fence between the budget Lumia phones with 512 MB RAM and the flagship ones with 1 GB RAM.
The phone has a sealed battery pack, although the rear panel is removable to access the microSD and microSIM slot. The 2000 mAh battery gives you a full day of average usage, which is good enough. The build quality is solid and it looks durable unlike most phones in this category.
The camera on Lumia 625 is mediocre, which hurts its prospects since the similar-priced Lumia 720 has great camera specifications and performance. The Lumia 625 is equipped with a 5MP rear camera with an LED flash with a sensor size of ¼" and a f/2.4 lens. The 1.2 MP front camera rounds up the basic package.
Most photos that I shot on the phone came out to be very average, and more often than not, very noisy too. The camera does a good job in focus in close-up shots, but is ordinary in even normal ambient light conditions. While the camera offers video recording at 1080p resolution, the quality is pretty average and doesn't capture significantly more details than in 720p mode.
The user interface on
However, the update does not bring the Glance Screen or Double Tap to Unlock features to the 625 - two cool features introduced with the update.
The phone bundles most of Nokia's signature applications, including the very useful HERE suite. The HERE Drive app though supports only a single region, and an in-app purchase allows global navigation. The ones missing are the Nokia Pro Camera and Nokia City Lens apps.
The phone also bundles YourMovies - a Nokia Lumia 625 exclusive. The app provides three months free access to the app's database of about 3000 movies. The app allows not just streaming, but low and high quality downloads for offline viewing. Additionally, Nokia has tied up with Flipkart to offer their Flipkart eBooks application with bundled free content.
The Best Part
- Great design, build quality, and ergonomics
- Large, sunlight readable display
- Better performance than other budget Lumia phones
- Nokia's signature apps
The Tragic Flaw
- Average camera
- WVGA resolution and average display
- 512 MB RAM
Should I buy it?
The Nokia Lumia 625 brings the largest display ever for Nokia devices to
The phone launched at ₹19,999 which was steep for a mid-range device, but is now selling at around ₹15,000, which makes it a good buy. Pick it up if you're looking for a well-built phone with a fine user experience. Look for other options, if you want a great camera though.
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