Big screen Smartphones have already become a rage in the market and Nokia rightly felt the need to tap this growing segment. Already having a few 4” Lumia Smartphones under its belt, Nokia had a good portfolio consisting of the Lumia devices consisting the 520, 620, 720, 820, 920 in India. But, the recent announcements of the Lumia 925 and 625 have given it the much needed support. The success of devices from Micromax, Lava, Karbonn and other domestic players along with the Samsung’s Galaxy range all point in the same direction: Indians love Smartphones with BIG screens and consume a lot of regional content for entertainment.
The Nokia Lumia 625 has been announced just to cater to this need. Let me tell you What exactly does the Lumia 625 has to offer to its users and How is it offering a unique set of features to the users consuming a lot of content in the entertainment niche. I am undertaking a non-traditional approach to this review article just to help readers get answers to the most frequently asked questions.
On close observation about the Nokia’s Lumia lineup, you will notice that the Lumia 625 has a lot of things in similarity with the Lumia 720, including the price bracket in which it is placed. Actually, the Lumia 720 is priced a little lower than the 625, so you will find me comparing a lot of things with that of the Lumia720.
How Large and How good is the screen on the Lumia 625?
Nokia Lumia 625 carries the biggest screen of 4.7” in the Lumia range of Smartphones. The screen is an LCD and has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels [around 200ppi] but does not come with the Clearblack technology like in the Lumia 720. You need not worry about the individual pixels being distinguishable on the huge screen with average resolution as that is not the case on the 625.
Is the Lumia 625 comfortable to hold and what are its unique features on the aesthetics front?
The Lumia 625 is pretty comfortable to hold. Most of the flagship Android devices come in similar sizes, so it does not seem to be out of the box apart from its colorful back! It requires a micro-SIM card and allows changeable back panels for customization with different colors. It is 133.3 x 72.3 x 9.2mm in size and weighs 159g.
How good is the camera on the Lumia 625? How are the photos in low-light conditions?
The Camera on the Lumia 625 is a 5MP AutoFocus shooter with an LED flash and the photos come out to be average. You cannot expect exceptional photos like the Pureview branded phones, but the Nokia Smart Cam App allows you to get various shots from the same photos, including the Best Shot, the Action Shot, Motion Focus and also allows you to change Faces and remove some unwanted objects/people from the pictures to avoid photo bombs.
The low light photos are average at best but the Lumia 625 is capable of capturing 1080p videos as opposed to 720p recording on the Lumia 720 but with great low-light photos.
What is the Hardware configuration of the Lumia 625? Is it enough for regular use?
The Lumia 625 comes with enough power for regular usage, but it won’t be able to run select games which require 1GB of RAM.
Key Hardware Features/Specifications:
- Quad-band GSM support
- Tri-band 3G and LTE support with 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA
- 4.7″ 16M-color IPS LCD capacitive Touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 2
- 5 Megapixel Autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording at 30fps
- 0.3MP Front-facing camera
- 1.2GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8930 chipset
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
- GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support
- 8GB of inbuilt storage
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated Mic
- Built-in Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Proximity sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- microUSB port
- Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP and File transfer support
How good is the Speaker on the Lumia 625?
The Speaker on the Lumia 625 is good like other Nokia phones. The Sound does not crack at high volumes if you are listening to high bit-rate songs.
Can I change the back covers on the Lumia 625?
Yes, Changing the Back Covers on the Lumia 625 is possible for customization. Various color options are available namely Black, White, Yellow, Orange and Green! I do not have any idea about the availability in retail outlets though.
Does the phone lag while running heavy Apps or Games?
I haven’t experienced any lag on the device, all apps and games work smoothly. That’s excluding the “Loading…” message that we see a lot of times during multi-tasking.
How is the in-call voice quality on the Lumia 625? Does it have 3G? Can I do a video call?
The voice call quality on the Lumia 625 is good, as we expect from Nokia phones. I didn’t face a single call dropped while using it.
Some versions of the device come with even 4G LTE, but the device which we are testing is equipped with 3G.
Yes, You can do a video call using the Lumia 625.
What are the Exclusive Apps that I get pre-loaded on the Lumia 625 for free?
You can get Your Movies and Flipkart eBook Offer Apps for free.
The Your Movies App allows you to download Movies in Standard and High quality. A wide variety of Bollywood movies are available for download.
The Flipkart eBook App allows you to signup on Flipkart and download any eBooks from a huge catalogue of 2600 titles.
Is watching Movies and listening to Music on the Lumia 625 a good experience?
Watching movies on the Lumia is a good experience thanks to its huge screen. The Your Movies App can help you download a host of movies, but the SD quality movies aren’t worthy. I would suggest you to download High Quality movies for viewing.
Music on the Lumia 625 can be experienced well with its default set of headphones.
Can I access Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other Social Networking apps from the Lumia 625?
Yes, all the Social Networking Apps are officially available on WP8 on the Lumia 625 including Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Viber, WeChat, Tango, etc.
How long does the Battery last on the Lumia 625?
The 2000mAh non-removable battery on the Lumia 625 lasted about 18 hours on normal usage. The usage included 2 hours of 3G data usage including heavy Surfing, Whatsapp, Facebook and Email/Notification Sync continuously ON and about 1 hour of Gaming and capturing about 50 photographs. It also included receiving and making 6-7 calls which lasted for about 40-50 minutes and sending 10-12 SMSs.
Does the Lumia 625 have NFC Wireless Charging support? What are the other connectivity options?
The Lumia 625 does NOT have NFC support.
Other connectivity options include WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with File transfer capacity and GPS.
How developed is the Windows Phone 8 OS? What about the App ecosystem?
The Windows Phone 8 OS has developed quite a lot over the 7.5 and 7.8 edition. You can perform nearly all tasks on it barring a notable few. It lacks a File Explorer and a Full-fledged Notification center and there are very few options of Browsers available for download.
The App Ecosystem is not as developed as that of iOS and Android, but it is not too bad either. A lot of Apps are continuously being added to the Marketplace and it is rare to not find any App that you really cannot do without. Some notable missing Apps are Instagram and Opera Browser.
What is the price of the Lumia 625?
The Black color Lumia 625 is available at a very low price of Rs.15,899 on Flipkart but the other colors are available at around Rs.19k. The retail stores are selling various colors at a best buy price of around Rs.18-18.5k.
Would you recommend buying a Lumia 625? And, How would you rate the Lumia 625 in general?
If you are hunting for a huge screen device in the Non-Android Smartphone market in Rs.15-20k budget, then this would be a great device to have. But, note that the Lumia 820 is also a powerful phone with a better screen-quality (AMOLED), 1GB RAM and NFC interchangeable covers and removable battery for around Rs.20000 if you are okay with a smaller 4.3” screen device!
The Lumia 720 is also a good buy for around Rs.16000. The Lumia 720 takes good photos in low-light and also feels very good in hand, but this too comes with a small 4.3” screen with Clearback technology. The 720 doesn’t allow you to take 1080p videos though!
If you are looking to enjoy Bollywood movies (Entertainment in general) and need a Big screen Windows phone, then the Lumia 625 is a good device. This device comes with the Your Movies app and other usual software add-ons like Nokia Music and more. I will give it a decent 3/5 stars!