Nokia Lumia 625 Australian Review: Cheap And Cheerful

When is a low-end phone not a low-end phone? Who said that because it's cheap it's a bad deal? Meet the Nokia Lumia 625: the perfect bang for buck on Windows Phone 8.

What Is It?

The Nokia Lumia 625 is the Windows Phone for those who want big features at a small price.

It's packing a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro backed by just 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage plus a microSD card, a rear 5MP snapper with Nokia’s Smart Camera, a VGA front-facing chat cam, plus your usual Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi, GPS and even LTE (but no NFC). A 2000 mAh battery should keep it ticking along nicely considering the relatively low-end specs.

All that goodness will cost you just $399: much less than other Lumia models or even Android leaders which will easily cost you double that figure.

What's Good?

Despite the paltry specs, this phone is fast and fluid to use like all Lumias. It's one great thing we notice about Nokia Lumia handsets over Android competitors: the Finnish manufacturer has tight control over the implementation of the OS and the hardware, so no power is squandered by a sloppy deployment.

The Lumia 625 also sips power for this same reason. We got around two days with heavy use, and perhaps you'll get more if you taper your usage.

You're still rocking the stylish looks of the Lumia family, plus you've got the ability to switch up your case so you can enjoy multiple different fluros. Fun!

The cheaper price tag doesn't mean that Nokia has skimped on the specs here. It packs a 4G antenna and is rated with a Blue Tick on Telstra, so your rural coverage is going to be just as strong as your coverage in the centre of Sydney or Melbourne.

Nokia's awesome Lumia Smart Camera app has descended from the 1020-heavens to grace the Lumia 625 with its presence, meaning that the camera on the new go-getter is no slouch. Other fun apps are bundled in too, like Lumia exclusives and HERE maps. It's the software we loved on the Lumia 925 crammed into a more affordable figure.

This phone really is a big device at a small price. Based on the specs and all the cute extras it's packing, you'd really expect to pay more.

What's Bad?

Everything this phone lacks comes down to the price bracket Nokia is trying to cram it into.

It doesn't have Optical Image Stabilisation gear in the camera to make your low-light shots look good, nor does it feature NFC for pairing your Nokia accessories.

If you're a size junkie you're also going to be disappointed with this device, as it measures up at just 4.7-inches.

For the price you pay, however, you're not about to start complaining too loudly.

The Best Part

Go back over the specs sheet and you'll find that these phones normally have much higher price tags for what the Lumia 625 is packing. Price is king when you want to tempt new users into a different operating system.

Should You Buy It?

If you've ever wanted to take the plunge on Windows Phone 8, now is the time to do it. Between the Nokia Lumia 625 and it's more expensive brother, the 925, Windows Phone 8 has never been more compelling. There are more apps than ever, it's going from strength to strength and the devices are only getting better and more affordable.

Now is the time.

Jamie Condliffe also contributed to this piece


Comments

    "If you’re a size junkie you’re also going to be disappointed with this device, as it measures up at just xx inches."

    I give this review a review score of XX out of 100.

      Nah, it's a 20" phone. Luke is actually a native of Brobdingnag who was ostracized for being a bit on the puny side.

      Last edited 21/10/13 3:51 pm

    I got the 1020 and love it. Fast smooth, does what I need...
    PS: I'm not into apps as most would be. As long as it can take pictures of my car, I can call and sms, and Listen to music..... Im all good.

    Highly recommend W8P.

    Last edited 21/10/13 3:28 pm

    Theres also the 520....
    smaller screen and cheaper again..
    ( no front camera though )

    I'm quite an admirer to the WP design, both software and hardware. I like the lumia range, especially the 925 and 1020. I am looking forward to the next software update WP8.1 which I believe will bring it's functionality up to an Android-like level. Once the next update is released I'll go have a good play with the devices and seriously consider upgrading.

    Lumia 925 is only $399 + shipping ($22.99) on Kogan, will get this instead of Lumia 625 if getting one.

    The price is the killer feature here. It's actually available from Telstra for $336 Outright and Unlocked. Crazy good price and competitive with even the Nexus.

    Nokia's/Windows Phone all suck and it shows in the re-sale. I have a brand new Lumia 920, I can't even sell it for half price....

      That's because the manufacturer dropped the price dingus, you can buy them brand new for $450 compared to the $700 on it's release. But please, if you're selling a like-new 920 for $200, hit me up.

        $150 dingus and no one wanted it.... Shit OS and no decent apps!

          Goes to show how little you know about it, WP8 is missing almost no apps now, we pretty much have them all. And for the record, I sold my Lumia 925 for $326 at the start of January. Perfect condition and the new user is really happy with it. Who's the dingus now, DINGUS?

    I bought the 520 at under $150 from OfficeWorks, damn its awesome, its fast, it comes with some great software (Like MS Office), and you really see Nokia working hard to value add and service provide with all their apps. Love it.

    Its also well built, feels solid, looks good. And its so cheap I can treat it mean, not like a Ming vase.

    What this review fails to even mention is that the Nokia Lumia 625 has a woefully poor screen resolution at 480x800. On a 4.7" screen the PPI is 198.5. Welcome to jaggy town. It's the only thing hardware-wise that lets down an otherwise fine smartphone selling at a relatively affordable price.

    Not to worry. I'm more interested in the rumoured Lumia 525 and the Lumia 1520 phablet.

    I just bought one and I am not too techno savvy and find that no manual in the box on how to operate the things is disconcerting. Haven't worked out how to manually add telephone numbers or contacts??? Three days after purchase at Telstra I returned to the local Telstra shop for some guidance, they charged me $20 Tech support fee???? feel like throwing it into the sea.....................and going back to my 4 year old easy to use LG clunker.

      I had my 520 stolen and I am considering uprgading to a 625 When I got my 520 I downloaded a proper manual from Nokia and it had all you need to know about setting it up and getting stuff from your sim etc. I have already downloaded the manual for the 625 which is available from Office Works for $245AU or slightly less from Mobilecity including delivery.

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