It’s been barely a fortnight since Nokia unveiled its 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, but the Finnish mobile manufacturer is already back with a new budget-friendly proposition. The Lumia 625 has a 4.7-inch touchscreen, 4G compatibility and is priced at around £200. We take a look at its five key features and judge whether it’s worth snapping up.
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Nokia Lumia 625 – five key features
A huge touchscreen – Most mid-range smartphones skimp on screen size, but the Nokia Lumia 625 comes with a huge 4.7 display. That means it’s bigger than the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10, although you’ll receive significantly less detail with its 800×480 resolution when watching video.
Superfast mobile internet access – At a price of £266, Sony’s Xperia SP was the cheapest phone you could buy if you wanted to receive 4G. The Lumia 625 – priced at just over £200 – has now stolen that crown. Although contracts for the mobile service itself remain pricey.
Only a 5-megapixel snapper – Although the Lumia 625 comes with Nokia’s impressive Smart Camera app, it’s only got a 5-megapixel lens. So even though you’ll receive a decent low-light performance and noise reduction from your phone’s photos, they’re unlikely to come out at the quality of more premium phones.
Updated features – Since Nokia holds a virtual monopoly over the Windows Phone market, its Nokia Lumia Amber update isn’t really a key selling point, although it promises smoother navigation and better apps, like Smart camera.
A truly appealing price – Only a 1.2GHz processor and 8GB of internal storage really mark this handset out as a lesser model compared to its cousin, the Lumia 935 – much else is even. For just over £200 it’s a bargain.
Expert verdict – ‘4G on the cheap? Go on then.’
After the Lumia 1020 turned heads with its 41-megapixel camera, the Lumia 625 has cemented Nokia’s position on the comeback trail. Unless our test results for the phone show up some surprisingly poor findings, it’s hard to see past its bargain price of around £200.
Ignore the 5-megapixel camera and dual-core processor, what you’ll really be upgrading to this phone for is its 4G capabilities. With contract prices for the ultra-speedy mobile internet service set to get a lot more competitive when Vodafone, O2 and Three enter the market early this Autumn, the Lumia 625’s timing couldn’t be better.
I can see it scooping up a lot of consumers who want to know what the 4G fuss is about without committing to an eye-wateringly expensive monthly contract.
Rob Leedham, writer