73

A budget handset that could have been so much more

73

A classic, colorful Lumia that offers LTE for a reasonable price. But, its obvious flaws mean it could've been so much better.

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Critic reviews

6.8
11 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    6.7
  • Display
    5.2
  • Battery life
    7.9
  • Camera
    6.1
  • Ease of use
    6.6
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.3
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.8
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.2

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User reviews

7.5
2 reviews
7.0
Engadget Sep 9, 2013

A classic, colorful Lumia that offers LTE for a reasonable price. But, its obvious flaws mean it could've been so much better.

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7.0
CNET Aug 30, 2013

Despite a few faults, the Lumia 625’s smooth, higher-end design and solid performance make it a great value for the price.

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7.0
ZDNet Aug 22, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 625 isn't going to blow you away and isn't going to compete for the best Windows Phone title. However, it is designed to be a low cost Windows Phone with a large display and it succeeds in that regard.

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5.0
Wired Sep 19, 2013

Ultimately, Nokia has made a puzzling decision with the 625. The company has literally provided more room for users to find fault with a phone that wasn’t designed to be all that impressive to begin with.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 26, 2013

Even though the 625 is all about budget, it's a long way removed from its precursor, the Lumia 925, and the love we have for it feels proportionally distant. We love the Lumia 925, but we can't say we love the Lumia 625 so openly.

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8.0
T3 Aug 29, 2013

It’s easy to be impressed with the Nokia Lumia 625 thanks to its colourful, replaceable shells, stellar performance and great build quality. The qualms with Windows Phone 8 are still lingering, though this could easily be sorted with a few high profile app release.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Aug 23, 2013

It's colourful, stylish and has the same Windows Phone 8 OS as other Lumia phones. However, the screen is disappointingly low in resolution.

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6.0
phoneArena Sep 10, 2013

So if you want to experiment with a different platform, and value a large display, the Nokia Lumia 625 is not a bad way to start and one that won’t cost you a lot of money.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Sep 16, 2013

We like the high-grade processing of the case, the overall smooth and quick operation under Windows 8 Phone as well as a speed for applications and games that leaves nothing to be desired.

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6.0
V3 Aug 26, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 625 is a decent Windows Phone designed to offer budget buyers big screen usability and 4G speeds. However, with few of the custom Nokia innovations that made other Lumia devices great, it's unlikely to tempt new users to the Windows Phone platform.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jul 23, 2013

Barring concerns with screens and the camera, its low off-contract price -- with LTE-capability -- could make the 625 a very enticing package for first-time smartphone buyers.

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CNET Jul 23, 2013

Like previous Lumias, the 625 is built of sturdy plastic that doesn't feel flimsy or cheap, with no flex or rattle when shaken up. It's encased in interchangeable covers, which are tough to pry off -- which at least means it's not coming off in your pocket.

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PC World Australia Jul 24, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 625 is a low-cost Windows Phone with a large 4.7in screen. Its big screen size is certainly noteworthy in this segment of the market.

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TrustedReviews Jul 23, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 625 is a mobile made with a clear agenda in mind - it's out to be a 4G phone that from a distance looks quite like the top dogs of Android, but costs well under half the price.

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TechRadar Jul 23, 2013

We walked away from playing with the Nokia Lumia 625 feeling distinctly underwhelmed. In a vacuum, this would be an interesting device, with a larger screen and low price point for Windows Phone.

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PC Pro Jul 23, 2013

We think Nokia is onto yet another budget winner with the Lumia 625. There’s no particular wow factor to it, but its combination of a large screen, pleasant design, expandable memory and low cost looks highly appealing.

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T3 Jul 24, 2013

It's certainly a decent handset, the size of the screen at 4.7-inches and 4G are welcome additions and makes it able to stand with the HTC One Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

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Expert Reviews Jul 23, 2013

Considering it will most likely be available for less than £200 on prepay, the big-screen Nokia Lumia 625 looks like it might be a bargain. It's fast and feels well made, but we'll need to give the camera and screen a proper test before we come to any definite conclusions.

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8.0
joelorona joelorona

I have been with other OS' and finally made my transition to WP with this lumia. I'm really impressed that a middle range hardware moves the OS really good. There is no lag in the menus, the screen brightness is good and navigating over 4G networks it's amazing. To me, one of the strongest...

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7.0
undulose undulose

I bought it since I need a very cheap LTE phone. I didn't choose an Android phone for that matter since I've known and seen that low-end Android phones are usually laggy. And I think I haven't made a wrong choice for this one. For a sub-$200 phone with limited LTE, you get a very decent battery...

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