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Nokia Lumia 625. Budget smartphone with big but low res screen
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Nokia Lumia 625. Budget smartphone with big but low res screen

The headline pretty much says it all. The Lumia 625, one of the last phones to be built by Nokia is biggest Windows Phone you can buy with a 4.7″ screen it is bigger than even Nokia’s top of the line Lumia 1020.

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the Lumia 625 measures in at 5.2 inches by 2.8 inches by 0.36 inch (133 x 72 x 9 mm) and weighs 5.6 ounces (159 grams), which makes it about as big and heavy as the Lumia 1020. While it’s not the thinnest or lightest,  it doesn’t feel bulky, thanks to its slim profile and rounded sides. The removable back is good quality polycarbonate and has a nice grippy feel to it.

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The Lumia 625’s most obvious asset the 4.7″ screen is also this phone’s biggest disappointment. Most handsets with screens this large,  have at least 1,280×720 pixels, the Lumia 625’s  800×480-pixel screen is very low by current standards and usually seen on smaller screens. This is very few pixels to stretch across such a large screen, and the result is a low 201ppi pixel density figure.

In day to day use it is not as bad as it sounds but the IPS screen lacks Lumia’s ClearBlack coating for example so, the images on the screen seem to lack pop. If you zoom in, pictures quickly degrade but text seems to hold up fairly well.

Performance is pretty good despite the low end 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor and Adreno 305 graphics because Windows Phone 8 is not that demanding but it is stocked with only 512Mb of RAM which is the minimum Windows Phone allows so complicated games and other memory hungry apps don’t do so well.

The budget status of this phone also shows in the cameras. The 0.3MP front camera is barely acceptable for video chats. the rear camera is a pretty basic low end shooter. It has an f/2.4 lens (not particularly fast) and a 5-megapixel sensor plus a LED flash. In good lighting pictures are surprisingly good but still nowhere near the standard of the current marker leaders. You will not replace your point and shoot with this camera especially since the quality drops off sharply as the light go down although flash pictures within range are pretty good.

Outdoors cloudy bright day

Outdoors cloudy bright day

Dark room with flash

Dark room with flash

The Lumia 925 captures OK video at 720p but the autofocus isn’t always perfect.

Call and data performance on the TELUS LTE network is excellent with pretty good download speeds even on the fringe of LTE coverage.

If you want a big screen low priced phone and are prepared to accept the compromises then you might like the Lumia 625. Personally I find there are too many compromises for my liking.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is $0 with a 2 year TELUS plan and $300 with no contract.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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