Nokia Lumia 625 hands-on: 4G and big screen on a budget

It seems like only two weeks ago that we were bringing you our first-hand impressions of the new Nokia Lumia 1020, and here we are bringing you yet another brand new Lumia, this time the Nokia Lumia 625.

Nokia, which seems to be upping the pace and speed of its launches, has announced the Lumia 625, a low-end 4G smartphone with a big screen designed to hit the operators' 4G sweet spot when customers come in and want faster access. 

Following similar design lines to the Nokia 620, the colourful plastic-shelled phone, which is changeable, will come with a 4.7-inch screen, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 512MB of RAM.

The casing is designed to glow around the edges when it catches the light, but in our time with the device we weren't able to see that - we weren't allowed out of the building, sadly. 

That lack of power is somewhat disappointing - we've been used to more from Nokia - but it doesn't affect the proceedings too much, from our initial time spent with the phone. Windows Phone 8 runs a lot better on low-specs compared to Android on similar hardware so you shouldn't worry about a direct comparison. 

In our brief play with the device it was as snappy as we would expect. We always want faster, but at this price it looks like Nokia has maxed out as much as it can.

As for the colours, they are as bright as you would expect from Nokia. Colourful and vibrant, the new colours for a new year's range work well with the Windows Phone operating system. If you aren't the kind of person bold enough to opt for orange, yellow or green, then there's also white and black to chose from, although we suspect the orange and green will be the favourites of most.

Specs-wise it's 4G, comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera. It will also come with the Nokia Smart Cam app allowing you to play with those features like burst mode.

The phone offers Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the latest version of Bluetooth and the one that plays nice with smartwatches and other low-power gadgets.

It will be powered by a 2,000mAh battery that promises over 15 hours of talk time and 23 days of standby from a single charge.

With its larger size, the Lumia 625 weighs 158g, one gram less than the Lumia 1020, putting it up there with the more hefty devices on the market.

The Lumia 625 will come in a range of colours similar to the Nokia Lumia 620 and the rest of the Lumia range: orange, green, yellow, white and black. We like the orange and yellow versions.

The smartphone will be available on EE, Vodafone, O2, as well as in Phones 4u and Carphone Warehouse in September. Without contract it will cost around £240.



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