Review: Nokia Lumia 625
Nokia phones are about to become an endangered species
Take a good look at the Nokia Lumia 625. It’s about to become an endangered species.
The news that Microsoft is to buy Nokia’s handset division spells the end for the Nokia branded smartphone, as the company phases it out for Lumia and Asha phones.
It won’t be the first time Nokia has fundamentally changed its business. Did you know, for example, that Nokia started out as a paper mill? Or that before the 1990s, it also made rubber boots and tyres?
Then came the mobile phone revolution and it seemed everyone had - or wanted - a Nokia handset. They were the old reliables; the phone that lasted for days on a single charge and could be battered around without fear of smashing the delicate screen or denting its beautifully detailed casing. The excitement when they introduced things like Xpress On covers and polyphonic ring tones.
They were practically bulletproof.
These days, things have changed slightly. Touchscreens are almost essential, which inevitably means poorer battery life. And phones can be expensive, particularly when you take into account how quickly they become obsolete.
The Lumia 625 is one of Nokia’s cheaper Windows 8 Phones, falling into the mid- range box. It’s trying to be several different things at once: stylish in a more fun way, a multimedia centred phone, and a bit more affordable for the average consumer. It’s big without being unmanageable, but a bit on the weighty side at 159g.
What’s in the box?
Nokia is still including chargers in the box, unlike other phone makers. The Lumia 625 not only comes with the USB cable, but the charger is actually a proper one, which Nokiasays is high efficiency, and not the traditional USB plug you usually get with phones. This is probably why the USB cable is tiny, but despite its minute size, you can still use it to charge the phone directly.
The handsfree kit is the rigid earbud type, which doesn’t suit everyone (myself included).
It also comes with a quick set up guide, which you’ll likely need to figure out how to get the case off in the first place.
How it looks:
The familiar polycarbonate casing is in full effect here, and in a few colour options other than white or black.
It fits snugly to the rest of the device, which in one way is a good thing. But getting the case open requires witchcraft, or at the very least the knack to prying it off and a good set of nails. While it’s an absolute pain to remove, the good thing is that it won’t fall apart should you drop it (and I did. Verdict: it survived).
Once you pry it off, you can get at the sim slot. Be careful here: the sim card and micro SD card slots sit close together, which can be a little confusing.
The battery is built in, so there’s no easy swap for users if they feel the battery is past its best. That’s disappointing but not entirely unexpected.
Under the hood it comes with a 1.2 Ghz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor and 512 MB of RAM, with 8GB of built in storage that can be expanded with a 64GB memory card. There’s cloud storage through Windows SkyDRive too, offering you an additional 7GB of space off the phone. So it’s not mindblowing, but for a mid-range phone, you can’t really expect a lot more.