Officially unveiled on 23 July, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a mid-range smartphone with big offerings thanks to its 4.7-inch screen, making it the firm’s largest Windows Phone 8 device. But how does the handset stack up and might bigger not always be better?

 Key specs of the Nokia Lumia 625

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 8GB internal storage expandable via  microSD card to 64GB

Although the display has made the jump to larger territories, the mid-range Lumia 625 has a lower 800 x 480 pixel resolution than that of its higher-end siblings. The super-sensitive touchscreen does however respond to fingernails and gloves, and is enhanced for use in sunlight so that outdoor viewing isn’t impacted.

Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices, said: “With our largest smartphone screen to date, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a perfect example of how Nokia is delivering leading smartphone innovation and experiences at every price point.”

However, many consumers are continuing to sign up for Samsung Galaxy S4 deals or choosing one of the other handsets in the Galaxy range. The Korean manufacturer has effectively replicated Nokia’s device for every price point strategy, surpassing it in the process.

Hoping to claw back some of the market share it’s lost over the past few years, Nokia’s launch of the affordable Lumia 625 comes just weeks after its high-end and priciest smartphone, the 41 megapixel Lumia 1020, was revealed.

With a Lumia model covering almost every point of the price spectrum, the 625 may not be a flagship device, but it is among the cheaper 4G-enabled handsets now available.

Nicola Shenton, head of devices at EE, commented: “With the new Lumia 625, Nokia is helping to bring even more affordable, quality 4G devices to the market which will ensure 4G experiences are available to a broader audience.”

Another feature of the Lumia 625 is the removable plastic backplate which comes in a variety of colours, including orange, yellow, green, black and white. These changeable shells act as a way to give the handset a more personalised appearance.

A 3 megapixel front-facing camera is joined by a 5 megapixel main sensor with Nokia Smart Camera software, which gives the user seven shots in one for editing and enhancing. It is the first lower-end Nokia to feature this kind of technology.

The Action Shot function, as it is known, also allows several sequential shots to be stitched together into a single image, capturing a moment of movement in one frame, although the premium PureView camera technology seen on the likes of the Lumia 925 is missing.

Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and with 8GB of internal storage, the Lumia 625’s Windows Phone 8 software gives users a more powerful and personal experience. Favoured contacts and apps can be pinned to the homescreen where Window’s Live Tiles update in real-time.


Nokia has said the handset will be available in September, and it’s safe to say that the manufacturer has a knack for producing innovative phones for every user. The Lumia 625 offers great specs for a mid-range device and should be a real contender in the affordable smartphone stakes.

This guest post was written by Stefanie Keeling of Phones 4u, home of the best smartphone deals.