CNET First Look
Nokia Lumia 625 pairs high-end specs with a low-end priceAt just 220 Euros (or $300), the Lumia 625 is a great value for its premium features and design.
-Hi, I'm Sarah Mitroff for CNET and I'm taking a first look at the Nokia Lumia 625. This is the largest Lumia yet measuring roughly 5 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and less than half an inch thick. Its rounded edges make the phone feel high end. The cover is made of smooth, matte, curved polycarbonate which feels smooth and is easy to grip. Behind that back cover, you will find a battery, micro-SD, and micro sim card slots. You can easily swap out the sim and SD cards. You can't remove the battery. On the top edge of the 625 is the headphone jack. On the bottom is the micro-USB charge and port. Along the right side of the phone, you'll find a slim camera and power button and an equally slim volume rocker. The volume rocker's short size and position on the 625 make it hard to use when you're talking on the phone as I struggled to reach the controls while the phone was up to my ear. The front of the phone's QWERTY 4.7-inch LCD screen. Despite the large screen size, the resolution is lower than most Lumias. They're just 840 x 400 pixels. That makes icons look fuzzy in places, but the text is still easy to read. The Lumia 625 is running Windows phone 8 and comes with many of the same futures you'd find on other Lumia devices. However, the phone is missing NFC, which means you can't tap to share files. Like many higher end of Lumia devices, the 625 does support LTE, which means websites and web-enabled apps will load quickly. Inside, the 625 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core 1.2 gigahertz processor, which gives the phone just enough power to load apps and move through menus without feeling sluggish. The phone has 8 gigabytes of internal memory, but you can add up to 84 gigabytes with a micro-SD card. On the back of the 625, there's a 5-megapixel camera and single LED flash. Photos and videos came out looking just okay, though outdoor shots in the shade looked overly dark. With its high-end design and 220-euro price tag, the Nokia Lumia 625 is an impressive device that's worth considering for your next phone. That is, if you live in regions where the phone will sell such as in the U.K., Europe, and parts of Asia. You can read my full review of the phone on cnet.com. I'm Sarah Mitroff and this has been a First Look at the Nokia Lumia 625.