REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 625 In Malaysia [Video]

‘You want big screen? You want Windows Phone? Cann….”
That’s how a typical Malaysian mobile phone shopkeeper would answer you if you request for a Windows Phone device with big screen. Now that the Nokia Lumia 625 is out, the request is not a problem anymore.

I previously got the chance to have a hands-on session with it when it was first announce during my trip to Finland. You can view it here.

Before we move on, here are the specs of the Lumia 625:
Display: 4.7 inch WVGA @ 201ppi with Sunlight Readability Enhancement, High Brightness Mode, Color Enhancement and Super Sensitive Touch
Battery: 2000 mAh; talk time – up to 15.2 hours (3G)
Processor: 1.2GHz, Dual Core Snapdragon S4
Connectivity: USB2.0, BT 4.0+ LE, WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector
Camera: 5-megapixel autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps
Memory: 512MB RAM; 8GB storage with support for up to 64GB SD card

Hardware/Outlook

On first impression, the Lumia 625 looks really funky. With bright neon casings, its quite obvious that Nokia is targeting the youths and young adult market. The big 4.7″ screen is pleasant to the eye, though it may not look as high res or high contrast as the Lumia 925 or 1020. Viewing angle is quite good, knowing that its an LCD.


One of the key selling point of the 625 is the semi translucent casing. Nokia wanted to explore more with polycarbonate and this time around, they managed to produce this casing that feels good, light and gives the Lumia a new sense of style. You can check out the translucent effect by holding it up againts a light source, just like the photo above.

The 625 casings come in 5 different colours; orange, yellow, green, black and white. You don’t get all 5 in the package but you can always purchase them to match your mood or fashion style.

The Inside / Interface / OS

Just like any other Windows Phone devices out there, the 625 runs on Windows Phone 8, which gives you the ability to resize live tiles, update social networks with just a tap on the ME hub, or even check out your friends updates and photos with just a tap on the PEOPLE or GALLERY hub.

If you use maps and navigation a lot, the Lumia 625 is the perfect device. Nokia HERE maps is awesome. With the 4.7″ screen, we can actually use the 625 as a car navigation system. Speaker is loud as well, so you can hear the free voice turn-by-tun navigation while driving.

Games run smoothly on the 625 despite the low ram of just 512MB. Ive managed to try some games like Angry Birds, Reaper, Jetpack Joyride and they all run smoothly without any lags or jerks.

Conclusion

If you are on a tight budget for a smartphone, or you love big screen and Windows Phone, the Lumia 625 is definitely for you. With the funky casings, you will definitely stand out amongst the rest. Note that the camera is just an ordinary 5mpx camera which will not give you super abilities to capture low light images like the 925 or 1020 but hey, with just RM900+.. what more can one wish for right?