At 4.7”, the screen of the new Nokia Lumia 625 isn’t the biggest and doesn’t really warrant the tag of phablet. It is smaller than the likes of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 but it is the biggest Nokia screen to date and, considering its price tag of between £200 and £250 SIM free it has some really quite decent specifications to back it up.
In terms of positives, it has the aforementioned 4.7” screen size and it also features a Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual core processor, which is impressive at this budget range. It also has decent camera apps, although we’re not necessarily including the camera itself in this list. It also has 8GB of onboard storage which can be upgraded via microSD, is nice and slim if a little heavier than other similar phones, and the plastic case is easy to get hold of and keep hold of. It also offers 4G connectivity; again, impressive considering its price.
However, for this price, there are sacrifices that have to be made. The screen, while large, suffers from a relatively poor pixels per inch count at less than 200ppi so some icons and text can look a little blocky.
Beyond the screen, the camera is hugely underwhelming. It does have some great camera apps like Cinemagraph and Smart Camera but it also only rocks 5MP. It certainly doesn’t stack up against its 41MP, higher priced brethren.
All in all, though, if you’re looking for a Windows phone with a big screen and a small price tag or if you’re new to the smartphone world then it could be the ideal choice. The Nokia Lumia 625 will be available from September and will cost between £200 and £240 on contract free deals.