Nokia’s budget Lumia civil war, part two.
Nokia has done an absolutely phenomenal job fleshing out its entire range of Lumia devices to cover every price point possible throughout the first half of 2013. But today, Nokia has kicked off what’s surely going to become a new round of device refreshes beginning with the Lumia 625. The handset has already made a name for itself with its large screen, but how well does it stack up to the rest of Nokia’s budget lineup — the Lumia 720, Lumia 620, and Lumia 520? Watch the gory brawl for Windows Phone supremacy play out after the jump.
And the winner is…the Lumia 720! No doubt an upset (but unsurprising) victory against the cool new kid, but one that ensures Nokia’s hierarchy of Lumias is preserved…or is it? While the slim 4.3-inch handset racked up the most wins, there’s one huge loss suffered that may ultimately sway the results in the Lumia 625′s favor: the weaker 1.0 GHz dual-core MSM8227 processor. Despite that setback, the Lumia 720 still comes out on top thanks to its bevvy of feature advantages such as its thin 9.0 mm profile (bested only by the Lumia 925), higher quality front and rear cameras, dual HAAC microphones, the sizable battery, and its support for Wireless Charging and NFC.
In the runner-up position is the fresh-off-the-presses Lumia 625, which makes a few sacrifices that places it below the Lumia 720 in our comparison. That being said, the aforementioned big win for the Lumia 625 is the inclusion of a faster 1.2 GHz dual-core MSM8930 processor — the same powerful chipset found in the Lumia 8xx, 9xx, and 1020. Unfortunately the processor is undermined by its meager 512 MB of RAM, which suggests that some intensive apps and games won’t be able to play on the handset, despite the bigger engine under the hood. That being said, the processor bump gives the Lumia 625 a clear advantage with its 1080p video recording against the other budget devices, and we’d expect it to have faster all-around performance. The Lumia 625 also captured wins with its support for Super Sensitive Touch and its large 2,000 mAh battery. We also feel compelled to point out that the 625 is quite thin at just 9.15 mm, with the difference between it and the 720 likely indiscernible in real life, so no need to worry about its heft.
There’s a tie for the final two positions, so for the sake of comparison let’s talk about the Lumia 620 first. Its 3.8-inch screen may make it the smallest of Nokia’s entire Windows Phone 8 lineup, but its diminutive size helped the phone to capture a big win in the Pixel Density category with 245.51 ppi (compared to the 201 ppi of the Lumia 625, the lowest of the bunch). The little-phone-that-could is also the most affordable handset to possess Nokia’s lauded dual HAAC microphone setup for top-quality audio recording, and is the only handset besides the 720 to tout NFC support. It should also be noted that the Lumia 620 also comes in the largest variety of colors (six in total).
Finally, there’s the Lumia 520 at the bottom of the totem pole. The handset is obviously the weakest in a specs comparison due to its nature, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t win a few categories. The biggest victory is obviously in price, where the MSRP is just $183, though now that’s gone down even lower thanks to being on the market for a few months. Meanwhile the other category the Lumia 520 has championed is weight, coming in at an impressive 124 grams (the Lumia 625 is the chunkiest of the group at 159 grams). Finally, the handset also touts support for Super Sensitive Touch, something its slightly-better Lumia 620 competitor does not have.
All in all, the Nokia Lumia 625 holds its own amongst the established members of the company’s budget Windows Phone lineup. How do you feel about the new handset compared to the rest of Nokia’s devices? Is there enough new here to convince you, or would you opt for one of the others? Tell us your thoughts below!