Features Key features of the Lumia 625  vs 520 

screen size

The screen on the Lumia 625 is both a blessing and a curse for web browsing, as while the large size means that you can usually read a web page quite comfortably without too much zooming or scrolling, the low resolution means that things are never entirely sharp and generally don't look all that good.
Lumia 625 | by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

screen resolution

Lumia 625
800 x 480
Lumia 520
800 x 480
But it's something that becomes more obvious once you get into the browser where your favourite websites lack the sharpness that you really want.
Lumia 625 | by PocketLint (Aug, 2013)

memory

Lumia 625
0.5 GB
Lumia 520
0.5 GB

processor

Lumia 625
Dual core
Lumia 520
Dual core
Under the Lumia 625's bright orange coat - or whichever luminous Lumia colour you've chosen - there's a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset alongside 512MB of RAM.
Lumia 625 | by PocketLint (Aug, 2013)

camera resolution

Lumia 625
5 MP
Lumia 520
5 MP
The camera isn't great and the dial pad could use some work, but really the screen coupled with the price tag are the main issues.
Lumia 625 | by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Nokia Lumia 625

Reasons to consider the
Nokia Lumia 625

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Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 5.76 Mb/s More than 17.2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Longer talk time (3G) 912 min vs 576 min Around 60% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
More battery capacity 2,000 mA·h vs 1,430 mA·h Around 40% more battery capacity
Records higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 2.2x higher def video
Bigger screen 4.7" vs 4" Around 20% bigger screen
Faster processor 1.2 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Longer talk time 1,434 min vs 888 min More than 60% longer talk time; go days without charging
Slightly thinner 9.2 mm vs 9.9 mm Around 10% thinner
Front view of Nokia Lumia 520

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Nokia Lumia 520

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Significantly lighter 124 g vs 159 g More than 20% lighter
Sharper screen 233 ppi vs 198 ppi Around 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Reviews Word on the street

Lumia 625  vs 520 

6.5
8.0
Interface and functionality The Lumia 520 runs the newest Windows Phone 8 version, meaning it is decked up with live lock screens and features like Kid's Corner, but being a Nokia handset, it also offers the excellent HERE offline navigation suite for free, as well as Nokia Music and the other Lumia goodies, like the camera apps set.
Lumia 520

7.0
8.0
It's generous, even, considering that it's an IPS display, offering nice, bright, and vibrant colours, as well as respectable viewing angles.
Lumia 520

6.0
9.0
There's a calculator, calendar and alarm clock, all of which are fairly standard and self explanatory in their functions, though it's worth mentioning that your calendar will automatically sync with any social networks or email accounts that you add to the handset.
Lumia 520

Overall

6.5 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Lumia 625  vs
520 
Type IPS LCD Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.7" 4"
Resolution 800 x 480 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 198 ppi 233 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
App store Windows Phone Marketplace Windows Phone Marketplace
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 120,000 apps 120,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC No No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Lumia 625  vs
520 
Weight 159 g 124 g
Thickness 9.2 mm 9.9 mm
Size 72.3 x 133.3 x 9.2 mm 64 x 119.9 x 9.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.2 GHz 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 0.5 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 5 MP 5 MP
Resolution 5 MP 5 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
LTE (20 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,434 min 888 min
Talk time (3G) 912 min 576 min
Capacity 2,000 mA·h 1,430 mA·h
Nokia Lumia 625
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