Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone review

| May 26, 2013

Nokia brings a metal style to its Windows Phone range with the Nokia Lumia 925.

The Nokia Lumia 925 is the second flagship phone that Nokia has added to its Lumia line-up this week. While the Lumia 925 shares several key specs with the Lumia 928 — screen size, processor and camera resolution — it sports a metal style, and, crucially, is going to be available outside of the USA.

The Lumia will be available within the United Kingdom, Europe and China in beginning in June and the evaluated price is about €470. Following its worldwide debut, in the following few weeks the 925 will be shipping within the USA. Also Nokia stated that it’s “too early to share details on when it will available for Australia”.

 

Nokia main menu

Nokia main menu

Nokia Lumia 925 design

Rumors are spreading for months that Nokia has been messing about with the concept of using metal in its phones. It seems those rumors were right on the money, because the Nokia Lumia 925 is made with metal at its core. The chassis on what all the crucial parts are mounted is metal, with thick a metal band present around the edges of the smartphone.

Rather than choosing an all-metal style, though, the Nokia Lumia 925 contains a polycarbonate back plate. It’s a shame to not see a single-piece metal composition. We’ve seen this on the HTC One and iPhone 5, each being unquestionable gorgeous phones.

Some of Nokia’s previous Lumias boast single-piece bodies, albeit made of plastic, but they do have a particular luxurious feel to them. If Nokia might have mimicked the slick, rounded body of the 920 in metal instead of plastic, we’d be extraordinarily happy.

That’s not to say that the Nokia Lumia 925 does not look good. The metal edges feels firm and the curves nicely fix the rounded corners of the screen. The back plate does not bend that much when you press it, making it feel rather more solid and secure than the plastic body of the Samsung Galaxy S4. In our time with the handset, we found that the 925 felt much nicer than the all-plastic 928. Neither, however, providing that luxury feel of the HTC One.

The Lumia 925 has roughly the same dimensions as the 920, but with a thickness of 8.5mm, it’s slightly slimmer and quite a lot lighter. At 185 grams, the 920 was a beast to carry, however the Nokia Lumia 925 knocks off 46 grams, that ought to make it more easy to hold for longer periods of time. The matte surface texture is additionally slightly easier to grip than the high-gloss coating on the 920.

Around the sides you will find the power button, a volume rocker and dedicated camera shutter button — all metal — with both the earpiece jack and micro-USB port stuck on the top. there is 16GB of internal storage, that is enough for everyone, however it’s sad to not see a similar 32GB that is offered on the 920.

Nokia Lumia 925 specs

Nokia Lumia 925 specs

Nokia Lumia 925 display

The 925 packs a 4.5-inch display  that is physically the same size that you will get on the 920 and the 928. However, the Nokia Lumia 925 and 928 use OLED screens, instead of a normal LCD display, that promise richer colors and deeper black levels, as they do not need to be backlit like cheaper screens.

Nokia is already known for incorporating high end screens into their phones, although — its “ClearBlack” technology on the 920 and several other phones is superb. In our demo with the Nokia Lumia 925, the screen definitely looks bright and daring, however we were seeing it in a dimly lit office; in those conditions, even a poor screen would shine like a supernova.

It has a resolution of 1280×768 pixels, the same resolution that you will find on the 920 and 928. It’s a shame to not see a push for a couple of more pixels — it might help the 925 stand out as a clear flagship against its brothers — however it did make the Windows Phone 8 interface look extraordinarily crisp, therefore it’d be wrong to recommend that it’s lacking pixels.

Lumia 925 camera

Nokia has given the Lumia 925′s camera a couple of little tweaks, too. It uses the similar 8.7-megapixel sensor device as its predecessor, however Nokia explained that it’s improved the optics in front of the sensor device. Also because the light-weight plastic lenses — low weight is required for the optical image stabilisation — the 925 uses a sixth glass lens, that Nokia reckons it’ll higher clarity, particularly in daylight.

Nokia also improved its camera firmware to provide higher noise reduction in low-light circumstances. But until we can fully test the camera to see all of this in action, we can’t discuss on whether or not these tweaks are worthy. The Lumia 920 was already a superb low-light performer, thus let’s hope Nokia hasn’t messed around too much.

You will notice some new camera software on-board, one of them being SmartCam. This app (also integrated as a camera lens) takes a burst of 10 pictures that you can then edit into an action sequence, modify the faces or select the most effective image from the bunch to save. We have already seen this apps on the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Unlike the Galaxy S4, though, you select how to edit the pictures once you took them, instead of turning on a setting to shoot in beforehand.

We’ve messed around with the action sequence modes on different phones, and found them to be lots of fun — as long as you have got a very exciting scene to capture. Nokia’s effort appears to work in the same way, however with what looks to be a more minimal, easier-to-use interface.

You can automatically set the camera to load in SmartCam mode, otherwise you will pin the icon to your home screen to induce access to it quickly.

Windows Phone 8 operating system

As a part of Nokia’s Lumia ranges of phones, the Nokia Lumia 925 model will be using  Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS. The smartphone manufacturers cannot skin the same operating system like some can do with Android, therefore if you have used Window Phone before, you will find a similar massive, live tiles on the home screen with apps in a long list to the right.

One issue you’ll need to keep in mind is that the Windows Phone 8 app store still remains very understocked. You can get some of the big name apps like Skype and Spotify however several big titles are missing, and WP8 devices are usually at the end of the queue for receiving new apps.

The Lumia 925 is powered  by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, that — surprise, surprise — is the same one dwelling within the 920 and 928. It’s easy to see why Nokia must increase its processor speeds if it really wants to properly compete with the quad-core phones.

32GB-Nokia-Lumia-925

32GB-Nokia-Lumia-925

Outlook

With its new metal components, the Nokia Lumia 925 could be a sleek and engaging addition to the Windows Phone 8 range.But will it be exciting though? No. It shares most of its key specs with the older Lumia 920, which does not extremely garner well against the elite competition like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

We’ll ought to wait and see if the slight tweaks to the camera and also the tougher frame can create the Nokia Lumia 925 a significant smartphone competitor.

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