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Nokia Lumia 925: what PureView Lumia should have been originally

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Nokia Lumia 925: what PureView Lumia should have been originally
The Nokia Lumia 925 has just arrived and we can’t shrug off the feeling that it is the Lumia that Nokia should have announced last year - slimmer, lighter, with an aluminum frame and a PureView camera yet with the same sized battery.

There is definitely nothing new in terms of processing power and screen technology. The Lumia 925 has the same 4.5-inch 768 x 1280 pixel display (this time it’s AMOLED, like on the Lumia 928) with super sensitive touch.

The handset also features the same old dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 1GB of RAM, a configuration that sounds decidedly mid-range nowadays. The camera looks like the same 8.7-megapixel one with a optical image stabilization and Carl Zeiss lens. It’s also got Wireless Charging and it also makes the phone thick as you have to dress it in a special case.

The Nokia Lumia 925 is basically on many levels the same old Nokia Lumia 920 but without its heft and bulkiness, and with a sleeker camera interface. Nokia calls it Smart Camera and plans to bring it to all other Windows Phone 8 Lumias. Is it worth upgrading to the Lumia 925 now? Probably not, but for new users wanting to explore Windows Phone this seems like the new standard.

And here is a recap of the Lumia 925 features and spec highlights.

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posted on 14 May 2013, 05:34 20

1. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


Still not impressed.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:12 16

10. ideal_josh (Posts: 29; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Am I the only one who feel this looks worse than the Lumia 920. And the colors Nokia chose is awful

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:17 3

17. Diego! (Posts: 507; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


You are not alone, I feel exactly the same.

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:32

40. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


worst is the price. $600+ for a mid tier phone. :/

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:50 1

22. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


smart camera feature like drama shot in s4

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:55 4

24. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


Dude, there have been a few standalone apps on iOS and Android that did the same. Drama shot on S4 is nothing to go gaga about!

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:57 1

25. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i didnt know that...let me know abt some i really want to try one

posted on 14 May 2013, 08:42 2

27. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


Action snap, QuadCamera - MultiShot, Photoburst, etc.

posted on 14 May 2013, 09:42 1

30. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


drama shot is way different ....

posted on 14 May 2013, 11:31 1

32. TripleTwo (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Looks like you don't have an idea about what drama shot does.

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:37

2. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


vodafone has 32gb version but exclusive.

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:38 2

3. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


its like nokia 700 to 701 all over again.

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:42 7

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Too big. Rather just wait for the EOS, where camera quality will justify the size.

Wait, wasn't the EOS supposed to be announced today or something?

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:03

8. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


The only people pushing the EOS announcement were the very same that are so heavily immersed in NOK short positions that BS is the only thing left working for them.

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:45 5

5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 648; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


i feel sorry for the people who waited this long just to get a slap on the face with this event... sorry folks gotta wait longer for the EOS.

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:47 7

6. WinC76 (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


This phone looks ugly compared to the 920.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:13 2

11. roldefol (Posts: 2984; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Looks are highly subjective, but I agree. The more rounded 900/920 unibody is undeniably Nokia and quite attractive. This could be any midrange LG. I'd trade thinness for style that stands out.

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:53

23. WinC76 (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Quite true. But this design doesn't spell out Nokia. It's like all of a sudden Nokia decided to ditch the previous design that worked well and replace it with something a bit boring.

I just think they should have continued the 920 style trend but improve it along the way rather than just make this.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:03 9

7. aelliott (Posts: 25; Member since: 01 Oct 2010)


"The handset also features the same old dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 1GB of RAM, a configuration that sounds decidedly mid-range nowadays."

For crying out loud, this is NOT a point of criticism! WindowsPhone does NOT NEED quad-core and masses of RAM compared to Android phones to work smoothly. Why even raise the issue..........it's NOT an issue!!!!!!!!

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:23 1

13. jbitounis (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


...aaaand this is what we can call bias, people: raising non-existent issues (in this case: old processor, low RAM) and creating impressions (mid-range specifications). Congrtas, PA, you're almost reaching GSMArena-levels of bias.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:30 2

15. aelliott (Posts: 25; Member since: 01 Oct 2010)


Actually, I find TechRadar to be about the worst.

posted on 14 May 2013, 08:12 2

26. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


"Weak Analogy
Explanation
Arguments by analogy rest on a comparison. Their logical structure is this:

(1) A and B are similar.
(2) A has a certain characteristic.
Therefore:
(3) B must have that characteristic too.

For example, William Paley’s argument from design suggests that a watch and the universe are similar (both display order and complexity), and therefore infers from the fact that watches are the product of intelligent design that the universe must be a product of intelligent design too."

An argument by analogy is only as strong as the comparison on which it rests. The weak analogy fallacy (or “false analogy”, or “questionable analogy”) is committed when the comparison is not strong enough."

posted on 14 May 2013, 09:38

29. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The comparison seems pretty damn strong to me. We're not comparing ambiguities like "order and complexity," we're comparing solid features such as "dual-core Snapdragon processors" and "1 GB of RAM." The weakest point of the comparison is the difference between operating systems.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:07 1

9. pitak (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


wow nice phone

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:17 7

12. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Never mind, I will just wait for the EOS. -_-

posted on 14 May 2013, 12:33 2

34. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


i think Eos is testing right now with quad core and 1080p.

posted on 14 May 2013, 12:39 1

35. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


......and with 41MP camera! :)

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:23 1

14. papss (unregistered)


I love the way it looks but its still the same phone.. Now I know how Android users feel

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:16 3

16. Diego! (Posts: 507; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Mmmm I'd rather get the Lumia 920, it has 32Gb of internal memory compared to Lumia 925's 16Gb. I expected more from this event :(

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:21

18. boosook (Posts: 1033; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The "pureview" camera is the same as the 920: why should things be different if it has the same sensor (which is just a standard sensor)?

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:24

20. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


It may be tweaked differently. Maybe they went for more real color saturation here and toned down the oversharpening.

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:24 1

19. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


"Nokia Lumia 925: what PureView Lumia should have been originally"

Are you kidding me PA? Are you that brainwashed by slim devices that you can't accept something that has more features?

The 928 is what should have been launched originally. The 925 is thinner, lighter, lacks wireless charging built in, has 2 mics NOT 3, and only has 16GB of internal storage. That's not what I would call flagship material. There's no doubt that this should have been launched last year, but to say that this is THE PureView that should've been at the helm is just wrong. In fact, I'd argue that the 920 shouldn't have come out at all. It should have just been the 928 for the camera people, and the 925 for the average Joe's.

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:47

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8665; Member since: 14 May 2012)


All Lumia's look the same now. Nokia is following following the Apple and Samsung route on releasing phones. This was a even bigger disappointment than the Lumia 928. Nokia phones are just hype now to me.

posted on 14 May 2013, 09:11 1

28. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


they actually changed the design language on lumia 925. unlike iphone that just stretched up.

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:51

31. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


"It’s also got Wireless Charging and it also makes the phone thick as you have to dress it in a special case."

so wireless charging in this phone makes it thick at dimension (129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm) but the galaxy s3 with dimension (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm) is not thick? looks like you are trying to manufacture more negativity in your article.

posted on 14 May 2013, 12:00

33. jackhammer91 (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


finally a slim phone from nokia

posted on 14 May 2013, 14:05 1

36. funnyguy2 (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 14 May 2013)


What is this Lumnia ?
Where can I buy it?

posted on 14 May 2013, 14:25

37. Ruisleipä (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Shut up funnyguy

posted on 14 May 2013, 14:40 1

38. funnyguy2 (banned) (Posts: 34; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Why?
What's the problem?

posted on 14 May 2013, 17:37

39. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


Nokia needs Android! That's all I have to say about that.

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