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Nokia's three musketeers: Lumia 925 vs 928 vs 920 specs comparison

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Nokia's three musketeers: Lumia 925 vs 928 vs 920 specs comparison
Nokia's newly-announced Lumia 925 seems to have been codenamed Catwalk for the right reason during the development (and the rumor) phase. At 8.5mm it is thinner than even the Lumia 720, despite housing a full PureView Phase 2 camera with multi-axis optical image stabilization inside.

It also the lightest of the three flagship Lumias, at 4.90 oz (139 g), making it about the norm for a handset with a 4.5" display. Thus it addresses the biggest criticisms laid out against the Lumia 920 when it landed in the hands of consumers. Arguably due to its built-in wireless charging coil, the 920 is thick and feels pretty heavy for a modern smartphone, while the 925 offers wireless charging via a separate cover, if you are so inclined.

Thus it manages to keep the chassis very thin, and adds an aluminum side frame, which also serves as an antenna. The use of metal is a first for a Lumia phone, and coupled with the compact dimensions makes the 925 the best Windows Phone flagship from Nokia so far.

If we don't count the lack of a Xenon flash, that is, because the Lumia 928, despite being only slightly thinner than the 920, adds Xenon in addition to the LED video light, making it the first Windows Phone, and the first phone with a modern mobile OS to feature one at all. Verizon's 928 does all this by keeping the weight in check compared to the 920, and introduces a more blocky, rectangular shape to the Lumia 9xx mixer of three. It also sports an AMOLED display, just like the new 925, meaning you can have Nokia's clock and other info floating around on the screen while the phone sleeps, made possible by the OLED technology.

The Lumia 925 dials its internal storage down from the 32 GB of the others, to 16 GB, otherwise the three flagship WP8 musketeers seem to be sharing absolutely the same internals - a dual-core Snapdragon, 1 GB of RAM and 2000 mAh battery packs. Which one would you pick?

Nokia's three musketeers: Lumia 925 vs 928 vs 920 specs comparison

DESIGN
DeviceNokia Lumia 925Nokia Lumia 928Nokia Lumia 920
Dimensions5.08 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches (129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm)5.24 x 2.71 x 0.40 inches (133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm)5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches (130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm)
Weight4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (125 g)
5.7 oz (162 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (125 g)
6.53 oz (185 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (125 g)
Side Keys Right: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock keyRight: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock key
ColorsBlack, White, GrayBlack, WhiteBlack, Yellow, Red, White, Gray

DISPLAY
Physical size4.5 inches4.5 inches4.5 inches
Resolution768 x 1280 pixels768 x 1280 pixels768 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
332 ppi332 ppi332 ppi
Technology
AMOLEDAMOLEDIPS LCD
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
BATTERY
Talk time 18.3 hours16.20 hours
the average is 10 h (624 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 10 h (624 min)
Stand-by time18.3 days (440 hours)
the average is 18 days (443 h)
25.2 days (606 hours)
the average is 18 days (443 h)
16.7 days (400 hours)
the average is 18 days (443 h)
Talk time (3G)12.80 hours
the average is 9 h (543 min)
 10.00 hours
the average is 9 h (543 min)
Stand-by time (3G)18 days (432 hours) 16.7 days (400 hours)
the average is 23 days (561 h)
Music playback55.00 hours80.00 hours67.00 hours
Video playback 6.6 hours6.30 hours6.00 hours
Capacity2000 mAh2000 mAh2000 mAh
Type Li - PolymerLi - Ion
HARDWARE
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor
Dual core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorAdreno 225Adreno 225Adreno 225
System memory
1024 MB RAM1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / LPDDR21024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / LPDDR2
Built-in storage16 GB32 GB32 GB
CAMERA
Camera8.7 megapixels8.7 megapixels8.7 megapixels
FlashYesLED, XenonDual LED
Aperture sizeF2.0F2.0F2.0
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 26mm26mm
Features Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, Geo taggingBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, Geo taggingBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, White balance presets, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.264MPEG4, H.264MPEG4, H.264
FeaturesVideo calling, Optical image stabilizationVideo calling, Optical image stabilizationVideo calling, Optical image stabilization
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels1.2 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
TECHNOLOGY
CDMA
 800, 1900 MHz 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz700 MHz Class 13, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.ALTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Micro SIMYesYesYes
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigationTurn-by-turn navigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation

CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth3.03.0, EDR3.0
Wi-FiYes802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
Mobile hotspotYes Yes
Wi-Fi DirectYes Yes
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
ConnectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
FeaturesMass storage device, USB chargingUSB chargingMass storage device, USB charging
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
Charging connectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
OtherNFC, DLNA, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, DLNA, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync
AVAILABILITY
Officially announced14 May 201310 May 201305 Sep 2012
Scheduled release
 June 201316 May 2013 (Official) 

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posted on 14 May 2013, 05:41 18

1. Jason2k13 (Posts: 643; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


so the 920 came out around 6-7 months ago, and then nokia surprised us with these 2 almost identical device...?

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:52 6

6. jlp34876 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


We know what catwalk destined to be "thinner and lighter"! Dont expect too much. If this will come to the Philippines i will buy it over the 920.

What you are waiting is the Nokia EOS

posted on 14 May 2013, 08:30

26. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5773; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"What you are waiting is the Nokia EOS"

Which notwithstanding tipsters who said the EOS would be released this time around, wasn't. In the U.S., the EOS will be released in late 2013, as an AT&T exclusive.

posted on 14 May 2013, 20:11

41. akki20892 (Posts: 3463; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


dude EOS wil announce in summer for global and at&t...!!! i think EOS is testing quad core and 1080p.

posted on 14 May 2013, 23:29 1

42. omar300 (Posts: 181; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


dreamer

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:53 5

7. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Not impressed, as well..
The 925 looks good though.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:01 10

11. valapsp (Posts: 474; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


That aluminum chassis is sexy.

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:54

24. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


only 16gb... aand also no usb OTG.....but still a good fone

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:55

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


Pretty much. TBH though, I wish they would have stuck with LCD for the display. I simply find them to give far better color accuracy than there AMOLED counter parts.

posted on 14 May 2013, 09:09

29. Altair (Posts: 324; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


You know it is good to have different choices.

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:01

31. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


and what about SGS3 SGS3-mini and its other names are they not varients of same phone these are all verients well they should have launched around 3 months time line but its not that late besides the processor ram LCD upgrade comes in spetember anouncement like they always show new stuff in september not middle of year

posted on 14 May 2013, 11:33 3

36. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


R.I.P. Nokia.

posted on 14 May 2013, 15:53 2

39. JulianGT (Posts: 82; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


It is like the contrary of samsung:
Samsung: Same design, different specs
Nokia: Differnet design, Same specs

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:43 2

2. jlp34876 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Does anybody know if 925 will come to the Philippines?

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:23

23. kirholstov (Posts: 136; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I think so, but definitely later than in the USA or UK. It took 6 months to 920 was available in my country

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:47 1

3. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


i agree with jason2k13. Apart from a lack of wireless charging and the pureview label, whats the difference?

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:48

4. shreehari (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


i wanted some new things in this

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:49 6

5. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


So this is Nokias new inceptions, it's called "catwalk" so this is innovation, making a device slimmer is know, a revolution, evolution, "aka": being, making a device slimmer.

Lmfao.... slim phones does exzist, don't they: like ip5, s4, oppo5

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:50

20. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1141; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


now* ?

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:17

22. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Ooops, "now"

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:52 5

21. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1141; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


so you bash nokia on making brick and slim phones?

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:03 2

32. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


no body said about revolutionary tech will be added who told you that and if u rember the nokia flagships time line they always announce in september all year they do these varients stuff

posted on 14 May 2013, 12:10 2

37. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


TROLL is a paid shill, working for the competition, and his or her sole purpose is to write hateful and dishonest comments about Nokia and Microsoft products and services.

NOTE: All of their comments should be deleted due to past violations, and their account should be suspended indefinitely. PHONE ARENA, please stop allowing paid employees of other companies looking to interfere with the review and feedback process!

posted on 14 May 2013, 13:51 1

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


Or, he's just what his name implies. A troll. Ignore him and eventually he'll go away.

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:57 7

8. valapsp (Posts: 474; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


928 ftw.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:32 2

17. roldefol (Posts: 2863; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Not that I have a choice since Verizon owns my soul, but I'd still pick the 928. The design is more cohesive than the 925, it has the snazzy flash, it's narrower and therefore easier to hold. It's not the pretty one, but it is the workhorse.

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:57 4

9. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Well I must say Nokia have stopped making those "Bricks" you called them before.

posted on 14 May 2013, 05:58 2

10. valapsp (Posts: 474; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Is it right? The battery life of the 925 is worse than the 928?

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:03 3

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4020; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Maybe you should have released this in place of the 920, Nokia. You now have a suitable flagship for 2012! ... In 2013. You're in the same position as Sony is with the Xperia Z.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:24 3

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I think it's not as bad as the XZ, since it's a WP but still cannot be compared to the high-end droids.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:27

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4020; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I wasn't comparing it to the phone itself, I was comparing Nokia's move to Sony's; releasing a device with previous generation hardware as a high end device.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:33 5

18. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Why not? It runs smoother and faster than the high-end androids, and while it may not have the bleeding-edge graphics capabilities or full-HD displays, it is still comparable (and, for me, preferential) to them.

Of note, I had a chance to try a GS4 yesterday for a couple hours. It was just as clunky and frustrating as my wife's GS3, just faster and lighter. I did like that the keyboard had the number row on top, but otherwise it was as glaringly tragic as prior androids. The owner was impressed with my Lumia 900 and when I mentioned she was still within her exchange period to get a 920 she was quite intrigued.

posted on 14 May 2013, 15:56 2

40. SleepingOz (unregistered)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nh2NSLgaII
Cool story dude, but unless your lumia(or any WP) is able to perform like this. It cannot be compared to high-end androids. Period.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:42 1

19. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


True™

posted on 14 May 2013, 08:50 2

27. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Who is thumbing me down?

What's the big idear™

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:05

33. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol atlest you should not ask this question heheheh and it was not me :P

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:47

34. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


How do you figure? The L920 is the best looking of all three, has better battery life, twice the storage of the L925, isn't on T-Mobile's crap network, and is probably the most durable of all three. It's the only one with an IPS display (which is superior IMO), and it comes with wireless charging out of the box. The 925 is kind of a disappointment in my book.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:17 3

13. red_fox (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 May 2013)


So basically the same phone with an Amoled screen upgrade and it's lighter... sorry upgrading to 928 and 925 is ain't worth it.

posted on 14 May 2013, 09:08

28. Altair (Posts: 324; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Point here is to give customers freedom od good choices. I am happy owner of yellow Nokia Lumia 920 and no need to upgrade. But there are a lot of people who likes choices. Even those who blames 920 as a brick. I thanked gods that I bought this though tank phone as I accidentally dropped it 3 times already and it got hit in my pocket too. No harm done. Friend of mine has broken iPhone 4 and 2 weeks ago Samsung GS3. Now he. Also bought 920 and is very happy with it.

posted on 14 May 2013, 06:26 3

15. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I want the 925's dimensions, 928's Xenon flash, and the 920's color palette and polycarbonate body with built-in wireless charging, on T-Mobile US. Call it the 921 :P

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:54

35. rsiders (Posts: 256; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


What a dream.lol I would've loved that as well.

posted on 14 May 2013, 09:10

30. rsiders (Posts: 256; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I will be picking up the 925 cause I'm on T-Mobile but I'll giving Nokia the "see you at recess fist" for the lower 16gb of memory. And why was the micro USB placed placed at the top? Ah what the heck, yellow unlocked 920 it is. Wait, I can't make up my mind.lol

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