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Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Nokia Lumia 925 7.8

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Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Introduction

Ever since the introduction of the first Lumia phone, Nokia has been improving and refining its Windows Phone-powered line-up with each new model. Feature by feature and app by app, we've finally arrived at the Nokia Lumia 925 – an ambitious smartphone that attempts to offer a well-rounded experience to customers, for whom plastic just won't cut it.

Not to be considered a direct successor to last year's Lumia 920, the Lumia 925 is more of refresh that adds a new and largely improved design, a slightly better camera and an AMOLED screen replacing the IPS LCD panel. Read on to learn if all of these changes have been for the better, as well as if the Lumia 925 is the Windows Phone smartphone that can easily replace a high-end Android model or an iPhone.



Design

The Nokia Lumia 925 has a lot to offer in the design department. Most previous Lumia models simply looked good, but weren't necessarily anything extraordinary. Most were heavy and bulky, and all of them were made of high-quality plastic. With the Lumia 925, however, Nokia has decided to aim a bit higher, as it has added a small, exquisite element to the handset's design – the frame surrounding the phone is made of (real) aluminum, giving the phone a more premium look and feel. The back side of the device is still made of polycarbonate, though, and while we can't say that it feels great, it's not bad either.

The aluminum frame surrounding the phone gives the Nokia Lumia 925 a more premium look and feel - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
The aluminum frame surrounding the phone gives the Nokia Lumia 925 a more premium look and feel - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
The aluminum frame surrounding the phone gives the Nokia Lumia 925 a more premium look and feel - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

The aluminum frame surrounding the phone gives the Nokia Lumia 925 a more premium look and feel


The metal frame is not the only asset of the Lumia 925's design. The handset is also the thinnest Lumia yet at 8.5 mm. We're happy to report that it's also much lighter than the Lumia 920, which was quite heavy at 6.53 oz (185 g). In comparison the Lumia 925 is about 25% lighter at 4.90 oz (139 g).

Nokia Lumia 925
5.08 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches
129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm
4.90 oz (139 g)

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 920
5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches
130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm
6.53 oz (185 g)

Nokia Lumia 920

Apple iPhone 5
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

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Windows Phone keys - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Front camera - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
 

Windows Phone keys

Front camera


Positioned on the right hand side of the Nokia Lumia 925 you'll find the volume rocker, power/lock key and camera shutter. Thankfully, all of them work well and feel good when pressed. However, the buttons are protruding from the surface and have some sharp edges, which may make them feel a bit unpleasant for some people, when they are holding the phone.

Right side - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 925 - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Left - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 925 - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Bottom - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 925 - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Right side

Left

Bottom

Top - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 925 - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
SIM tray - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 925 - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Top

SIM tray

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 925


All in all, the Lumia 925 is definitely among the better looking smartphones currently available, and while it doesn't really blow us away, we can't deny the fact that it looks and feels good to use a Lumia 925, with some small exceptions like the sharp buttons on the right hand side.

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Rear camera - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Loudspeaker grill - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Back

Rear camera

 

Loudspeaker grill



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Display

One of the major differences between the Lumia 925 and Lumia 920 is the fact that the former uses an AMOLED display. This is surely one of the better AMOLED displays we've seen, with a reasonable color balance and temperature, although still far from perfect. Sadly, brightness peaks at about 280 nits (comparable to that of the Galaxy S4), which makes the display a bit hard to view under bright daylight.

Other than that, the characteristics of the screen have remained the same, with a diagonal measuring 4.5 inches and a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. While definitely not 1080p, this resolution and screen size combo make for a pixel density of 334 ppi, which is still great. Aside from the smallest text in the web browser, everything else will look perfectly clean.

When it comes to viewing angles, the Lumia 925 isn't the best performer out there. While its image quality is very good when viewed straight on, colors quickly get greenish once you tilt the phone at just about 20 degrees. Most things are still readable, but image quality degradation is obvious.


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posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:29 3

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


3rd generation PureView sensor, just 8 million pixels, crystal clear conditions and Nokia still can't produce sharp images? Look at the bottom of this one, noise, blur, loss of details.

http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/133578-image/Nokia-Lumia-925.jpg

I guess we'll have to wait for the EOS to see real PureView images on a usable OS.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:48 26

6. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Don't refer anything on PA which is about Nokia or its smartphone. They are always biased

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 15:44 7

66. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


And yet PA is calling themselves unbiased. Pathetic.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 08:23 4

82. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


Sony is the same thing. There's no help with samsungarena now.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:05 4

13. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


I don't think this is phase 3. They just improved phase 2 a little.

And yes, you'll need to wait for EOS for THAT quality.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:17 2

20. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Can't fecken wait.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:56 5

33. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


That picture looks very good...

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 11:47 1

46. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 867; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


If you look at any photos from every great Nokia camera phone, you'll see that they all do the same thing. The image in the dead center is totally in focus and sharp, but degrades at the very outer edges of it. My N8 has done this since day 1, as did my N95, and I'm pretty sure my 808 does it too. Must be something to do with their lenses because you don't typically see it on Samsung's Galaxy.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 08:26 2

83. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


Dude, everyone knows that samsung galaxy produces bad images. Samsungarena might not agree with this, but this is totally true. Strange shades with quite some blurs on photos, and colors are totally unrealistic. Sony and Nokia's photos are the closest to professional cameras. Last time I borrowed a samsung phone to shoot a scene with twilight lighting? Blur blur blur. And that was a note 2. Xperia and Lumia can do tons better than that.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 17:25 1

70. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


you know something is wrong when they (phone arena) hide exif data.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 01:07 1

76. Crossblade (Posts: 211; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


The linked photo has full EXIF data

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 18:28

73. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


The call quality on my Lumia 900 is absolutely garbage after a year...borderline unusable. A real shame Nokia can't get that right, such a beautiful device otherwise.

My bro's Lumia 920 sounds great though, I should add.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 13:38 1

86. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


My Lumia 900 (original US launch, got it first weekend it was available) still has great call quality, with and without speakerphone. Maybe you've damaged it?

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 04:33 1

94. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


check wpcentral.com for their review

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 21:56

97. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


How are they bias when the do camera shootouts and the recent Nokia's (Minus the 808) do terribly? My brother and I both own Lumia's 920 and 900 respectfully, and the image quality is something to be desired.

The fast that this phone does not have wireless charging, in my opinion, puts it behind the Lumia 920. Bizarre

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:34 12

2. quyenqchau0813 (unregistered)


Even The Verge gave it a 8.1
PhoneArena gave it 7.8
...................................

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:02 25

9. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Verge appreciates good design, simplicity and usability. They don't care about specs as long as the phone's working fine. PA appreciates phones that look good on spec sheet, but lag in real life because a certain theif company stuffed thousands of useless gimmics.

This is the reason iPhone 5 and HTC One got higher score on Verge than S3 and S4, and lower on PA.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 12:03

51. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Dont you know that the Verge rated Htc One higher than s4 just because of the design.. out of the 10 factors, htc one trumps s4 only in design.. mAny factors are in favor of gs4 some>equal

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 15:42 4

65. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


1. In Design
2. In Boomsound (speaker quality)
3. In low-light (IOS)
4. Unibody
5. Beats audio

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 17:27 1

71. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


It's not really unibody, it's just 2 pieces glued together.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 20:52

74. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Did you just write "Design" and "Unibody" as 2 separate points? And also mentioned Beats audio? Which is particularly useless

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 03:34 1

78. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Beats audio is useless? Really?
And what about those gimmick gestures?

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 13:13

98. donfem (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Did you also notice he has boomsound and beats separately?

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:37 21

3. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


are you serious about giving it 7.8/10 ?????? i think you gave this score only because of it runs on wp8...

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:09 18

17. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


They hate WP.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 13:28 1

60. Paradox (Posts: 124; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


That is a good reason. Windows phone, at this moment in time, just isn't as good as other iOS and Android.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 05:47 2

80. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


they think wp8 is best OS. oh cmon get real dudes :D

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:39 17

4. rms.max (Posts: 95; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


7.8 ? how Ray? Really? wasn't fair enough ...it deserves 8-8.5.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 11:08 2

38. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


so we r waiting for july 11th LOL

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 17:33 1

72. mottykels (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Ray s always rate a low score except Samsung device :/

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Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

OS: Windows Phone 8
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Display4.5 inches, 768 x 1280 pixels (334 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8.7 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.08 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches
(129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 18.3 hours talk time

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