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Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Nokia Lumia 925 7.8

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Interface and Functionality

Don't hold your breath for a change of pace with the Windows Phone 8 UI. Everything is exactly the same as what you'll find on any other smartphone running the same OS.

You have your homescreen with Live Tiles that are very basic-looking, yet providing live info about relevant things. For example, the Calendar tile will show you your upcoming appointment, while the People tile will display the profile pictures of your contacts.

The Windows Phone 8 main menu is still a simple list of all the applications on your phone, which absolutely isn't the most convenient way of organizing your apps, especially if you have lots of those. Sure, you can always pin the most important ones to the homescreen, but if you do that for too many apps, the homescreen will also start to look as one big app list. At the end of the day, it would be cool if Microsoft comes up with some different main menu layouts as alternatives to the current list view.

The Windows Phone 8 main menu is still a simple list of all the applications on your phone - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
The Windows Phone 8 main menu is still a simple list of all the applications on your phone - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
The Windows Phone 8 main menu is still a simple list of all the applications on your phone - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
The Windows Phone 8 main menu is still a simple list of all the applications on your phone - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

The Windows Phone 8 main menu is still a simple list of all the applications on your phone


The Nokia Lumia 925's (and every other Windows Phone's) customization options are limited to rearranging the tiles on the homescreen, switching between their available sizes and changing the color theme. It's definitely not the most customizable experience, but that's how Microsoft guarantees consistency across the Windows Phone portfolio.


Messaging

Nokia Lumia 925 Review
While you can't replace the default on-screen QWERTY keyboard with a third-party one, that's not really a problem, because Microsoft has designed a great keyboard. Typing feels easy, while the button press sound is quite satisfying.

The Hotmail email application - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

The Hotmail email application

Our only gripe with this keyboard is that doesn't take advantage of the whole screen width when the phone is in landscape orientation, as there is a lot of empty space left around the left and right ends of the keyboard.

The Hotmail email application works very well. You can easily switch between all email, only the unread mail, flagged or urgent. We had absolutely no problems with the the setup of various types of accounts, but one thing we'd like to see Microsoft do is to come up with some form of easy switching between inboxes, because right now you either have to work with a unified inbox, or return to the homescreen and open a new inbox from there.


Organizer

The Nokia Lumia 925 and Windows Phone 8 in general provide a powerful set of organization options. We like the Calendar application for its simplicity and speed, which makes the creation of new appointments and quick and easy process. It isn't perfect, though, because it lacks a 'week' mode, which is quite the omission. The Live Tile functionality of the calendar is on the right track as it always shows what your next appointment is and when it's scheduled to occur, but even with that, the calendar Live Tile still has a lot of empty space that could be used for another couple of upcoming appointments.

We like the Calendar application for its simplicity and speed - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
We like the Calendar application for its simplicity and speed - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
We like the Calendar application for its simplicity and speed - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

We like the Calendar application for its simplicity and speed


The Office Hub will be the favorite place for the heavy Office users out there, as it will probably give you the most seamless Office file compatibility and functionality. That is one area where Windows Phone 8 will understandably excel (pun not intended) in, though you can easily find more than adequate Office viewer and editor suites for other platforms as well.

The Office Hub will be the favorite place for the heavy Office users - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
The Office Hub will be the favorite place for the heavy Office users - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
The Office Hub will be the favorite place for the heavy Office users - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

The Office Hub will be the favorite place for the heavy Office users



Processor and Memory

Windows Phone 8 isn't the most exciting place for silicon aficionados, as Microsoft has established strict hardware guidelines for device manufacturers, which do not allow companies to put cutting-edge chips in their handsets. Even if they do, the platform is not optimized to utilize all that computing power, so it would be pointless.

Either way, Windows Phone 8 performs perfectly well with the Lumia 925's Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor, which ticks at a clock rate of 1.5 GHz. The built-in grpahics chip is the Adreno 225, so that's not exactly next-gen technology, but it will do the job. The Nokia Lumia 925 is a high-end device so it should be able to run everything that can be found in the Windows Phone application store.

System memory is sufficient at 1GB, while the built-in storage is the healthy 16 GB. Still, the Lumia 925 lacks a memory card slot, so we guess that users who like to keep a lot of big apps/games and storage-hungry content like HD video on their phones may find the 16 GB insufficient.


Internet and Connectivity

The Nokia Lumia 925 packs Internet Explorer 10 for mobile - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

The Nokia Lumia 925 packs Internet Explorer 10 for mobile

Being a proud Windows Phone 8 handset, the Nokia Lumia 925 packs Internet Explorer 10 for mobile, which is a pretty decent browser, though we find it to be a bit slow to load pages, compared to the high-end competition like the HTC One, Apple iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4. When the pages do load, scrolling and panning is generally smooth, but you can experience some instances of slowdown when browsing heavier web pages. That's either due to Internet Explorer 10, or the dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor. Anyways, the experience isn't that bad as a whole.

The Lumia 925 is equipped with everything needed to ensure a fast internet connection with LTE and HSPA+ (42.2 Mbit/s down / 5.76 Mbit/s up) support. In addition, you have standard stuff like A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, DLNA, mobile hotspot functionality and Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n and n 5 GHz. Nothing earth-shattering, but still a solid list nonetheless.

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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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