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Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Nokia Lumia 925 7.8

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Equipped with a refined 8.7 MP PureView camera, here comes the Nokia Lumia 925! So, what's so new compared to the Lumia 920, which also had an 8.7 MP PureView shooter? Well, you once again have the beloved Optical Image Stabilization system with floating lens and all, but this time Nokia has added a sixth lens element, which has enabled the use of ISO 3200 when taking pictures. Theoretically, this should allow you to take better images in places with insufficient lighting, though be warned that results may vary. You can take a look at the pictures we took of our test scene using ISO 3200. As you can see, the end results are relatively bright, but incredibly noisy photos.

Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Camera interface


Additionally, Nokia has developed a new app for shutterbugs, called Nokia Smart Cam. The application enables the use of some cool effects similar to those in Samsung's Galaxy S4. The app takes a series of pictures of the same scene and then allows you to remove unwanted people from the shot, choose the 'best faces' of the people you've been photographing, or produce a kind of an 'action shot' image, where you can observe the different stages of a quick movement. We really like the interface of the Smart Camera application, as it lets you quickly switch between the different effect-modes and check them out after you've taken your image.

Best faces - The Nokia Smart Cam app - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Best faces - The Nokia Smart Cam app - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Best faces - The Nokia Smart Cam app - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Best faces

The Nokia Smart Cam app


Action shot function - Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Action shot function - Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Action shot function


During the unveiling of the Lumia 925, Nokia reported that it has improved its image-processing algorithms, so we were eager to see how the Lumia 925 camera is going to perform.

Fortunately, Nokia has nailed it this time, as we were consistently treated to good-looking photos coming from the Nokia Lumia 925's PureView snapper. It's true that we were taking the samples for the review on beautiful, sunny day, but we've seen many ambitious smartphones mess their camera shots up even in such ideal conditions, so the Lumia 925 did really well here. The photos exhibit some pretty decent sharpness, which means that they look good even when viewed at higher resolutions. Exposure is very good, although the camera tends to increase it a bit more than needed in auto mode, probably trying to achieve a more vivid and eye-catchy look. Colors are mostly fine, though we noticed that the reds are a bit overblown, which can be easily noticed in some of the photos below.


Indoor shots came out mostly fine. Although being just a tad washed out, indoor images taken in decent lighting conditions manage to retain the natural colors of the scene, without introducing too much noise. As the lights get dimmer, though, you can see how the colors and overall image quality quickly start to deteriorate. Using ISO 3200 will definitely not save you in such situations, so your best bet will be to try and get as close as you can to your subject and hope that the LED flash will be enough to illuminate it/them.


The 1080p video recorded using the Nokia Lumia 925 is more than decent, though it could definitely use a bit more detail and a bit less exposure. The frames-per-second count stays high at about 29, so the video is mostly fluid, with some rare instances of lag.

Nokia Lumia 925 Sample Video:



Nokia Lumia 925 Indoor Sample Video:




The Lumia 925 sports a sizable 4.5” display, which makes it very suitable for all kinds of multimedia activities. Watching video and playing games will not be as fun as on the 5” 16:9 display of the Galaxy S4, of course, but it's still a great experience.

On top of that, Nokia adds its Nokia Music service, which offers great features such as Mix Radio, Gigs Near Me and free offline music playback.

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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 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, 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, 10:56 5

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


That picture looks very good...

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, 11:47 1

46. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 869; 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 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 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 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, 01:07 1

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


The linked photo has full EXIF data

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 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 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 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: 819; 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: 683; 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: 386; 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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