Nokia Lumia 925 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 925 hands-on

So far it’s been slim pickings when it comes to quality devices here at spring CTIA 2013, but we were lucky enough to get a closer look at the recently announced Nokia Lumia 925 that’s heading to T-Mobile in the near future. After playing around and being impressed by Verizon’s latest entrant, the Lumia 928, we have some high hope for this latest member to the Lumia family. Flaunting a refreshingly new design aspect, an aluminum side frame to be exact, the Lumia 925 has all the goodies to make it a well-rounded competitor – so let’s get down and dirty with this thing!


As we’ve mentioned already in our review of the Lumia 928, it’s nice to see that Nokia has reverted back to using an AMOLED panel – and that’s the case here with the Lumia 925 as well. In fact, it’s the same exact display as its close sibling, since it’s the same 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ (768 x 1280) AMOLED display with a ClearBlack filter from before. Once again, we’ll say that it’s an exquisite thing to behold, as colors have that oversaturated tone to give it a vibrant look. On top of that, too, its viewing angles are superb to the point that there’s barely any distortion at extreme angles. Throw in that super sensitivity that the display is known for, which allows you to interact with it wearing gloves, it’s a clear stand out that can easily tangle with other handsets that feature higher resolution displays.


Perfecting the craft, we can clearly see that Nokia is pushing the envelope each time they announce a new flagship Lumia device – and that’s the case here with the Lumia 925. Specifically, they’re moving in the correct direction by producing a lovely designed smartphone that now has a sprinkling of premium to its design. Firstly, we’re humbled to find that it’s a smidgen thinner in profile than Verizon’s Lumia 928, but more importantly, it’s the aluminum side frame that gives the handset a very elegant look. In terms of build quality, it’s solid in every aspect – while being more comfortable to hold due to its rounded edges. From afar, it’s still employing that characteristic design we’ve been accustomed to seeing, but it’s wonderful to see that they’ve improved in making an incredibly thin, lightweight, and solid device.

Besides the aluminum side frame, the other main highlight of the phone is seen in the rear, as it’s packing along an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera that features Carl Zeiss optics, an f2.0 lens, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. On paper, it seems as though that it’s the same exact one in the Lumia 928, but it does better by employing a six-element lens – something of which that we haven’t seen before. So what does that do? Essentially, it enables the camera to reach an ISO level of 3200, which should produce some good looking photos in low lighting.

It’s obvious that we’re falling in love with the design, but interestingly enough, it doesn’t include wireless charging like its brethren. Sure, it might be a bummer for some people, but it seems as though that’s the sacrifice needed to keep its new profile thinner than before. However, they’ve solved the issue by offering these colorful cases that attaches to the rear of the phone – thus, giving the Lumia 925 its wireless charging functionality.


We won’t expand much in this area, since you know, it’s the same consistent Windows Phone 8 experience like on all other Windows Phones out there. Still, considering that this is a Nokia Windows Phone that we’re talking about, it benefits a lot from Nokia’s specific enhancements and dedicated apps – things that other Windows Phone handset manufacturers don’t offer. From the turn-by-turn voice guided GPS service in Nokia Maps, to the streaming friendly Nokia Music app, there’s a lot to like about the experience over other Windows Phones – say from Samsung and HTC. Also, if you’re a shutterbug, you’ll surely appreciate the cool photo editing tricks that Nokia has blessed with its experience.

In terms of processing power, some might scratch their heads wondering why Nokia is using hardware that might be perceived as “dated” by people. To be specific, it’s running a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 1GB of RAM – the same one used by the Lumia 920 and 928. Despite that, the hardware it’s running doesn’t really matter much, since the performance outcome with the experience is the same. Basically, it’s responsive and instantaneous enough to show that this so-called aged processor is still quite capable on its own.


Heck, if this is going to produce the same results in every performance category as Verizon’s recently available Lumia 928, we’re going to be impressed by the end result with this latest model. It has a better camera, it has a better looking design – so what’s there not to like about the Lumia 925? And the more we think about Windows Phones for T-Mobile, this is surely shaping out to be the best one for the next few months, well, that’s unless someone else decides to out a Windows Phone. Currently, there’s no word regarding its pricing, which we’ll keep a close eye on because depending on what it is, the outcome can totally make or break it. Deep down inside, we’re hoping to see this one priced aggressively like the Lumia 928 – so we’re talking about somewhere in the $100 on-contract mark. We’ll know it soon enough, hopefully.

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Lumia 925
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(12.8h 3G talk time)




Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Jooooooohn veeeee do you like this phone and it's platform...? What phones do you like and own...? L928 and L925 looks better than the L920! ®

3. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I haven't given any thumbs down - are you playing nice TROLL?

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I see both of you are getting along. :)


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Just being non biased and honest Urban! ®

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

how sweet of u....i guess NL920 design is better, it can compare with NL925

25. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Sorry, my hand just slipped and put a red thumb over your own comments... ;o)

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'd take the 925...

11. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Can you please make that water mark bigger and less transparent.

2. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Another great looking compact WP8 smartphone that proves Nokia can and does compete well against the other major OEM's... Microsoft has certainly picked a very good ally to build the quality hardware needed to promote their WP OS :o)

24. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Current Body Count = three legit thumbs up, and six duplicate accounts.

26. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Not one from me though. And definitely not a duplicate. Nokia is definitely crawling slowly to the top again and L925 will give them the needed boost. +1

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The camera should've been 8.7 megapixel, six-element Carl Zeiss with OIS.

7. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

very very very very very sweet!! bring in more updates and improvements to it

8. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

It looks good I hope it sells well.

9. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Finally something to make up for the lackluster 710 and 810!

12. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

To bad it's running windows....what coulda been....

32. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yeah, Symbian was pretty great, but onwards and upwards!

13. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Got to hand it to Nokia, this one is a looker! If only it had... no, I'm not going there today! Great job Nokia!

14. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I love it, nice phone, build well. I don't have a problem with the bulk for the camera, but i'm going to stay with my Cyan Lumia 920. Still the best design i have ever seen, in my opinion. Greetzz.

15. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I still love my lumia 920, for me its about efficency xD and neither 925 nor 928 are better than my 920

16. papss unregistered

What I truly love about Nokia is there support to their customers and the massive amount of updates they do..oh and their personal apps

17. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I feel like this is one of those phones you fall in love with after you hold it.

33. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

and before!

18. papss unregistered

Wow we have morons thumbing people down.. No wait, morons is a step up from these scumbags

20. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

we all know whos doing it, and the sooner him and his many accounts are gone the better but it will crawl back. split personality at the moment likes playing off on people the thumbs have lost all meaning on here, they dont indicate anything anymore

23. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I agree that Phone Arena needs to clean up it's user base, and find a way to eliminate duplicate accounts. IP logging, and manual comment tracking is still the best answer!

29. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

How about limiting the number of thumbs down per account per day. If you only get 5 or 10 thumbs per day, the only way to express your dislike is with a comment. That way this jerk can't litter every article with red thumbs.

31. papss unregistered

I can completely agree with that and would welcome a new rule such as that.

38. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

nice idea but i still want to be able to see who's thumbing everyone down. like facebook with likes you should be able to see who's giving them but we all know the usual ones who do it


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yea and it's you whose thumbing down postive posts, you are pathetic Chaoticrazor, now stop that! And who are the usual ones? One of thems you, and few others, wondering who?

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