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 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

Nokia Lumia 925

Dimensions

5.08 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches

129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

Dimensions

5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches

130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

Dimensions

5.08 x 2.78 x 0.33 inches

129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

Dimensions

5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches

130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

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



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.


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.



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.

.5 inches and a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. While definitely not 1080p, this resolution and screen size combo make for a

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102 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

6. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

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

66. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

And yet PA is calling themselves unbiased. Pathetic.

82. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

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

13. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 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.

20. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Can't fecken wait.

33. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That picture looks very good...

46. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

83. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

70. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

76. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

The linked photo has full EXIF data

73. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

86. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 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?

94. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

check wpcentral.com for their review

97. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 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

2. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

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

9. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 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.

51. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 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

65. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

71. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

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

74. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

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

78. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

98. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Did you also notice he has boomsound and beats separately?

3. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

17. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

They hate WP.

60. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

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

80. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

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

4. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

38. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

so we r waiting for july 11th LOL

72. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

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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)

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