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Nokia Lumia 925 Review

0. phoneArena posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:24

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...

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posted on 28 Jun 2013, 15:37

96. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

He needs to check his math. maybe he missed a decimal point somewhere.

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 13:42

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

I agree. He rated the 920 last year even higher, the 925 addresses all the issues he had with it (save the OS).
Also, no mention of the Amber updates?

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:40 24

5. Moodi (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 May 2013)

Go home PA , you're DRUNK

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 09:53 13

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

280 nits? i think there is something wrong with the unit you have. It is supposed to be around 500.

And the phone definitely deserves an 8.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:01 9

8. Mokujin (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

are u kidding me???

Why a poor rating of 7.8 for Lumia 925?

Can you explain how u rated this phone?

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:20 1

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

It has weak call quality so -1 for that and -0.2 for loudspeakers and the main one -1 for Windows Phone OS.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:04 1

10. feres13 (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

I still don't understand why Nokia released this phone when in some ways it's a downgrade from the 920 (Half the storage, no wireless charging, downgrade in design IMO & software features that will come to the 920 anyway) especially when the EOS will be introduced two months after it.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:07 11

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

Downgrade in design? you must be blind or something.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:30 1

25. feres13 (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

It's nice that it is thinner and lighter but it looses the unique design of the N9 that is Nokia's trademark, the back is ugly and i don't like the camera hump.
beauty is in the eye of the beholder

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 16:18

67. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

He is not blind at all, lumia 920 is nicer than this. This new lumias are just more rectangular, which by my standards is uglier. Design is subjective.
I also think that this phone deserves more like 7.5.
- poor call quality(according to PA), it is a freaking phone, it is supposed to be made for calling
- video wasn´t very good
- it runs WP8(might be fine for someone)
- it doesn´t have slot for sd-card while having only 16GB storage, that is very little
- it does have a pretty big bezel, better than lumia 920 but it still.

But this phone does something very well and that is camera(pictures at least).

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:05 8

11. Diego! (Posts: 677; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

WP 7.8 or WP8?
Oh no! It's the score it got! O_O

I think you were a little bit mean with this review. It shoulf have gotten an 8.5 at least!

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:09 1

16. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

Thanks for the review PA. I was really looking for this phone. But now I am giving it up.

At the end of the day, I need a phone to call. Not a phone to click pictures, for that I have my camera. If a expensive phone has such poor call quality, it is nothing better than a paper weight in daily use. The ranking needs to be much lower.

It will be nice, if you guys can provide a more numerical figure to the call quality.
A phone is meant for making calls, that is the first job.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:16 3

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

If you want it just go to nearest store and check the demo. I'm sure you will change your decision of not buying it.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:23 5

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

Again, I think there's something wrong with the unit PA has. 280 nits? poor call quality?. Refer to Verge's review, they gave it 9 in reception/call quality.

Besides, you should go check the phone itself before buying or atleast read 3-4 websites' reviews and not rely on only one.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:39

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

There's nothing wrong with the review unit. I recall phonearena posting some low brightness specs for another phone, but I can't remember what one now. In this review when he says call quality the doesn't mean its reception, he simply means the earpiece speaker is poor in the sense that it lacks a range of frequencies, which is also mentioned in another review I read. They said that when you turn it up loud, it loses its quality.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:44 2

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

I don't mean only reception. I said reception/call quality, which includes everything from reception to noise cancelling to earpeice quality and loudspeaker volume.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:52

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

You mean everything, but the review means earpiece speaker, are you not understanding my point?

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:59 1

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

I understand your point. I also understand what the review says. What I mean is that none of the other sites that have reviewed this phone has complained about the call quality or anything related to talking on the phone.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:42 6

27. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)

there's no nokia phone that has poor call quality... i have the lumia 920 where in the review it says far from perfect while in reality...its magically perfect ...to tell u a truth i came to a conclusion that every nokia is perfect in call quality
Most phonearena call quality tests screw up where the phones being tested show a different scenario in real life...i had an iphone 5 and they complemented the call quality but in reality its worse than the lumia 920
the other problem is that test itself is very questionable and contains lots of variables that can't be contained to give accurate results like angle of holding the phone, the area where the phone is,the operator and lots of others not to mention that phonearena doesn't give any details about conducting the tests and we have to blindly trust their results(and mostly they give contradiciting results)
best test is to try it urself but then again through my life there's no nokia that disappoints in call quality (s40, symbian or windows phone )...no wonder since they r in the business b4 most companies
also giving the lumia 928 8/10 and 925 (which is supposedly better ) 7.8/10 makes the whole review very questionable...u should rely on another site to get a better idea about what to choose like gsmarena !

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:57 1

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

Well, phonearena isn't the only reviewer who has stated that the earpiece speaker is poor. Believe what you want, but being loyal to a company will get you nowhere at the end of the day. It will just waste your money because you will buy any of their products, even when they turn out bad. I'm not saying nokia is bad, I know they make plenty of solid hardware, such as the lumia 920, but the 925 just isn't as good as the 920 was. It has come a year later, and has very similar specs. How is it supposed to beat the 9/10 that the lumia 920 got when it was released last year, even though it's barely a step up?

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 11:09 1

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

It has not been a year since 920. Also, no one saying it deserves equal score to 920, which got 9, they're just saying 7.8 isa bit too low, even after taking in account the time factor.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 03:32 1

91. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

give me the source to other reviews that claim the same. As far as I know, most known and recognizable sites don't have any complains about its sound quality. Stop spreading bull&^*(. Samsung, htc and lg phones suffer the same. Just read recent reviews.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 23:48

75. Wyn66 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

What's funny is, other reviews are the complete opposite of this. They say the phone is a great design, and has excellent call quality. Maybe PA received a bad unit?

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 08:42

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

No. The problem is SAMSUNGARENA. Samsung phones receive an extraordinary high rating and better review than other sites, which just says it sucks in many ways and the features don't work properly. Of course, the recent GS4 other sites did agree with PA (SA) that the phone has solid specs, but just a laggy UI. PA 'Very smooth UI' seems to do the opposite. For the Xperia Z 'A laggy UI' seems to go completely opposite. Recently went into a store and compared the two phones. Samsung's UI is especially laggy. Note that I was trying out the octa core version. PA GS4 rating is 9.2 or 9.5 (Forgot) And GSMarena? 6.5. PA Xperia Z is 8.5, GSMarena 8.8 (High for GSMarena, phones over 8.5 are considered great) PA Lumia 925 7.4 WTF and GSMarena 8.5. See the difference?

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:25 1

24. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

I can go to the nearby store and check it. It is not going to be any different than other Lumia phones. The OS is just the same. But none of them are loaded with a SIM. You get to check the call quality only when you buy it. And it is late by then.

I depend upon this review, because I have Lumia 710 before it had Nokia X6, and PA review on that was spot on.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:50

31. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)

hmmm,windows phone 8 is veryyyyyy different from windows phone 7...wp8 is open like android (bluetooth, usb mass storage ..etc)....wp7 is closed like ios
also most symbian techs from nokia like dobly headphone ,pureview and lots of others came with wp8 to lumia while there was nothing came to wp7 lumia again due to restrictive wp7...so current wp8 lumias r totally different than ur lumia 710
also giving 7.8/10 to lumia 925 (which is better than lumia 928) and giving the lumia 928 8/10 makes the review very questionable...u should rely on another site

posted on 24 Jun 2013, 15:27

95. ILuvWindowsImAlsoSuicidal (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)

Please explain how windows phone 8 is open!!!!! Like android???? and hopefully you did not mean open source.... Coz if you did then I must have slept through 200 years and ended up in an open MS era!!!!

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:45 8

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

This review is a joke....

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:46 1

30. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)

I thought this is upgraded version of lumia 920, not downgraded.
Are they moving backward? Poor nokia!

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 10:58 1

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

It is an upgrade...

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