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Nokia Lumia 925 Review

Nokia Lumia 925

Posted: , by Ray S.


Call quality

Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Unfortunately, the Nokia Lumia 925 turned out to be quite poor in the call quality department. The earpiece of the handset is quite weak and sounds somewhat muffled, which will make hearing your callers a pain, especially if you are at a noisy place. The microphone tends to perform a bit better, as it captures some high frequencies that at least make the sound a bit easier to comprehend on the other end. Add a pinch of digitization to the character of the sound, and quality is still quite low, though.

The loudspeaker is also a disappointment, as it is also quite weak and completely deprived of low frequencies.


Windows Phone 8 smartphones these days can't say that they are proud of their operating system, but if there's one area where being a WP8-powered handheld helps that's battery life. Indeed, with its 2000 mAh battery, the Nokia Lumia 925 is rated to achieve an impressive talk-time of 12.80 hours on 3G, while stand-by is rated at 18 days, though we'd advise you to not leave your Lumia 925 without a charge for 18 days, even if you aren't using it very actively.


With the Lumia 925, Nokia has created a charming device. It's a good-looking, thin and light smartphone that even features an aluminim frame to give it a premium taste. But thankfully, there's more than great design that the Nokia Lumia 925 can offer you. The handset features a sizable display of above-average quality, as well as a wonderful camera that will not only take great photos, but will also let you play with some fun features courtesy of the Nokia Smart Cam app.

Speaking of which, if it wasn't for Nokia's exclusive deals and bonus software content, Windows Phone 8 would still feel like a good foundation for a real operating system. However, with great features such as Here Maps/Drive+, Nokia Music, Nokia Smart Cam and Creative Studio, the Lumia 925 manages to feel like a complete package. Sure, it's still not as feature-rich as some other platforms, but if we consider the needs of the majority of consumers out there, it's safe to say that the Nokia Lumia 925 has you covered.


  • Stylish exterior
  • Smooth and snappy performance
  • Very good camera
  • Useful features like Nokia Music and Here Maps


  • Poor call quality
  • Weak loudspeaker
  • Short on customization options
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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.


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: 872; 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: 215; 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: 854; 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: 693; 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: 387; 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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
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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