Nokia Lumia 925 Review
Nokia Lumia 925 Specs, Price, Features
- Display: 4.5-inch WXGA (1280×768) AMOLED screen
- Features: curved Gorilla Glass 2, PureMotion HD+, Nokia ClearBlack Display, Super Sensitive touchscreen
- Size: 129×70.6×8.5mm, 139g weight
- CPU: 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- GPU: Adreno 305 graphics
- Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 7GB cloud storage
- Camera: 8.7 megapixels PureView, wide-angle Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, 1080p video, OIS, 1.2MP wide angle secondary camera
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, WiFi a/b/g/n, GPS, 4G LTE, HSPA+
- Battery: 2000 mAh, non-removable, , Wireless Charging through shell
- OS: Windows Phone 8
- Colors: White, Grey, Black
- Release: August 2013
- Price: P23,500 Philippine pesos / $540 USD
- Sleek design
- AMOLED display more vibrant on eyes
- Camera performs excellent on low light scenes
- Display is prone to scratches
- Limited color options
- Plastic back doesn’t feel solid
Before the Lumia 920 will get its first birthday party, Nokia has already refreshed their flagship series by announcing the Lumia 925 few months ago. A risky move it might be, due to the fact that the Lumia 1020 was announced after a small period only, the Finnish giant still pursued to bring the Lumia 925 into the market.
On this review, you will find out why the Nokia Lumia 925 is worth considering over the Lumia 920 and other smartphones.
Build quality and design (9/10)
In terms of design, Nokia furnished a brand new exterior for the Lumia 925. The side is surrounded by an anodized aluminum frame, while the back is polycarbonate. On front side, the Gorilla Glass bulges outward, making an all-glass front. All ports have been transferred on top, while the right side houses the same responsive metal buttons for camera, volume rocker and power lock.
Everything feels sleek. The Lumia 925 is slim, light, and slightly slippery. Yet it’s still a big step-up from the thick profile of the Lumia 920. Even though I don’t prefer the weight of the Lumia 925, it’s still an improvement that Nokia achieved. We will likely see more of the same things on their upcoming devices.
The model I received is white and it’s very prone to dirt, but luckily, this could be easily cleaned up. Other color variants are grey and black, all are matte. Sadly, no other color options are available.
The curved display is where I get worried most. After few weeks, I noticed several hairline-sized scratches. Unlike on the front of the Lumia 920 and 820, the one on the Lumia 925 doesn’t have protruding rubber for protection. So it’s a total messed when you always placed your phone inside your pocket with coins and other things.
The Lumia 925 feels premium on every time I picked it up and when it’s on the table. The combination of the metal frame and sleek design is well-made. I wish that Nokia will continue to produce metal-made products (remember the N8 and E7?).
The 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ WXGA AMOLED display of the Lumia 925 is a big step-up over LCD. The colors are great with blacks being blacker and every detail is more vibrant to stare at.
Pictures are also clear under sunlight. Thanks to the Nokia ClearBlack Display, I could always use the phone even I’m outside on a sunny day.
As always, the touchscreen is very responsive. Glove or fingernails touch inputs always works. But this is not so blissful all the time. There are occasional cases that the Lumia 925’s screen was accidentally unlocked right from your pocket. But it’s not a deal breaker after all because you can just turn off the sensitive touch feature from the setting.
Nokia improved the camera on the Lumia 925, but this change is not ground-breaking as for the Lumia 1020.
Yet, the improvements are very visible just by taking a lone still photo or video and then compare it to the shots made from the Lumia 920. Images were brighter and the color balance is more accurate. You can see some of the few shots below.
The max resolution for video is 1080p or full HD with up to 30fps rate. Nokia included the Rich Recording feature so you could always get the best audio on your videos. There is also an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) similar to Lumia 920 and 1020, so you could always take sharp and blurry-free videos, including still images, in any condition.
Performance: battery life, speed (8/10)
Everything is fluid and snappy when using the device. The 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip could handle games and HD videos smoothly. The 1GB amount of RAM is also enough to cater all demanding tasks including heavy action games.
Battery wise, the Lumia 925 didn’t bring any extra goodies in this area. It’s still powered by the same 2000mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery from Lumia 920. Official rating is up to 9 hours of video playback. In my test with medium brightness, you could get an up to 8 hours max. This will depend though on the type of connection you are connected with: 3G, 4G or WiFi.
The renovations of the exterior on the Lumia 925 resulted to the removal of the built-in wireless feature. Thus, you will need an accessory or charging shell if you want to charge your Lumia 925 wirelessly.
I haven’t tested the 4G LTE because of the lack of LTE-ready prepaid SIM cards that are available in the market. The coverage is also limited to few spots in metro. So I will pass this one for now and will just update you once I purchased a LTE SIM.
Completing the set of connectivity features are NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, and FM radio, thanks to the WP8 Amber (GDR2) version.
Software: Windows Phone 8 GDR2 Amber (7/10)
The WP8 Amber (GDR2) brought several new features including hardware activations: FM Radio, double tap-to-wake, flip-screen-to-silent, Nokia Glance, and Lumia profile.
On application side, the new addition that was launched together with the smartphone is the Nokia Smart Camera. This brings features like Perfect Shot, Action Shot, and Best Shot in one package.
Everything else, experience is close to all Lumia running on Windows Phone 8.
To sum up, the Nokia Lumia 925 is a well-designed smartphone packing the latest Windows Phone 8 iteration from Microsoft and Nokia. The smartphone did not only refresh the old design of the flagship series of Nokia, but also served as a bridge to bring the old and new features to the Lumia line-up via Amber (GDR2). I always hopeful that Nokia will give support to all WP8 Lumias until on the GDR3 or Windows Blue.
The biggest question for the end-users, however, is which to get, the Lumia 1020 with the latest 41MP PureView camera or this Lumia 925 with brand new outfit? My answer is, if you love taking pictures much and it’s already part of your life, then, go after for the Lumia 1020. But if you’re the balance person and prefer a premium design from a phone, the Nokia Lumia 925 is the answer. It’s definitely more affordable and already present in the market.