Nokia Lumia 925 Review – Photographers, Rejoice!

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

The Lumia 925 is the new flagship phone from Nokia in its Windows Phone range. Nokia Lumia 925 features several design changes to the body and comes with a host of updated software features. But it is caught in a case of awkward timing. Nokia’s last flagship phone, the Lumia 920, is only 6 months old. And the next big thing from Nokia, the rumored EOS phone, is set for a reveal on July 11. Let’s find out if the Lumia 925 has enough to differentiate itself as a completely new phone.

Display

Display

Display

The display of the new Lumia 925 measures 4.5 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 1280×768 pixels. The display is an upgrade from the Lumia 920 since it uses AMOLED technology now. Thanks to AMOLED, the blacks are infinitely deep, perfectly matching the color of the black bezels of the phone. There is a slight calibration problem with Nokia Lumia 925’s display – the whites have a slight yellowish tint. This can be rectified under the Display+Brightness option in the settings menu. The display has excellent sunlight legibility as well, Nokia really have done well on this front.

Design and Build

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia have given the Lumia 925 a fresh new design, one that makes the phone a lot lighter and more comfortable to hold in the hand as well. The waistline is down from the 920’s almost 12mm to an impressive 8.5mm. Weight also takes a hit, at just 139 grams now. The Nokia Lumia 925 phone feels great in the hand. It has a definite heft but that just reinforces the feeling of a great build. On the design front, the sides of the phone now have anodized aluminum, while the back is still polycarbonate plastic. We liked the design of the old Lumia 920, but the 925 looks even better thanks to the reduced thickness and aluminum treatment.

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

Performance

The Lumia 925 features a fairly standard Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There’s 16 gigabytes of internal storage and 1 gigabyte of RAM. Thanks to Microsoft’s tireless optimizations of Windows Phone, the fluidity of the interface is unmatched, and the same across nearly every Windows Phone. Some apps take a couple of seconds before opening but that’s about it.

Camera

Camera sample

Camera sample

Nokia are again making a huge fuss about the camera in this latest flagship Lumia device. The 925 has the same number of mega-pixels – 8.7, like its predecessors. But there’s now Carl Zeiss optics in the mix and a 6th camera lens as well, which is said to help in the sharpness of the photos. Nokia have also bundled their own camera-focused app called Smart Camera. Smart Camera lets you take a burst of photos and apply special effects on them. But we found the stock WP camera interface to be faster and more easier to use.

Nokia Smart Camera

Nokia Smart Camera

Nokia’s claims about the camera aren’t hollow, it performs wonderfully in nearly every situation. In bright scenarios, it took photos with slightly oversaturated colors, but we like the photos this way, it negates the use of photo-enhancing software. It’s really in the low-light scenarios that the camera shines, besting even the Ultra Pixel camera of the HTC One.

Software

Color

The Windows Phone experience is unchanged from other WP devices. But Nokia Lumia 925 has some new tricks up its sleeve, that are yet to be released for other WP devices. There’s a new feature called Glance, which lets users check the time on the phone without unlocking the device. The new upgrade also lets users unlock the user by just double-tapping the device’s screen.

NokiaGlance

Battery

The Nokia 925 has a 2000mAh battery that is non-removable. We would’ve liked a bigger battery, it could’ve been a strong selling point of the Nokia Lumia 925 device. Because even on this relatively feeble battery, the phone lasts easily for a day.

Verdict

Nokia Lumia 925

Nokia Lumia 925

The Nokia 925 is an acceptable increment over the old 920. It brings a host of design changes, an upgraded camera and some software tweaks that make the whole experience just that little bit better. Existing 920 owners will find little reason here to upgrade to Nokia Lumia 925, but new users looking for the absolute flagship WP experience should look no further. We should warn you though, the new EOS Nokia device has the tech journals all excited, so we suggest you to wait for Nokia’s announcement about that device.