The Lumia line of phones has been evolving little by little over the years and the Lumia 925 is Nokia’s flagship right now. Moving away from their unibody polycarbonate frame, you now get aluminium. It also packs a camera which Nokia love to boast about, integrating its Pureview technology and high quality Carl Zeiss glass.
Design & Hardware
Here I have the ‘black’ version of the device, however it isn’t actually black. The frame around it is more of a gun metal grey, but it looks fantastic. Nokia have got rid of the unibody polycarbonate design and have gone for an aluminium frame which goes around the edge of the device.
The feel of the aluminium is top notch – it oozes class and feels like a premium product. Unfortunately it’s short lived because once you get round to the back, it’s plastic. The plastic does offer good grip due to its matt-like texture, but it attracts a lot of fingerprints which are hard to remove. In some spots it doesn’t even sit flush against the aluminium frame which is a huge shame. But I’m just nitpicking here, most probably won’t even notice.
The front of the device is just beautiful. Like most smartphones nowadays, most of the front is covered in glass. The glass tapers at the edges to meet perfectly with the aluminium. Nokia have got it bang on here, it’s just sublime.
The bottom and left hand side of the device have no buttons or ports. The top has the sim tray, MicroUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The right side has the volume rocker, sleep/wake button and camera shutter button.
The camera shutter button is just awesome. It has a two stage click, so you can press half way to focus, then all the way down to take the picture. I don’t understand why other smartphone manufacturers don’t include this button, especially as smartphones cameras are beating compacts.
The device is pretty thin, though it’s not the thinnest as you can see compared to the iPhone 5. But because the back and sides are rounded, you’re given the feeling it’s thinner than it really is. Also if it were any thinner I’d be probably be worried of snapping it because of its size.
The Lumia 925 has a large 4.5-inch AMOLED display at a resolution of 1280×768. The resolution isn’t the best considering competitors now have full HD 1080p displays. But this isn’t Nokia’s fault, it’s because of Windows Phone, which limits the resolution. The only way we’ll see higher resolution displays is when we see an update to the Windows Phone OS.
Ignoring the resolution, the display is gorgeous. Colours are really deep compared to standard LCD displays like the one on the iPhone 5. It makes my iPhone 5 screen look washed out. Previous AMOLED displays have not been great on colour accuracy but Nokia have got the settings just right on this one, making colours super accurate.
With it being AMOLED the blacks are truly black, sometimes in the right lighting the screen can disappear into the glass which is very sleek. Its auto brightness functionality works very well and I didn’t have much trouble using it in bright day light.
Nokia love to boast about their PureView technology and Carl Zeiss lenses in their smartphones, and it’s no different with the Lumia 925. This device packs one of the best cameras available right now on a smartphone.
The shutter button on the device works a treat and is perfect for quickly taking pictures. The only problem I found was trying to take lots of pictures, it’s pretty slow. It does have a burst mode that allows you to take multiple pictures very quickly but it’s not the perfect solution. I missed a lot of opportunities because of the sluggishness.
The pictures were very sharp and the depth of field was very good for such a small camera. Colour accuracy isn’t the best but it’s adequate.
I’ve uploaded some sample pictures to Imgur so you can check them out in their high resolution glory.
The Lumia 925 is packing a large 2000mAh battery which from my experience was good enough to last a day with average use. Average use being over 20 texts a day, Twitter, Facebook, two email accounts, a little bit of web browsing, watching around 20 mins of video and around half an hour of calls.
It should be fine for most. But if you’re going to be watching videos and playing games a lot don’t expect it to get you through the whole day.
The Lumia is running Windows Phone OS, the underdog when it comes up against Android and iOS. Windows Phone is a beautiful OS, the animations, the usability and the design of the OS as a whole is gorgeous. I’d actually switch in a heartbeat to Windows Phone OS if it weren’t for one obvious let down – apps.
Windows Phone as a relatively new OS compared to Android and iOS, and because of that it’s pretty far behind in terms of apps and games. Apps I use the most like Instagram and Flipboard aren’t available. And with it having a small user base, developers will obviously prefer the eco systems which have more customers.
But then there are many people who don’t care much about apps and just want a device to work without any tinkering – Windows Phone is perfect for that.
The Nokia Lumia 925 is one of the most beautiful smartphones available right now. It may not be the most powerful but specs don’t matter as much anymore. The device has a very premium feel with the high quality aluminium frame and the glass covered front. The camera is very good and easily one of the best you can find on a smartphone right now. Windows Phone OS is a solid operating system, the only thing that lets it down are the apps. But if you’re a person who just wants a device to work out of the box without having to mess with anything, this is a very good option.