Nokia Lumia 925 Review – by @jesseoguns

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Nokia is known for great designs. They released a successor to the Nokia Lumia 920: Nokia Lumia 925. While the Nokia Lumia 925 is not hard to fall in love with due to its slim design and great looks, it lacks a few things that are present in its predecessors.

The Nokia Lumia 925 was released and made available in June 2013. I have been rocking mine for more than a month now. It is time I tell you the things I have fallen in love with and what makes the phone great with me.

Hardware Design

The Nokia Lumia 925 is a 4.5” Amoled Clear Black Display Smartphone. This is a departure from the LCD display present on the Nokia Lumia 920. It is very easy to fall in love with the Nokia Lumia 925 that I chose it over the Nokia Lumia 1020. Surprised? If looks are the primary determining factor when choosing a smartphone, the 925 wins the Lumia 1020 hands down. The camera bulge that adds an extra to the 1020 is one reason I picked the 925 over it. The display of the Lumia 925 is very visible while in direct sunlight, better than that of the Lumia 920.

The Nokia Lumia 925 uses a microSIM, with the SIM slot at the top on the left side of the USB port and the 3.5 mm jack port while facing the screen to you. The speakers aren’t in front but at the rear of the phone, so, when you are playing a video/music, the sound will boom out fine. The design is that which allows the sound to hit the surface the phone is resting on and then boom out well.

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The camera is at the rear with Carl Zeiss optics. It has optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash—which come in very handy when you are shooting pictures indoors or after sundown.

The volume rocker is to your right while using the phone. The power button is also to the right. There’s no button whatsoever on the left and no buttons or ports at the base of the phone too.

2I have had an iPhone 5 since the day it was released. I’m constantly looking for a supporting light source when I am shooting pictures indoors while using the iPhone 5. It is an entirely different case with the Nokia Lumia 925.

You don’t have to be a pro to shoot decent pictures with the Nokia Lumia 925. On the iPhone, you need some photo editing apps to be able to make a photo come out fine. If you’re at a cross road as to what phone to buy that delivers the best photography experience right now, you won’t be wrong with the Lumia 925—although the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a far superior camera smartphones.

Performance and Battery Life

The Nokia Lumia 925 sports a 2000mAh battery that isn’t user replaceable, and it really performs well in the battery life department. But, my iPhone 5 lasts longer than the 925—considering that I am using the 925 mostly with WiFi and my iPhone uses a combination of WiFi and mobile Internet data.

With its 1 GB of RAM and dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, the Lumia 925 is fluid and smooth, handling everything I throw onto it well without any crash or visible lag. Particularly, I am impressed with the speed of email reception/ and delivery; not to mention how fast files are attached and sent.

The phone heats up when you push it through extensive use on mobile internet and on 3G/H+. If you experience this hotness, it’s normal to the phone. I experienced this same hotness while using the Nokia Lumia 920. To remedy this, I am usually on WiFi or I peg the phone to EDGE when I am out and about for an extended period of time.

Imaging and Media

The similarities of the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 920 is much—they are both sporting an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with Nokia’s PureView Phase 2 technology; It brings image stabilization for photos and videos that allows for better and low light camera performance.

You can experiment with different lenses by installing third party camera from the Store. I am usually using Nokia Camera that I grabbed from the Windows Phone Store. There are a host of other apps that allow you to make use of the camera of the Lumia 925 and enjoy the enhancements built into the apps as they are making use of the camera.

Music Playback is pretty much the same with other Windows Phone. However on the Lumia 925 there’s radio—you do not need Internet to use the radio, but there’s need for your earphones to be plugged in and there’s no option for listening to radio on loudspeakers.

Like the Nokia Lumia 920, everyone—my friends and colleagues—always come to ask me for my phone whenever they want to shoot pictures of high quality even though they have iPhones and Samsung GALAXYs.

Software, Apps and Services

Most of the apps that were formerly not available for Windows Phone are now available: Vine, Instagram, Twitter for Windows Phone and a host of others. And the number of popular apps on the Windows Phone 8 platform keeps increasing.

A few days ago, Nokia introduced a refresh that is available to some Lumia devices—including the Nokia Lumia 925—the Lumia Black Update. This update made it possible for the Lumia 925 to be able to have some enhancements to its camera, makes the phone more fluid, a kind of notification for Nokia Windows Phone—Nokia Glance Screen 2.0,  Application folders, ability to easily close apps that are running at the background, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE Compatibility.

The Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility means that one can finally pear the fitbit one with a Lumia 925 or any other wearable gadget that uses LE Bluetooth technology. This is good news and a very welcome update. I am sure Fitbit and every other wearable gadget makers are taking note and making their devices compatible.

Other things that the Lumia Black update brought to the Lumia 925 are: App Folder, Nokia Glance Screen 2.0, Bluetooth LE, Nokia Refocus, Nokia Beamer, Nokia Story teller and Nokia Camera.

Conclusion

Should you pick a Nokia Lumia 925? If the 16 GB internal storage isn’t too small for you and if you won’t mind some of the apps that are yet to come on to Windows Phone, be my guest and cop a Lumia 925 for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

Jesse

Jesse

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