Nokia Lumia 925 review
A well-designed Windows Phone 8 handset, but not enough of an improvement over the 920, and battery life is poor
The Nokia Lumia 925 is a departure for the Finnish smartphone manufacturer. After a year or so spent forging a strong identity for its Lumia range, it's decided to move on from eye-catching colours and solid polycarbonate shells to something more understated.
Ostensibly, the Lumia 925 is Nokia’s new flagship handset – the follow-up to the Lumia 920 – but it couldn’t look more different. While its predecessor sported a high-quality, but chunky, all-plastic chassis with a high-gloss finish, the 925 has a silver metal frame, which curves gently around to meet the screen at the front, and a coloured plastic panel filling the gap at the rear.
On the positive front, this phone feels very comfortable to pick up and hold; it’s far from the bruiser its predecessor was. In fact, it weighs a highly pocket-friendly 139g and measures 8.5mm from front to rear. That doesn’t sound like a lot of difference, but it sits in your pocket far more comfortably than the bulky, 185g Lumia 920.
On the negative side, the fit and finish of that plastic rear panel isn’t particularly impressive, with uneven, unsightly gaps running around its full circumference. The gaps are large enough that it’s possible to prise one end of the panel out of its moorings with a fingernail, but it isn’t designed to be user removable, as we couldn’t get any further for fear of breaking something important.
As a result, you won’t be able to swap in a replacement battery yourself, and there’s no microSD slot for expanding the onboard storage. Nokia has also toned down the palette of colours available to purchasers of the Lumia 925. It’s only available in understated white, black and grey – no bright blue or hot pink this time – more’s the pity.
Lights, camera, action
The camera is the only other area that has seen an upgrade, although it’s a small change – the number of lens elements has increased from five to six. The resolution has remained the same at 8.7 megapixels, as has the aperture of f/2 and the phone retains the optical image stabilisation of its forebear.
In terms of image quality, the changes aren’t big either. The Lumia 925’s camera is still excellent. It produces the cleanest images we’ve seen from any smartphone, with lower grain and less noise than the superb HTC One. Its optical image stabiliser helps it to capture super-smooth 1080p video hand held, and generally, images are crisp and full of detail.
Again, though, there are issues. It has a serious problems with flare when the sun is just out of shot, reducing contrast noticeably, and its auto-white balance often gets things wrong, producing overly warm or cool images under mixed lighting. On balance, we prefer the HTC One’s snapper.
|Price ex VAT||£416|
|Price inc VAT||£499|
|Cheapest price on contract||Free|
|Contract monthly charge||£29.00|
|Contract period||24 months|
|Features & Design||5|
|Value for Money||4|
|Talk time, quoted||12hrs 48mins|
|Standby, quoted||18 days 8hrs|
|Dimensions||71 x 9 x 129mm (WDH)|
|Camera megapixel rating||8.7mp|
|Resolution||768 x 1280|
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