Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nokia Lumia 925 Review

The latest Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone hits the global market. It’s unique design, spectacular camera, and snappy features make it an amazing phone. Nokia Lumia 925 Reviews by Top Tech Site are follows.

The Verge says that Nokia is leading the pack in Windows Phones.  Mr. Tom Warren goes into great depth on the new Nokia Lumia 925. First starting with comparisons with the previous Lumia models, then talking about the aluminum frame, while leading to camera features and everywhere in between. In Verge its scored 8.1 in their review. It also described that Nokia has mostly nailed the design with the Lumia 925, but Windows Phone is holding it back. Microsoft's mobile platform hasn't progressed a lot since its introduction in November, with basic features like a rotation lock and reliable notifications still missing. Nokia is trying to fill the gaps with software and services, but ultimately it's a very similar Windows Phone experience to any other device from Samsung or HTC. My main complaint about Windows Phone is this slow rate of progress. The Lumia 925 is the best Windows Phone you can buy right now, but compared to an iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 it's still lagging behind on the software front. I came to a similar conclusion with my Lumia 720 review just two months ago, Microsoft's mobile platform is still the big drawback to Nokia's Lumia devices.

CNET UK in their review that Lumina 925 swiping around the interface is extremely smooth and responsive and switching between open apps in the multitasking window is free of any delay. Mr. Andrew Hoyle looking very closely and the Windows Phone 8 OS, the screen resolution and 1.5GHz dual-core processor. In their conclusion is that Nokia has taken much of the key hardware from the Lumia 920 and wrapped it up inside a slimmer, lighter and arguably more luxurious body. The addition of the glass lens makes an already superb camera even better. Sure, the screen isn't Full HD and the dual-core processor won't impress Galaxy S4 owners, but you're unlikely to notice this in everyday use. The main drawback is still the lack of good new apps in the Windows Phone app store, but otherwise, the 925 is a brilliant phone. If you're after a truly brilliant camera though, you might want to hold onto your money just in case Nokia launches the much-rumoured Lumia EOS.

Engadget Mr. Mat Smith talking about its ceramic feel that “There’s an almost ceramic texture to the phone that improves the grip and also lends it more of a flagship feel”. He writes about the differences between Nokia’s more colourful Lumia smartphones, such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and the more subtle tones of the new Nokia Lumia 925. In their conclusion they said taht "Nokia has fixed several of the biggest complaints leveled at the Lumia 920. In fact, the Lumia 925 feels like a Windows Phone pitched at people who think they're going to buy an Android phone next. The colors and design are more understated; the hardware is thinner and lighter, and arguably just as impressive as the HTC One or the iPhone. Our complaints about the Windows Phone ecosystem still stand, and we don't see that changing much in the next six months. Despite that, Nokia has improved on the software to ensure that while the Lumia 925 stands out from the rest of the series at launch, all of its smartphones will benefit from notable improvements like the Glance screen and the Smart Camera app. It's good news for Lumia phone owners, but makes the 925 a trickier sell over the 920, which is now £150 cheaper off-contract in the UK. Not to mention, the extra storage and built-in contactless charging you're losing when you choose the 925 instead. Additionally, there's yet another shadow hanging over the 925: EOS. Nokia has unabashedly used its imaging pedigree as a major selling point, and we've constantly pointed towards the loss less zoom-capable 808 PureView camera sensor as what we want to see on its Windows Phones. The rumors suggest we're swiftly approaching its arrival and we'd recommend readers wait and see exactly what Nokia's got planned before putting down money for the Lumia 925".

All About Windows Phone Mr. Rafe Blandford his review says that another new software feature is Nokia Glance Screen, essentially that’s an always-on clock. Very useful when you get the phone out your pocket, you can immediately see the time.  Mr. Rafe also takes us on a whirlwind brief of all of the immediately obvious features and designs, which also includes an exclusive Nokia feature not available on any other Windows Phone 8 smartphone.  The Lumia 925 is also the first device to ship with Windows Phone GDR2 and the Lumia Amber software update, so it offers the first opportunity for us to assess the latest updates to the Windows Phone platform.

Trusted Reviews Mr. Andrew Williams in his review says that the reason to favor them over Google Maps is that they let you download whole countries, or continents to use offline. Roaming charges begone. He writes about how the Nokia Lumia 925 is much lighter than the Lumia 920, and that’s due to the lighter aluminium frame.

Neowin Mr. Andy int he view that the smooth aluminum frame of Lumina 925 is as good to touch as it is to look at, while the matte polycarbonate rear ensures a luxurious feel. The Lumia 925 doesn’t just look good; it feels good, it feels expensive, it feels like a handset that you want to show off. He brings to attention the AMOLED screen and the fact that it’s HD, providing beautiful colours, with crisp fonts and images. 

He also say that the cover is a perfect fit, easy to attach and (relatively) easy to remove - but it certainly adds some heft to the device. The covers are incredibly light though, so at least they don't add much weight. With the cover on, the handset still feels perfectly comfortable to hold and use normally, but it certainly takes away some of the elegance of its design. 

Gsmarena in their opinion all others have moved to quad-core Kraits, 13 megapixel cameras and 1080p screens - hardware that is yet to be supported by Windows Phone. The limitations of the Microsoft platform might prove costly for the Nokia Lumia 925, which while packing the best specs in its own camp, looks decidedly inferior compared to the latest crop of Android powerhouses.

Then again, improving on an already solid shooter might be enough to make the Nokia Lumia 925 relevant. Windows Phone 8 matures quickly and as its Store gets filled with more and more apps, it's becoming a viable alternative to many users, who wouldn't have even considered it back when the Lumia 920 was released. And if you are still sitting on a fence, then the best OIS-enabled camera on the market, coupled with a great AMOLED screen might be more than enough to nudge you in the direction of the latest Finnish flagship.

Nokia Lumia 925 at a glance:

  • General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz or 580/900/1700/1900/2100; HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps; LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 or 700/1700/2100; LTE Cat 3 100Mbps down, 50Mbps up
  • Form factor: Touchscreen bar
  • Dimensions: 129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm, 78 cc; 139 g
  • Display: 4.5" 16M-color WXGA (768 x 1280 pixels) ClearBlack AMOLED capacitive touchscreen; Gorilla glass 2; Super sensitive touch
  • Chipset: 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM
  • OS: Windows Phone 8
  • Memory: 16/32 GB of built-in storage
  • Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss lens, OIS, face and smile detection; 1080p video recording at 30fps; 1.3MP front-facing camera with 720p video
  • Connectivity: dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, stereo Bluetooth 3.0, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, HERE Drive+ free worldwide navigation, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
  • Misc: Exclusive Smart Camera app, FM Radio, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor

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