Ever fancy a Lumia? Meet the Lumia 925, Nokia’s thinnest Lumia ever build.
Based on the world’s most innovative Lumia 920 smartphone that packs a punch of hardware such as NFC, wireless charging, and optical image stabilized PureView camera, & a touch screen works with gloves. However, as a result, the Nokia Lumia 920 was too bulky for some consumers.
With the Lumia 925, Nokia have graced the 920 with a significant weight loss in a vastly thinner and lighter aluminum body, an improved camera, and better software capabilities.
Fresh from the box, we have the usual user manual, 3 pin adapter plug, earphone, USB-MicroUSB cable, and finally the stealthy looking Lumia 925!
Hardware at a glance
• 8.7 MP PureView camera with dual LED flash
• 4.5 inch AMOLED display
• Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 processor, 1.5Ghz
• 12.8 hour talk time (3G)
• 440 hour music playback time
• Super sensitive touch screen that works with gloves
• Near Field Communication (NFC)
• Optional wireless charging snap-on cover
Featuring a unique metal band design that acts as the frame of the phone and at the same time provides great antenna reception. The dimensions are 127.5 x 70.5 x 8.5mm at just 139 grams.
Nokia is certainly known for their great reliable and durable hardware, as what you would expect. It’s pretty sold and well build. You can also hold the phone however you like without the ‘death-grip, antenna gate’ issue. Certainly, it is also not build out of plastic to look like metal.
The specification of the Lumia 925 is rather similar to that of the Lumia 920 however with the absent of build-in wireless charging. If that is a feature that you are looking out for, there is certainly a snap on wireless charging cover accessory available for purchase at S$39. Slightly over 1mm, it does not add much to the overall thickness. Covering just the 4 corners where it is most likely to be damaged when dropped, the phone still look and feel premium in hand.
Unlike the Lumia 920 with an IPS LCD display, the 925 features an AMOLED display instead. Nokia has opted for the AMOLED panel in order to slim down the device a little. IPS LCD features true, realistic colour reproduction while AMOLED are slightly oversaturated.
However that’s not all, Nokia have also included a Lumia Colour Profile feature that allows you to adjust the temperature and saturation according to your preference.
For current Lumia owners, you are certainly in for a treat as feature will also be coming in an upcoming update named ‘Amber’.
The display refreshes blazing fast that is said to be 2x faster without consuming extra power, labelled as ‘PureMotion HD+’. Swiping around the already fast and responsive Windows Phone user interface, this a nice addition to make the experience even better that’s often neglected by other manufactures.
The camera of Lumia 925 is pretty similar to that of the 920. Featuring a PureView 8.7MP camera, with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
What makes it different is with an additional lens element from ZEISS. The sixth physical lens reduces the softness faced in the former Lumia 920, capturing great moments even better, whether day or night.
Optical Image Stabilization available on the Lumia 920 and 925 is a hardware based stabilizer that is more effective than digital stabilizer used on the iPhone and Galaxy that simply crops out image or video that are shaking resulting in lower resolution quality. The entire lens element is freely suspended, compensating for the user’s hand movement. This creates a clear, and blur-free photo. It also takes excellent low light pictures with the aid of the OIS since the shutter can now be opened for a longer period of time. Making it the best smartphone camera for capturing nighttime shots.
You may check out more sample shots here: http://flickr.com/photos/99182046@N08
Coming out of the box, we have Windows Phone GDR2 (General Distribution Release 2) and Nokia’s Amber addition. So what’s new in each of these release?
GDR2 – Windows Phone OS update:
• IBN Notes Travelers and Sina Weibo (China only) account integration
• FM Radio support (Previously available on Windows Phone 7)
• DataSense support
• CalDAV an CardDav support (Gmail synchronization)
Nokia’s Amber update:
• Double tap to wake the screen
• Glance setting – (Lockscreen clock setting)
• Flip to silence a call
• New wallpapers (see: )
• Ability to adjust colour profile for your screen
One thing I really liked about the update is Nokia’s continual focus for perfection in its camera software. Coming in the Amber, Nokia have included a new app called ‘Nokia Smart Cam’. Smart Cam combines all the previous innovations of Nokia in camera software into one package.
• Remove moving objects (Remove unwanted people in your photo)
• Change face
• Motion focus (Blurs the background and create an emphasis focus on something)
• Action Shot
• Best shot
There were certainly complains in the Lumia 920’s camera software which does all the heavy lifting for the user, it takes perfect picture without tweaking the settings around. As a result, the a lack of options and customizations such as focus mode wasn't fitting the needs of the poweruser well. In the next couple of months Nokia will be releasing another application called ‘Nokia Pro Cam’ with all the settings that a power user demands. It was just recently announced along with the Lumia 1020.
There is also a new addition which is the DataSense previously exclusive to Verizon.
DataSense helps you to conserve mobile data by monitoring your phone’s data usage and saving some tasks until you have a WiFi connection again. It can also shut off the mobile data once you have reached your set allowance, preventing bill shocks from happening.
On top of that, Nokia have also packed in one of the most comprehensive mapping application to its line of Lumias. It is truly offline, covering over 190+ countries in 50+ languages and over 120 million addresses & 85 million place of interest.
In Singapore, there are also over 50 indoor maps such as shopping malls covered.
In summary, the Lumia 925 is designed from ground up to address the flaws of the 920. Opening up the Lumia product to an even broader audience. If you already have the Lumia 920, I do suggest waiting for the Lumia 1020 that’s launching in Q4 later in the year instead.
Is it the phone you should get if you are looking for something aside from Android and iOS? Certainly. It stands out from the crowd uniquely. Together with the Lumia 920, Nokia packs an amazing value from software down to the finest details in hardware along with great support. I don’t see that happening in other OEMs.
It will be available in Singapore today, 20th July 2013 from all operators as well as Nokia stores and Solution Partners. You can pick one up for a Recommended Retail Price of S$799, I suspect that you will be able to grab one as low as S$680. The wireless charging cover will also be available for S$39.
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