First impressions of the T-Mobile US Nokia Lumia 925 (Gallery)

First impressions of the T-Mobile US Nokia Lumia 925 (Gallery)

Summary: I made a trip to a local T-Mobile retail store and walked out with a $50 Nokia Lumia 925 yesterday. The hardware is fantastic and Windows Phone 8 looks to meet 98% of my needs.


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  • Dolby sound and flip to silence

  • Some advanced settings

  • Changing the default camera action

Topics: Mobility, HTC, Microsoft, Nokia, Reviews, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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  • iphone or windows phone next year?

    @palmsolo I'm looking to buy a windows phone for wifi use at home and looking for buy a iPhone next year. How long will windows phone 8 be supported- i saw next year around july is the support cutoff and when might windows phone 9 come out. my view is their is just too much apps and resources that i use in iOS and android that i might miss in windows phone as a primary phone, so that why i figured that it would be great to use over wifi. any suggestions. thanks.
    • There is no Windows Phone 9

      There is no Windows Phone 9. Someone is just stirring up misleading rumors for page views. Microsoft has recently announced that all Windows Phone 8 devices will be getting 3 years of updates and security fixes so you shouldn't be worried about that.
      Jeff Kibuule
      • People got confused

        By the fact that 8.0 will be ending supporting in July when it was originally announced. They also said all phones would get upgraded to 8.1, which is what will be supported going forward.
    • Windows Phone lifecycle

      Windows Phone support is expanded for 36 months.
      • Windows-ecosystem is too expensive and can't compete...

        ... with Android. This new Lumia smartphone is one more example of this. It's too expensive. Globally it won't sell well. People wanna buy cheap nice devices.
        Napoleon XIV
        • Uhh...

          ...there are plenty of low-cost, solidly-performing WP8 smartphones out there. Actually, those low-end WP8 smartphones probably outperform the low-end Android smartphones (speaking as someone who has owned 2 mid-to-high end Android devices for their time, 1 mid-range WP7 device for its time, and now 1 recently-released (Nokia 928), high-end WP8 device).
          • @CHIP72

            Stop showing people how stupid they are, you"re going to hurt their feelings. You big meany.
          • It's One Thing...

            It's one thing to be condescending. It's another thing to be wrong. It's really bad when you're both. How do low end Windows Phones outperform Android phones? The hardware isn't all that. In terms of performance they are about the same at the low end and if you're talking about the Lumia 928 vs Galaxy S4 they are roughly the same. No Windows Phone has produced cutting edge hardware like say, Apple who just put out a 64bit processor which smokes the competition and don't even get me started about apps.
    • WP9

      Why would you continue with WP8 OS instead of just upgrading to Wp9? They are ending support for the WP8 operating system, not the WP8 phones. The phones are upgradable for as long as the hardware is powerful enough to run it. And these WP8 phones have pretty good processors.
  • Still don't love the camera "bump"...

    I love the design of the 925... but the little camera protrusion is distracting to me. They should've done what HTC did with the One and bowed the back of the phone out a little so everything is flush. It just looks better that way in my opinion.

    Anyway, I'm on AT&T so probably won't buy one anyway. I'm hoping AT&T gives us a new 920 replacement this fall.
  • How is the Battery on the 925

    I love everything the 925 has to offer, I am even fine with the internal storage of 16GB (I used to manage with 8 GB before so 16GB is like a bonus).

    What I am worried about is the battery life, I really hope the phone can last on a single charge for a whole day of normal usage, calls, wifi/4G, etc.

    It would be great if you can give us a rundown on how the battery fares on this device against your HTC One...
    • 928 works all day no issues

      And it's the same battery, screen and CPU. The AMOLED makes a big difference. Using it in the sunlight a lot may shorten life, so keep that in mind. At work and at home by the recliner I have wireless chargers, which makes it really easy to keep charged. I never leave the office without a full charge at the end of the day. However this last Saturday I took my daughter and her friend to the beach and to Moody Gardens. Took about 70+ pictures of the kids, did photo editing, texting, browsing and GPS and still had over 50% at the end of the day driving back from Galveston.

      Why does this thing think everything I write looks like SPAM? Come on guys, just moderate the forums and delete the spam comments rather than calling it all spam...
  • Lazy

    Matt...if you are taking pictures of your kids basketball game, are you displaying this in a small screen? Otherwise, get a real camera...doesn't have to be super large or anything. The ability to zoom is extremely underrated. Don't have to be a camera guy to appreciate being able to see details.

    If you are doing video, get a digital camcorder. While I'm impressed with the improvement made in smartphone video capture, it still isn't the same quality...maybe the 1020 will be different. These devices can't zoom. If you are on the floor recording, you're missing depth. If you're in the stands, you lack the closeness without being able to zoom even a little. If you are trying to be beneficial, speaking as an athlete that had his dad tape games, be in he stands. Spacing is one if the most critical parts of team sports and you lose so much sitting floor/ground level. Games he did from ground level weren't worth watching while over a decade later I still popped in ones he did from the press box.
    • Great feedback, think I'll get a digital camcorder

      I have an older camcorder, but should really upgrade to a newer model. If I take that element out then I shouldn't have an issue with the 16GB and get better video. Thanks for the reality check :)
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Not a problem

        I recall watching your comparison video of the HTC One and Lumia 920. If it wasn't for that, I probably wouldn't have made such a comment :) As a high school soccer coach, here's my challenge for you- could you get out a stats book and accurately label where ALL shots and fouls were taken/committed on the court/field? If not, your view of the game isn't worth the time to look at the video for learning purposes.

        If you just want to show family and friends, a steady device that's keeping the action in frame is all that's really required...ground level or top of the bleachers/press box.
        • Basketball is much easier to see than soccer

          I would say I could accurately place the shots and actions for the basketball videos I captured. Soccer is a different story with such a wide and long field, but basketball lines and small courts are fine. We use the videos to remember the game and my daughter then likes to make highlight videos to share.

          I will likely pick up a camcorder for her senior season though since she also plays varsity soccer and there is no way in the world to capture anything of value with a phone camera during a soccer match.
          palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • Bought one yesterday as well.

    I finally said goodbye to my Dell Venue Pro (16GB) yesterday and bought two 925's (one for the wife) and off I went. This phone impresses the heck out of me.

    From the City View to Tethering I cannot find anything not to like about this phone. The 16GB I had on my DVP never even was threatened with golf swing videos and a ton of music, so I'm not sweating space. Great phone!
  • How is calls over wifi

    that's the big tmobile feature we want to hear about
    • WiFi calling

      Accidentally had that feature enabled yesterday and didn't notice any difference in call quality whatsoever. Again, the 925 is stoked and very impressive.
    • Are you asking about T=Mobiles wifi calling?

      Or how it works with the 925? I used wifi calling on a Galaxy S3 and my current HTC One. I had problems with the GS3. It was unreliable and I had issues with disabling it when it was enabled. I was disappointed with wifi calling. However on my HTC One it has worked great. A much better experience than the GS3. I'm not sure if the problem with the GS3 was the phone or the service at the time. But my experience with the HTC One was very positive.