Nokia Lumia 925: Hands on with the flagship Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia 925: Hands on with the flagship Windows Phone

Summary: Nokia's Lumia 925 hero handset is due to go on sale from June - here's my take on how the new device stacks up to previous generations of Lumia and the rest of the smartphone market.

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  • Disappointingly, none of the variants include the option of a microSD slot to expand onboard storage, so the majority of the devices are limited to 16GB plus 7GB of free SkyDrive storage. This leaves it somewhat constrained in comparison to other devices.

    The location of the charging slot has moved from the bottom of the phone (where it is on the Lumia 920) to next to the headphone socket on the top of the chassis for the Lumia 925. Volume, power and dedicated camera shutter buttons remain on the side of the handset.

  • The camera hardware is also mostly the same as the Lumia 920 (although it uses a 6 lens Carl Zeiss arrangement rather than a 5 lens) meaning that it has an 8.7-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilisation and dual LED flash.

    Naturally, there's autofocus too and the ability to capture 1080p HD video at 30fps.

    There's also a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for video calling or still pictures.

  • Many of the upgrades to the camera come in the form of software tweaks, largely delivered under the umbrella of Nokia's new Smart Camera mode/app.

    Essentially, the app brings a host of new preset modes to the phone, such as Best Shot or Action Shot or the ability to remove moving objects.

    Best Shot allows you to choose from one of ten frames taken for every photograph so you can select your favourite, or the most in focus, of the bunch. Similarly, Action Shot uses the same ten-frame approach, but allows you to select or deselect how many you would like to show to create an 'action' effect; there's also a mode that allows you to blur the background, or removing any moving objects from a picture.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

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  • Too bad it's not on AT&T...

    If this were released on AT&T, it'd be my next phone. But it's not, so I guess it won't be.

    Hopefully, AT&T will get some new hardware before the end of the year too...
    newyorkcitymale
    • Agreed.

      Let's hope AT&T gets a new flagship this summer. I think I heard there is something in the works.
      MCTronix
      • .

        that basketball lady said stay tuned for more devices in the summer.... so I would expect so.
        danjames2012
    • don't sweat it...

      AT&T will probably be first to get the next true hero phone for WP8. The 925 is a 920 variant it gets a few bells and whistles but I have a feeling Nokia has something special in the works for the holiday season.
      Rob.sharp
    • Not really a problem

      It's really not much different from the 920, certainly not worth an upgrade if you have a 920 already. And if you prefer AT&T, 920 is an excellent choice instead of the 925.
      It's for all intents and purposes just another carrier-specific iteration of the 920.
      fawlty70
  • 16Gb... Sigh.

    A range topper with 16Gb memory as standard (32Gb special for Vodafone), shows Nokia/Microsoft just don't get it. A disappointingly average non-PureView camera too.

    On a range topper, 64Gb should be entry level. Esp. as flash memory, in manufacturing quantities, costs
    neil.postlethwaite
    • ye ok

      show me a better mobile camera phone other than the 808......
      danjames2012
      • Re: a better mobile camera

        No mobile phone camera is better than another in all aspects. One mobile phone compromises here, another compromises there. All mobile phones cannot be compared to a compact camera less than half the phone price. Their only benefit is being put in slimmer body.

        It all depends on what your priorities for the camera are. One thing I surely know Lumia cameras are not good at is white balance. And because you can shoot in RAW with these cameras, fixing it is not always possible.
        danbi
    • Agreed

      The 16GB storage makes no sense whatsoever.
      fawlty70
  • I hope the photo shown in the 925 screenshot isn't representative

    That's some truly terrible auto white balance at work. The faces are a particularly unpleasant purple even though they dominate the image (composition isn't bad). I've heard good things about the Nokia camera, but the photo shown is dreadful for a supposed flagship! The image of the screen is unsourced/uncredited; perhaps it's from Ben? Is this a real world example? If so...that's not exactly a good sign.
    UGottaBKidding
    • unfortunately

      The while balance of the Lumia cameras is noticeably worse than of other top smartphones. It can be partially fixed in software, but I suspect there is more to it. Why they at least don't do the software part is a mystery though.
      danbi
  • The Best thing is that its is on T-Mobile

    I'm sorry but ATT users crying that it's not there is not a reason to knock it. TMO users have Never gotten the Best of breed from Nokia PERIOD. ATT got the 900 they got the 920 but TM0? nope 800 and 810 which just were not the same as the 9xx series. so this whole question (from a USA perspective) about is it worth the upgrade is a Hell yes.
    Threv
  • Will tiles work without a data plan

    I don't have a data plan, it is so expensive in Australia here. Will those tiles still work without data access? It is quite annoying if tiles on the screen are blank or if they are showing out-dated information. Or can I completely turn off the stupid tiles?
    laman
    • Re: Will those tiles still work without data access?

      Those "live tiles" will continue flipping back and forth just fine, even when they're not showing anything.
      ldo17
  • Is this really even their "Hero" phone? I thought the 928 was the spring

    hero. But anyway neither is the real deal. The fall holidays ones will be the next leap. I just hope Nokia goes to the intel airmont chips when theyre ready in volume. That would be a true hero move.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Still waiting!

    I'm afraid that I certainly won't be trading down to the 925. Perhaps when Nokia put all my 808s features onto a windows phone 8 then I might think about it. I am wondering at this time whether HTC have had to stop supplying their "new" hd microphone on the "one" after they pinched the design from Nokia. 808 pureview is still the only phone that is capable of stereo recording in CD quality with no distortion.
    dorix
  • Design of Nokia 925

    Protruding camera - if Nokia cannot have it flush with the body they should not bother with a slimmer body which becomes more awkward to hold anyway. Instead they should provide a more powerful battery and incorporate an SD card slot. What is the point of having metal + plastic body?
    Cheetah43
  • Nokia 925: thickness and weight

    People's obsession with a smartphone's thickness and lightness is incomprehensible. More powerful battery, expandable storage, dust-proof and water-proof body shell from a single piece of material are the characteristics to demand.
    Cheetah43
  • Nokia 925 camera performance

    There are some notes [first impressions] on 925's camera performance at:
    http://connect.dpreview.com/post/5334552317/nokia-launches-lumia920-no-real-pureview?news
    Cheetah43
  • Missed the Lumia 928 huh?

    I guess that is okay, if you are in the UK. The 925 is the 928 with a new shell. The 928 just came out, exclusive on Verizon and it is exactly the same as this 925 except for the shell.

    Way to be out in front on things.
    AudeKhatru