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Nokia Lumia 925 review

Best camera phone on the market is let down by Windows Phone 8
Thu Jun 13 2013, 15:56

Product Nokia Lumia 925
Specifications 4.5in 768x1280 319ppi AMOLED Clearblack touchscreen, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal storage, 8MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash, 1.3MP front camera, 4G, 3G and WiFi connectivity, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, 2,000mAh battery, 129x70.6x8.5mm, 139g
Price £500 SIM-free

FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia's latest Lumia 925 flagship smartphone sees the firm making some drastic changes to its previously rather consistent Lumia lineup.

The firm likely hopes that these changes, which include a slimmer, toned-down design and a major focus on camera technology, will turn the company's and Windows Phone's fortunes around.

Despite being constructed predominantly from polycarbonate, the Lumia 925 is a departure from the bulky design of its Lumia 920 predecessor.

In terms of the handset's size, this change couldn't be more welcome. Unlike the Lumia 920, the Nokia Lumia 925 sits neatly in the palm of the hand, measuring 129x71x8.5mm and weighing 139g. Despite the handset's large screen size, the phone proved easy to operate with one hand. Our only gripe involves the two tiny plastic lumps at either side of the rear speaker grill, which can prove annoying if the phone is held awkwardly.

Nokia Lumia 925 is crafted from polycarbonate plastic and aluminum

We're not completely taken by the aesthetics, however. Instead of opting for a fully aluminium design like that found on the HTC One, Nokia has spliced the handset's chassis together with a mix of metal and plastic, which we don't think looks great. Although the polycarbonate backing makes the handset feel both tough and comfortable to hold, it also cheapens the aluminium edging of the handset so the Lumia 925 doesn't seem as high quality as it perhaps otherwise could.

Fans of previous Nokia Lumia handsets might not be excited about the colour options on offer. Instead of luminous yellows and vibrant pinks, Nokia has made the handset available in black, white and gray flavours only. We got our hands on the white model, which unfortunately proved to be a bit of a nightmare for picking up dust and dirt.

The design might not have won us over, but Nokia has more than made up for the plastic backing by including a 4.5in 768x1290 AMOLED Clearblack display.

The AMOLED screen technology ensures that everything looks crisp and vibrant. AMOLED works especially well on the Nokia Lumia 925, making the coloured Windows Phone 8 tiles pop out from the deep black background, aided by Nokia's Clearblack technology. This also makes the handset ideal for watching videos, with image quality easily matching that found on the HTC One and iPhone 5.

While it handles deep blacks well, predominantly white apps such as Spotify can appear to have a slight yellow hue on the Nokia Lumia 925.

Nokia's Lumia 925 has a 4.5in HD AMOLED Clearblack display

Not content with designing the Lumia 925 with AMOLED and Clearblack technologies, Nokia has also added Puremotion HD+, which the firm claims improves display legibility in sunlight. This technology does just that, and we found that it outperformed its rivals in bright outdoor light. The technology also enables users to operate the touchscreen while wearing gloves, and this worked without any flaws.

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