After months of seemingly endless and, let’s be honest, somewhat tiresome speculation, the Nokia Lumia 925 is finally here. And it’s, as expected, not spectacular. Elegant, sturdy and a welcome upgrade over last year’s 920, but still not a game-changing device. Definitely not enough to really put Windows Phone on the map and cause headaches in Cupertino or Mountain View.
But let’s refrain from handing out verdicts just yet and see what the Lumia 925 is all about. First off, its design is stupendous. Essentially, if there’s one reason I would ever recommend getting this and not, say, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is because it will make you look good.
Compared with the Lumia 920, Nokia’s latest spearhead is much slimmer, weighing in at 139 grams and measuring 8.5 mm thick (vs. 185 grams and 10.7 mm). The frame is made of aluminum, but in a somewhat unexpected twist the back is constructed out of polycarbonate (aka plastic).
That might be a little disappointing for some, but mind you, the Lumia 925 is still one of the sexiest handhelds around. Unfortunately, on the inside, you’ll very much struggle to notice any differences between the new guy, the 920 and 928.
The processor is the same old (and I do mean “old) dual-core Snapdragon S4 unit clocked at 1.5 GHz, there’s just 1 GB of RAM, while the on-board storage has even been downgraded from 920’s 32 gigs to 16.
The 4.5-inch screen is basically identical to the one on the Lumia 920 in terms of the resolution (1,280 x 768 pixels), but at least Nokia has decided to go the AMOLED road this time instead of the classic LCD, so that’s definitely a step in the right direction. But where Nokia has really made a considerable progress (aside from the design) is in the imaging department, though Lumia 925’s main snapper is still equipped with an 8.7 MP sensor.
Mediocre 8.7 MP sensor, one might even call it, but you have to know by now a camera’s performance is not all about the megapixel count. Instead, what could make this shooter great is the optical image stabilization, dual LED flash and, surprise, surprise, the adding of a sixth lens in addition to the five plastic ones on the 920, this time made of glass.
It remains to be seen how will that translate in real-life snapshot quality, but something tells me it’s going to be spectacular. For now, let’s focus on the remainder of the thing’s spec sheet, which includes a 2,000 mAh battery (the same size as on the Lumia 920, which is impressive given 925’s much thinner profile), 1.2 MP front cam, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 and optional LTE.
Set to be made available in the US as a T-Mobile exclusive during the summer, the Lumia 925 will most likely debut comercially in white, grey and black in Europe and Asia in June for a recommended retail price of €469 ($608) before taxes and subsidies. Sounds like a fairly lucrative price point, but still, doesn’t it feel a little like the 925 is more of the same for Nokia and Windows Phone?