Nokia is furthering its Windows Phone range with the announcement of the Lumia 925, a smartphone which takes some of its cues from the Lumia 920. We’ve had a short amount of time with the device to get a feel for what the Finish firm has done, taking a quick look at its features and the way it performs.
In terms of the smartphone’s physical appearance it definitely bears the hallmarks of a Lumia device but its edges are sharper and more pronounced than those seen on the Lumia 920. The body, made from polycarbonate-coated aluminium, feels a little slimmer than that on Nokia’s flagship and noticeably sleeker than the chunky form factor of the mid-range Lumia 820. The handset’s frame is also split between its edging and a large back panel that looks noticeably different to the smooth frame of the Lumia 920.
Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core chip (the same specs seen on many other WP8 handsets) the smartphone has more than enough processing capability to handle whatever its OS will throw at it. On the front of the device is a 4.5-inch Octa OLED PureMotion HD+ display with a 334ppi resolution that makes images clear and crisp and has an impressive level of brightness. The Lumia 925′s screen also has an interesting extra feature; it’s incredibly sensitive and can be used by scraping your fingernail over it or when wearing gloves.
There is little alteration to the basic Windows Phone 8 software, as is often the case with a platform that doesn’t allow the same degree of adaptation as Android. However, Nokia has included its Glance Screen, which shows some important information when the screen is locked and off. While WP8 can already show data on the lockscreen itself, the Lumia 925 is able to show a clock and low battery warning while the display is switched off. We found this very handy when you have the phone sitting on a desk next to you.
The Finnish firm has included its PureView camera technology with the Lumia 925. Couple this with an 8.7 megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss lens and the optical stabilisation seen on the Lumia 920 and you have what looks set to be an impressive vehicle for mobile photography.
Photos captured with the handset have an excellent level of depth and the touch focus is accurate and easy to use. Colour reproduction is also precise and images captured are bold without being overpowering.
We’ll be taking a closer look at the Nokia Lumia 925 in the near future and doing a full review of the handset at a later date. In the meantime, Nokia appears to have produced a Windows Phone device which pushes the Lumia design trends and brings some interesting extra features to the range that could prove useful in the long run.