There has been much discussion about Nokia’s choice to move to Windows Phone was the best. The Nokia Lumia 925, I think it’s clear that Nokia regardless of the discussion clearly made the best of it. The Lumia 925 is clearly the added value you get. The camera is so often in Nokia mobiles headlined and especially when the app Smart Cam. You can select the app standardapp each time you press the camera button on the side of the phone. I would not choose it because the app has no movie mode, but there are several features in the app that still makes it fun and very easy to create effects.
An example that Nokia has made great efforts to further develop their phones is the new sleep mode ‘Nokia Glance. It makes itself felt when the screen is locked and displays the clock together with information on silent mode and charging when it is available. The function itself is not new to Nokia, but it’s the first time in a Nokia with Windows Phone, and it is part of the Nokia Lumia Amber update coming to more phones in Lumia family. Swedish users to be accessed by the update rolling from late August until the end of September.
The material of the Lumia 925 is apparently metal, at least on the edge, but it’s still plastic across the back. The edge will act as antenna and Lumia 925 has the support of 4G and offers just like other Nokia phones, free maps offline, and also included navigation with voice turn by turn instructions.
The camera and especially the function when it is a little low light conditions is of course something that I have really come to enjoy with this device so far, tough one thing that I have thought about is the lack of wireless charging and how it would affect me, so far it has not affected me as I would have thought. The thinner size and the fact that you can add on the wireless charging as an extra shell makes it really worth it to me.
At the rear we have the camera which Nokia has decided to make the centerpiece of the device. The loud speaker at the bottom rear of the device is really good so far. Thing is I have a Play 360 speakers also but got surprised that it has shipped with these good speakers, in fact I have thought a lot that you do not need the speakers when you have a device like this with you all the time.
I found readability in sunlight to be very good, and Nokia has included its usual high-sensitivity options to enable glove use for the less sunny days. A new Glance option is also enabled for the first time with Lumia 925 display. Like Symbian before it, Glance enables a clock on the standby screen. While this might seem like a cause for battery concern, the AMOLED display only lights up and uses the pixels for the white parts of the clock, which are very minimal. It will time out after 15 minutes, but it provides quickly glanceable information including battery charge state and silent mode. There’s also a night mode that you can set to trigger at a certain time that turns the text red so it doesn’t light up your bedroom.
Another factor that I have thought a lot about is the space on the device, the fact that it only has 16 GB of space how would it affect me? With Netflix and Spotify I feel that it is not a factor that I would have thought about initially, instead it really is perfect for storing your apps and pictures with you all the time on your device.
One thing that I have thought about is the camera ability, I thought that my 920 lagged a bit when taking pictures but that is not something that I have noticed with my 925. It is really a lot snappier then I would have initially excpeted it to be a lot of the time.
Nokia’s Lumia 925 includes a non-removable 2,000 mAh battery. It’s a reasonable capacity and you should expect the usual smartphone battery life. During my moderate usage in a set day I needed to charge at the end of it, usually around 8 PM. I was concerned about the Glance clock feature’s impact on battery life, but the timeout means it doesn’t seem to make any significant difference. So far I remove mine from the charger at 7 AM and re-attach it at 8 Pm.
It’s difficult to accurately measure battery life on Windows Phone devices, but using WP Bench — a popular benchmarking tool — the Lumia 925 achieved 2 hours and 59 minutes during a battery test that’s designed to drain it as quickly as possible using CPU cycles. I ran an identical test on a Lumia 920 and it achieved a time of 2 hours and 22 mins, so there’s some clear battery improvements with the 925, but not game-changing ones.
So far this is great device, which you can not go wrong with if you decide to get one, in fact it has quickly become one of my favorite devices. I have come to enjoy it a lot more then I did with my 920. If you decide to get one, let me know in the comment section on what you decided.