Hands-on with Nokia's Lumia 925

After endless rumours, much teasing, and what was beginning to seem like an endless wait, Nokia finally announced its new thin and light Windows Phone this morning at an event in London. The Lumia 925 is closely related to the Lumia 920, but is considerably thinner, a good deal lighter, and eschews the familiar polycarbonate-based design that debuted with the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, in favour of a slightly different design featuring an aluminium rim that the company says incorporates a "fabulous antenna."

I didn't have a chance to put that antenna to the test today, but I did have the opportunity to get my paws on the new handset - and my first impressions of the device were pretty favourable. 

Having used the Lumia 920 as my primary device since its launch late last year, the difference in both weight and profile between it and the 925 is staggering. While the 920 has attracted widespread criticism for its less than sleek dimensions - even Vodafone's representative at today's Nokia launch took the opportunity to criticize its weight - the 925 draws no such criticisms. 

It's heavier than an iPhone 5, but it's not a big deal since the 925 now feels like its weight and dimensions are on par with other handsets in its class. More importantly, it feels like a premium device. 

Three colour options are available: white, silver, and black. Whichever colour is chosen, the handset feels wonderful in the hand, with the ring of aluminium running around its edges, and matte, soft-touch plastic on the back. 

Colours burst from the 4.5" OLED with a vibrancy that's missing from the IPS LCD of the Lumia 920. New 'Lumia Colour Profile' settings have been introduced that easily adjust the warmth and depth of colours on the display, for those that aren't so enamoured with the saturated colours associated with OLED screens. 

The 925 doesn't include integrated wireless charging, unlike its closest siblings, but this feature can be introduced to the handset through optional wireless charging shells that attach and detach relatively easily to the back of the device.

These covers also bring some of the vibrant colours that the Lumia range has become famous for. The monochromatic colour range of the handsets themselves may seem rather sober compared with its brighter Lumia brethren, yet Nokia has achieved an undeniably classy look, between the white, silver and black options, and the stark contrast of the bright and vivacious colours on the handset's display. 

I'll be reviewing the Lumia 925 soon, but for now, it's left a very positive first impression with me. I can't help but feel, though, that this is the device that Nokia should have released as the Lumia 920.

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its prolly thinner cus it hasnt got wireless charging in it, dunno bout the NFC but maybe the OLED display adds to the cost. No NFC...

Connectivity: USB 2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM
based security, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and
Glonass, 3.5mm audio connector

read the tech specs before you jump to conclusion

http://press.nokia.com/wp-cont.../1-lumia-925_data-sheet.pdf

looks like a good upgrade. if you really want wireless charging simply leave the shell by the charging stand and slap it on when you need to. Not as idea but looks like if they had of included it in the phone it would be a bit thicker then youd be moaning about that to. Chill winston, looks good

jasondefaoite said,
no SD card slot and 16GB onboard RAM. What the hell is this, 2009?

Well, Nokia would be first to market with a phone with 16GB of RAM...

Unless you mean 16GB of storage, in which case that is a touch small, yes.

A 32 GB version exists but it's a timed exclusive for Vodafone in Europe. Also, Nokia couldn't fit a microSD slot while maintaining the 925's thinness. It simply wouldn't fit with a large battery and PureView camera.

If it has no NFC or at least, no wireless charging, is it still considered an upgrade to my Lumia 920? I only charge via wireless and can't see myself going back to have to plug-in every time when I am at my desk or in my bedroom. That is a deal-breaker for me

It supports wireless charging with a back cover (which has a hole for the camera and and an indented area for the speaker. It also has NFC support. It isn't being marketed or offered as an upgrade to current Lumia 920 owners. It's for people that didn't quite like the heaviness and thickness of the Lumia 920 and subscribed to a carrier that didn't carry it.

I agree that is a nice looking phone, my 2 year contract is due to end in a couple months so I will be taking a serious look at this phone

The wireless charging thing has always been a bit beyond me as to its appeal so I wouldn't miss that.

Is there really an advantage to resting it on a pad over just plugging in a micro-USB connector? I can't imagine what it would be, though I've never owned a device with it either.

Nope, no advantage (except "wireless"). It even loads slower without wires. (I've got a Lumia 920 with Charging Plate).
But on the Lumia 920 it's integrated and doesn't look like s**t as on the 925 with it's cover.

singularity87 said,
The wireless charging thing has always been a bit beyond me as to its appeal so I wouldn't miss that.

Is there really an advantage to resting it on a pad over just plugging in a micro-USB connector? I can't imagine what it would be, though I've never owned a device with it either.

Its simple convenience, each time you put it down its charging without any thought rather than having to think "oh I need to charge), then reach over for your cable and plug in. No its not a major hassle but once you get used to wireless charging you will see my point, very convenient.

I use a wireless charging pad daily as I am in and out of meetings many times a day and using a physical plug seems so clunky and old age now. I have also had several phones who's connectors eventually fail from constant use and then the phone is a brick. The charging time with the plate is very close to that with the plug and many people stop by my desk to ask what this plate is.

Any phone I get from now on needs this capability.

Imagine going to bed and have a wireless charging plate on your night stand. You can just rest your phone on it, in the dark and you know it is charged the next morning. Or having one at your desk (I have the standing one there) and just rest it on it. Charging time is not of an issue, since you're in the office at least 6 hours. So Yes, it is a big deal to those who already are spoiled by it with their 920 model

vhaakmat said,
Imagine going to bed and have a wireless charging plate on your night stand. You can just rest your phone on it, in the dark and you know it is charged the next morning. Or having one at your desk (I have the standing one there) and just rest it on it. Charging time is not of an issue, since you're in the office at least 6 hours. So Yes, it is a big deal to those who already are spoiled by it with their 920 model

Couldn't agree more. Love the wireless charging on my 920 after Nokia threw in a free charge plate. The missus' iPhone seems antiquated when we go to sleep and charge at the same time!!

After picking up mu old Lumia 800 a month after getting my 920 I feel that the 800 feels really fragile and... Well, dinky.

Add a couple mm and keep the qi and I'd upgrade from my 920 in a flash.

It's heavier than an iPhone 5

I think people should stop comparing phones to iPhones. iPhone is neither the best phone nor the best selling phone in the market(at this time). It lacks in features. I would personally prefer if it compared to S4 or One.
Another point? It is heavier because it has a larger screen so bigger glass = more weight.

Since when is the One the best selling phone? I mean, if we shouldn't compare phones to the iPhone based on your opinion that it's not the best, or the best selling phone, then why should we compare phones to the One then?

I'll give you the Galaxy, but the only two lines of phones that are printing money and that matter are the Galaxy phones and iPhones. One? No.

omgben said,
Since when is the One the best selling phone? I mean, if we shouldn't compare phones to the iPhone based on your opinion that it's not the best, or the best selling phone, then why should we compare phones to the One then?

I'll give you the Galaxy, but the only two lines of phones that are printing money and that matter are the Galaxy phones and iPhones. One? No.


I said nor meaning it has to be either best or best selling. One qualifies as best whereas S4 ticks both.

The reds just a cover for wireless charging (i`d imagine most colours are available), but i totally agree with you on the white. It looks superb

We are working hard!! A lot of big name apps have actually recently come across and there are some really great 3rd party ones which, in my opinion, actually get the job done better!

SK[ said,]Wish devs would develop more apps for WP. I really like the OS but with no apps its a deal breaker

What app don't you think you can find... maybe WP users can help you out?

Sorry I meant your average popular App that appears on iOS and Android. YouTube (Google version), Instagram, HSBC Fast Balance, Google Authenticator, WoW Armoury, Peggle, Bike Baron, Cat Physics, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, 4seven, Demand 5, Chrome, Waze, Pudding Monsters, Real Racing are a few.

With apps that are on Windows they come out a good amount of time after other platforms. Adoption rate is done in order of iOS > Android > WP.

Are there WP versions of these?:

Adobe flash
Adblock
Airdroid 2 (the one with phone location and remote camera)
Chrome browser (proper one with ability to sync all open tabs accross all device i'm logged in on)
Co-Pilot Live
Droidmote (server and client)
MK802III remote (for mini Android computer / media center)
Samsung remote (for TV)
Sugarsync (with auto backup of photos and video - for free)
Tunein Pro (the one with recording facility)

many thanks

20legend said,
Are there WP versions of these?:

Adobe flash
Adblock
Airdroid 2 (the one with phone location and remote camera)
Chrome browser (proper one with ability to sync all open tabs accross all device i'm logged in on)
Co-Pilot Live
Droidmote (server and client)
MK802III remote (for mini Android computer / media center)
Samsung remote (for TV)
Sugarsync (with auto backup of photos and video - for free)
Tunein Pro (the one with recording facility)

many thanks

Your best sticking with android I think, chrome will never be made for WP (google hates MS), all syncing is handled by skydrive with no config and I don't know if API's exist to allow 3rd party sync to take over. Droidmate (are you kidding, look at the name). MK802III (look at the description (for mini android computer) - no!

Your well entrenched into android my friend.

Adobe Flash (This is on it's way out, or have you missed that memo. Even Adobe isn't doing any more dev on Flash Mobile. Oh and it's a battery hog.)
Adblock (I suppose you need this on Android because Google can't help but spam the hell out of ads. Not the case on WP)

I was going to go through the rest, but be honest you don't really want to switch.

SK[ said,]Sorry I meant your average popular App that appears on iOS and Android. YouTube (Google version), Instagram, HSBC Fast Balance, Google Authenticator, WoW Armoury, Peggle, Bike Baron, Cat Physics, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, 4seven, Demand 5, Chrome, Waze, Pudding Monsters, Real Racing are a few.

With apps that are on Windows they come out a good amount of time after other platforms. Adoption rate is done in order of iOS > Android > WP.

Nokia authenticator works for pretty much all services, google will not release their own youtube app but the new MS app is brilliant, the new FB app is now on par with iOS and android, not sure about HSBC but I have a NatWest app that works really well, the catchup apps are missing (not sure if due to lack of interest or something stopping them).

BBC have announced an iPlayer app that should be on a par with Android. They said it's coming "soon" but that was a few months ago.

Too many websites still depend on Flash to bin it just yet - dead technology or otherwise.

Adblock because with Root it strips all the ads out of the free versions of apps.

If I could make the switch comfortably I'd love to give WP a fair spin of the wheel (and be able to have a Nokia once again)

mog0 said,
BBC have announced an iPlayer app that should be on a par with Android. They said it's coming "soon" but that was a few months ago.

Dear God - you better hope and pray that it's not on par with the Android version, which to be honest has been a real PITA with inferior quality streams, updates that break the app altogether and slow release on fixes.

Beeb should be ashamed of the ropey, inconsistent 'droid version

20legend said,

Dear God - you better hope and pray that it's not on par with the Android version, which to be honest has been a real PITA with inferior quality streams, updates that break the app altogether and slow release on fixes.

Beeb should be ashamed of the ropey, inconsistent 'droid version

Yes, I mean you need two applications to play iPlayer content. Annoying
As always the iOS variant is far superior.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Why did they remove the wireless charging?

Because that was one of the main reasons why the 920 was thick and heavy. The actual wireless charging hardware is basically some circuits and a big lump of circular copper wire almost 2 inches across, and about 1mm in thickness. Theres no possible way to make the 925 this thin/light and keep the wireless changing.