The Nokia Lumia 925 is a welcome variation on what has become a familiar theme in Nokia’s high-end Windows Phone (WP) portfolio of devices. Since the launch of the unique Meego-powered N9, Nokia has recycled the so called fabula design language on a number of Lumia devices, 800, 900, 920, 1020 and the upcoming 1520 and even the 2520 Windows 8.1 RT powered tablet. It’s a gorgeous design, in my opinion, one of the best in the industry but familiarity can breed contempt, so it was refreshing to see Nokia bring something new to the table. It is unclear whether the Lumia 925 is a once-in-a-lifetime sighting but it further reinforces the notion that Nokia are just darn good at this phone design business.
Under the hood, the Lumia 925 is standard high-end Windows Phone fare, with a dash of Nokia thrown in to the mix. It is in reality a slightly modified Lumia 920. The device sports a 4.5” 1280×720 AMOLED PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack full touch display. Under the hood is a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM and either 16 or 32 GB storage space (my unit was a 16 GB variant). Nokia could find no room (or need) for memory expansion. Other highlights are HSPA+, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support, a 2000 mAh battery and the PureView-branded 8.7 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS). On the software side, the device runs WP 8 GDR2 update with Nokia’s own Amber update that together brings improvements like, from Microsoft’s end, CardDav and CalDav support for Google Sync, FM Radio support, improved Data Sense, and Nokia’s side, glance screen, double-tap-screen-to-unlock and improved camera performance. There are also Nokia’s value-added software additions like the superlative Here Maps and Drive bundle.
All in all, it is clear that the Lumia 925 is a bit more than just a minor refresh of an existing flagship but it still begs the question of its necessity with the existence of the Lumia 920. Beyond the superficial is there really enough to differentiate the two devices or can the Lumia 925 really just be judged on its own merits?