Nokia Lumia 925 Review: Hands on

The Nokia Lumia 925 is the latest addition to the Finnish smartphone manufacturer’s Lumia line-up, with the firm describing the handset as a “new interpretation” of its flagship, the Lumia 920. Unveiled at an event in London last week the Lumia 925 launches just days after several investors criticised Nokia’s strategy during the company’s annual general meeting.

Editor’s note:  This is a guest post written by Sarah Hazelwood of Phones4u, the number one destination for all the latest smartphones.

Over the past few months the firm has lost a lot of ground to big competitors like Samsung, which is already achieving great success with its flagship of 2013; the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, the Lumia 925, which is being marketed as a high-end offering, looks to help turn things around, building on the success previously achieved by the Lumia 920. Stefan Pannenbecker, Nokia’s product design chief, said the Lumia 920 “was really about building the most innovative smartphone and putting a lot of features and functionality into it.” This time round Pannenbecker admitted that the firm had “left small things out in order to create a smaller product- for example wireless charging, which you can still have by adding on a cover.” As such it has created something “that’s a little bit more compact and a little bit more comfortable in the hand.”

Nokia Lumia 925’s key features:

Nokia Lumia 925 Back Camera

Nokia Lumia 925 Back Camera

  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8.7 megapixel camera
  • 4.5-inch octa OLED PureMotion HD+ display
  • Windows Phone 8 operating system
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • 139g
  • 8.5mm thick

The device is certainly an impressive proposition and while it comes packed with some impressive features, the most notable has to be the 8.7 megapixel sensor, which includes a helping of Nokia’s PureView technology, Carl Zeiss lens and optical image stabilisation, also previously seen on the Lumia 920.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Nokia Lumia 925 Front Edge

Nokia Lumia 925 Front Edge

According to market research firm IDC, shipments of Nokia smartphones fell from 11.9 million devices at the start of 2012 to 6.4 million units during the first three months of 2013. This signals a staggering 46% drop which caused the firm’s market share to fall to just 3% while the likes of Huawei, LG and ZTE all saw theirs grow. It’s the fierce competition in the smartphone arena that has put a great deal of pressure on Nokia in recent months, but the Lumia 925 marks a new phase where the phone maker can try and appeal to  potential consumers. Once again Nokia has demonstrated its loyalty to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, although many industry experts believe that this is one of the main reasons behind the company’s struggle to compete with the slew of high-end Android-laden contract phones currently dominating the market. Lacklustre figures aside Francisco Jeronimo, IDC’s research director for European mobile devices, said Nokia has already forecast a 30% growth for its Windows Phone toting Lumia devices during the second quarter of this year. The Lumia 925 could be just what the firm needs to achieve this goal. The new model is scheduled to go on sale in Europe and China next month, shortly followed by other markets. To see the Lumia 925 in all its glory before it hits the stores check out our video review below (Coming Soon)

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