Nokia which ventured late into the smartphone and touch screen game in 2011 with third OS- Windows Phone is growing slowly and steadily. Its Lumia range with the Windows Phone platform showed an increase of 5.8% sales in Q1, 2013 which is far less than the duopoly of Android and iOS devices. But Nokia is releasing newer and better devices based on latest WP8 platform, and its newest launch is the Lumia 925. It’s a flagship smartphone from Nokia, and hence we compare it with Nokia’s previous flagship Lumia 920-
Following the footsteps of HTC One, which got praise for its distinctive design of its aluminum unibody, the Lumia 925 has a metallic chassis. In comparison, Lumia 920 was a funky looking smartphone with its colored plastic body available in Red, Yellow, Black, etc. Though, Lumia 925 has metallic body, it’s surprisingly thinner with dimensions of 129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm and lighter at 139 g, in comparison to 130.3×70.8×10.70 mm dimensions and bulky weight of 185 g of Lumia 920.
Apart from that, both of them have similar buttons layout. At the front, the smartphones have three capacitive buttons for Back, Home and search at the bottom, while a front-facing camera and few sensors are at the top. The right side have volume rocker, power button and a dedicated camera key, and left side has slots for microSIM. The top of the devices have a headphone jack, and bottom houses a microUSB charging port. The back of the Lumia 925 and 920 is non-removable and features a rear camera and speaker grille.
Unlike Lumia 920 which is inherently capable of wireless charging, Lumia 925’s wireless charging is enabled by using swappable covers at the back which are available in vibrant colors like White, Red, Black and Yellow.
Both Lumia 925 and 920 sports a 4.5 inch screen with resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels (~334 ppi). The screen uses a PureMotion HD+ and ClearBlack display technology from Nokia giving it sharper and vivid colors, and good viewing angles. The screen is scratch proof due to use of Gorilla Glass 2 technology.
Even in terms of hardware, both of the devices are powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor accompanies by Adreno 225 graphics processor. It’s 1 GB RAM gives it superb performance for multitasking and gaming. It has inbuilt storage of 16/32 GB, but sadly no option to expand it. For connectivity, they offer 2G/ 3G/ 4G network support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC. It runs on 2000 mAh battery.
Apart from design, Camera is where we see the real difference between Lumia 925 and 920. Though, both of them have 8.7 MP rear camera, but Lumia 925 have more optimized software resulting in improved low light performance and noise reduction. The camera offers video recording capability of 1080p@30fps.
Instead of WP camera app, Nokia has packed a Smart Camera app in Lumia 925, having numerous useful features such as Burst Mode, Action Shot, Motion Focus, etc.
Nokia has also added some more apps like Oggl (an alternative to Instagram for sharing pictures), Cinemagraph (an alternative to Vine for creating short looping videos) and Photobeamer.
Both of the smartphones have a 1.3 MP secondary camera capable of shooting videos at 720p@30fps.
Both Lumia devices run on WP8 platform, though Lumia 925 runs on the latest version having support for FM Radio, Nokia Music streaming service, etc. They have the usual array of apps from Nokia like Here Maps, Nokia City Lens, etc.
Nokia has also announced that this latest software version to WP, called as Amber Firmware will be made available for all Lumia devices including Lumia 920 starting in July.
Lumia 925 can be seen as an upgrade to Lumia 920 from a design and camera perspective, which are one of the most crucial aspects of a smartphone nowadays. It will be available in markets from Q2 2013 costing 469 euros. Without doubt, Lumia 925 is the best Windows Phone ever thanks to its decent hardware and innovative features.
The article is written by Sanjay Kumar Negi. He is working at 91mobiles.com.