Nokia has done what we asked: appear a Windows Buzz handset in metal. Except it's not all metal. And it's actual agnate to the Nokia Lumia 920. And it's in the high-end bulk bracket... but does a beauteous camera accreditation the added cost?
Last year's Lumia 920 was a appropriate handset. It affiliated arresting looks to a superior awning and an even bigger camera. However, while it was acutely acceptable there was still some allowance for improvement, as accepting a flagship buzz abounding hoped for bigger specs, beneath weight and a added exceptional build.
Now the Finnish phone-smiths are aback with the Nokia Lumia 925. It's abandoned apparent a baby bulk addition in its name, and if you affected that meant that not abundant had changed, well, you'd be right.
While Nokia has able the Lumia 925 with a analogously ablaze camera and gone some way to acclamation the body of its flagship, it hasn't absolutely bigger the specs, abrogation the Nokia Lumia 925 in the analytical position of activity added like a tweaked handset than an all new one.
This acclimated to be a botheration if the handset was so expensive, but it's abundant added reasonable at ВЈ380 (around AU$674) now, authoritative it a abundant added adorable buy compared to the now discontinued Nokia Lumia 920, although the earlier archetypal can now be had for beneath ВЈ290 through some sellers.
With a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and just 1GB of RAM the Nokia Lumia 925 matches the Lumia 920 for application and trails some way abaft the brand of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Sony Xperia Z - both of which accept bifold the RAM and quad-core processors.
Arguably Nokia didn't charge to go all out, aback it doesn't accept a huge bulk of antagonism in the Windows Buzz amplitude - abandoned the HTC Windows Buzz 8X absolutely poses abundant of a threat. But it seems like a absent befalling to attempt on a akin arena acreage adjoin the added buzz world.
At aboriginal afterimage you ability about not recognise the Lumia 925 as a Nokia handset. It has the aforementioned acutely ellipsoidal appearance that the Nokia Lumia 920 has, but breadth that was all blithely coloured plastic, the Nokia Lumia 925 has a agleam aluminium bandage active about the sides. It gives it a exceptional bend that is hardly defective from added Nokia handsets, and it looks acceptable for it.
Unfortunately Nokia hasn't gone the accomplished hog and fabricated a absolutely metal handset like the HTC One, and instead fabricated the aback from polycarbonate. It still looks appropriate and the adequately bourgeois colour options (black, white or silver) beggarly that it looks a lot classier and added developed up than the Nokia Lumia 920, but it doesn't appear abutting to the exceptional attending or feel of the HTC One.
Despite accumulation metal into its design, the Nokia Lumia 925 is in actuality lighter than the Nokia Lumia 920, advancing in at 139g (4.9oz) compared to the 185g (6.5oz) Lumia 920. The weight was one of our key advisedly with the Nokia Lumia 920, so it's acceptable to see that it's been addressed.
At a glassy 8.5mm (0.33 inches), the Nokia Lumia 925 is absolutely a bit thinner than its 10.7mm (0.42-inch) antecedent too, while the breadth and amplitude abide about identical at 129 x 70.6mm (5.08 x 2.78 inches).
It feels nice in the duke and it's about absolutely adequate to hold, admitting there are a brace of caveats to that. Firstly the position of the camera lens on the aback makes it actual simple to accidentally put your fingers over it, which is afflictive and could leave marks on the lens.
And secondly, the corners aren't actual curved, which agency they can dig into your duke if you authority the buzz in a assertive way. On the additional side, the polycarbonate aback feels bendable and balmy adjoin your palm, which is a abating sensation.
The foreground of the Nokia Lumia 925 is bedeviled by the 4.5 inch 768 x 1280 AMOLED screen. It's not absolutely bend to bend but it's not far off at the abandon - although there's abundance of artificial aloft and below, which seems a bagatelle unnecessary. It's a acceptable admeasurement too in our opinion, big abundant to use calmly after acceptable unwieldy.
At 332 pixels per inch it aswell has a appealing acceptable pixel density, admitting not one that will bother the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4. And in actuality it's absolutely the aforementioned admeasurement and resolution as the antecedent model, which is a little disappointing. However it does use the aforementioned absorbing PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack technology as the Nokia Lumia 920.
Above the awning there's Nokia's logo, the earpiece and the 1.3 MP front-facing camera, while beneath the awning there are three bendable blow buttons with icons for Start, Aback and Search.
Flip the Nokia Lumia 925 over and you'll acquisition addition Nokia logo formed beyond the average of the polycarbonate back, while aloft that there's an 8.7MP Carl Zeiss camera lens and flash, and abreast the basal of the handset there's a speaker.
The artificial about the lens is raised, abrogation the lens itself hardly indented. That gives it a little aegis if putting the buzz down, but it aswell makes the buzz beneath adequate to authority as your fingers will generally devious over the aloft area.
The larboard bend of the buzz consists of a bandage of metal with no absolute appearance on it, while the appropriate bend has the ability button in the middle, a aggregate rocker just aloft it and the camera button abreast the bottom. The buttons are all absolutely aloft and responsive, authoritative them simple to columnist and simple to acquisition by blow alone. They're aswell spaced out abundant that there's no abashing over which is which.
The top of the Nokia Lumia 925 houses the micro SIM agenda aperture at the left, the micro USB anchorage and 3.5mm headphone anchorage abreast the centre and the microphone to the right.
The basal bend is larboard unadorned, with just the metal bandage active forth it. You can't abolish the aback awning so there's no accepting to the Nokia Lumia 920-matching 2000mAh array and there's aswell no microSD agenda slot, so clashing some lower-end Nokia handsets (such as the Nokia Lumia 520), the accumulator isn't expandable. This leaves the Nokia Lumia 925 with just 16GB of memory, which is bisected what the Nokia Lumia 920 offers - although 32GB options are allegedly traveling to be available.
The Nokia Lumia 925 is slimmer and lighter than the Nokia Lumia 920. It aswell has a added exceptional body and a hardly bigger camera (more on that later) but with the aforementioned amount specs, beneath accumulator amplitude and a abundant college bulk tag it's got an acclivous attempt on its hands.