The Nokia Lumia 925 is the best Windows Phone smartphone currently available. But it cuts one too many corners in its attempt to address customer complaints about the 920's design to achieve full marks.
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Processor: 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
Display: 4.5in 768x1280 319ppi AMOLED Clearblack touchscreen
Storage: 16/32/64GB internal storage options, expandable via microSD
Camera: 8.7MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash, 1.3MP front camera
Connectivity: 4G, 3G and WiFi connectivity
Operating system: Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Nokia first tried to dominate the top-end smartphone market in 2012, releasing its impressive Lumia 920 smartphone. The device was designed to ignite interest in Windows Phone 8, boasting a host of custom applications and custom PureView camera. Yet despite these perks, interest in Windows Phone is yet to take off, with many still complaining about the operating system's lack of consumer features, such as its woefully short app offering.
Despite this the OS has seen some success in the enterprise space, with numerous analyst houses reporting Windows Phone's market share had overtaken BlackBerry's earlier this year.
Finnish phone maker Nokia continued to hedge its bets with Microsoft, releasing a slew of new Lumia smartphones designed to appeal to business buyers this year. Top of the pecking order in Nokia's 2013 Windows Phone army is its new Lumia 925. Yet, with Samsung now also eyeing up the enterprise space, loading its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone with its new Knox security service, it's clear the 925 is going to have a hard fight ahead of it, if it hopes to continue Nokia's invasion of the enterprise market.
Design and build
One of the biggest niggles for most buyers was the 920's hefty 185g weight. Aware of this, Nokia has carried out a design overhaul for the 925, making it thinner and lighter than its predecessor, measuring in at 129x71x8.5mm and weighing 139g. The 925 also looks very different to older Lumia flagships. It is the first ever Nokia phone to use metal in its chassis and it features an aluminium lining around its edges and clipped-in polycarbonate back.
In general the move to metal is a positive one and it makes the 925 feel slightly more high end than its unibody, polycarbonate siblings. However to our surprise, build quality-wise we did notice a few issues with the 925's backplate. The plate has a fair amount of give and doesn't feel all too sturdy. On one occasion when we accidentally dropped the phone it popped out of the chassis, which it's not designed to do - although this was a drop onto a hardwood floor and the phone did otherwise survive it mark and chip free.
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