Nokia Lumia 925 review

What is the Nokia Lumia 925?
To date, the top Nokia Lumia series phones have all used smooth and seamless polycarbonate bodies. The Nokia Lumia 925 is the first to introduce metal to the family. It’s a renegade.

In ditching the integrated wireless charging of the Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia has also produced a slimmer, more accessible phone. Yet it benefits from the same advanced camera features of that mobile.

Nokia Lumia 925 - Design
Internally, the core of the Nokia Lumia 925 is fairly similar to the Lumia 920, but externally it’s a completely different proposition. Rather than a chunky, heavy and colourful curvy block of glossy plastic, it is a non-unibody monochrome device.

This is all down to the phone’s anodised aluminium edge. A strip of metal runs around the Nokia Lumia 925’s sides, and there’s no attempt to hide the seam between these sides and the contoured polycarbonate (plastic) plate on the rear.

The two parts are intended to complement each other, and that’s why Nokia has opted for white, black and grey rear parts, rather than colourful ones. After having been lauded for the curvy polycarbonate bodies of phones like the Lumia 800, this new style is a risk. But it works.

In-hand comfort is great, thanks to the curves of the aluminium sides and that the Nokia Lumia 925 is a good deal less wide than top phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 mainly due to its mid-size 4.5-inch screen.

There are some hardware inflections that some won’t like, though. The camera lens housing is large, a bit too easy to obstruct with a hand, and it sticks out ever-so-slightly from the Nokia Lumia 925’s back. This is because of the mechanical image stabilisation components that have to fit in the phone is just 8.5mm thick, so too skinny to avoid this. The Lumia 920’s camera doesn’t poke out, but that phone is 2mm thicker a lot in mobile terms and 40g heavier.

The Nokia Lumia 925 is a departure from Lumia series norms in some respects, but other design elements remain. On the top edge of the phone is a microSIM slot accessed using a paperclip-like tool included in the box classic Lumia. There is also no memory card slot in the phone, just 16/32GB of internal memory (32GB exclusive to Vodafone), so the only sockets on show are the headphone jack and microUSB port which sit next to each other up top.

All other edges are left blissfully free of ports. It’s good for the look and feel of the Nokia Lumia 925. There’s just the Lumia-standard trio of buttons on the right edge volume, power and the Windows-mandated shutter button.

As only the edges of the Nokia Lumia 925 are made of metal, it doesn’t have quite the hard, cool impact of holding an HTC One. But it is one of the more attractive, recognisable phones of the year.

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