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Friday, May 24, 2013

Nokia Lumia 2014

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When Nokia delivered their Lumia 2014 flagship we were pleasantly surprised with the quality and possibilities of that device but there was still space where this company could bring improvements. With Nokia Lumia 925 they are trying and since it offers better software, display and overall design they managed to push the bar further.
Let’s break down the changes. The thick and heavy polycarbonate unibody is gone, with an exposed aluminum frame and polycarbonate back taking its place. The diet has shaved 36g and 2.2mm off the waistline of the Lumia 925.
Part of that is the new AMOLED screen, which is thinner than the LCD of the older phone. It has the same basic specs – a 4.5″ diagonal, WXGA resolution, Gorilla Glass 2, ClearBlack and Super sensitive touch. But we believe that AMOLED is a better match for Windows Phone – LCDs just don’t do the interface justice. AMOLEDs simply render colorful squares on a black background better.
General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz or 580/900/1700/1900/2100; HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps; LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 or 700/1700/2100; LTE Cat 3 100Mbps down, 50Mbps up
Form factor: Touchscreen bar
Dimensions: 129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm, 78 cc; 139 g
Display: 4.5″ 16M-color WXGA (768 x 1280 pixels) ClearBlack AMOLED capacitive touchscreen; Gorilla glass 2; Super sensitive touch
Chipset: 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM
OS: Windows Phone 8
Memory: 16/32 GB of built-in storage
Camera: 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss lens, OIS, face and smile detection; 1080p video recording at 30fps; 1.3MP front-facing camera with 720p video
Connectivity: dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, stereo Bluetooth 3.0, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, HERE Drive+ free worldwide navigation, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
Misc: Exclusive Smart Camera app, FM Radio, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor
The changes will make their way to older Lumia phones with the Amber update, but the Nokia Lumia 925 is leading the way.
Smart Camera is a Lens add-on for the stock camera app, though it can fully replace it. You can even set it as the default camera app to launch by long pressing the shutter key. So what is Smart Camera? It’s the result of the Scalado acquisition and offers features similar to HTC’s Zoe. We’ll review it in more detail later on in this article.
The camera itself is the same as what the Lumia 920 has, which is to say pretty good. It has a Carl Zeiss lens with f/2.0 aperture, an Optical Image Stabilization mechanism and a 1/3″ image sensor of 8.7MP resolution.
First impressions
There’s little doubt that the Lumia 925 is the best smartphone to come out of the Nokia R&D center yet. It may lack the refined seamless design of the Lumia 920, but its much slimmer waistline certainly has the high-end vibe, which is all too crucial for a product in this price range. The far lower weight also improves portability, making the latest Nokia flagship less of a burden than its predecessor.
If you have already fallen for the live tiles of the Microsoft platform, the Nokia Lumia 925 is certainly going to become the phone to get. In fact we can’t help but wonder why this wasn’t the flagship that Nokia released last Fall. All the technology was available back then (save maybe for the new 6-element lens) and a slim waistline would have enabled the Finns to compete with the very best on the market.
Now however, others have moved to quad-core Kraits, 13 megapixel cameras and 1080p screens – hardware that is yet to be supported by Windows Phone. The limitations of the Microsoft platform might prove costly for the Nokia Lumia 925, which while packing the best specs in its own camp, looks decidedly inferior compared to the latest crop of Android powerhouses.
Then again, improving on an already solid shooter might be enough to make the Nokia Lumia 925 relevant. Windows Phone 8 matures quickly and as its Store gets filled with more and more apps, it’s becoming a viable alternative to many users, who wouldn’t have even considered it back when the Lumia 920 was released. And if you are still sitting on a fence, then the best OIS-enabled camera on the market, coupled with a great AMOLED screen might be more than enough to nudge you in the direction of the latest Finnish flagship.
Nokia Lumia 925 Back

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