A little late
The Windows Phone has come a long way since Microsoft’s clumsy response to the iPhone some years ago. The l atest range of devices from Nokia that sport Microsoft’s operating system are also slick and have solid ser vices, such as Nokia Music and t he Here location stuff. Their cameras are arguably second to none. The Lumia 920 was a fantastic package and the 925 improves on it with a better camera and slimmer features. We’re fans, but it’s hard to recommend this product – for reasons we’ll get to in a bit.
Let’s put the good stuff up front. The camera on the 925 is a clear improvement over the 920 and offers better lowlight photography in our testing. The software has also been beefed up with some professional features, such as being able to adjust ISO settings. This is definitely one of the best cameras on a phone currently available.
The 925 is also beautifully designed and nice to hold. The 4.5” display is crisp and clear and feels like a good size for a modern smartphone, although still a tad large for one-handed operation.
Nokia’s engineering prowess shines through in the 925 and, combined with its services, makes this a compel- ling package. Nokia Here, for example, competes very closely with Google Maps and has some fantastic features, such as being able to download maps for off line use when you’re travelling, saving big bucks on data.
The Windows Phone Marketplace has also come a long way with some great apps and games. There are still some conspicuous omissions, however, with Flipboard and Instagram being two leading examples. I also use Strava for tracking my running and it’s not officially available for Windows Phone. These are deal breakers for me, but probably less of a concern for f irst-time smartphone owners.
The one thing the 925 doesn’t have that was in the 920 is built-in support