A lit­tle late

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

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

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