Nokia Lumia 925 Review

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So did you manage to guess which smartphone I used in this (https://timchew.net/2013/08/30/sneak-peak-new-smartphone-with-a-f2-0-camera/) post?

 

Well if you clicked on the link you would have discovered that it was the new Nokia Lumia 925.

 

I made a little video on the smartphone and you can watch it below.

 

 

Yes yes for once there are no pretty girls in the video so to make up for it here are some photos of girls that I took with the phone utilizing it’s F2.0 lens which is THE NUMBER ONE feature of the Lumia 925 for me.

 

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My partner in crime.

 

Popular travel personality Ee Fee

Popular travel personality Ee Fee

 

MHB blogger Kate Lee.

MHB blogger Kate Lee.

 

Happy?

Ok back to the Nokia Lumia 925.

 

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If you’re one of those like me with a (rather irritating) habit of taking pics of food that I think is interesting then uploading to social media then you’ll love how the camera can capture pics in low light AND upload it to your Skydrive so that you can access it seamlessly from you laptop/ PC. Also this is a great feature as I know many people who have moaned about how they lost a great deal of photos because their phone fell into the toilet bowl or swimming pool, or got stolen, or stopped functioning.

 

If you're into night time photography this is where the camera on the Nokia Lumia 925 shines too. Here's a pic of Maison Francaise in Kuala Lumpur.

If you’re into night time photography this is where the camera on the Nokia Lumia 925 shines too. Here’s a pic of Maison Francaise in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Well I live a very busy lifestyle and so I didn’t really have the luxury of time to try out the different “lens” that comes with the Nokia Lumia 925 but here’s a little video on what the phone’s camera can do.

 

 

Cool right? Well it will come in useful for you creative peeps with loads of time but for me the F2.0 aperture is more important. In fact I even used the Lumia 925’s camera to take all the photos in my review of Chulo Restaurant & Bar in Jaya One, Petaling Jaya – https://timchew.net/2013/09/07/casual-dining-chulo-restaurant-bar/

 

So we’ve established that the camera and it’s “lens” are pretty good, now what about the rest of the phone?

 

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The Nokia Lumia 925 is a slim phone and weighs in at only 139 grams and with it’s aluminium finish gives it a very premium look and feel. The phone has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB memory with a further 7GB in your Skydrive. Now I’m sure you must be thinking…aren’t other phones running on quad-core now?

 

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The reason why a quad-core is not needed is because the user interface (UI) is Windows Phone 8 which is not a heavy, resource-hungry UI and the processor in the Lumia 925 is more than adequate to run the apps and games without any noticeable lag. In fact I found the UI to be pretty slick and in some cases even faster than my quad-core GS3.

 

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150,000 apps and counting so you’ll be pretty spoilt for choice. After all do you really need 20 different apps for a flashlight?

 

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I quite liked the People app which displays the latest updates from your contacts from social media platforms such as Facebook, and Twitter, and even from Outlook, Hotmail, Google and LinkedIn!

 

Oh btw you can even pin contacts to the home screen. Your husband/ wife/ girlfriend/ boyfriend will never be more than a live tile away!

 

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This one is super useful for working adults who are constantly out of the office. Just save your Excel, PDF, Word, OneNote or Powerpoint files to your SkyDrive and you will be able to access (and even edit Word and Excel docs) them from your Lumia 925.

 

Sharing content with your friends is a breeze as the phone is equipped with NFC and Bluetooth.

 

If you’re concerned about security, the phone features user data encryption ensuring that unwanted parties cannot access your data.

 

In the event that you lost your device and you’re worried about people accessing your sensitive data there is the remote device locking via internet, Track and Protect via internet, and remote wipe of user data via Internet ensuring that those risqué photos of you prancing around in your underwear in the snow don’t end up in the wrong hands.

 

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Would it surprise you to know that Nokia’s Here Maps is supplied to automakers? Yes they have partnerships with BMW, Volkswagen and even Mercedes-Benz! It’s easy to use and doesn’t require any mobile data once you’ve downloaded the map of the country you are in. What’s pretty cool is that some buildings are even displayed in 3D like the Petronas Twin Towers! The roads even change colour according to traffic condition so you can adjust your route to avoid jams.

 

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Likewise the Here Drive+ is a navigation app with turn-by-turn voice guidance and doesn’t require mobile date. Just turn on your GPS, enter your destination and never lose your way again.

 

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Are there games for Windows Mobile? Yes of course there are and most are free to try although you might need to pay for the full versions (just like on other platforms).

 

If you’re a parent and you want your child to be entertained for a while you can pass them the Nokia Lumia 925 with the Kid’s Corner turned on. It allows them to access pre-selected apps while ensuring that they cannot access your important apps/ contacts without entering the password.

 

Another useful feature is the Glance Screen which displays the time and any other notifications (that you set to display) when the display is off saving you the effort to press the power button to light up the screen and power in the process.

 

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Tomcat says – this is one of the better and more stylish Windows Mobile devices currently in the market. If you’re one who uses your phone to take a lot of photos (like me) then you’ll love the camera which allows you to take some pretty good photos even in low light conditions. Sure the UI will take a while to get used to if you’re migrating from other platforms but it’s user-friendly and easy to use. If you’re already a Windows Mobile user then there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t get one of these babies.

 

The Nokia Lumia 925 has a recommended retail price of RM1,599.00

 

For more info head over to http://www.nokia.com/my-en/products/phone/lumia925/

 

 

 

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