Nokia Lumia 925 Hands-On: Sweet Design, Smart Camera

LONDON — Nokia has unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Lumia 925, which marks a design departure from previous Lumia devices. The new smartphone has moved away from a polycarbonate unibody design, opting instead for an aluminum frame with a plastic back. The first thing we noticed when we grabbed the Lumia 925 was its size and weight. The new phone is 139 grams and 8.5mm thick, compared to the 10.7mm-thick Lumia 920 that weighed 46 grams.

Thanks to the aluminum body, the phone also feels like a more premium device. The texture of the aluminum was better than the Lumia 920’s smooth plastic. These design improvements don’t come without a cost, however. Some of the bulk was cut out by ditching the wireless changing functionality. Users who want this feature back will need to get a detachable back, which are available in a wide range of colors.

Additionally, Nokia’s camera has gotten better with the Lumia 925, getting both a hardware upgrade and a software update called the Nokia Smart Camera app. This camera application features many of the same features as the Samsung Galaxy S4, including action shots, the ability to remove moving objects from a picture and “best shot,” which allows users to pick their favorite picture from a series of shots.

The Windows Phone 8 user interface was smooth as we navigated through the device, looking at pictures and trying different apps. But the specs are mostly the same as the Lumia 920, such as a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The real upgrade with the 925 is its design.

The Nokia Lumia 925 will be available in European markets in June but there’s not yet a release date for the U.S. We do know that it will be available exclusively through T-Mobile, although Nokia said users can expect more announcements regarding further distribution in the near future. The 925 will cost 469 euro, which is about $610, putting it in line with both Samsung and Apple’s flagship phones.

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