Nokia Lumia 925 review

Is this really Nokia's 'masterpiece'?

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The T-Mobile version of the Nokia Lumia 925 is very similar to the version released in the UK. In fact, the only real difference is that it's on T-Mobile's network in the U.S.

It's arguably a minor update to the Lumia 920, except with a much nicer build quality and more premium feel. The aluminum frame and polycarbonate back lends itself to that.

Nokia Lumia 925 review

The addition of the Lumia 925 to T-Mobile's lineup makes it one of two Windows Phone 8 handsets with the carrier -- the other being the Lumia 521. Except the Lumia 521 will actually support memory cards up to 64GB, while the 925 leaves you stuck with its 16GB on-board storage. It's strange that Nokia didn't include expandable storage in a device that is closer to a flagship model, and yet its low end models have that feature.

T-Mobile apps

There are the usually carrier apps packed into the Lumia 925. They include Name ID, T-Mobile TV and My Account. All things considered, this isn't as bad as some Android devices, which can sometimes have up to 16 branded carrier apps.

Name ID lets you know who's calling, whether the caller is in your address book or not. However, when the caller is not in your contacts, you'll only get the city, state and phone number of the caller. Android and the iPhone will do this on its own without a separate app. Name ID comes with a free 10-day trial, and it's $3.99 a month after that. It's up to you whether you think it's worth almost $50 a year to have this feature.

My Account is free, and it allows you to view your current account status. It shows you when your billing cycle ends, your usage and more. It even offers device support and other resources if you need them.

T-Mobile TV is exactly what it sounds like. You can watch live TV and select and featured TV shows. Interestingly, we were unable to watch TV over T-Mobile's LTE network. We kept receiving an error telling us that we were required to have network connectivity in order to watch TV.

However, once connected to Wi-Fi, we were able to watch a few shows. Surprisingly, quality was not as good as we would've expected it to be. Image quality isn't very bad, but it's not as sharp and clean as you would find on apps like Netflix or YouTube (once YouTube actually starts working again on Windows Phone 8).

You're initially given a 30-day trial with T-Mobile TV, and once that's over it's $9.99 a month if you want to continue.

As far as carrier apps go, we were pleased to see that T-Mobile didn't stuff this thing with dozens of apps we would never use. On-board memory is limited enough, and carrier bloatware can be annoying, so T-Mobile made the right choice here.

T-Mobile call quality and LTE service

T-Mobile's service can get quite spotty in San Francisco, and we're hoping that the carrier will remedy that soon. However, when it works, it works very well. In our offices in South San Francisco, with just one or two bars in our signal indicator, we were getting up to 20Mbps down and 11Mbps up.

Call quality was decent, but not particularly great. We could hear callers just fine in areas where signal was strong. Your results may vary, but we blame the fact that T-Mobile isn't strong in some parts of San Francisco. If your area gets good service from T-Mobile, the Lumia 925 will perform just fine in terms of calls.

Under John Legere's leadership, it seems that T-Mobile is very committed to making the customer experience better. Hence, the carrier's 4G LTE network will continue to expand and improve.

Verdict

If you're looking for a Windows Phone 8 device for T-Mobile, your choices are really limited to just two devices. And if device storage or memory isn't a huge factor to you, the Nokia Lumia 925 is an excellent choice.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
SAR Value0.81 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1700, LTE 1800, LTE 1900, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8.7 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time18.30 Hour
Product Model925
Screen Size11.4 cm (4.5")
Screen Resolution1280 x 768
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)139 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, EU RoHS, REACH, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density334 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.3 Megapixel
Height129 mm
Width70.6 mm
Depth8.5 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time440 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 925 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon S4
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer, Orientation Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberA00011575
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationLow-light photos never looked this good.

Award-winning PureView technology, Carl Zeiss optics and six physical lenses. The Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone lets you capture the great moments, day or night. And the beautifully crafted design will turn heads wherever you go.

Nokia Smart Camera. Unleash your creativity.

Spend less time planning the shot. Nokia Lumia 925 Smart Camera mode lets you take a burst of photos, and then go back later and choose the story you want to tell.

All the action in a single photo.

Capture more of the action than your eyes can see. The Action Shot feature in Nokia Smart Camera lets you snap once to get a sequence of movements in a single high-quality image.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 925 Smartphone
  • Micro USB Charger
  • Charging and Data Cable
  • Headset
  • Quick Guide
  • SIM Door Key
Limited Warranty2 Year