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Nokia Lumia 925 Review

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The Lumia 925 is an interesting but awkwardly device more so in Nokia’s own portfolio than when viewed in the context of the competition. It’s clearly high-end and represents something of an upgrade to the Lumia 920. As soon as it was available however, Nokia announced the Lumia 1020 which on paper seems to be a generational update to the Lumia 920. And now being a truer PureView device than the Lumia 925, the Lumia 1020 at least has a unique selling point that distinguishes it from the hordes of large-screened Android devices and the iPhone.

Beyond that, there still remains a bit of a question mark over WP.  The app ecosystem is growing as the devices gain wider acceptance. At the announcement of the Lumia 1320, 1520 and 2520, applications like Vine and Instagram were announced for the platform, although an application like Dropbox is still conspicuous in its absence. Certainly WP in late 2013 is easier to get to grips with than early 2012, and once anticipates that by 2014, it will be better still.

And therein lays the flaw with the Lumia 925. What is a superlative device from a hardware perspective feels like its being held back by the software. Nokia continues to innovate in the hardware space with additions like wireless charging and their PureView technology but at the sharp end of the game more is expected from the device, and I felt slightly short changed through my time with the device. I have used mid-range Lumia devices like the 820 and 720, and WP feels at home when expectations are lowered. The experience doesn’t change much when moving towards higher-end devices, and as a user, I would be inclined to look elsewhere to spend my money.

Lured by yet more hardware mastery from Nokia, the Lumia 925 was a device that I wanted to love but ultimately always felt like it was a step behind which is a real pity.

Rating 8/10

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By , Columnist, Johannesburg office

Published on Nov 7th, 2013 GMT +2

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