Welcome to the 2013 Nokia Lumia 925 review. The Lumia 925 running Windows Phone 8 at the start of 2013 was the former top end of  Nokia’s Windows phone line up designed to compete directly with Samsung S4 and the iPhone 5. Of course this is all history now since Microsoft bought the phone division off Nokia then Apple released the Less than impressive iPhone 5S and Nokia presumably released its last ever range topping smart phone the Lumia 1020 with the world’s best camera on a phone. The 925 is now available on various plans and outright purchase for around $500.

In terms of design the Lumia 925 is more conventional than other Nokia phone’s. It’s basically a alloy frame sandwiched between glass front and plastic rear. Unfortunately it is definitely not elegant or stylish compared to other Nokia’s but it is very well made. In fact we prefer the plastic or polymer case on other Nokia’s of late as it’s feels different yet quality and hard wearing that you don’t really need as case for protection. The glass touch panel is ‘Gorilla’ so scratched are hard to come by in normal usage.

In terms of hardware, the Lumia 925 is high end and one of the best specs for a Windows Phone 8 that you can get at the moment. Mind you like the iPhone it doesn’t need the latest quad core CPU to work smoothly. Unfortunately there are 2 keep features missing from a phone of this class, they are expandable memory and the ability to change batteries on the go. The 4.5 inch screen is a good size in late 2013 and the screen resolution and colors are  excellent. If you see the specifications below, the 925 will work with any network available so not point in being to geek like about it! The camera is also slightly better than any other smartphone to date except for the Lumia 1020 naturally…

In terms of software the Lumia 925 has all the key benefits and shortfalls that any Windows Phone 8 based phone. However Nokia have added their own touches that addresses any issues for example, free music streaming, downloadable GPS map data, decent internet browser and so forth. More 3rd party Apps will come in time. We still don’t like the requirement to have a a Outlook email address before the Calendar and other functions will work. Sure it is required for every Android and iPhone these days for very good reasons but we don’t like it.

If you don’t mind using Windows Phone 8 you’ll be very happy with the Lumia 925. It is a great smart phone all round and better than any other Windows phone at the time of this post anyway (November 2013) but can’t help thinking it should be a little cheaper, only because it is an all rounder and no key selling point – which may by the ultimate purpose of the phone?


  • Nokia Lumia 925
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM (all of them)
    Penta-band 3G (all of them)
    Penta-band 4G LTE (all of them)
    HSDPA Very fast – dependent on phone company
    HSUPA Very fast – dependent on phone company
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L129 x W70.6 x D8.5 mm
  • Weight 139 grams
  • Display/s
    4.5 inch External 1280 x 768
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
    1080p HD pixel main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    1.5 Ghz Dual-Core
  • Memory
    Up to 16 Gig on board
    No expandable memory
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint
    Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient Light
    Windows Mobile Store for Apps
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 2000mAh battery
    Up to 450 hours Standby
    Up to 18 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $500 AUS November 2013 (Outright)