Improving on an already excellent design takes tremendous skill and vision. Apple did it, and HTC did it. And Nokia on Tuesday joined that illustrious club with its new Lumia 925, a reimagined take on the company's popular 920. If you had your eye on Nokia's recently announced Lumia 928 for Verizon, you'll definitely want to hold off and consider the company's new Windows Phone 8 king.
Nokia's devices have always had a unique look, using bright primary colors to play up consumer personalities. This iteration refines that approach, takes a lot of the chunk off the 920 and adds even more premium materials to the equation. Whereas the 920 was made up entirely of polycarbonate, the 925 sports a metal frame that also acts as the device's antenna. It's not a new concept, but makes a world of different appearance-wise.
The device still sticks to its polycarbonate roots—keeping the material for the back cover—but the metal frame adds a touch of luxury and completely freshens up what has started to become a stale look for Nokia. You can only use the same heavy, thick polycarbonate-dominated design for so long. It's great to see Nokia stepping back and improving on what—at the time—was excellent design. Hopefully the 925's look will be the company's staple going forward.
The device's design isn't even the most notable aspect of the Lumia 925. Nokia has added what it says is the world's most advanced lens technology and imaging software, producing unprecedented low-light images. Thanks to improved PureView tech, the 8.7-megapixel camera and OIS promises to outshine even the HTC One, which we put through a number of different cameras tests.
Nokia has added a number of new shooting modes to take advantage of the improved lens technology, including Smart Camera, which allows users to capture ten images at once. Once captured, the images can then be edited with software such as Best Shot, Action Shot and Motion Focus. Further, Nokia announced that Hipstamatic's new Oggl app will be available on Lumia devices, so users can share through Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr.
"We're advancing experiences on the Nokia Lumia portfolio whether that means great new benefits for an existing Lumia owner, or bringing new showcase devices like the Nokia Lumia 925," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices.
Specs of the device include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (7GB free SkyDrive storage), 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768) PureMotion HD+ display, NFC, 1080p HD video at 30fps with OIS, 2000mAh battery and LTE support. It only weighs in at 139g, and is 129 x 70.6 x 8.5mm.
It may not be the fabled EOS phone we've heard rumored time and time again, but the 925 is still a showcase device. Nokia has not only improved on the design, but added better PureView technology for even better low-light shots. Right now, the device is planned for a jaunt on Vodafone in Europe and T-Mobile in the U.S., along with other territories around the globe in June.
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