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CNET First Look
Nokia's metallic Lumia 925 gets the hands-on treatmentLuke Westaway gets his mitts on Nokia's newest Windows Phone device, which features a metal frame and an upgraded camera. But is that enough to go toe-to-toe with Samsung and pals?
Hello. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET, here with the Nokia Lumia 925. Now, this is Nokia's latest Windows Phone device. It's an update to the Lumia 920. It keeps that 4.5-inch screen, but this is an OLED display instead. And hopefully, that means you're gonna get some brighter, slightly more vivid colors. The phone is roughly the same size as the 920 as you can see here, even if it's a little bit slimmer. The main design difference, though, is the weight. This phone has a metal construction, which means it feels an awful lot lighter to hold. That's certainly a good thing 'cause it doesn't feel too cheap. Build quality on first impression feels quite high. You can see the metal around the edges of this phone, but the back itself is still plastic. All right. Let's move around to the back where you'll see the same 8.7 megapixel sensor who's residing on the Lumia 920. Nokia says, however, that it's improved the actual optics inside the camera, as well as the software, which hopefully will make some better pics. Helping out with those better pics is a new app called Nokia Smart Camera. Now, what this basically does is take ten photos in quick succession that you can then later edit in and add some crazy effects like this motion blur, or for example, adding multiple frames to one shot to create an action scene like this one. These kind of features are already present on the HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S4, but it's nice to see Nokia adding them in as well. Apart from that, to be honest, there's not a lot here that we haven't see before. The 925 is powered by the same 1.5 gigaHertz dual-core processor that powered the Lumia 920. It feels very slick and smooth to use. Of course, it's powered by Windows Phone 8. You also get some of Nokia's own brand apps on board like here, which is a mapping service. You get here Drive, which is turn-by-turn navigation, and Nokia Music which lets you stream playlists. So, all in all, this feels like a modest upgrade to the Lumia 920. It certainly seems like a neat little mobile, and I like how light it feels. But will it be enough to tempt shoppers away from the Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5? Let me know. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET, and this is the Nokia Lumia 925.