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Lots of changes, but not much difference

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The Lumia 925 is better than the 920 in most, but not all ways. Nokia clearly made sacrifices for a slimmer design, but we think they're worth it.

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    8.6
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    8.0
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    8.3
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9.0
Engadget Jun 15, 2013

The Lumia 925 is better than the 920 in most, but not all ways. Nokia clearly made sacrifices for a slimmer design, but we think they're worth it.

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8.0
CNET Jul 19, 2013

Nokia's lovely Lumia 925 delivers a high-end Windows Phone experience, but camera snobs with deep pockets should hold out for AT&T's Lumia 1020.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 23, 2013

Overall, the Lumia 925 is the go-to choice for T-Mobile users who want to enjoy everything that Windows Phone and Nokia bring to the table.

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8.0
ZDNet Jul 30, 2013

The Lumia 925 is a slimmer and lighter handset than its 920 predecessor, with a neater and more ergonomic design. However, with the Lumia 1020 already announced and set to take the 925's place as Nokia's flagship Lumia handset, many may want to wait and see what the 1020 brings.

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7.0
PC Mag Sep 25, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 is a tricked-out Windows Phone with a nice camera, but it's decidedly midrange next to a range of powerful Android phones on AT&T.

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9.0
Wired UK Jun 17, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 is a step up from its predecessor the 920 with its thinner, lighter casing and its improved camera.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 19, 2013

Nokia's strengths shine through the Nokia Lumia 925. The new focus on design brings Nokia into the flagship fight, with a handset that's slim, strong and great to hold. It's competitive on the spec sheet and lands with more software enhancements than any other Windows Phone 8 device.

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8.0
CNET UK Jun 13, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 is essentially a slimmer, lighter Lumia 920 with a marginally improved camera. It's a brilliant all-round Lumia phone that's perfect for shutterbugs, but those of you wanting specs that challenge the Galaxy S4 or HTC One will be left wanting.

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8.0
SlashGear Jun 15, 2013

It’s clear from the off: the Nokia Lumia 925 is the best model in Nokia’s range, and the best Windows Phone 8 device today. The design may have lost some of the colorful whimsy of its Lumia 920 cousin, but it has gained even better build quality, premium hand-feel, and handsome looks.

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8.0
CNET AU Jul 25, 2013

The price is certainly right for the overall build quality of the phone. and people looking for a Windows Phone experience as opposed to an Android or iOS one should definitely put the Nokia Lumia 925 on their shortlist.

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Digital Versus Jul 4, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 is an excellent next step after the Lumia 920. It makes up for the 920's heavier weight and thicker body and the camera takes very satisfactory photos in good lighting. In low lighting, pictures come out even better than on the 920. Five stars.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jun 14, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 marks a slight change ... metal rather than sticking to series-staple polycarbonate. But otherwise it’s Lumia through and through, with a camera that offers unusually good low light performance, a phone that runs like a dream and bodywork that both looks and feels great.

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8.0
Gizmodo Australia Jun 14, 2013

If you’re not going to miss things like Chrome and Dropbox, then the Lumia 925 is absolutely one of the best things you can buy. Sleek, responsive, and with the best smartphone camera you can buy (on a real phone), there aren’t any real negatives.

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8.0
TechRadar Jun 17, 2013

Some call Windows Phone refreshing, but it does still come with limitations and lacks a certain fluidity that Nokia hasn't managed to fix with the Lumia 925. This is a good phone, sure, but as a flagship we need to have our socks blown off, and at last check they were still firmly on our feet.

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8.0
T3 Jun 25, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 is by far the best smartphone the brand has made yet, and of course that’s the conundrum one always faces when reviewing a Windows Phone 8 handset.

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8.0
The Verge Jun 13, 2013

Until the software catches up, the Lumia 925 is a great piece of hardware that's perfectly suited to a consumer who doesn't demand the latest and greatest hardware or applications.

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8.0
WPCentral Dec 30, 2013

While not perfect, all totaled, the Lumia 925 is a worthy option for those looking for a new Windows Phone or their next Windows Phone. I believe it will be hard for you to go wrong with the AT&T Nokia Lumia 925.

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8.0
phoneArena Jun 18, 2013

Sure, it's still not as feature-rich as some other platforms, but if we consider the needs of the majority of consumers out there, it's safe to say that the Nokia Lumia 925 has you covered.

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8.0
The Telegraph Jul 4, 2013

While overall, the Lumia 925 is a perfectly good device, it’s the Windows Phone 8 software that continues to be both its greatest strength and weakness – it looks lovely, but still lacks some of the apps that are essential to many users.

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8.0
What Hi-Fi Jun 20, 2013

For seasoned smartphone users, we still don't think it’s quite strong enough to take on the best that Android and Apple offer, but there are encouraging signs of improvement. For existing Windows Phone users and newcomers to smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 925 is a very attractive and capable option.

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7.0
Ubergizmo Sep 13, 2013

We still enjoyed our time with the Lumia 925 as it felt quick and responsive for the most part, its screen offered some really impressive visuals and some of the included software can easily compete with similar included software available on iOS and Android devices.

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8.0
HotHardware Dec 23, 2013

For the everyman, the Lumia 925 is likely to please, but power users and those entrenched in other ecosystems will likely find themselves wanting more from the Windows 8 Store.

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8.0
The Phoblographer Oct 30, 2013

Nokia’s Lumia 925 is an excellent phone. In fact, there really is nothing wrong with the phone as it is. However, we really wish that it were an Android based device and that Nokia Pro Cam was still just limited to Nokia devices.

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8.0
IntoMobile Oct 8, 2013

The device itself may not be up to snuff in the spec arena with new Android handsets in the same price range, but if you're looking for an affordable Windows Phone handset that offers up a solid camera experience and beautiful design, the Lumia 925 is a great option to look into.

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8.0
Huffington Post UK Aug 2, 2013

Overall the Lumia 925 is a great option if you want to move to Windows Phone, but it's not a straightforward choice. The Lumia 1020 has a better - if ridiculous - camera, for instance, while iOS has more polish and both it and Android have more Apps.

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7.0
The Inquirer Jun 13, 2013

While it boasts a market-leading camera, which managed to live up to Nokia's claims, as well as a great display and a much improved design, we're still not convinced that the Lumia 925 will manage to fight off its competition such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

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7.0
Digital Trends Sep 1, 2013

The metal band around the edge is a nice aesthetic touch, we're just not sure the material gains the Lumia the premium air Nokia is going for.

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7.0
PC Authority Sep 12, 2013

Overall, the Nokia Lumia 925 is a capable, high-end smartphone that’s enjoyable to use. It crams core components from the Lumia 920 into a slimmer, lighter body, and has an improved camera along with fun extra features.

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7.0
IT Pro Portal Jul 8, 2013

It’s a good phone, but until the new Nokia EOS gets officially announced I suspect many people with an eye on that particular handset will hold on to their money.

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7.0
ePHOTOzine Jul 16, 2013

Smaller, thinner and lighter than the previous version, with a stylish aluminium framed body, the Nokia Lumia 925 is a much more appealling camera than its predecessor, the rather large 920.

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10
Stuff Jun 18, 2013

Storage niggles aside and with the wireless charging cover as an option, the Lumia 925 takes its place as our new favourite Windows Phone 8 handset, nudging the Lumia 920 out of our Top Ten list of the best smartphones.

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Engadget May 14, 2013

The creeping problem we have with the Lumia 925 is that it's very much an iterative improvement over the Lumia 920: think the HTC One X+ or the iPhone 4S, but without any subsequent processor bump -- not that it needs it.

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Engadget May 21, 2013

In terms of hardware, it features the same 4.5-inch 1,280 x 768 AMOLED screen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage and 8.7-megapixel camera with OIS. This is definitely one of Nokia's most attractive designs yet.

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CNET May 14, 2013

With its new metal parts, the Nokia Lumia 925 is a sleek and attractive addition to the Windows Phone 8 range. Does it excite, though? No. It shares most of its key specs with the older Lumia 920 which doesn't really stack up well against the elite competition.

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Ars Technica May 14, 2013

While the shots appeared very neon-looking on the Lumia 928’s screen, once we got them to a computer the colors were not so off. The tone is more vivid that comparison shots taken with an iPhone 4S, and the dynamic range is significantly better by default.

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Laptop Magazine May 14, 2013

The Windows Phone 8 user interface was smooth as we navigated through the device, looking at pictures and trying different apps ... The real upgrades with the 925 is the design.

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Gizmodo May 14, 2013

If you take the Lumia 920, remove about 20 to 30 per cent of the weight, slap brushed metal sides on it and make it only marginally thicker than a svelte HTC One, you’ve just about got it.

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TechCrunch May 14, 2013

The 925 drops a full 46g compared to the earlier Lumia 920, weighing in at 139g vs the 920’s hefty 185g. The phone feels pleasingly light in the hand, helped by its slender profile: it’s just 8.5mm thick at its thickest point (vs 10.7mm for the 920).

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ZDNet May 15, 2013

The Lumia 925 is undeniably cut from the same cloth as the Lumia 920 and 820, which were launched towards the end of 2012, and that's no bad thing. But it has been on a diet and shed some weight along the way.

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Pocket-Lint May 14, 2013

Overall, from what we've seen so far, the Nokia Lumia 925 is a flagship phone that screams quality. It brings strong design to the fight, fused with Nokia's enhancements of Microsoft's mobile OS, giving you the best of Windows Phone.

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SlashGear May 14, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 bottom line is simple: it’s the best looking, best feeling Windows Phone 8 handset Nokia has given us to-date, and while it may not be PureView as the 808 outlined it, Nokia is aiming big with claims that it offers the best low-light performance of any smartphone on the market.

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Mashable May 14, 2013

Thanks to its aluminum exterior, the Lumia 925 is perhaps the most sophisticated looking of Nokia's current smartphones. It has a 4.5-inch OLED display and carries the company's PureView label, meaning the camera sports advanced imaging technology.

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PC Advisor May 14, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 phone itself is an unremarkable union of glass, plastic and metal, but much more discreet than the hitherto children’s-toy colour Lumia phones that have been haunting high-street shops’ less trafficked cupboards.

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PC World Australia May 15, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 may be an incremental upgrade to the Lumia 920 but it looks like a completely different device. It's thinner, lighter and better looking, despite keeping much of the same feature set.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 12, 2013

Focusing is generally fairly speedy, although this drops off over distance in low light, as the phone struggles to find a focal point. That's common to autofocus cameras across the board so to be expected here.

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TechRadar May 14, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 925 is a tricky beast to rate. Nokia tells us that this is a phone designed for the more technologically minded, the person that wants the latest and greatest handset from the brand. However it seems that person would be disappointed by the Lumia 925, with its average specs and...

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TrustedReviews May 14, 2013

This new Lumia might be called “what the Lumia 920 should have been”. Its body doesn’t stick out like the fat kid in the football team anymore, and it doesn’t trade off anything else in the deal.

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ExtremeTech May 14, 2013

Internally, the Lumia 925 has a dual-core Snapdragon SoC (probably the same Snapdragon S4 as the Lumia 920), 1GB of RAM, a 2000 mAh battery, and 32GB of flash storage. In short, this is the Lumia 920 in a new chassis.

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WPCentral May 14, 2013

For those of you who dismissing this as just another 920, we’d suggest you reconsider. The phone feels like a Lumia 720 (which we love) but it has the 920 guts inside, making it a very compelling device for those who want a thinner, lighter phone.

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Ubergizmo May 14, 2013

The new camera features work very well, but the competition remains stiff. Samsung, LG or HTC also have similar features, but they run on much more powerful hardware. To be fair, Windows Phone is impressively fluid, so the difference in hardware is not important.

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GSM Arena May 20, 2013

If you have already fallen for the live tiles of the Microsoft platform, the Nokia Lumia 925 is certainly going to become the phone to get. In fact we can't help but wonder why this wasn't the flagship that Nokia released last Fall.

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The Inquirer May 14, 2013

While we are fans of the operating system, we think Microsoft needs to contribute more to help flagship handsets, such as the Nokia Lumia 925, stand out from the crowd ... we can't help but think that the operating system is holding this handset back.

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Expert Reviews May 14, 2013

Although in some respects it's a sideways leap from the Lumia 920, rather than a forwards one, we could still easily call the Lumia 925 the best Windows Phone 8 device out there based on what we saw this morning.

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The Next Web May 14, 2013

The Lumia 925 feels much better in the hand than its predecessor, the Lumia 920, due to its slimmer profile and an overall reduction in weight. Contrary to prior speculation, the Lumia 925 is a combination of both plastic and metal materials.

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MSN UK Jun 17, 2013

Our initial impressions of the Nokia Lumia 925 is that it’s probably the best (at least slickest) Windows Phone yet. It packs some heavy camera tech, a superb build and a great looking display.

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V3 May 16, 2013

Microsoft needs to contribute more to help flagship handsets, such as the Nokia Lumia 925, to stand out from the crowd ... we can't help but think that the operating system is holding this handset back.

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PocketNow May 14, 2013

The 925 is an improvement over the 920 in terms of weight and depth (in fact, it’s an amazing 50 grams lighter than the 920).

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Stuff May 14, 2013

At first glance, the Lumia 925 is a dramatic improvement over the Lumia 920 – and Smart Camera is a powerful app. But it's not going to trouble the likes of the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z, with their top-tier build quality and 1080p displays.

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8.0
drycoff drycoff

I went from an old Blackberry Torch to the Lumia 925. So yeah, it's not really comparable. My wife has an iPhone, and frankly, some of the features on the 925 just blow the iPhone away. Of course, Microsoft store, while it has all the apps I need / want, doesn't compete with the Apple Store as...

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9.0
ojdurham ojdurham

The 925 is a great phone. It does have all of the ecosystem problems that everyone has heard about Windows Phones. No dropbox, no google services, no app support from pretty much any service from the last year or so. It takes established companies that have been out forever to expect to have...

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8.0
zaki67 zaki67

I was surprised when I had problems syncing the phone to my work exchange e mail ,I thought this would at least be simple since both are Microsoft!

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9.0
davidraywilson davidraywilson

The Nokia Lumia 925 has been a great phone for personal and business needs. Packed with many great features from Microsoft Outlook to the great imaging software from Nokia. I love this phone and everything it has to offer. I highly recommend it.

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fpartida fpartida

My job gives me my choice of phones. In my desk drawer you'll find an iPhone 5, Note 3, HTC One and a Galaxy S5. However in my pocket I carry with me the Nokia 925. I even had to shell out the money to buy it without a contract. That's how great this phone is. Camera, fell, screen size,...

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9.0
adityan adityan

The size, the OS, the ease of use, everything comes together in this amazing piece of hardware. Windows does truly close the gap between itself and Android/ Apple. Its a great phone for business users hooked to Windows platform.

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