Since the painful demise of its once world-conquering Symbian OS, Nokia has made a slow but steady recovery with its widely acclaimed Windows Phone-powered Lumia range of smartphones.
While it may not be quite out of the woods yet, the Finnish phone-maker has proven itself a worthy contender in the smartphone landscape by producing some of the best-designed handsets in recent memory.
The culmination of this mobile renaissance is Nokia’s latest flagship smartphone – the Lumia 925, which replaces the sturdy but still plastic polycarbonate shell of its predecessor for meticulously crafted, and inarguably more stylish, unibody aluminium construction that not just looks premium, it feels it too.
Admittedly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but as far as we’re concerned, the Lumia 925 is right up there among the smartest-looking smartphones currently out there.
Boasting impressively slim profile that measures just 8.5mm and weighs a very light 139 grams, the 925 feels incredibly comfortable in the hand and with smooth, curved edges, slips into a tight jeans pocket just as effortlessly.
At the front the handset sits a capacious 4.5 full PureMotion HD+ display with ClearBlack technology that produces incredibly sharp images and offered great viewing angles even while I watched a YouTube clips on it outdoors.
Flip it around and you’ll be greeted with an eight-megapixel rear-mounted camera, teamed with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash. Nokia’s also packed in its much-touted PureView imaging technology, which offers optical image stabilisation and records videos at 720p HD that’s on par with most high-end handsets in the market.
Keeping things ticking over is 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor that may not the fastest horse in the stable, but quick enough to handle all your day-to-day needs, and in my several days of regular use, ran a host of resource-hungry apps and games without any stutter or lag.
Of course, the Lumia 925 is also crammed with Nokia’s best apps and services, including Nokia Music, which offers unlimited streaming of music playlists for free and Nokia HERE Drive+ for turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation that doesn’t require an active internet connection.
Better yet, the 925 also comes with a free copy of the Microsoft Office suite, along with free cloud storage with SkyDrive, making it great for working on the move too.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of what the Lumia 925 can do. In the brief time I have spent using it, I have been thoroughly impressed by how great it feels, even after holding it for prolonged periods, and the buttery smoothness with which it performed just about every action and task.
It looks amazing too – with its sleek, aluminium design putting most plastic handsets to shame (I’m looking at you Galaxy S4).
Simply put, if you’re looking for a high-end smartphone that’s easy to use and feels great to hold and carry, look no further than the Nokia Lumia 925.
Stay tuned for our full review of the 925 very soon.