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Nokia Lumia 925
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Unboxing and first impressions of Nokia's latest flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 925

So everyone's excited about the Lumia 925, which has just been released by Nokia. Should you reside in the UK you'll be able to pick one up immediately from multiple sources, but if you're simply interested to see what all the fuss is about, we've got you covered. Hit past the break to see our initial hands-on action with the Lumia 925, as well as a few snaps.

The Windows Phone is a new take on the Lumia design with aluminium being utilised. The coating around the edges of the Lumia 925 is said to help with signal strength, which can never be a bad thing. Polycarbonate hasn't 100 percent left as the coloured panel on the rear is still the beloved material, which feels great to hold.

We were slightly skeptical at first, but it's clear Nokia has a superb third choice for consumers (the other two being the Lumia 920 and Lumia 928).

Here's a quick look at the new Windows Phone:

Available in black, silver and white, be sure to keep an eye on our feed for more pricing and availability in multiple markets. We'll take the Lumia 925 out for a fitting test drive and get a review up on the site shortly.  In the meantime, here are some more snaps of the high-end device:

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Oh i forgot.....first :D
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Forc3 says:

Lucky Rich! (Sounds like a game lol)

Rich Edmonds says:

Heh, only a review unit ;-)

Sharpmango says:

Got to admit that phone looks a lot sexier than those original leaks.. What does that go to show everyone?? Say it! Haha

TechyMexican says:

I really hate that yellow tint on the windows buttons when they are lit. I know that's being picky but it would be nice to have an option to turn the light off. 

Ticomfreak says:

Put it in battery saver...

TechyMexican says:

battery saver does not turn them off. Tried it on my 920

Ticomfreak says:

Yes it does, just tested it on my 920. Make sure to turn it on, then go to advanced and make sure it's always on.

TechyMexican says:

you are actually correct. sorry about that :P but sadly email won't come in automaticaly when it's on

B_Sack says:

1) Take a colored sharpie of your choosing.
2) Color over the buttons
3) ???
4) Profit

TechyMexican says:

profit? or just completely lower the value of it? 

nelson799 says:

Don't work b_sack. I got the reference. I loled.

adrian1338 says:

so thats what you too with sharpies - and i was curious what /b/ has with them

geoken says:

Doesn't battery saver shut down email, live tile updates, and pretty much everything usefull about the phone? I hate the yellow tint, but completely crippling the phone seems like a tough pill to swallow.

TechyMexican says:

yeah pretty much. Now that I know i can turn on battery saver. I guess a short term solution for me is to turn on battery saver when I am watching a movie.

R0bR says:

Battery saver only takes affect when your phone gets to a certain low percentage, until that point it operates normally.

willied says:

You can turn it on before then manually.

pranav rai says:

Agree. And they are too bright and shiny like a cheapo-chrome-imitation. Boy, I miss those subtle gray buttons on the 800 :/

absolutshame says:

What color is your 920? My cyan gives of an almost light bluish while my white 920 gives off that mildewed yellow look.

SomeGuy11 says:

Change the background theme to black will ya? I just don't get that white one.

Ticomfreak says:

Looks exactly like iOS 7 :P

murtagh360 says:

Yeah I really don't like the white background, nevermind the fact that it would drain your battery faster, it just isn't visually appealing.. to me anyway!

immyperez says:

I don't know...I like the white from time to time. When the sun's out and you have a theme that compliments it plus some customisation courtesy of skinery pro...LOOKS REALLY GOOD!

icyrock1 says:

Agreed. If it had an LCD instead of an OLED display then the wallpaper would make sense. 

Ticomfreak says:

So when do we get hipstamatic, GDR2, and Amber?

ryan.kruger says:

Seconded. Curious as to changes there.

carlosrdd says:

Patiently waiting....

RN50 says:

Looks amazing. My 920 looks like a right fat bitch compared to it. Maybe she needs to go on a diet?

Getting really tempted but must resist temptation for at least a few months.

cxily says:

Exactly the same for me! I will wait until November to change, I hope Nokia is going to make even some sexier and more powerful device :D

jainer123 says:

i know this may be a dumb question, but does anyone know the weather app being used with the great live tile on the front?
 

Dheep says:

+1
Wondering what app is that?

nunyazz says:

Looks like Weather Flow

B_Sack says:

Weather Flow. Also check out 'Amazing Weather HD'. It also has excellent live tiles.

Duduosf says:

I believe it's the Amazing Weather. I have that and it can look like that, too!!

This one is indeed Weather Flow, however I've seen several screenshots of the Lumia 925 on this site with Amazing Weather HD app.

danielgray says:

Sadly 32GB version cannot be bought unbranded. Fail..

bigkevbosky says:

He says "aw f*cking hell" at 5:36 under his breath. Heh.

Mark Longley says:

5:46 actually ;)

blackhawk556 says:

Why does he say that???

Rich Edmonds says:

Ah! You caught me. I could have sworn (pun intended) I removed that in the editing. I actually don't really swear at all, but kept getting that part wrong countless times!

m0scs says:

Ha Ha, I noticed that and was going to post a comment but you beat me to it!

cybermoose89 says:

Hope there's a release date soon for the extra software goodies!

aaa6112 says:

You just made me change the theme on my 920, Rich :)

Al_2 says:

On the Glance Screen, once it times out and the clock disappears, can you still double tap to wake it? Or do you have to use the power button?

Rich Edmonds says:

You have to power button it since it completely turns off the display to save battery.

poddie says:

If you have an oled display it shouldn't be too bad to leave it always on right?

sarim_xyz says:

That means, the Glance Screen also turns off after some time? What's the point then? I thought, we can glance at the screen anytime to see time or notifications.

edit: watched the video, it explains :P

Looks like it has the option in settings for always on. It will just drain your battery faster.

somubtech says:

Did it come with SmartCamera app? 
I am eagerly waiting for this one...

Rich Edmonds says:

Indeed! We'll have a more in-depth look ina  coming article :-)

ejlee072006 says:

Wait for the lumia eos...

Mooncow27 says:

That's my plan as well. Not sure if I should get it right away or wait until it is avail on a 2 year. In Canada our terms are usually 3 years.

simphf says:

Wait until December when the new CRTC rules kick in.

Tomanband says:

could you explore the changes in GDR2 and Amber please?

ersomo says:

May L920 looks old and obsolete now :)

The Kroth says:

Hate the design. Either all Aluminum or no Aluminum. Don't make half and half. Would've preferred all Aluminum. But Nokia wants to focus on multiple colors which is cool since not a lot of other manufacturers do that. 

I want a high end windows phone that pleases my eye and won't be out dated a month after I get it. Still waiting. Looks like I'll be waiting for a long time.

Residing says:

Really?  It's the mix of the materials, quality materials (aluminum and polycarbonate), that really makes this device appealling to me - especially the White one.  Nothing wrong with all aluminum (I have that with my N8), but this mix is stylish and very classy.
 
If I can get one without the T-Mobile branding, I will definitely pick this one up.
 
 

The Kroth says:

I would get an unlocked version of this device if I knew I could trust T-Mobile's coverage. I'd get it through Simple Mobile. But since I don't trust it leaving 5 feet away from a city city. Then I'm basically stuck with AT&T.

I decided to do a little more research on the different colors. The white actually looks really good. I'm not sure if Black is a color or not, but the pictures that show the black one looks really cool.

dazorange says:

Just a small correction. It is not "Would of". It is "Would've" which is a contraction of  "would have". I see a lot of people make that mistake and it just seems odd to me. 
But I do agree with you that I'm not really in love with the look of the phone. To be honest I still like the design of the 920 better than this. 

NIST says:

My DVP likes his chromed edge bigger cousin.

jcagga says:

My dvp still looks great. Looks better than this imo.

DennisvdG says:

Can't wait for the sleeping screen clock and double tap to awake on my 920 :)

dazorange says:

Love that feature. Especially on the AMOLED screens where the battery hit will be negligible. It will make it much easier to check the time during the night when I can just look at it without having to fumble to press the power button and blast myself with the brightness of the entire screen.

mrcraggle says:

Why didn't you cover the camera? Doesn't the 925 come with the new SmartCam and the ability to make it default?

CyclingNut says:

This was only an unboxing video. He clearly states a review is forthcoming soon.

mrcraggle says:

The video kind of made it sound like the only real changes were the design, HERE maps and Glance.

Rich Edmonds says:

As CyclingNut pointed out, this was just an unboxing video to really get you all excited ;-) Watch out for the full review for more info.

DMBFan5 says:

What weather app is that? And is it on 7.8?
 

Quite ugly compared to the 920 I think, but exciting nevertheless of course.

Residing says:

I actually think it looks better than the 920, and if I had to choose today, the Lumia 925 would be my choice.  The 920 looks nice, but that Lumia 925 is gorgeous!

poddie says:

I prefer the 920's looks. I think what bothers me on the 925 are the hump (which doesn't seem to get you THAT much better camera) and the black lines on the sides... Those really bug me for some reason.

jcagga says:

Actually the black 925 one looks the best.

RJ Priest says:

Such a loss for Canada that we do not appear to be getting the 925.  I was really hoping that this would be made available to all prospective Lumia customers in Canada as an apology for the sales-limiting exclusivity of the 920 to Rogers.
Nokia makes it difficult for us to shut up and give them our money.  The 7+ month wait continues.  Wish that we could buy unlocked directly from Nokia or the Microsoft Store.

tbkern466 says:

I see in the display settings there in Lumia Colour Profiles. What does this do?

poddie says:

Yeah, I want to see more of this too...

mprice86 says:

Will have to hit the shops this weekend to see if I can't try one out but nothing I've seen so far is putting me off. 

jlynnm350z says:

Didn't think I would want it because I love my 920, but who am I kidding, its a new device! Gimmie gimmie! I wantie!!

Bobert_123 says:

Damn, I can't believe Nokia actually went backwards in design with this device. The 920 was such an awesome looking device, it's a shame this is suppose to be it's "refresh"

dooooowa says:

Can you include a comparison in you review that shows the difference in battery life between the black and the white theme?
Right now I use a 920 and love the white theme, but I have a chance to get a 925. But my concern is that I can not use the white theme without sacrificing to much battery life. 

Dave Blake says:

Nice job on the un-boxing Rich. When you add a little personality a dry un-boxing video becomes fun.

fwaits says:

The 925 is cool and all, but man offer MOAR COLORS!

phil2415 says:

Given that Windows 8.1 (the PC/tablet OS, not the phone) will allow you to choose from an almost unlimited number of colours, I wouldn't be surprised to see this in the upcoming update to Windows Phone 8 too.

fwaits says:

No no, I mean body colors. =)

phil2415 says:

Ohhhhh!  The wireless charging covers are the best we're going to get for that!

procen says:

You have wireless charger that has mutiple colors. I already ordered even though I don't have the phone yet.

nikeswagboii says:

I wonder if I could trade my HTC 8X for a Lumia 925 on T-Mobile

redeyss says:

Yeah, you could, if you want like $65 dollars for the 8x!! That trade program is a total rip ya'll!

Edwin Checo says:

Now you guys can finally finish a Lumia 928 review and include comparison photos from the three cameras

phil2415 says:

I'll be unboxing mine in the morning. Do we all know where you live now? ;)

Cellus13 says:

Looks like they got the bezel right this time. Yes!

ivo_apo says:

Steps in the right direction Nokia. Much better design than the fat 920. Wish they went for 4.7 screen with same body to minimize bezel.

John Weldon says:

What is that weather app tile? I've gotta have it!

Shippin says:

I believe it is weatherflow
 

Bacchus1976 says:

This thing does not photograph well. Eager to handle one in person, might be worth swapping my 920 for so I can move to T-Mo. 

Lucas Lewis says:

What Weather app is this?

taekkwon says:

Being lighter than the 920 is good, but having usb conector on top and speakers on the back are bad design choices. I used to have a Omnia 7 and having to talk when on usb charge with conector on the top of the phone is ridiculous, and having the speakers on the back cuts off the sound when the phone is down or inside a pouch. Removing the built in wireless charging feature was also a downgrade from the 920.
Still think the Lumia 920 is a better option, specially now with some price cuts. I've made my choice, you decide what fits you better...

GERO ZERO says:

What is that weather app?

sectime says:

Please add separate volume controls for music and ringer. I just had the crap scared out of me with the ringer on 30 with my 928. Was listening to music loud  and forgot to turn it down. Oh and nice phone :)

Josh Harman says:

LOL same with me when connected with Bluetooth in my car. First time it happened, scared the crap out of me.

TheContact says:

Bluetooth profiles! Hate having to fiddle with the volume everytime I connect/disconnect from my car.

Tony Simmons says:

I must be lucky because mine was delivered on Tuesday morning! I prefer the design to the 920. The sound is a bit thin, the volume not quite as high as i would like. The Dolby stereo was not switched on resulting in a cancelled replacement after i realised that the right channel on the headphone jack wasn't broken after all. Oops. Apologies and a couple of phone calls later I still have replacement on the way. The phone is, overall, excellent with the only other gripe being that the phone rocks when placed on a hard flat surface and tapping the screen. I hadn't noticed the yellow back lights on the buttons, but i hope that i can ignore that.

funkyGeneral says:

Have MS officially done away with the requirement to have the USB centered on the bottom? I know Huawai hasn't followed it, but they probably play by their own rules. Sweet phone though, but I am still happy with my 920, and when I use my old 800, I still have some yearnings for it as well.

Musicman247 says:

When did they have that requirement? The Arrive, a WP7 device had the port on the side.

polychromenz says:

Doesn't matter if you go wireless, which is off to a slow start but had to be the future

willied says:

I really like the look of this phone.

Wow... Looks good!

clappenings says:

It's the Nokia Kate Middleton next to the Nokia Jessica Alba. Sleek & dignified versus Smooth & demure

uopjo6 says:

Still like the 920 more (yes been more than half a year!) as to being more distinctive and smooth. As a "aluminum device"  it is suppose to be significantly thinner than the 920 but from the looks of it, it is "slightly" thinner only which kind of makes the point of having it in aluminum obsolete. It does make it lighter though but I prefer the heft (just me..). 

I also think Nokia should be integrating wireless charging into ALL their upcoming devices for it to really take off......I really don't get the point of having it integrated into only 1 line of the products and calling it the "future of charging" but not integrate into the newer phones. Is this a sign of something? I know it's only a slight difference to wired but after using the wireless plate I can honestly say I can't go back! Maybe there wasn't enough space? 
Because adding a cover on the back for wireless charging is a BIG step backwards, because this has been done already few years ago with charging mats. The point of this technology is to INTEGRATE it seamlessly, and WAS the selling point......Or maybe they're saving the best for last who knows.

Good to see variations though :) I have a good feeling Nokia (and MS?) are on the rise. 

Rafig says:

I WENT TO TMOBILE AND THEY SAID , THEY WILL GIVE ME  $190 DOLLARS BACK FOR MY HTC X8 SO I COULD EXCHANGE IT FOR THE LUMIA 925 .

jleebiker says:

No builtin wireless charging. You have to get a separate case?
No Xenon flash. Yes, it has 6 lenses, but does that make up for not having the powerful flash?
Sorry, no envy for this device compared to my 928. 

Andresuxx says:

It looks awesome, I wish I could change it for my Lumia 800

Unrelated, I know. But when can we have a lumia 720 review? It has been with you guys for ages and yet all we have got is an unboxing report.

Faraz1010 says:

As soon as its gets the pureview tech and the latest GDR2 update :p

sarim_xyz says:

The HERE Maps with LiveSight is already available. Is there another update coming?

Agent-P says:

Upon looking at it in the video, the camera hump doesn't look nearly as pronounced as it does in the pictures we've been seeing. I'm definitely gonna check this out in store when it's available, but I'll stick with the 920 for now.

mohmia says:

Nice quick review Rich... looking forward to picture comparisons and more in-depth review. Really like the thinner and lighter profile of 925, but not ready to let go off my built in Qi wireless charging and 32 GB storage with my 920. Hope Nokia gets the EOS as light as this one (or close enough) with Qi and at least 32 GB standard... I'm so ready for EOS already(yeah, its only been 6 months since I got my 920 hehehe) . Let's go Nokia!

keypad7 says:

keypad77 for mobile & tablet.
keypad77 for laptop.
 

gets an amoled device, sets the theme to white.
LOL

Manny C says:

The curved glass on the 925 looks fantastic, can't get enough of it.
That's a beautiful start screen!

skshandilya says:

when you press with your finger on the polycarbonate, is there any creaking, I mean as though it is hollow inside?

justinl111 says:

Just received mine and cirrently updating it. Used a 920, prefer the 925 is lighter, easier to hold, better screen and thats just for starters.
The build quality is top notch with no creaking or movement and it feels extremely solid.

J Papi says:

I want I want I waaaaaaant

Nejcooo says:

920 might be heavier, but i personly prefer the design of 920 over 925.

vc-10 says:

Just got mine- it's far better in the flesh than in pictures! Love it already, although I'm not sure it'll last as well as my 800 has with that aluminium ring.

Janis91 says:

What about Data Sense? Is it finally availlable for everyone?

tj321 says:

Just got the white 925 yesterday - its seriouslly nice

Lenn Liggins says:

I'm loving this for T-Mobile.

RussellMb says:

Great. Can't wait for the review plus details on the Aber Update. The sad part is it's going to take months before we get a review from WP Central. Dang even the Lumia 720 review is still pending.