Aluminum-bodied Nokia Lumia 925 Debuts Packing PureView Camera Innovation
May 14, 2013 7:22 AM
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The Lumia 925 will hit T-Mobile in the US and Vodafone in the UK
Nokia has officially introduced its new Lumia 925 smartphone running Windows 8. Nokia boasts about its PureView camera promising "the best" low light images and a new aluminum body.
The smartphone features the new Nokia Smart Camera mode that will be coming is an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Smart Camera offers users an easier way to capture 10 images at one time and the ability to edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus. The camera also allows users to share photographs on various social networks all at the same time.
"We keep innovating," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. "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."
Due to its metal frame, the Lumia 925 doesn’t support native wireless charging. Instead, Nokia is offering a wireless charging cover that can be clipped onto the back of the device allowing it to be used with the Nokia range of wireless charging accessories.
The phone uses a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA resolution display; Nokia promises that the display is easily read in sunlight and the screen can be used while wearing gloves or with fingernails. Most of the other specs of the device are rather mundane, including a 2000 mAh battery and a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. The rear camera has 8.7-megapixel resolution and features optical image stabilization. Other hardware features include a 1.2MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
The first network to get the device in the United States will be T-Mobile.
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RE: wireless charging cover?
5/14/2013 10:44:27 AM
I have a 920 as well and completely agree; Wireless charging is no longer an option, I drop my phone all the time and it still looks new even without the use of a case or screen protector, and no, plastic does not have to feel cheap!
As for the new phones; yes, the metal body does make it notably lighter, and while the camera is the same depth as the 920 the bulk of the body is much thinner which is a big complaint had by a lot of reviewers (not so much customers though).
You cannot have wireless charging with a metal frame because it acts as a shield from the coil. This same grounding phenomenon that ruins wireless charging is what makes reception a little better, so you end up with some give and take. I would be perfectly fine without wireless charging if there was an upright stand for the phone that charged via the contacts on the back of the phone. I just know far too many people who managed to keep their phone nice only to have their phone be 'broken' due to the USB port wearing out before the end of the contract. Wireless charging (or contact charging) completely removes that fear, and I only have to use a USB cable when doing a big photo dump, or swapping out my music selection.
RE: wireless charging cover?
5/15/2013 5:20:50 AM
OK, cool, thanks for the info. I didnt know that about the metal case interfering with the wireless charging. I was looking at the pics, and the back looks like its plastic? or is it painted aluminum? Also if the wireless charging case is plastic, then that just defeats the purpose of having an aluminum case.
I love the wireless charging. I've broken a few usb ports on some of my phones and I'm always careful but lots of times, they just dont seem like the port is secured in the case well and wear/break rather easily.
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