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on 21 July 2013
First windows phone worthy of a 'flagship' title, in my opinion!

I recently purchased a Lumia 920 to replace my old Lumia 710 but had to return it due to issues with display. Tried getting another 920 from the local store but its GPS was broken so I gave up and ordered the 32GB sim-free from Soteluk. Scared by previous experiences I reluctantly opened the package and was really amazed how much better it looks and feels compared to Lumia 920 - it's substantially lighter and thinner, has a nice metal frame with nice-feeling metal buttons. It might sound silly but the weight difference is just enough to make it easy to read from using one hand, while 920 made my little finger hurt after a while.

AMOLED display looks amazing. It's actually not as good as the display on 920 in some aspects: 920's IPS LCD has a better refresh rate / update speed, which is really noticable when scrolling text (where AMOLED on 925 appears a bit blurry) but not noticeable when watching videos or otherwise. 920's display, although exact same resolution and size, doesn't have the 'Pentile' pixel pattern that makes text appear a tiny bit fuzzy on 925. I must stress that these are really minor issues.
In everything else AMOLED on 925 is equal or better: amazing contrast, blacks are truly blacks, ability to use Glance because it's more power efficient, no backlight bleed (which is noticeable on 920 and more or less on all LCDs), etc.

Also, my biggest fear that the display wouldn't work well in sunlight proved to be completely unfounded - it is surprisingly bright and completely usable (this used to be a big problem with my old iPhone when used as a satnav during sunlit days).

Camera is just awesome, possibly the best all around on all current phones (although this depends on the usage scenario). With Optical Image Stabilisation (lenses actually move to compensate for hand-shake induced movement on X and Y axis - no other phone camera does this, except HTC One but apparently not as well) and high quality sound recording it can capture all around best 1080p videos. It excels in night photography (where again HTC One can be equal and better in some cases but iPhone 5 and S4 are far behind), but bright daylight performance is better than HTC One or similar compared to the rest of the top-end crowd (and, in my opinion, not as good as Samsung Galaxy S4 where S4's 13MP sensor really shines).

Battery life - quite good for me, at least a day, usually more, and I'm a heavy user. However, if you plan on travelling the whole day and using 925 as a satnav, which it does surprisingly well, make sure you have a suitable car charger.

HERE maps - Lumia 925 comes with Nokia's free HERE Drive+, which allows you to download maps of most parts of the world for offline use (which are shared with HERE Maps) so you don't need any data connection to get around. Camera and this are arguably the main reason bought this phone.

- HERE Drive+ works really well and is constantly being updated with new features - it is my main Satnav and it replaced my old Navigon which now rests unused in the car storage compartment, just in case.

- HERE Maps are, on the other hand, a bit glitchy, slow to open, and functionality arguably isn't as good as Google Maps in some cases so I've downloaded free Google Maps app (which confusingly can use both Bing and Google maps database) to fill in the use gaps. Don't get me wrong, offline maps are awesome (shared with Drive for reduced storage use - I've downloaded half of the world with countries that I'll probably never go to and it takes less 2GB of storage space), compass finally works (albeit a bit glitchy), directions, local stuff, etc, and every few weeks there seems to be an update which brings functionality and updates.

- Nokia Music - I ignored it initially (I've got albums of most of the music I love, ripped into mp3s and copied for offline listening) but there's lots of free streamable music and a nice mix radio thingie - what's not to like?

- Office with Word, OneNote, PowerPoint - started using it recently and it's becoming quite useful for work. It's one of the few areas where WP really excells over iOS/Android.

- The ability to just copy your mp3s, videos, documents or any file from your PC to the phone using just the windows explorer (no apps needed), and use them (or use the phone as a very expensive thumb drive) is purely awesome. I had to jailbreak my old iPhone to just be able to barely do this (without music/video/photo integration).

- 32GB of storage is more than enough for me. 16GB would probably be enough but I'd always be reluctant to put too much on the phone, but with 32GB I don't have to worry (I've got maps, pictures and videos, few movies, some game trials, lots of other stuff on it, still around 15GB free).

So, why 4 stars?

I personally like the ease of use, stability and speed of WP8 - otherwise I wouldn't get it. But in many areas it lacks functionality compared to iOS and Android, and the updates so far were far in between and lacking in improvements. Why do I need to get through 5 long steps to get to brightness settings or connect to local wifi (go to start screen, hit settings 'modern' pinned icon, scroll down to find WiFi, click WiFi, set up a new connection and then hold back to get the active processes and go back to your app - while you could, for example, just two-finger-swipe down from any app, which would open a quick settings menu with access to few customizable most-commonly used settings icons like WiFi, Brigthness, Flight Mode, Battery Saver)?

Sometimes the problems are maddening:
- Watching a movie in dark and want to make it less bright - I have to stop the movie, go to settings, find brightness, set to low, task-switch back to the movie (which makes BBC iPlayer reset the position for some reason), only to discover that it's brighter than the automatic and there's no way to go lower - and the worst bit, start/windows/search buttons remain distractingly brightly lit making it difficult to concentrate on the movie (hack-fix for this is to enable battery saver which turns off backlight for buttons but it's hardly user friendly).
- Podcasts simply don't work nearly as good as on iOS, Android and surprisingly WP7.5+Zune. There is no native podcast support non-US marketplace and the available podcasts apps are buggy. Zune, is obsolete and doesn't work with WP8 and the Windows Phone Desktop app doesn't have the same functionality.
After a lot of effort that involved changing my windows live / xbox / whatever region to US and factory-resetting the phone and setting it up from scratch again (that's another story), I managed to get native podcasts support in Store - which is good enough (I used to simply use my old Lumia 710 until now). However, even native support isn't nearly as good as on iOS for example, as it has basic functionality (which is at least it's very stable and glitch-free) and not all feeds are available on the WP store (it doesn't read from iTunes store and feeds can't be added using a link).
- Restoring the phone from the backup doesn't work over wifi. It just doesn't. You can only restore it after the reset, and before you can get to wifi settings. Once you're past that point, 'restore from backup' isn't an option. So if you don't have cellular data because you're on a trip, or you need to get into settings to set up cellular data, and you've resetted/just purchased the phone, you're out of luck - you have to set up all your apps, favourites and settings from scratch.

I'm not fussed too much about lack of apps - I don't really use many and the ones I do have appeared on WP (like the BBC iPlayer).

But for the things I do use, it took lots of effort to get some just barely working on Windows Phone 8 which is surprising given that some used to work on my old WP7.5 phone!

Don't get me wrong, I'm more than happy with the Lumia 925 and somewhat satisfied with the Windows Phone experience but because of the issues I've got with WP8 I just can't give it 5 stars - at least until the things like podcasts support improve (get fixed).
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on 23 June 2013
Hi

I got one of these Nokia Lumia 925 32GB phones from Vodafone today, my vary first ever Windows Phone, so I come to this a novice.

I have owned in the past; BlackBarry Z10, Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4. This is my favourite so far.

If you have used Windows 8 on your PC/labtop then you'll be familiar with the tiles on the front page. You can remove any tiles you wish, add tiles, shrink them or enlarge them and rearrange them to your own choice of order. The larger the tile the more information it will show you.

Swipe the screen from right to left from the tiles page and you'll get a whole list of programs, applications and settings. The navigation is a lot better than the BlackBarry Z10, which often left me confused as to how to get back to the home page, with the Nokia you just press the Windows button on the bottom of the phone. When swiping from right to left the list of options is clear and there are many choices in the settings to suit your own particular choosing, including wallpaper, colour scheme, ringtones, message alerts for various apps and texts. Unlike most smart phones your apps do not extend across several pages but instead you scroll, smoothly, down the page to see other apps.

Hi

I got one of these Nokia Lumia 925 32GB phones from Vodafone today, my vary first ever Windows Phone, so I come to this a novice. I know this page is for the 16GB version of the 925 but it's still the same phone, just less memory. So here's my thoughts on this new phone:

I have owned in the past; BlackBarry Z10, Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4. This is my favourite so far.

If you have used Windows 8 on your PC/labtop then you'll be familiar with the tiles on the front page. You can remove any tiles you wish, add tiles, shrink them or enlarge them and rearrange them to your own choice of order. The larger the tile the more information it will show you.

Swipe the screen from right to left from the tiles page and you'll get a whole list of programs, applications and settings. The navigation is a lot better than the BlackBarry Z10, which often left me confused as to how to get back to the home page, with the Nokia you just press the Windows button on the bottom of the phone. When swiping from right to left the list of options is clear and there are many choices in the settings to suit your own particular choosing, including wallpaper, colour scheme, ringtones, message alerts for various apps and texts. Unlike most smart phones your apps do not extend across several pages but instead you scroll, smoothly, down the page to see other apps.

It would seem that you can't get all your messages from all your apps (texts, FB, email etc) into a single 'Hub' like the BlackBarry users can, but there is plenty of room on the home screen to add tiles of these separate functions and have them on the home screen at the same time. Most tiles can be in three sizes: 1) Stretch across the entire width of the screen (which takes about 1/3 of the entire screen), 2) Half the previous size so it's more of a square than an oblong and this takes up about 1/6 of the screen, or 3) half the size again so you get about 24 of these tiles clearly showing their data/function on your home screen without having to scroll up or down. I currently have 9 tiles of different sizes that take up my screen: 3x weather tiles for local weather, my hometown and another place I visit regularly, texts, IE, emails, phone, data usage tracker an calendar.

You can have your own pictures showing on the lock screen but not the home screen as it would be blocked out by the tiles.

The phone seems vary fast, large clear screen with 32GB of memory. You can't add a SD card and it seems you can't replace the battery, you'd have to take it to a dealer/send it off to get that replaced. Which is a shame. Battery life seems pretty good so far with the battery lasting all day with some fairly heavy usage.

The phone is thin and vary lightweight. I found it easy and intuitive to set up and use. It is vary easy to add an email account and you can back up all your settings to 'The Cloud'.

What's in the box? Charger with detachable USB lead to allow you to connect to your PC, a pair on vary basic in-the-ear earphones, a sim card tray key. The sound quality for calls and listening to music is vary good, and you don't need to install any special desktop software onto your computer to access the phones folders or to import/export music, files, photos etc; you just access it from your PC as if it were a USB hard drive. You don't need to install any software to access the phone via your computer as Windows 8 has it already built it.

My first impressions are good.

As I said I a completely new to this phone and so can't comment to much at the moment but I will update this review as I find more stuff out (good and bad). If you have any questions please reply to this review. I will comment on battery life, apps, and any proplems I come across.

Thank you.

The phone seems vary fast, large clear screen with 32GB of memory. You can't add a SD card and it seems you can't replace the battery, you'd have to take it to a dealer/send it off to get that replaced. Which is a shame. Battery life seems pretty good so far with the battery lasting all day with some fairly heavy usage.

The phone is thin and vary lightweight. I found it easy and intuitive to set up and use. It is vary easy to add an email account and you can back up all your settings to 'The Cloud'.

What's in the box? Charger with detachable USB lead to allow you to connect to your PC, a pair on vary basic in-the-ear earphones, a sim card tray key. The sound quality for calls and listening to music is vary good, and you don't need to install any special desktop software onto your computer to access the phones folders or to import/export music, files, photos etc; you just access it from your PC as if it were a USB hard drive. You don't need to install any software to access the phone via your computer as Windows 8 has it already built it.

My first impressions are good.

As I said I a completely new to this phone and so can't comment to much at the moment but I will update this review as I find more stuff out (good and bad). If you have any questions please reply to this review. I will comment on battery life, apps, and any proplems I come across.

Thank you.
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on 5 December 2013
I went from never having owned a smart-phone, to jumping into the deep end by purchasing a 32gb Nokia Lumia 925 from Soteluk, in Germany, through Amazon.co.uk, for my use in the U.S.A. Bottom line is I’m giving Soteluk and the phone five stars.

I wanted European version of phone because they only sell a 16gb Lumia 925 in U.S., which wasn’t enough storage for me and 925 doesn’t have capability for an SD card. However, the 925 is prefect size, shape, and weight, so I sacrificed cell phone data speed for 32gb storage and form factor. U.S. LTE frequencies are different than Europe, so LTE won’t work on this phone in the U.S., but HSPA is fast enough for my purposes, and 80% of my life is within range of secure wi-fi.

Was hesitant to buy a Europe phone to activate in the U.S., but Soteluk was very responsive. They answered all of my questions and both assured me that it would work in the U.S., and that I could return the phone within 30 days if I had any trouble using it on the U.S. cell phone network. There was one hiccup with the export paperwork that could have held up delivery, but Soteluk responded within 24 hours, and I received the phone when promised.

It arrived in perfect condition, except the seal on the box was broken. It could have been Customs, or it could have been opened in the store, but nothing seemed amiss and I was able to configure it and activate it with my cell phone carrier, so I didn’t worry about the seal. My biggest issue was translating the welcome screen from German to English, until I got to the point where could I re-configure the phone to prompt me in English. The charger that came with the phone plugs into a European style electrical outlet, but I only need an adapter, not a transformer, because the charger accepts both European 220 and USA 110v.

The Lumia 925 is a fabulous phone. Its display is large, crisp, and responsive to touch. The phone is fast, comfortable to use, and has great call quality. If you’re a heavy Microsoft Office user, and you want all of your content from Exchange, SharePoint, OneNote, and SkyDrive to be seamlessly synced to your phone, Windows Phone 8 does all of that wonderfully. Of course Windows Phone 8 suffers from a shortage of popular apps and games, but I’m a content creator, not a content consumer, so that’s unimportant to me. The apps and software needed to keep me productive are available and work great.
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on 30 March 2014
A really terrific phone but remember that, though sim-free, it's still locked to Vodafone. They'll unlock it for £20. The only other downside is that the wireless charging isn't built in and the adapter didn't work on either of the phones I've used, with either of the charging plates Nokia now offer. Luckily there's a hack detailed on U tube which tells you how to fix this.
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on 22 December 2014
I bought this for the wife as I already had one, works well and good service from the supplier
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on 25 December 2013
Bought this for my husband for Christmas. I decided to pay the extra for the 32gb with it having no capacity to add sd card. The box says it is a 32gb but the phone itself says it's 16gb. Both husband and I were most disappointed that we are having to return as it was his Christmas present.
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