At Nokia's huge Lumia 925 launch this morning, we had the chance to fiddle with the new flagship handset that is, on a basic level, a more slimline and sleek version of the Lumia 920. This is what we thought.
Upon picking up the 139g Lumia 925, we were impressed at how much weight Nokia has shaved off compared to the Lumia 920. In just a few months, it has transformed a bulky brick into a slender and beautiful device that feels great in the hand.
That aluminium band wraps around the edges of the device, separating the glass front panel fromt he plastic back. This phone feels a lot more 'grown up' with its new form factor and subtle colours, coompared to Nokia's back catalogue. In an age of HTC One's and Samsung Galaxy S 4's, this could help sell the range to people who were put off by the jovial coloured designs.
The Lumia 925's screen is just as bright an beautiful as the Lumia 920's, when the two phones are compared side-by-side. Colours are eye-pleasingly vibrant and the viewing angles are excellent. Even under harsh spotlights, we had no trouble seeing what was going on.
You get a SIM card slot tucked away on top, but no memory card slot. As usual, you'll need a pin or paperclip to access the SIM card, something we personally love in the Mobile Choice offices.
On the edge, you'll find a volume rocker, power buttons and dedicated camera shutter button.
You can still charge the Lumia 925 wirelessly using special charging pads, as you could with the Lumia 920. However, to do so you'll need to slip one of these colourful covers on the back. It adds some bulk to the Lumia 925 and transforms the sleek design into a more vibrant finish, but it's easy enough to snap it on or off and you get a choice of colours including red, yellow and blue.
The Nokia Lumia 925 comes in three different colours: silver, white and black. The white and silver models both have silver aluminium bands around the edge, but the black model has a black band that blends in. All three models look gorgeous, and we'd happily snag any of them.