During last 7 days I had the pleasure of having a Nokia Lumia 925, thanks to the #ilmiolumia program by Nokia Italy. I've subscribed in this page http://slpg.org/18V9Rdj (Italy only I suppose) and few days later they called me because I've been selected to have a try with this device.
When the device arrived and I unpacked it, I have to confess a little delusion. I really would want to have a try with a Lumia 1020, with its amazing 41mp camera, so when I discovered the device was a Lumia 925, I was little disappointed. Few moments later, keeping it in my hands for a little, just before to switch it on, I realized it is really a nice device, really light in weight, and with a stylish line. It immediately captured my love for minimal design with its metal body that appear so attractive for eyes.
The Lumia 925, differently from other Lumia smartphones, like 820, 920 and also the 1020, is externally a device tailored for business man, for the elegant woman that needs to have a phone beautiful and attractive when in the hands but light and invisible when in the pocket or in the purse.
When it is switched on it present the familiar tiles of Windows Phone 8, with a number of applications already on board. Entering the live id I use for my 820, it automatically synchronized apps and data. The operation taken some minutes to complete but at the end I found everything I need, with the exception of tiles positioning that has been completely lost. Also I had to remove some applications that the device is unable to synchronize just because the have a newset version already installed.
I've explored the device for a few and I found that the power of its 1,5 ghz dual core processor makes the navigation very fluid and the applications really fast and stepless. The CPU is exactly the same as my 820 and definitely it is perfect for device features. The device has 16GB on board memory but, and this is a bad note, is haven't a slot for memory expansion. 16GB may appear a huge amount of memory but when you start storing some music and pictures the main memory can rapidly become little. In my 820 the 8GB main memory I only use for apps is insufficient and, due to a strange memory management by the operating system, it refuses to install some memory-hungry applications (e.g. some games). Given you may use half the size to store your files, the remaining half could suffer of the same problem. In my opinion the best would be to have equipped the device with 32gb or alternatively with an SSD slot.
Finally I focused my attention to the very interesting part of the device. The 8,7mp camera. When you start with camera, the default application is disappointing but, after a few you discover two apps that boosts its power to the max. Nokia Smart Camera and Nokia Pro Camera are able to take the maximum advantage from th camera. The first, Nokia Smart Camera, is interesting to take action shots because is able to shoot a fast sequence of images and then elaborate to find the best one or play with moving subjects. The image of me on the side is taken and elaborated with this software. It shows an enjoying effect that shows the shoot sequence. The image is completely customized on board of the phone an it may be modified easily in a secondary time.
The smart cam is beautiful and you will enjoy your friends with your shoots. A much more interesting use is to take sport actions where multiple sequential shoots can help to choose the imagethat better represents the moment. But for an exigent person it is someway trivial.
For such people the Nokia Pro Cam is for sure a dream made reality while it puts in your hands a really professional camera, with a really fast as the light shoot speed. The software gives a number of tuning trimmers, with an effective user interface. You can tune flash, zoome, ISO, shooter speed and exposure. But the very surprising is the ability to manipulate the focus the enables the deep field effect.
The phone made me very satisfied along the week I used it. It is for sure a wonderful device and it made me forget the powerfulness of the Lumia 1020. I'm still attracted by this device due to the 41mp camera that I suppose should add much more control to camera, but watching ad the balance of features, the Lumia 925 is almost the perfect device for who wants a powerful device, with a amazing camera that is able to shoot in low light conditions and make wonderful photograps, but he also wants a compact, light and stylish phone to be used for professional activities. The operating system is to me a great companion for such people, thaks to the integration with work environment thanks to Office hub and a huge number of apps.
My congrats to Nokia for its best device ever, waiting for an hoped "Lumia 1025" (?) that mixes the huge 41mp camera together with the class of the 925.