Nokia’s Lumia smartphones have certainly made their mark in recent years, proving that this once all-powerful Finnish manufacturer still has plenty of innovative ideas to help it stand out from the crowd. The Lumia 920 was the firm’s flagship device after its 2012 launch, bringing Windows Phone 8 to the table and giving Microsoft’s intuitive mobile operating system room to show off its assets. In 2013 the Lumia 925 has emerged to take over the top spot from its older sibling, but when you put the Lumia 925 vs Lumia 920, which one is worthy of your investment?
The biggest differences between the Lumia 920 and the newer 925 are definitely found in the design department. The 920 uses a polycarbon chassis which comes in a variety of colours, ranging from plain matt black to glossy and glorious red. Weighing in at a beefy 185 grams and measuring 10.7 millimetres thick, the 920 is not exactly a particularly slinky device, although it has a reassuringly solid build that never feels fragile or cheap.
The 925, on the other hand, comes with an alloy chassis which is significantly thinner than its stablemate at 8.5 mm thick. The weight has also been trimmed down to a healthier 139g, which could make all the difference if you are using your phone for extended periods.
On the downside, the Lumia 925 looks like it will initially be available only in silver or grey, which means those colourful hues previously associated with this range are not present.
Hopefully some special editions designed for specific network providers will fix this, although if you want a plain aluminium phone the 925 could be ideal.
While the Lumia 920 and 925 look quite different on the outside, things are very similar in the hardware department. Both phones have dual core 1.5GHz processors with 1GB of RAM, while each handset uses a screen which measures 4.5 inches across the diagonal and boasts a 720p HD resolution. The 925 does shine brighter than the 920 thanks to its use of an OLED display panel rather than the IPS LCD screen found on the older model, although your choice in this instance will probably come down to personal preference.
OLED is a little too over-saturated for some users, while others find LCD screens to be a little less bright and vibrant. Of course both of these phones benefit from an impressive 334ppi density, which is a little higher than that found on the iPhone 5.
Both models feature 8.7 megapixel primary snappers, with the PureView camera specs helping to offer some of the best low light performance on the smartphone market, even if the image resolution is not quite up there with the 13 megapixel units found on rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Though it should be noted, the Nokia Lumia 925 does have a great selection of camera tools, such as Action Shot and low lighting.
Each one of these Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets is going to be appealing to potential buyers, since both effectively offer the best hardware combo currently available for phones which use Microsoft’s latest mobile platform. The thinner, lighter design of the Lumia 925 definitely makes it feel like a more accomplished, adult device, which might give it the edge if these are important features. Of course the Lumia 920 will probably become cheaper in the wake of its replacement’s launch, which could open it up to a wider audience.
Whichever Windows 8-based Nokia smartphones you choose, you will gain access to one of the most consistent user experiences available on modern smartphones.