Nokia Lumia 925 – Review part 2

Yesterday, I covered the hardware specifications and my very first initial impressions. Click here to recap.

Today, I am going to cover the software included with the Lumia 925, and it really is an impressive suite, providing a whole new phone experience. I received a software update the other night. It was a smooth process, and I now should have a more improved phone.

On the productivity side you get the following apps – Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Alarm clock, Reminders, To-do list, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid’s Corner.

Business apps which are optional downloads include Adobe acrobat reader and Lync (Corporate IM). Software included are SkyDrive storage for documents and notes, Microsoft Office apps Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote, with syncronization to Exchange ActiveSync. There is also an excellent Mac companion app and Windows 8 companion app. As you would expect you can sync your Calendar, Video, Pictures, Music and Contacts.
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The Email clients are comprehensive and include Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Mobile, Gmail, Office 365, Nokia Mail, Windows Live / Hotmail / Outlook.com and MS Exchange Active Sync. The protocols supported are SMTP, IMAP4, POP3. In addition to the standard viewing and editing or email attachments, there is a text to speech message reader, conversational view option on email, multiple combined inbox view, inbox filtering, HTML viewer too.

The social side is covered with Google Talk, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, WhatsApp, Yahoo! Messenger, Skype IM and Facebook. The Messaging features Integrated text messaging and chat, Instant messaging, Concatenated SMS for long messages, Multiple SMS deletion, List of recently used numbers, Audio messaging, Text-to-speech message reader, Text messaging, Number screening for messaging, Unified MMS/SMS editor, Automatic resizing of images for MMS, Distribution lists for messaging, Multimedia messaging, Conversational chat style SMS, Unified inbox for SMS and MMS.
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One thing Nokia does well is call quality, so it comes as no surprise that the phone includes the following – Voice Commands, Call waiting, Voice mail, Integrated hands-free speakers, Call forwarding, Call logs for dialled, received and missed, HD audio, Call history, Voice dial, Conference call, Skype voice call
Video call features: Skype video call. Noise cancellation is handled by 2 microphone uplink noise cancellation.

On the security front Enterprise users get Remote security policy enforcement. General security features include Remote device locking via Internet, Secure NFC, Track and Protect via internet, Firmware update, Remote wipe of user data via Internet, Device lock, Device passcode, PIN code, Firmware and OS integrity check, Secure device start-up, Application sandboxing and integrity check, Lost device tracking, Browser integrated anti-phishing and User data encryption for device.

Other software includes Internet Explorer 10, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, DLNA, SkyDrive, PhotoBeamer, Foursquare,Wi-Fi hotspot, Nokia HERE Maps, HERE Transit, HERE City Lens, HERE Drive+. The Mapping software provided by Nokia is excellent. It is gives you the options to download the entire map of the UK so you do not use as much data when using it. It also provides full turn by turn navigation. Obviously, if you lived in another country you could download the appropriate app. The location technologies included in the Lumia 925 are Magnetometer, A-GPS and A-GLONASS.

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The camera is one of the key features of the Lumia 925. The rear camera is a 8.7 MP PureView with auto focus and a two-stage capture key, 4 x digital zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, 1/3 inch sensor for excellent low light photos and a f/2.0 aperture speed for fast action shots. I intend to take lots of photos too. The phone camera also includes backside illumination and optical image stabilisation. The camera module is made up of 6 lenses. The digital camera extras include Nokia Smart Camera, Cinemagraph lens, Panorama lens and Bing vision. The front camera is 1280 x 960 pixel, f/2.4 ,HD 1.2 MP wide angle. Video is filmed at 1080p on the rear camera at 30fps. 4 x video zoom is possible. Video playback codecs supported are VC-1, Windows video, H.264/AVC, H.263 and MPEG-4. Video playback file formats supported MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V and MOV.
Video recording formats are MP4/H.264. The front camera records video at 720p.

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On the music and audio front, Nokia impresses once again. The Lumia 925 includes Nokia Music (live streaming of music), Internet Radio, FM Radio, Music Player, Dolby Headphone support, graphic equaliser. Codecs supported are MP3, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, GSM FR, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC+/HEAAC, eAAC+/HEAACv2. Audio playback file formats supported ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP and 3G2.

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Finally, if you like gaming, the Lumia 925 includes DirectX 11, Touch UI and XBox-Live Hub. The X-Box games that you can purchase or trial are excellent too. More of that in the next part of my review.

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